Thursday, June 26, 2014 – Relationship or fellowship?

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KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

        Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

         One of the saddest phenomena’s in the world today is the rotating doors of the church. As I have been given the opportunity to speak in several churches over the years, I am often saddened to hear of people who once seemed so on fire for God, and now are back living in the world. In the church that I pastor and in churches all across the United States we find the same thing happening over and over again. Someone will come into the church, get all excited about being there with so many loving people, join everything they can join and do all types of great work in the church. They talk the talk of the born-again and go to every function that comes along. Then, some little detail of church or outside influence comes their way and off they go back into the world living as they did before they came to church. Ask them are they saved and they say “Oh yes, I’m saved. I remember the date.” However, salvation is not a date on which you said magic words to save you. Salvation is a relationship with the Jesus Christ. Once you have a real relationship with Him, the world will taste bad.

Our verse today says a dog returns to his vomit, and a fool to his folly. The lost will always long for the world. However, when a person really is saved the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Some say the people who go back into the world have lost their salvation. However, friend you can’t lose what you never had.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

         Enjoying church fellowship does not save you anymore than sitting in a garage makes you a car. Christianity isn’t only about fellowship; it’s about a real relationship. Do you have a relationship with Jesus?

SUGGESTED READING:

”Extended Bible Time”
1 Kings 18, 19
Psalm 146
Proverbs 26
Revelations 18

“Through the Bible In A Year”
2 Chron. 1 – 3
Acts 2:37 – 47

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                                       “Getting people into the Word of God…                                                                      . . . and the Word of God into people.”

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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 – And the world goes round and round.

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KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

          Psalm 145:16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

          Does it not seem somewhat amazing to you that everything on this planet is taken care of by God? The birds are given wisdom and supplies to make their nest and food enough to eat. The fish are given the globe for an aquarium to dwell in and some feed on microscopic particles that we can’t even see. Animals have all found different ways to make a home from caves, to burrows in the ground, or places in the trees. God supplies the rain, oxygen, and nutrients in the soil for plants and trees to grow. He gives us the right amount of cold, heat, sunlight, darkness, and seasons each year so even the wildest of plants flourish without anyone but God tending to them. From the smallest one cell organism to the entire planet and its multiple complexities, God created and sustains it all every minute of every day. He satisfies the desire of every living thing.

Do you know why he does all that? He does it for you. All that is created on this earth was given to man in Genesis. It was all created for you. Adam, Eve, and Satan spoiled some of it when they decided to disobey God. However, they could never destroy it all. God opens His hand and supplies for the living. From the intricate beauty of the smallest flower to the majestic span of all the stars in the sky, God created it for you to behold his wonders. The oxygen, food, and water needed to sustain life were all created by God for you.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

          In the New Testament God shares this truth with us another way when He says in Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. He has, He is, and He always will supply for His own child. Real love is about giving. God has given this to you. He loves you.

SUGGESTED READING:

“Extended Bible Time”
1 Kings 16, 17
Psalm 145
Proverbs 25
Revelations 16, 17

“Through the Bible In A Year”
1 Chron. 27 – 29
Acts 2:1 – 36

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.
Executive Director Hebrews 2:12

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – Somebody’s watching you!

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KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

          1 Kings 15:26 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD: 

It is so wonderful to see a newborn baby. To watch them grow and develop over the years. At about the age of three or four we start to see them do all kinds of things. Run, play, walk, and talk and talk and talk and talk. You can ask them just about anything and they will tell you the truth, as they know it. Sometimes we get more information than we bargained for or ever wanted to hear. However, if you watch children for a while you will begin to see in them the characteristics of their parents. Often these precious little one will suddenly do or say something and you’ll hear someone say, “Where did they pick that up from?” Humm, that’s a good question. The truth is they have likely heard or seen it somewhere. Children are so impressionable.

In our verse today, it says the king “walked in the way of his father.” Everything dad had done the son saw as working well for dad, so he was just going to be like daddy. However, daddy had lived in sin. Now the son will be living in sin also. In addition, not only did he sin, but also he was a leader of many and caused them all to sin. Who started that? Somebody’s daddy did.

It is so important for us to know what we are doing before the children of this world, might have a larger impact than we could ever imagine on the world to come. Live as if your life makes a difference. It does to someone.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

          As you look at your children or those around your neighborhood, think for a second, there could go a pastor, teacher, president, or governor. Even more important than that is, there could go a future mom or dad. Help them with their impressionable years so they can make a difference for God some day.

SUGGESTED READING: 

“Extended Bible Time”
1 Kings 14, 15
Psalm 144
Proverbs 24
Revelations 14, 15

“Through the Bible In A Year”
1 Chron. 24 – 26
Acts 1

 

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.
Executive Director Hebrews 2:12

 

Monday, June 23, 2014 – There is a real place called Hell.

