by David Wraight
Whilst appearing on a Christian TV talk show recently I met a fellow guest named Brian Hardin. I was captivated by Brian’s story and how it demonstrates in a unique way the transformational and miraculous power of God’s Word.
In 2005, Brian was a very successful music producer, graphic artist and photographer with over 150 Christian music albums to his credit. But God had different plans for Brian’s life. Using a financial crisis in his business, God upturned Brian’s world bringing him to a point of brokenness and rededication. Realizing he had strayed a long way from God, Brian told God he was prepared to do anything for Him. Amazingly, all God told Brian to do was “read the Bible”.
At the time Brian had been experimenting with podcasts as a means to expand his business (a podcast is a series of audio or video files that are released and downloaded through web syndication). Brian decided he would record himself reading the Bible every day and invite people to listen to his Bible reading by downloading it as a podcast. It was at this point that God began to miraculously bless Brian’s obedience. Surprisingly, over 200 people downloaded the first podcast. Soon hundreds more people started downloading the podcasts, and then thousands, then tens of thousands, and finally millions! Now, after reading the Bible “on-line” daily for 1,519 consecutive days (as at Feb 20), there have been over 26 million downloads of Brian’s daily Bible reading. Every day thousands more join the Daily Audio Bible community from all over the world.
Brian has numerous stories of peoples’ lives being transformed by hearing the daily reading of the God’s Word. A rapidly growing global community of “Bible listeners” has emerged, populated by people collectively praying for the advance of God’s Kingdom. One third of Daily Audio Bible listeners are from China!
Brian Hardin is impacting the world for Jesus; and all that he is doing is simply reading the Bible to people every day. In the “Bio” on his website Brian concludes, “I want to finish well and have ripples of my life going on for generations to follow. I want it to matter for the Kingdom of God that I was here.”
The power of God’s Word to transform lives is amazing; all we simply need to do is share it with others.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)