Saturday / Sunday, December 16 & 17 – He Keeps Me.

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Saturday / Sunday, December 16 & 17
Daily Reading
December 16, 2017     Obadiah / 3 John
December 17, 2017    No Passages Assigned

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Jude 1-2 & 24 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied…. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

        I always wonder as I read the pages of God’s Word what people do with certain Bible verses when they believe you can somehow lose your salvation. Jude 1 says I’m preserved in Jesus Christ and called. If I am preserved in Christ, how can I lose that preservation? Not only preserved but also called or assured of it. It’s obvious then Jesus would have to somehow be weakened, and allow me to slip through His protection.

        Jude 24 says; “unto Him that is able to keep you from falling.” This person would be Christ and the Holy Spirit who would be able to keep me from falling. However, it does not stop there. He will not only keep me from falling, but will present me faultless before the presence of His glory. If He can keep me from falling, will preserve me, and will present me, how can I lose this precious Salvation?

        The only explanation for someone who walks contrary to the Word of God for long periods, for someone who has little or no remorse and a person who will not yield to the chastising of the Holy Spirit is…THEY WERE MOST LIKELY NEVER SAVED TO BEGIN WITH! We cannot break free from God; we’re not that strong. A person can’t be un-preserved. God’s word says they are preserved. The only explanation is they were never preserved, never kept, never truly in Christ.

 

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

        The Bible tells us often to examine ourselves to see if we are in the Lord or not. Not because we can slip out of His Almighty grip, but because many people never place themselves in His grip to begin with. They never believed in Christ; they just don’t want to go to hell. Give Christ your all and let Him preserve you.

 

SUNDAY’S BIBLE INTAKE:

          Today we suggest you read and study whatever the Lord has laid on your Pastors heart. Whatever scripture he uses for today’s messages were given to him by God for your specific needs.

NEXT WEEK’S DAILY BIBLE READING:

December 18, 2017    Jonah / Jude
December 19, 2017    
Micah 1-4 / Revelation 1-2
December 20, 2017    
Micah 5-7 / Revelation 3-4
December 21, 2017    
Nahum / Revelation 5-6
December 22, 2017    
Habakkuk / Revelation 7-8
December 23, 2017    
Zephaniah / Revelation 9-10
December 24, 2017    
No Passages Assigned


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… and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

Friday, December 15 – Truth Be Known.

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Friday, December 15
Daily Reading
December 15, 2017   Amos 5-9 / 2 John

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. 

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

      When I was a boy, my mother would tell me, “Don’t tell lies. People who tell lies have to tell another lie to cover the first lie and another to cover that one until they tell so many lies they don’t remember the original lie they had told. Then they are caught in their lies and no one likes them. You don’t want to be someone no one likes, do you?”

      Those might not have been her exact words, but they are close enough. My mother wasn’t trying to tell me that there was another reason not to lie that was better than the Biblical commandment about not telling a lie. She knew the Bible, God’s word, is the best reason for telling the truth. It is the Truth. What my mom was telling me was another part of the same truth out of God’s word, but in her own words. What today’s verse implies. “The mouth of fools feed on foolishness.” A lie told will have to be covered with more foolishness. One lie feeds the next lie and on and on it goes until it becomes so outrageous no one would believe it.

    The heart of him who understands that God is all about truth, is seeking after the wisdom and knowledge that only God can give.

      
CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

     Seek the truth. Tell the truth. Live the truth. Obey the truth. And let the Truth of God, His Son, dwell in you.


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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

Thursday, December 14 – Our Eternal Kingdom.

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Thursday, December 14
Daily Reading
December 14, 2017   Amos 1-4 / 1 John 5

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 132:11 The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

      God has promised David an eternal, never-ending kingdom from his heirs. Now how could that possibly be? There is no kingdom that lasts forever. Even David had to be smart enough to realize that. All he would have to do is look into the past and see how kingdoms rise and fall.

        This is one of the many prophecies given of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was through the line of David that the baby Jesus came. He would be David’s successor and rightful heir to the throne. However, the throne referred to in today’s verse is not an earthly kingdom’s throne. It’s the Everlasting Kingdom of God.

