Our prayers go out to all those affected by the devastating tsunamis in the Indian Ocean. If you would like to make a donation to help victims of this disaster, you can contribute online to the Red Cross' International Response Fund here:
If you are unable to contribute financially, please consider adding the victims to your prayers...they do make a difference.
If you are having a difficult time reconciling how God could allow such a thing to happen, you may want to listen to RevTim Podcast TWO, which host Tim Hohm devotes to the subject, as well as the December 27th edition of Lifespring!, in which host Steve Webb touches on it as well. And remember that God's desire is that death be a good thing, a transition to a far better eternal life with Him, as stated by Jesus in John 3:16. Disasters like this remind us that we need to be clear on what we believe in and why as far as our eternal destiny is concerned; there are no guarantees that we can put off deciding such things until tomorrow.
This is a special extended Christmas edition of The Living Word, featuring the original Christmas story as told in Luke 2 and Matthew 2. (It was originally going to just be Luke 2 but my daughter Rachel wanted the wise men included!) We hope you enjoy it and the God blesses you through it.
As always, you can compare other translations of these verses online here:
May your holiday weekend, no matter how or what you're celebrating, be filled with God's presence, and may you always be reminded of His love for you. Merry Christmas from all of us here at the GodCast Network!
I'd like to welcome The Whole Truth to the GodCast Network. The Whole Truth is a brand-new podcast starting up on January 1st and is hosted by Random out of Stillwater, OK. Inspired by The Living Word it will take you through the entire New Testament in a year, one manageable day at a time. If you've always wanted to read the New Testament but never got around to it, or if you're just better at listening than reading, here is the perfect opportunity to do it. Subscribe now and you'll have one New Year's resolution taken care of for you automatically!
If you're reading this then there's probably nothing here you don't already know, but for strict listeners of the site we're launching a new podcast that will carry announcements and news of what's going on here at the site itself.
This first inaugural podcast covers the TIME magazine article, the Daily Source Code coverage, and the addition of the Lifespring! and ICM Raw shows.
If you're visiting as a result of reading the article, welcome! (You're welcome no matter why you're here, of course.) Feel free to browse around and know that you can listen to any our our content on your computer by clicking on an MP3 icon wherever one appears. (You don't need an iPod or any special software just to listen.) Be forewarned that if you're a dialup user you should probably limit yourself to the MP3 files on the The Living Word show...most of the others are fairly large.
I'd also like to welcome ICM Raw to the Network. ICM Raw (the ICM stands for "Independent Christian Music") comes to us out of Boston and is hosted by Rick Wezowicz. Rick publishes a short daily news podcast and a weekly music podcast. If you're into contemporary Christian music be sure to tune in and give ICM Raw a listen. If you've never heard contemporary Christian music (or think that it's an oxymoron) tune in anyway...you might be surprised!
I'd like to welcome Lifespring! to the GodCast Network. Lifespring! is a relatively new podcast put out by Calvary Temple in Riverside, CA and is hosted by Steve Webb. It's a vibrant mix of music, conversation, news, and whatever else Steve can think of. Professionally produced, it's a great weekly podcast and I think you'll really enjoy it.
A huge thanks to Adam Curry for playing the 12/6 edition of The Living Word in today's Daily Source Code. (If you missed it, click on the MP3 icon to the above right for an excerpt.) For those of you visiting as a result of that show, Rachel is my 8-year-old daughter and decided to record the podcast that day for fun after I showed her how it was done. She's a natural...although she read off a prepared script she nailed it on her second take! Although it's usually my voice you'll hear, Rachel has asked
to do some more podcasts in the future, as has her 12-year-old brother.
GodCast.org will host additional podcasts in the months to come, some Christian and some just family-friendly. At the moment the podcast RSS feed for the home page carries all the podcasts while the feed for the individual show pages carry just the podcasts for that show. I will be adding an Announcements channel shortly that you can subscribe to in order to be informed about new shows as they are added.
Thanks for visiting. Whether you decide to subscribe or not I appreciate your interest and your time. God bless you!
Note: If you tried to listen to the MP3 link on 12/7 the file was corrupted...it has been fixed. My apologies for any inconvenience.