In December 2005, Brian Hardin says God told him to podcast the Bible. Hardin writes: ‘On New Year’s Eve when I read my first podcast… I said, “I’m Brian… I have no broadcast experience. I really don’t know what I’m doing, but I plan to read through the Bible this year. If you get this, here’s my email address.” I expected about five people to sign up. On New Year’s Day 2006, I had 257 responses, and by June the daily audio Bible had been downloaded 200,000 times. Now, following our sixth anniversary, it’s been downloaded more than 51 million times and is still one of the top podcasts on iTunes. With more than 1.5 million downloads monthly, the daily audio Bible is one of the most listened to podcasts in the world. We’ve become a vast online family that prays and hears the Bible together. When somebody calls or goes into the online prayer line with a request, thousands of people pray for that person… We receive an endless stream of emails from disenfranchised believers who have found the place appealing… Separated couples who had nothing left to do but sign divorce papers… started listening to the Bible and found their marriages restored. I can tell you many stories of people who were hopeless—I mean suicidally hopeless—who found comfort in God’s Word and were restored. The Bible has a voice, and if given a chance to speak—in context—it will create amazing things in your heart. The Bible can transform even the most tangled life. I know. It radically changed mine.’
Bottom line: reading the Bible will change your life.