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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!

    Acts 1-2: Dynamite

    Acts 1-2: Dynamite

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    Podcast Introduction







    Today is gospel Saturday, and we’ll begin the last book of the books of the gospels. We’ll read Acts 1-2.  I’ll have some comments after the reading. And of course I’ll have an “On This Date In Church History” segment for you, too. I’m calling today’s episode “Dynamite."







    Design: Steve Webb | Photo: Marek Piwnicki on Unsplash







    Comments on Acts 1-2







    The Acts of the Apostles, which is the full name of the book of Acts, was written by Luke. At one time, the Gospel of Luke and Acts were considered one book of two volumes, with Acts being the second volume. Acts is a sort of a bridge between the four gospels and the epistles. Without Acts, there would be no record of how Christianity spread from Jerusalem, which is where the Gospel of John ended, to Rome which is where the book of Romans takes place. 







    The book of Acts is about the dawning days of the Christian church. How it began. It’s about the empowerment of the seemingly defeated followers of Jesus after His crucifixion and resurrection. 







    Jesus knew that his disciples would need encouragement and courage and ability from God to be able to take the message of the Gospel to the world, so just before He ascended to Heaven, He told them stay in Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit.







    Put yourself in their place. Yes, they had seen and spoken with the resurrected Christ over a period of forty days before his ascension. But they had no knowledge of the Holy Spirit. What was Jesus talking about? How would this happen, and how would they know?







    They gathered in an upper room of a house in Jerusalem and spent their time praying. The remaining eleven disciples (remember that Judas Iscariot had been one of the twelve, but he betrayed Jesus and then committed suicide), Jesus’ mother, some other women, and Jesus’ brothers were there, and they waited…for what?







    Well, when the Holy Spirit arrived, there was no doubt that His presence was a game-changer. When the day of Pentecost arrived, which was 50 days after Passover, He came into the upper room accompanied by the sound of a strong wind. Note that the text doesn’t say it was a wind. It was the sound of a strong wind. 







    And then there were what looked like tongues of fire which came and rested on each one of the people. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they began to speak in languages which they had never spoken before, led by the Holy Spirit.







    All of this noise drew a crowd. Some thought that the speakers were drunk, but it was early in the day. Of those that heard, many were from other lands who were not Jews. And they heard what the believers were saying in their own languages.







    And then Peter stood up and told those in attendance of the words of the prophet Joel. And he preached his first sermon to them, telling them all about Jesus. And 3,000 new believers were added to the church that day.







    What a beginning! What a miraculous event! When the Holy Spirit works through His people, Jesus Christ is glorified and lives are changed. 







    Every believer is meant to have this experience of power from the Holy Spirit. The Greek word for this power is dunamis, which is the root of the English word, dynamite, dynamic, dynamo. Every believer is called to share the Good News of the risen Christ, and whether or not you believe in the Pentecostal experience, God calls each of us to be a light to the world with Jesus’ message of hope and salvation. That is your call and mine. Jesus said,

    • 16 min
    Obadiah 1: Treat Your Brother Well

    Obadiah 1: Treat Your Brother Well

    Transcript







    Podcast Introduction







    Today is prophecy Friday, and we’re going to read the entire book of Obadiah. All one chapter.  I’ll have some comments after the reading. And of course I’ll have an “On This Date In Church History” segment for you, too. I’m calling today’s episode  “Treat Your Brother Well."







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    Comments on Obadiah







    Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament, but that does not take away from its value. It is, after all, the Word of God. 







    The name Obadiah means "Worshipper of Yahweh" or "Servant of Yahweh."







    We don’t really know who this Obadiah fellow was, though. There are thirteen Obadiahs in the Old Testament. Some think that he is the Obadiah that was a servant in Ahab’s household as in 1 Kings 18:3. If this is he, then he was the man who hid and fed the prophets spoken about in that chapter. Others think that this Obadiah was a man who lived some time later, at around the same time as Hosea, Joel and Amos. And still others believe that he lived around the time that the Edomites destroyed Jerusalem.







    All of the other Old Testament prophets delivered messages either to Israel or Judah. Obadiah was sent only to Edom. 







