This Podcast…As Real As It Gets

#VOD (Verse of the Day): “I praise you, Lord, because you have saved me and kept my enemies from gloating over me. I cried to you for help, O Lord my God, and you healed me; you kept me from the grave. I was on my way to the depths below, but you restored my life. Sing praise to the Lord, all his faithful people! Remember what the Holy One has done, and give him thanks! His anger lasts only a moment, his goodness for a lifetime. Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm‬ ‭30:1-5‬ ‭GNT‬‬

You see Prayer, Praise, and Thankfulness- 3 of the 7 Habits of The 100X Life, along with the power of a new Morning spent with the Good Father, all wrapped up in these 5 verses.

One thing I regret from my book is that I let my editor talk me out of a longer explanation of probably the most transformative discovery God gave me on a very early New Years morning on this couch 6 and 1/2 years ago.

That discovery was the Daily Audio Bible.

It stemmed from a simple question I asked myself, as I was pondering the New Year, 2012.

I knew my life would undergo radical change soon, as I had my pharmacy that I owned and operated for almost 20 years up for sale.

“What would help me deal with these changes the most?” I asked myself.

“The Bible.”

“That would probably help.”

“Yeah! I want to try and read the Bible through this year.”

“But how?”

“I’m soooo busy, how can I do this every day?”

These were my thoughts as I sat in a dimly lit room just after midnight.

“Why not try to listen to it?” Was a thought that popped in my head. “You love podcasts. Why not see if there’s a podcast where someone does that?”

So I simply went to iTunes & typed in “Daily Bible” & this is what I discovered…

I didn’t realize at the time, but I now know who was clearly speaking to me alone, in the wee hours of the New Year 2012…

Jesus himself was there…nudging me.

Just like He did a year or two earlier when He used my dog to tell me, “Let’s you and me start taking a walk together, I got some things I wanna tell you…”. 

You can hear more about that story here:

2,046 mornings later I haven’t stopped. I can count on one hand the days I’ve missed.

I don’t tell you that to brag. I tell you that because it’s become a lifeline for me.

The 5 verses above describe beautifully what God has done for me through this ministry, birthed from a man named Brian Hardin, who is just a couple hours up the road from me.

He is one of my spiritual mentors. The picture above is of us together at a men’s retreat a couple years back. He wouldn’t know me if we ran into each other in a store, but He’s made a big impact on my life.

I wish I had described this habit better in my book. I’m actually thinking about revising the book because it’s so important to me for people to really get what it’s about.

The reason God prompted me to share this with you today is that not only does Brian Hardin read the Bible each day, in real time, fresh every morning, but the Daily Audio Bible also has prayers, that people from all over the world, can call in a request.

In my opinion, it is the most beautiful picture of what God intended His church to look like.

A few days ago a young man called into the prayer line that rocked my world…

His name was Jake. He was incredibly distraught.

He said his father had just committed suicide.

He didn’t know where to turn, but he called into the DAB Prayer line.

I remember being upset for him, praying for him, and thanking God that of all the places Jake could’ve turned to, he called his brothers & sisters from around the world.

Jake has mobilized a world wide army of prayer warriors!

Brian, of the DAB (Daily Audio Bible), has written a book called Sneezing Jesus. It’s about how God redeems our humanity into the way we were created & MEANT to live, through the Human God-Jesus.

In the book, Brian talks about how once you develop an intimate relationship with Jesus that changes you, you can’t help but share it. That’s exactly why I am sharing this with you.

I share this to simply make you aware of this life changing podcast.

See, I can’t, not share this…

Not when people just like you and I are drowning and getting taken out by life.

Not when I have an answer that can give them the life they desperately need.

Please, just take some time and listen for yourself.

It may be the life preserver you’ve been desperately seeking…

This is the day Jake called in:  http://dabplayer.com/home/dab/08052017

This is the morning, where the people call in and pray for Jake: http://dabplayer.com/home/dab/08082017

It is as real as it gets.

I have a feeling this isn’t the last day we hear prayers for Jake!

My prayer is that these words today will somehow convince you to check it out and to just simply push play…

And experience the most transformative habit of The 100X Life…

LISTEN

Live 100X,

Stephen

Luke 8:8

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