    When thinking about the frailty of earthly kingdoms one might wonder how long our country can last. Looking back, we see no governments nor kingdoms last forever. Most had their downfall when they began to allow blatant sin to rule. It has been said the fall of the Roman Empire can be linked closely with their tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality and sexual promiscuity. If true, what might God think of our nation today? We have so-called Churches ordaining and placing in places of leadership openly practicing homosexuals in what they think is God’s House. I have sad news for them. God does not bless a mess. He will not be mocked. God does forgive sin, but never condones its practice. Therefore, I would repeat a question, which should be echoing in the hearts of all true believers. How much longer can this country last on the path it is going?


CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

      We need to look to and seek after an eternal Kingdom. Set our sights on things above. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His RIGHTEOUSNESS. I just love the song that says, “This world is not my Home, I’m just a passing through….” Let’s do our best to help this world while here, knowing we are not here forever. As believers, we are citizens of an eternal kingdom and Christ is our King forever.


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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

Wednesday, December 13 – God Builds People.

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Wednesday, December 13
Daily Reading
December 13, 2017   Joel / 1 John 4

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Ezra 6:15 And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

      This verse today seems so final. It was finished. When you read this verse, you seem to forget all that went into this verse.

        The first people to return to build this temple did so about 23 years before this day. The foundation had been laid around 20 years before. The building was started in 538 BC and finished around March of 515 BC. The actual construction time was about 4.5 years. They had suffered ridicule and persecution during their time of construction. This verse seems too simple for all the work that had been done over such a long period.

    Yet this is often what God wants His people to realize, the simplicity of God sometimes takes the efforts of man. Then when it is finished, we look back and see God’s hand at work through it all.

      All the years of construction, traveling and planning, pleading, withstanding ridicule and persecution had once again brought these people to a place where they were prepared to worship God. The time may have seemed long to man, but God knew it was just the right amount of time. While the people were building a building for God, God was building a people for God. Sometimes building people takes a long long time.


CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

      It may seem at times God does not answer our requests or acknowledge our plans at the time we ask for them. Remember, everything must be done in God’s time. Furthermore, His timing is always right.


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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

Tuesday, December 12 – It Is No Secret!

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Tuesday, December 12
Daily Reading
December 12, 2017   Hosea 7-14 / 1 John 3

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

      Here in the first decade of the 21st century we have seen and heard of books and so-called theologians who have made claims that there is a code in the Bible. They say that somehow in the Torah, the Hebrew version of the Old Testament, if you skip three letters and pick up the next one you will come up with hidden biblical messages. They also claim the people who wrote those books put a code in there with hidden messages.

        There are a few problems with this philosophy. One, The Torah was not written in English. It was written primarily in Hebrew. So how do these people claim to find a code from an English translation of the Bible? Second, which English version of the scripture do you need to use to get the right code? If you use NIV or NAS you will have different words. Third, if you’ll use the King James Bible you will find in 2 Peter 1:20 it says there is no prophecy of the scripture which is of any private interpretation. In other words, it says, “There are NO CODES.” The other Versions say it was not by man’s interpretation. This could mean about the same, however it leaves out the fact of there is no secrecy to the word of God.

    Not only was it not man’s interpretation, it was not private. God intended for all men everywhere to know the truth. If these men and women who write these books would spend as much time obeying the written word as they do trying to find some hidden meaning, this world would be a much better place.


CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

      Therefore, I guess if you like to take a lot of time reading things that are just not so, Grab one of those codes books and get a cup of hot chocolate and read a good fiction book. However if you really want a blessing, grab a good old King James Bible and read the Real Word Of God.


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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

Monday, December 11 – Up The Right Tree?

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Monday, December 11 – Up The Right Tree?
Daily Reading
December 11, 2017   Hosea 1-6 / 1 John 1-2

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. 