    So who were the Edomites? They were descended from Esau. Esau was the brother of Jacob. Both of them were the sons of Isaac and Rebekah. Esau was sometimes called Edom, which means "red", so Esau may have had red hair.







    In Numbers 20 when Israel was still wandering in the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land, Moses asked for permission to pass through the Edomites' land, and they were denied. Instead, Edom threatened to attack Israel if they tried to go through.







    There were many times in the Old Testament when Edom came against Israel or Judah. Sometimes they were defeated. Other times they were the victors. And they fought alongside the Jews against Rome in 66-70 A.D. In this war, Edom was completely annihilated, fulfilling verses 10 and 18 of Obadiah's prophecy.







    The judgement of God against Edom because of their intense pride and treatment of Israel and Judah (who were descendants of Jacob) over the years.







    Obadiah concludes with the words "And the kingdom will be the Lord’s." These are encouraging words to God's people, that even when they may suffer at the hands of evil people, He will judge them for their misdeeds. There will be justice.







    Today's Bible Translation







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







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    STEVE WEBB - 0:00There will be justice.







    INTRO S12E268 - 0:09Coming to you from Riverside, California, this is the Lifespring Family Audio Bible. Podcasting since 2004, I'm your OG Godcaster Steve Webb. Welcome. I'm so glad you're here today. This is the daily show where we're reading through the entire Bible in a year.

    • 11 min
    Proverbs 26-27: Friends

    Proverbs 26-27: Friends

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    Podcast Introduction







    Today is poetry Thursday and we’ll read Proverbs 26-27. I will have an “On This Date In Church History” segment for you, and I have a personal prayer request at the end of the show. I’m calling today’s episode “Friends."







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    Comments on Proverbs 26-27







    Thoughts on Proverbs 26







    I used to listen to political talk radio and watch political TV talk shows. But I got tired of the arguing back and forth. And I noticed that no matter how logical or well-thought-out an argument was (on either side), seldom (if ever) was an opponent persuaded to listen objectively. And often, both sides ended up looking foolish.







    So when I read verses 4 and 5 in chapter 26 today, I was reminded how silly it is to argue with a fool. Here are the verses again: 4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.







    I like the way the Easy to Read Version renders these two verses: There is no good way to answer fools when they say something stupid. If you answer them, then you, too, will look like a fool. If you don’t answer them, they will think they are smart.







    So what are we to do? I guess it depends on the situation. If possible, I think that it is good to avoid the fool altogether. But if that isn’t possible, then don’t engage them in conversation that brings out the foolish in them. 







    There are people in my life whom I consider to be foolish. Come on. Let’s be honest here. Most of us have this type of person in our lives that we are forced to have contact with. My way of dealing with these people is to just be polite. We talk about the weather or other mundane things that don’t really matter. I know that if we get into the deep water, nothing but trouble will ensue. If they bring up a subject that I think will go the wrong way, I’ll just smile politely and let them drone on until I can gracefully make an exit. 







    Same thing online. I don’t engage in debates there, either. As they say, “Don’t feed the trolls.” 







    Thoughts on Proverbs 27







    I like that Solomon spent some time giving counsel to his son about the importance of good friends. Like a rare jewel, truly good friends are hard to find. But when you find them, they are much more valuable than jewels. More than bringing fellowship and good times, they can help you through the difficult times. They can help to make you a better person. And sometimes, God can use them to speak His words into your life. I consider myself truly blessed, because I have three such friends in my life. One of them has been a part if my life since I was about 10 years old. His name is Mark. The second I met when we were in junior high school. That’s Del, the husband of Kathi, whom we have prayed for many times on the show. There is no one alive today that I have known longer than these two. The third is a fellow podcaster. We met in 2005, and for a long time we were friends, but not particularly close. But over the last couple years we have had a standing date to talk via video at least two Saturdays a month. And we have really developed a deep friendship. His name is Ron. I treasure all three of these guys. I would do anything for them. And they would do the same for me. I consider myself a very blessed man to have each of them in my life. 







    So let's look a three of these verses that deal with friendship.







