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Daily Illumination Audio

By Dr. Jeremy Berg
Jesus-shaped Wisdom for 21st Century Life. Dr. Jeremy Berg — pastor, writer and professor — offers on-the-go spiritual insight and uplifting thoughts to illuminate our path. New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday. More at
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Spirit Over Our Chaos

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LifeVerse 2: A New Adventure (Acts 1:4-11)
In this series, Jeremy shares personally about the Scriptures that have most impacted and guided his life. This episode takes us to the dining center at Bethel University to the moment that both wrecked and set the stage for his life. More at 
July 29, 2021
LifeVerse 1: Yearbook (Phil 3:13-14)
In this very personal series Jeremy shares some of the Scriptures that have most impacted and guided his life. We begin with the Bible verse Jeremy quoted in his senior year book. What is the first Scripture that caught your attention and personally spoke to you? More at 
July 27, 2021
Bow of Grace
We explore God's change of heart and the meaning off the rainbow in this second part on the story of the flood in our "Spirit on the Water" summer series. Buckle up! This very dark and disturbing story ends not with gloom but grace! More at 
July 22, 2021
Waters of Wrath
We continue our "Spirit on the Water" summer series looking at the story of the Flood from Genesis 6 and the uncomfortable notion of the "wrath of God." Don't skip this one. 
July 20, 2021
MainStreet On the Move
While the pandemic was bringing many churches to a screeching halt, the church I pastor was on the move -- to the lake! A little update on MainStreet Covenant ministry over the past months of Covid including a word about my doctoral dissertation project that became a kind of Covid relief ministry. :) More at 
July 15, 2021
Soul Gardening
Do you feel guilty taking a day off while the rest of the world works? I often do. But why? Let's do some soul gardening and learn to obey Jesus' command to stop and ponder the flowers. “Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will reap a crop of my love; plow the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord" (Hosea 10:12).
July 13, 2021
Personal Reflections from a Monastery
I’m spending some time with the monks at St. John’s Abbey, and doing some personal reflection. Here’s a window into my life these days.
July 6, 2021
Planted by the River
We're living in drought conditions and experiencing a hot summer in Minnesota, and trying to grow a garden far from the water spigot. Psalm 1 invites us to plant our lives by the riverbanks of Living Water so we won't wither in the heat of life's challenges. More at 
June 29, 2021
Sanctuary in the Storm
We wrap up our 4-part series, "Spirit on the Water," by looking more closely at the creation poem in Genesis 1 in search of a biblical approach to handling the storms of life. Today we discover God doesn't remove us from troubled waters, but creates a place of refuge in the middle of the chaos. More at 
June 24, 2021
Bridge Over Troubled Water
In part 3 of our 4-part series, "Spirit on the Water," we are seeking a biblical approach for navigating life's trials and chaos.  Today we mention one approach that is tempting but we should ultimately avoid. More at 
June 22, 2021
Special: My Inner Spiritual Circus
In this episode, Jeremy opens the curtains and gives us a glimpse into his own spiritual and vocational journey lately. We are standing at a crossroads. The church and cultural landscape is shifting, and certain things need to come crashing down. Out of the rubble will grow smaller, deeper, more authentic forms of Christian community asking for the good and ancient Way of Jesus. Be encouraged! More at 
June 18, 2021
Spirit of Divine Potential
This is part 2 of our 4-part series, "Spirit on the Water," looking at Genesis 1:2. Today we explore the Spirit of creative possibilities who hovers over our divine potential. More at 
June 17, 2021
Spirit Over Our Chaos
This is part 1 in a 4-part series called "Spirit on the Water" looking at the creation story in Genesis 1:2. What does it mean that "the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters"? More at 
June 15, 2021
Israel Trip 4: Hezekiah's Tunnel
Today I share my adventure of walking through Hezekiah's 2,700 year old tunnel, and offer some spiritual thoughts on the tunneling tenacity of Heaven's light that comes searching for us in our dark moments. Find photos and videos from my adventure at 
June 10, 2021
Israel Trip 3: Heads Against A Stone Wall
Do you ever feel like your prayers are bouncing off a brick wall? In this reflection from my Israel pilgrimage in 2020 I offer some thoughts on my experience at the Wailing Wall and inside the Western Wall Tunnels. Read more and find photos and video links at  
June 8, 2021
Israel Trip 2: Touching Where Heaven Touched Earth
Another reflection from my trip to Israel in February of 2020. This episode describes my experience in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. More at 
June 3, 2021
Israel Trip 1: Scratch 'n Sniff Faith
Israel has been in the news lately, and so I thought I'd take share some reflections from my recent trip to the Holy Land. In this episode, I ask: Why bother going on a pilgrimage to that little contested strip of real estate? 
June 1, 2021
Grace in a Hot Tub
There are moments in our Christian lives when we hear the rooster crow, and we realize we've completely blown it. This is one of those moments for me, and the irony is quite juicy. What lesson can God teach a preacher using a leaky inflatable hot tub? More at 
May 27, 2021
Life's the Curriculum, You're the Assignment
Many of us unknowingly distract ourselves from the chief task of personal spiritual formation by keeping busy attending Bible classes and storing up Bible knowledge. Here's a gentle reminder that everyday life is the real classroom and we are the main assignment. Thankfully we have a reliable "lab partner." More at 
May 25, 2021
Happy 80th Birthday, Bob Dylan!
I came under the spell of Bob Dylan only in the past decade, but I can't really explain it. 