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

      Family Trees take on many shapes and designs. In fact, some of them look more like family bushes than trees. However, have you ever given thought to whether your family tree is an eternal tree, or is it a tree that will wither and die? The life of a tree is not dependent upon how many branches and leaves are on the tree. The life of the tree depends on the root system and nutrients from those roots.

        If you want a family tree that will stand the test of time, you need to have the right roots. If your roots are planted in shallow ground such as things that only matter today, then when the winds and storms of life blow your family tree will not be very stable. But then again, if you’re tree were rooted in the word of God, something that will last for eternity, then your family tree will live on and survive.

    How can you make this happen? Well first you need to be rooted well yourself. You must know Jesus as your Saviour. Then, as our text today says, “he that winneth souls is wise.” Share with your family the gifts and grace of God.

      
CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

      If you starve a tree, give it no water and no light it will die. Jesus said He was the water that would never run dry and the light of the world. If you feed your family tree the right water and the right light, it will grow and flourish into a beautiful eternal tree.


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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

Saturday / Sunday, December 9 & 10 – Get The Recipe!

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Saturday / Sunday, December 9 & 10 – Get The Recipe!
Daily Reading
December 9 2017       Daniel 10-12 / 2 Peter 3
December 10, 2017    No Passages Assigned

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 128:1-2 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

        It’s the Holiday season and people are looking everywhere for recipes. One recipe, which people have been looking for years for, is a recipe for success. Another thing we hear at this time of year is that we should have Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward Men. Well here in this little chapter of the Bible, we have found a recipe for success and a way to find peace in five steps.

Step 1. Worship The Lord. The phrase feareth the LORD refers not to a frightened fear, but a respectful and worshipful heart.

Step 2. Walk In His Ways. If you truly respect who God is, it is not hard to walk in His ways and obey His guidelines in life.

Step 3. Work. Work brings about satisfaction. It is how God designed us. We want to be doing something that makes a difference. It also is a way for God to supply for our needs in this life.

Step 4. Enjoy Life, as God Created It. God never intended for us to walk around with sad faces all the time. We are to enjoy life. If we remember who God is and follow His plan for our life, it will truly be a happier life.

Step 5.  It will bring a Calm to your Soul. When we find out God’s way is a better way than our way and His way is always right, we find life is easier and better. In addition, all these things together bring about PEACE to our heart.

       

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

       How can we enjoy Peace and Joy in our Life? Look to the author and finisher of our faith. He is the Peace that passeth all understanding. He is the Joy that will flood your soul. He IS… Therefore, we can be.

 

SUNDAY’S BIBLE INTAKE:

          Today we suggest you read and study whatever the Lord has laid on your Pastors heart. Whatever scripture he uses for today’s messages were given to him by God for your specific needs.

NEXT WEEK’S DAILY BIBLE READING:

December 11, 2017     Hosea 1-6 / 1 John 1-2
December 12, 2017     
Hosea 7-14 / 1 John 3
December 13, 2017     
Joel / 1 John 4
December 14, 2017     
Amos 1-4 / 1 John 5
December 15, 2017     
Amos 5-9 / 2 John
December 16, 2017     
Obadiah / 3 John
December 17, 2017     
No Passages Assigned


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… and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

Friday, December 8 – Are You A Good Soldier?

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Friday, December 8
Daily Reading
December 8, 2017   Daniel 8-9 / 2 Peter 2

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

2 Timothy 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

      A Soldier of the cross. This is what we as Christians often refer to our self as. Several times in the scripture, it’s portrayed how we should be as soldiers ready for battle. Always ready to serve and defend that which we claim to love and swear allegiance to.

    So today, let’s take a little soldier test. Ready? ATTENTION! Now soldier, how long are you to remain at attention? Is it until you see something go by which catches your eye and you want to follow it a while? No, that’s not a good soldier. Maybe you should be at attention until you get tired and want to be at ease. No, that’s not a good soldier. How about when it gets dark and the commander leaves and goes inside. If they can’t see you, you must be able to fall out at ease, right? No, that’s also not a good soldier. When can a soldier be at ease? It’s when the person who called them to attention or a higher-ranking officer than them says at ease. Not one moment before. Anything less is insubordination and will not be tolerated. A good soldier will be obedient, even when it does not seem to make sense.

