This episode is sort of the period at the end of a sentence. The director’s cry of “Cut!” at the end of a scene.
I’ve never, in more than 12 years of podcasting done an episode like this. It’s sort of bittersweet, to tell you the truth.
The first time reading through the Bible with the Lifespring Family Bible began, I think, in January of 2007. I read through the Bible in a year, so there were approximately 365 episodes there. After that year, I published reruns for at least two years if I remember right. The New Lifespring Family Audio Bible began in March of 2013 with all new readings and commentary, and there were 611 episodes of the New Lifespring Family Audio Bible, for a total of 976 episodes in which we read the Bible together.
What’s next? I’ll get to that in a few minutes, but first I want to say thanks to each listener, and thanks to those who have supported the show financially, especially My Friendly Editor who, when many months ago I expressed the need for ongoing financial support, this person prayed about it and was moved to commit to a monthly donation. This really helped with some of the expenses associated with producing the podcast, but more than anything, it was an encouragement to me that this show meant enough to My Friendly Editor to make the commitment. And there have been others along the way who have helped with one-time donations, and those gifts have been very much appreciated, too. Sometimes you really helped me get over a hump when unexpected expenses arose. To all who have made donations, you have my gratitude.
For those that have prayed for the podcast, for me, for my family, thank you. Your prayers encouraged me to keep going. Producing 976 episodes of Bible reading and commentary represents thousands upon thousands of hours of work in the studio. I’m not gonna lie, there were times when I wondered if it was worth it. It was at those times that the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit told me to “Keep going. People are listening to My Word. What you are doing does matter.” So thank you for your prayers.
I want to thank my wife, the love of my life, the Lovely Lady LeeAnn, who has never wavered in her support. Many of those thousands of hours in the studio were hours that could have been spent with her, but she graciously and generously, without once complaining, relinquished our time together so that the podcast could go out on time. Honestly, without LeeAnn’s help and support, the Lifespring Family Audio Bible would never have been possible.
I also want to thank Pastor Mel Bennett. When I first heard about this new form of communication called podcasting way back in September or October of 2004, Mel Bennett was my pastor. When the Lord called me to actually do a podcast, Pastor Bennett allowed me to use the church’s sound equipment to do the recording. That’s where the original Lifespring! Podcast was birthed, and I used the church’s equipment for the first year or so. If he had not allowed me to record there, there would have been no Lifespring! Podcast, and no subsequent Lifespring Family Audio Bible.
Over the twelve-plus years since the first episode debuted, I’ve received lots of emails from around the world from listeners. I consider each person who wrote a friend, or even a family member. Believe me when I say that you really encouraged my heart. Sitting at my desk while studying and writing, and then recording, editing and assembling the podcast, then uploading the show file and writing show notes, are all solitary tasks. When someone takes the time to fire off a short note or write something longer, it truly is a bright spot in my day to see that email arrive in my inbox. Thank you to each one who has written.
Of course I’ve made lots of friends who are also podcasters. I’ve interviewed authors, musicians, singers, comedians, even a guy who was in the Mafia. God has been so good in giving me access to all of these folks. It’s been a blast, and my prayer has been and will continue to be that you were encouraged, blessed, and yes, even entertained with those episodes of the Lifespring! Podcast.
So what are my plans for the future? “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.” Ps 19:21. There is a Yiddish proverb that paraphrases that scripture as, “Man plans, God laughs.” And then Woody Allen paraphrased that with, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”
I’ll tell you what is in my mind, but I readily acknowledge that God may have other things in mind for me. And I think you know me well enough by now to know that I’m just fine with that. God’s plans for me are ALWAYS better than my plans.
So here we go.
I’m at a place in my life where I want to simplify things. For many, many years I have had numerous irons in the fire. Lots of things going on simultaneously. Husband, Dad (now grandpa), Windshield Repair business owner/operator, head tech guy at church, podcaster, voiceover artist, author, and some things I can’t even think of right now.
Obviously, I can’t do all of those things at once, so whatever I say “Yes” to requires that I say “No” to the others. A few months ago, I said “No more” to my duties as the tech guy at my church after almost twenty years. There were several reasons, but one of the main reasons was so that I could once again worship with my wife on Sunday mornings, and have my Saturdays back. I spent almost every Saturday preparing for Sundays.
I’ve already mentioned the hours spent producing the Lifespring Family Audio Bible. The next step in simplifying will be to discontinue producing new episodes this podcast. Notice I said “new episodes”. After the first of the year, I’ll begin posting repeats of the Lifespring Family Audio Bible, beginning with episode one, Genesis one. As you’ve heard me say many many times, this is the podcast that helps you achieve consistency in reading the Bible. I want to continue to be a help in that area. So stay subscribed, and please share the podcast with your friends and family who you think would benefit from a daily Mon-friday reading of the word.
And speaking of reading the Word of God, early in 2017 I will offer for sale my recording of the entire Bible. This will be the narration I did in recording the Lifespring Family Audio Bible. But it will only be the Bible portions, not the intro, the commentary or anything else. Just the Bible. It will be organized in such a way that you’ll be able to easily access whatever chapter you want to listen to on your device, whether your computer, an mp3 device, or your mobile device. You’ll have the entire Bible at your fingertips, narrated by yours truly. It will be available at Steve Webb Productions.com. No need to go there right now. There’s just a placeholder there right now.
In addition, I’ll be producing audiobooks of some of the great, classic Christian authors. Books that have stood the test of time and are still being read today. Those will be available at stevewebbproductions.com as well. I’m not going to reveal the specific titles right now. You’ll just need to check the website. I’ll have a mailing list you can sign up for to be notified when new titles are released.
I would also like to refresh the LifespringMedia website in 2017 to make it easier for you to find the interviews I’ve done and organize the different shows by topic. I produced about 200 episodes of the Lifespring! podcast, and there is a lot of material there that is still relevant today.
Will I ever produce any more new episodes? I’ve learned to never say never, but I don’t anticipate a show that has an indeterminate lifespan. Just be sure you’re subscribed to the All Shows Feed in the sidebar here at the website. That way, anything new will automatically come to your podcast catching app.
So, even though I am trying to simplify my life, I’ll still be really busy. Please feel free to write to me at any time. By now, you might have memorized the address, but here it is one more time: firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t be a stranger. Write to me.
I guess that’ll do it for now. Thanks for listening. Until next time, may god bless you richly, I’m Steve Webb. bye.