40 Days of QTs + 74 more

Scroll all the way down for the introductory podcast and notes explaining the 40-day series. Although this 40-day series (mainly brand new material) has been released 1 Jan - 9 Feb 2013, you can listen to the podcasts later, even after the series "disappears," by searching under the headings NT Podcasts, OT Podcasts, and Various Podcasts at the left of your screen.

If you enjoyed the 40 days and are hungry for more, CLICK for another 74 Days of QTs.


The Psalms lessons are cumulative; they build on one another. To learn the most, try to listen to them in order.

The lessons on the 10 Commandments are also cumulative. To learn the most, try to listen to them in order. The Decalogue podcasts are shorter than the Psalms lessons, so occasionally you might want to combine days.

The third section in our series covers a number of spiritual disciplines. Speakers include Tom Jones, Ron Clark, Ed Anton, Joey Harris, and me. Unlike the Decalogue series, none of these lessons is short; they are substantial. This sub-series ranges from prayer & fasting to the disciple's attitude towards (and use of) money.

The final section of the 40 Days series focuses on men and women who knew the Lord. (And in the case of the first podcast, someone who was the Lord!)


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Here are a podcast and notes on Drawing Near to God: 40-Day Quiet Time Series (9 minutes).

Introduction: Dark Days in Israel

  • Theme scripture: "'Their leader will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them. I will bring him near and he will come close to me—for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?’ declares the Lord. “‘So you will be my people, and I will be your God.’” -- Jeremiah 30:21-22
  • This text was written about 2600 years ago, in the time of Jeremiah (626-586 BC).
  • The Israelites didn't want to be in exile (captivity). Although the Lord was always there for his people, it is certainly true that better days lay ahead. The following passage speaks of the vitality of a spiritual person, one who will devote himself to the Lord.
  • When one person draws near to God, it affects many others. It lights a fire. When you and I decide to draw near to the Lord, it helps all of us to live as God's people.

Virtues of daily time in the word

  • 10 reasons for daily devotions
    • Beginning the day in less pressurized or hectic manner.
    • Thinking more spiritual thoughts, better able to handle the tough things that come our way.
    • Being stronger spiritually.
    • Fighting temptation with scripture.
    • A better grasp of the big story of scripture.
    • More to share with seekers, in counseling, even in group talks.
    • The ability to profit greatly from more in-depth Christian books.
    • Starting the day with Lord.
    • A clearer conscience.
    • Greater sensitivity to the leading of the Spirit.
  • The series is designed to catapult us into a new season.

I. Drawing Close to God Through the Psalms

  • The 19th book of Bible is the most quoted in the New Testament, and for good reason.
  • The Psalter has functioned as a sort of prayer book and hymn book for Christians through the ages.
  • The path is not easy, life isn't fair, and we often don't get our way. This book encourages you and me to get honest with God.
  • 10 podcasts in all.

II. Drawing Near to God Through the Law

  • True, the law showed our inability to live apart from God, yet the law is good. It reveals God's holiness.
  • The Decalogue (10 commandments) are the nucleus; the rest of the law fleshes out these principles, giving practicals for living out a relationship with God.
  • The Torah may not be the law for us, but it's still the word of God for us, and we profit greatly by studying it.
  • 10 lessons in all, one from each commandment.

III. Drawing Near to God Through Spiritual Disciplines

  • Spirituality has never been purely "spontaneous." Spiritual life--a relationship with God--requires work, just as any relationship entails effort.
  • We will study 7 disciplines and also hear lessons on improving our daily Quiet Times.
  • 6 different speakers (Ed Anton, Ron Clark, Joey Harris, Douglas & Steve Jacoby, Tom Jones)
  • Will cover such diverse areas as Prayer & Fasting, Modesty, and Taking Up the Cross.
  • 10 lessons in all.

IV. Men and Women Close to Their Lord

  • What does it look like when people are living disciplined spiritual lives, internalizing the principles of God's word?
  • Learn from such persons as Abraham, Hannah, David, Manasseh, Mary, Paul, Mary & Martha, Stephen, John the Baptist, and of course Jesus.
  • 10 talks in all.

Suggestions for the next 40 days (days 41-80)

  • Preserve your momentum! There's no need to stop after 40 podcasts; there are hundreds more.
  • Suggestions for even more lessons will be offered (all at this website), shortly before the end of this series.
  • 40 lessons in all.


  • Subscribers live in multiple time zones. When possible I will try to have the next lesson up at the start of the day for subscribers living in Australia and New Zealand.
  • What is guaranteed is that the next lesson will appear on the next day Eastern Standard Time.
  • Lessons begin 1 January and end 9 February, though they will always be available for members (they never expire)