    When did God become your commander and chief? It was at the moment of salvation when you enlisted in His army. There’s no officer higher than He is. If He says run you run. If He says walk you walk. If He says stand in one place you stand in one place. Whatever He says, you must do. Until He one day says, “At ease. Come home my child and rest.”


CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

      So, how did you do? Are you a great soldier? A good Soldier? An all right soldier? Or are you absent without leave? Is your life entangled with the cares of this world? We need to keep our focus on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. So Soldier… ATTENTION… ON HIM!


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Founder and Executive Director|
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Thursday, December 7 – Break Free.

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Thursday, December 7
Daily Reading
December 7, 2017   Daniel 6-7 / 2 Peter 1

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 7: 21& 23 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him… Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

 

 

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

      Ever see a commercial of a car wrapped around a tree with dead bodies hanging out of it with a slogan under it saying, “Drink this brand Beer; we are the life of the party!” How about a lung removal operation and the announcer says “You can have one too if you will only smoke this brand cigarette.” Maybe a wife and children broken and crying as daddy is booked at the police station for meeting with a prostitute and the voice says, “This commercial message is brought to you by this brand x-rated Porno magazine and web site. We’re where all the fun begins.” No, you’ll never see commercials like that. Why, well the reason is that those are the realities of sin. Satan never wants you to see the realities. He makes sin look fun and glorious. Smoking is made to look cool by tough people. Movies and magazines glamorize drinking as being the social way of enjoying yourself. Pornography is everywhere giving folks the numbing attitude of what can it really hurt. The end result is a trap.

        Ask the drunkard on the street or the Alcoholic who has tried every rehab around to get free from the trap. Ask the smoker who has tried every patch, pill, gum, and still can’t seem to break the habit. Ask the inmates who are in for rape and ask families broken up by affairs where their problems most likely began. Sin is a trap. Just like an animal going for food held in the jaws of a snare and not realizing death is at the door, so do people follow sin not knowing Satan is the controller of it. Then the substance becomes their controller when they’ve fallen prey to the cunning device.

     
CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

      There is good news. God is stronger than Satan ever hoped to be. The Holy Spirit who resides in a believer can help you overcome any addiction. He is able to deliver you. However, you have to be willing to do your part. Give it to Him and trust He will do His part. Is it easy? Sometimes it’s not. Is it worth it? Always yes! Is there help along the way? That’s why God made the church. Break Free!


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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

Wednesday, December 6 – What’s In A Name?

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Wednesday, December 6
Daily Reading
December 6, 2017   Daniel 3-5 / 1 Peter 4-5

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 124:8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

        What’s in a name? Does it make or change what or whom a person is? Can it really make a difference? In some people, the idea of what their name portrays makes such a huge difference that they actually will go out and change it to something else.

     A name does convey identity. My first name was taken from my mother’s adopted father. My middle name was taken from my father’s dad. They had enough respect for their parents to want to continue their names by giving them to someone else. My father received his last name from his father and so passed down my last name to me. In this town, our last name is usually thought of as good. Why, because my father did those things that were right and kept our family name clean. I made some terrible choices in the beginning of my life, however God saw fit to save me and change my life. Now our family name is once again thought of as decent and good. I can only pray my children will respect our family name as they pass it down to their children and their children’s children.

      I also carry the name Christian. This name means Christ like. This name was also given to me, but by my Heavenly Father. He has done everything to keep this name clean for all His children, but now He is depending upon me to be able to pass down that heritage. The name of the Lord meant a lot to the children of Israel. He was called the self-existent or eternal Lord. Jehovah. There is a lot in a name.

      
CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:


As people see you, what do they think about the name of Christ? Do they think friendly, kind, loving, and compassionate? Or do their thoughts go toward angry, spiteful, deceiving, and cruel? You might be the only Jesus people see today. Hold up His name as a banner of honor. There is a lot to be said for that name.

 


Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12