    Verse six: Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

    • 21 min
    Psalms 114-116: He Hears My Voice

    Psalms 114-116: He Hears My Voice

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    Podcast Introduction







    Today is Psalms Wednesday, and we’ll read chapters 114-116. I’m calling today’s episode “He Hears My Voice."







    Design and Image: Steve Webb







    Introduction to Psalms 114-116







    If you heard last week's Psalms episode, Psalms 11-113, the one titled "I Will", you might remember that Psalm 113 was the first of a collection of Psalms called the Egyptian Hallel. The others are 114-118. These Psalms were sung as a part of the annual Passover celebration that Jews observed. Psalms 113 and 114 were sung before the Passover meal, and 115-118 were sung after the meal, and it is more than likely that Jesus sang these songs with the disciples at their Passover meal the night of His betrayal. Once again, listen carefully, and try to imagine what must have been going through His mind as He sang these Psalms.







    Today's Bible Translation







    Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch. 114 NKJV; Ch. 115-116 NLV







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    Steve Webb 0:00Your right hand will hold me fast.







    Steve Webb 0:10Together Again, this is the Lifespring family Audio Bible coming to you from Riverside, California, podcasting since 2004. I'm your OG God cast her Steve Webb. This is the daily show where we're reading through the entire Bible in a year. Today is Psalms Wednesday, and we'll read chapters 1/14 through 1/16. And today's episode will be a bit different than normal. I'm going to give you a brief introduction to the Psalms, but no comments afterward. I think the Psalms speak for themselves, given the context that I'll give you in a moment. And with my medical procedure coming up on Friday, I'm kind of crunched for time. I will still have an on this date in church history segment for you and a time of prayer. The title of today's episode is he hears my voice. The show notes page is at Lifespring media.com/s 12 e 265. And my email address is Steve at Lifespring media.com. Let's begin.







    Steve Webb 1:04If you heard last week's Psalms episode, Psalms 111 through 113, the one entitled I will You might remember that Psalm 113 was the first of a collection of Psalms called the Egyptian Hillel, the others are 114 through 118. So the total is 113 through 118. The Psalms were sung as a part of the annual Passover celebration. Psalms 113 and 14 were sung before the Passover meal and Psalms 115 through 118 were sung after the meal. And it's more than likely that Jesus sang the songs with the disciples at their Passover meal the night of his betrayal. Once again, listen carefully, and try to imagine what must have been going through his mind as he sang the Psalms.







    Steve Webb 1:50Psalms chapter 114. When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became his sanctuary and Israel, his dominion. The sea, saw it and fled Jordan and turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, the little hills like lambs. What ails you? Oh, see that you fled? Oh, Jordan, that you turned back? Oh, mountains that you skipped like rams? Oh, little hills like lambs tremble,

    • 8 min
    2 Chronicles 1-5: The Best Request

    2 Chronicles 1-5: The Best Request

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    Podcast Introduction







    Today is history Tuesday and we’ll begin the book of 2 Chronicles with chapters 1-5. After the reading I’ll have some comments. And of course I’ll have an “On This Date In Church History” segment for you, too. I’m calling today’s episode “The Best Request."







    Design: Steve Webb | Photo: Corey Agopian on Unsplash







    Comments on 2 Chronicles 1







    Solomon now begins his reign as king. It seems that his first order of business was to strengthen his hold on the kingdom. In 1 Kings, chapter 2, we read that shortly before his father David died, he gave Solomon instructions on what he should do to accomplish this. And it looks like Solomon wasted no time.







    Also, we're told in 2 Chronicles 1 that God was with him and highly exalted him. God seems to be pleased with how Solomon began his reign.







    Then he brought all Israel together to make a very special sacrifice of 1,000 burnt offerings to God. This seems to have been to show that he would seek God as the leader of the nation.







    That night God came to Solomon in a dream and said, "Ask. What should I give you?"







    Of course, the implication is that He would have given Solomon anything that he asked for, isn't it?







    Can you imagine? Anything! Wow. Wouldn't it be great if God made that kind of offer to you? What would you ask for? 







    But wait! He has made that offer! Don't believe me?







    · Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).







    · If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you (John 15:7).







    · Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14).