May 24, 2021
Wisdom Has A Face
While we divide humanity into conservatives and liberals, the Bible describes people as either courting Lady Wisdom or Madam Folly. Then Jesus steps onto the scene and things really get interesting. Let's explore Wisdom today. More at 
May 20, 2021
WWJD? Go Sit By A Lake
“Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake” (Matt. 13:1). Following after Jesus can be rigorous and demanding, but sometimes it means relaxing by the lake. Here's a spiritual practice we can all get excited about. More at 
May 18, 2021
Chasing Lambs
I begin my day with a morning walk at Gale Woods Farm near our home. Today I came upon a baby lamb that had somehow gotten out of the sheep pen. He was running around, panicky and with terror in his eyes. My pastoral instincts kicked as I approached the little lamb saying, "Fear not little lamb, I'm a professional shepherd. I'll help you!" He ran the other way. More at 
May 13, 2021
Antique Shop: In Search of Something
"In that musty antique shop I once again caught a whiff of a memory of a moment I was probably never intended to have." This is one of my more personal and favorite reflections on one of my secret hobbies. May we all realize what we're searching for is usually closer than we think.
May 11, 2021
Salvation Lives Here
The story of Zacchaeus isn’t mainly about a “wee little man,” but a gracious God who wants to take up residence in our homes.
May 6, 2021
Garage Sale Spirituality
What do estate sales reveal about our lives and our faith? Let’s learn from the example of Tabitha in Acts 9. More at 
May 4, 2021
When the Waters Stir
Do you ever feel like God’s healing is just beyond your reach? Like you keep missing out on something others are getting in on?
April 29, 2021
Redeeming Martha
When Jesus visited Mary and Martha's house, Mary chose rightly and Martha got the short end of the stick. But I think we have been a bit hard on Martha through the centuries, and today I want to provide a new angle on this familiar story. More at 
April 27, 2021
A Ticking Bomb
What is the appropriate posture toward reading Scripture? More at www.jeremy
April 22, 2021
Too Good to Be True
"You've won a free cruise!" Yeah, right. What's the catch? Let's talk about cynicism and the difficulty of believing in the free gift of grace.
April 20, 2021
Seasons of Life
In this episode, Jeremy offers 5 seasons of life we all pass through, and the unique discipleship focus and growth area for each season. Let us embrace each season we are granted in our years under the sun. 
April 15, 2021
God, Evil, & Spiritual Warfare
Why is the world so messed up?  Where is God in all of it? What role, if any, do Satan, angels and demons play in all the suffering? How do we face evil and suffering in a Christ-centered way? We are thrilled to gather together in-person again at St. Martin’s beginning this Sunday at 5pm for a 6-week Bible course “God, Evil, & Spiritual Warfare” I will be teaching. Join us in person or via zoom at Grace and peace!
April 14, 2021
Who is this Man?
Today's reflection is by Pastor Mike Fox. 
April 13, 2021
Jesus & Easter in Film
As a dad of 3 curious children, all of the new faith films being released offer great pathways into discussions about Easter and the story of Jesus. This past week we enjoyed two in particular that I thought I would recommend to others.
April 8, 2021
Counting on God
Jesus wouldn't last a week teaching mathematics in our schools today. His equations don't seem to add up from our earthly point of view. But God's strange math is something you can really count on for what counts most in the Kingdom of God! More at 
April 6, 2021
Good Friday: Dark, Cramped, & Stinky
I would summarize the past 12 months in 3 words: Dark, Cramped, and Stinky. When Jesus reached for an image to describe the passion he was about to endure, he compared it to Jonah's dark, cramped and stinky 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of a fish. Find a quiet place this evening and join Jeremy as he guides us in a series of Good Friday meditations from the belly of the fish. 
April 2, 2021
Which Jesus?
Some Greek manuscripts reveal that Barabbas, the criminal released instead of Jesus, was also named Jesus. These two Jesuses present two different pathways to freedom. Which Jesus do you follow?
April 1, 2021
Judas in the Mirror
Have you noticed nobody names their son Judas anymore? Before we paint Judas as the Good Friday villain, let us take a look in the mirror. 
March 30, 2021
Special: The Cursed Fig Tree
What if the fig tree Jesus cursed could tell his side of the story? Written and performed by Jeremy, this is a dramatic retelling of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem to shouts of "Hosanna!" during his last week, and how his fate was strangely intertwined with the fate of that old tree. Please share with a friend. More at 
March 25, 2021
The Journey Home
Jeremy looks at the two halves of life, the first half resembling the parable of the talents, and the second half resembling the prodigal's journey back home into loving communion with God. Where are you at in life's journey? More at 
March 23, 2021
Mining For God
We tend to think God's presence is to be found on the mountaintops and in the bright afternoon sun, only to discover God's light shines brightest in the darkness. Jeremy shares personally about his recurring bouts with depression. More at 
March 18, 2021
Written on His Palms
Even God is not above writing a reminder on the palm of his hand. Do you know what is written there? 
March 16, 2021
Treasure Hunting
What is the treasure worth selling everything to possess in Matthew 13? You may be surprised. Share this with someone who may need a reminder today. More at 
March 11, 2021
Deliver Us From Indifference
A lesson from a little old lady in a nursing home chapel. More at 
March 9, 2021
Deeper Than the Grand Canyon
Jeremy shares a reality from Psalm 84 that is deeper and grander than the Grand Canyon. 
March 4, 2021
Welcome! (Trailer)
Welcome to Daily Illumination Audio! Jeremy introduces the heart and purpose of DI Audio. Leave us a message at 
March 2, 2021
Ashes & Oil
Jeremy reflects on our earthly existence as a messy mixture of ashes and oil. More at 
March 2, 2021
Enemies of the Soul
This episode is also available as a blog post here. 
February 25, 2021
The Woman at the Laundromat
This recording also a blog post you can read here. 
February 24, 2021
Steeped: Tea Bag Faith
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February 24, 2021
Get A Grip!
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February 24, 2021