    Those promises apply to every believer, beloved. The question is, have we availed ourselves of them?







    We all know what Solomon's request was. He asked for wisdom and knowledge to lead Israel. Please note that he asked for *both* wisdom *and* knowledge. Knowledge without wisdom can be a very dangerous thing. For instance, it's one thing know how to use a gun, but if I don't have the wisdom to know when to use it, great harm could not be far away.







    And God said, “Since this was in your heart, and you have not requested riches, wealth, or glory, or for the life of those who hate you, and you have not even requested long life, but you have requested for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king, 12wisdom and knowledge are given to you. I will also give you riches, wealth, and glory, unlike what was given to the kings who were before you, or will be given to those after you.”







    So Solomon had made a good request, don't you agree? 







    But did he make the *best* request? Let's think about this.







    Did he ask for a deep and abiding love for God and the desire to follow Him, and lead the people in how to be devoted to God, as his father had? Would this have been even better? Surely, as we've seen David was a flawed man, but his love of God never waned. David ended his life still in love with God. As we shall see, this was not how Solomon ended his days.







    Solomon is thought to have been between twenty and twenty-five years old when he took the throne. What generally happens to young people when they attain great wealth? It ruins them. Not always, but quite often.

    • 22 min
    Numbers 21-24: Don't Be Too Eager

    Numbers 21-24: Don't Be Too Eager

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    Associate Producer







    Timothy LaFontaine







    Podcast Introduction







    Today is Monday, so we’ll read from one of the books of the Law. We’re in the book of Numbers, and we’ll read chapters 21-24. After the reading I’ll have some comments. And of course I’ll have an “On This Date In Church History” segment for you, too. I’m calling today’s episode “Don’t Be Too Eager."







    Design: Steve Webb | Photo: Serghei Trofimov on Unsplash







    Comments on Numbers 22 and 24







    Thoughts on Number 22







    If this were Sesame Street, I would say that today's chapter from Numbers was brought to you by the letter "B". Balaam, Balak, Bamoth-Baal, Beor. 







    So what did you think about the situation with Balaam and God at first denying him permission to go to see Balak, and then telling him it was okay to go, and then being mad that he did go? Were you confused by that? Is God a capricious God?







    Of course not. But I was confused, too. So I did some digging, and here is what I found.







    Balak sent messengers first to ask Balaam to come and curse the Israelites. God told Balaam not to go since He, God, had blessed them. Then Balak sent even more distinguished messengers, with the additional message that he would confer great honor upon Balaam, in effect Balak was attempting to bribe Balaam. This appears to have been a bit of a temptation to Balaam, even though he said with his lips that even if Balak gave him enough silver and gold to fill a house, he could not do anything against what God had told him…he told the messengers that he would see if God had anything else to say on the matter.







    This seems to be the crux of the matter. God told Balaam that the people were blessed. Why would he expect that God would say anything different about cursing people whom He blessed? 







    Here is what God said, and the version we're reading today doesn't convey the original meaning well. Commentators agree that what God said was, "If the men come to you, then you may go with them." 







    Let's stop here for a moment. This is an important point. God allows us to do many things that He does not endorse. Right? Sometimes He will allow us to succumb to our own wicked and lustful hearts. He allows us, in effect, to touch the hot stove to see that it will burn us. I can imagine Balaam laying in his bed that night, thinking how cool it was that these important visitors had come to his humble home. He felt important. And I can also imagine him laying there fantasizing about the honors that Balak would bestow on him once he arrived. He got to thinking, perhaps, about the palace full of silver and gold.







    So what happened next? In the original Hebrew, God said, "If the men come to call thee, rise up, [and] go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do." But Balaam got up the next morning and saddled his donkey and went with the men. Scripture doesn't say, "When they came to get him, he went." It says, "He got up and went." 







    Balaam was too eager. He wanted to get his hands on the treasure Balak promised him. So he did not follow God's instruction.







    Remember, the reason that Balak sent for Balaam was so that Balaam would come and curse the Israelites. God's chosen people. God does not look with favor upon those who conspire to harm His people, or those who seek to gain favor with those who conspire to harm his people.







    So God became angry at Balaam.  

    • 26 min

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