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KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

         Revelation 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

          I’m sure you have said or heard someone say, “This or that will happen, when Hell freezes over.” Can you imagine all the wild and crazy things people must have attached to that phrase? I’ll get married, sing a solo, give you my car, or whatever wild idea came up just before the phrase, “when Hell freezes over.” Living in Michigan most of my life there was kind of a joke about the phrase, “when Hell freezes over.” There is a city not far from where I lived in Michigan named Hell. In the winter months, we would get a lot of snow, and as you may have guessed, sometimes Hell would freeze over. We were waiting to see if any of those promises would come true on that day. What a crazy day that would be.

Another phrase you hear concerning this place called Hell is “Hell on Earth.” What a phrase. What a thought. Most often, when someone uses that phase they’re referring to something terrible happening. Like when the hurricane that ripped through the southern U.S. and destroyed entire cities, people said, it was like Hell on earth for some.

It may have seemed like the worst thing that could possibly happen to them. But as terrible as that was or as horrific as your worst possible day has been, it will not compare to the day when God and the angels ban Satan from Heaven and he takes up residence on this earth. Friends that will be the closest people living on earth will ever come to real Hell on earth.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

         Good news, we don’t have to be here when it happens. In Thessalonians, the Bible talks of the church being taken away before the tribulation period on earth. All we need to do is accept Christ as our Saviour before that day of real “Hell on Earth.” Some might say, “I’ll get right with God when Hell freezes over.” Well, Hell froze over in Michigan several times. Why not get things right today?

SUGESTED READING:

“Extended Bible Time”
1 Kings 12, 13
Psalm 143
Proverbs 23
Revelations 12, 13

“Through the Bible In A Year”
1 Chron. 21 – 23
John 21

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.
Executive DirectorHebrews 2:12

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Today we suggest you read and study whatever the Lord has laid on your Pastors heart. Whatever his text is for today’s Sunday Service were given to him by God for your specific needs.

SUGGESTED READING:

If you are doing the
“Extended Bible Time”
reading we do have today’s verses

Extended Bible Time”
1 Kings 11
Psalm 142
Proverbs 22
Revelations 10, 11

 Below are the Daily Bible Readings for the week ahead,  if your desire is to read the biblein one year with No Sunday Reading.

  “Through the Bible In A Year”

June 23, 2014    1 Chron. 21 – 23        John 21
June 24, 2014    1 Chron. 24 – 26        Acts 1
June 25, 2014    1 Chron. 27 – 29        Acts 2:1 – 36
June 26, 2014    2 Chron. 1 – 3           Acts 2:37 – 47
June 27, 2014    2 Chron. 4 – 6           Acts 3
June 28, 2014    2 Chron. 7 – 9           Acts 4
June 29, 2014    No Passages Assigned

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.
Executive Director Hebrews 2:12

Saturday, June 21, 2014 – Hands and Hearts.

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KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:


          Psalm 141: 1, 2 LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

         There are those times in life when we may feel like the author of this Psalm. “Oh’ Lord I need you to answer my prayer right now. Not five minutes from now, not tomorrow, but today!” We’ve all had those moments in life. However, did we come to the Lord as David did? The verse says, “lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” What does that mean?

Some denominations lift their hands all the time. Others make no gesture at all in church or in private. Some teach it’s the only correct posture to approach God. Others say it’s a prideful motion and people use it to simply draw attention to them and therefore take away from glorifying God. So which is right?

It seems the ancient gesture in the Old Testament and in some New Testament churches was a sign of surrender and supplication. Total surrender in showing they had no weapons in their hands and a state of defenselessness. Supplication in that their hands were empty and waited upon God to fulfill their every need. Most believe it was then, and should still be today, an outward gesture to demonstrate the heart of the individual. A heart lifted to God and open to His will. The Bible records many postures for prayer and worship. The one thing God is always concerned with is your heart.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

          So is it right or wrong? Really, God cares more about your heart than your hands. Trying to show you’re spiritual by lifting your hands does not impress God nor should it impress man. However, if it’s a humble expression of your heart, raise them high. The most important matter is where is your heart with God?

SUGGESTED READING:

“Extended Bible Time”
1 Kings 9, 10
Psalm 141
Proverbs 21
Revelations 8, 9

“Through the Bible In A Year”
1 Chron. 17 – 20
John 20:19 – 31
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.
Executive Director Hebrews 2:12

Friday, June 20, 2014 – What is real perfection?

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KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

          1 Kings 8:60, 61 That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else. Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

          I heard a woman once look at a pie she had made and exclaim “Perfect.” By the way, I tasted that pie; it was very, very good. However, was it perfect? Was it perfectly rounded, or could it have been just a smidgen off on one side? Was all the dough cooked to a perfect golden brown, or was there possibly a small area that did not look like the rest? To her and all who looked on, this pie was perfect. To the ones who tasted of the delectable backed goods it seemed perfect. It was perfect enough for the purpose intended. She did her best.

Solomon built a temple that was to be the dwelling place of God. It was declared one of the most beautiful buildings of all times. In addition, God did dwell there. However, was it perfect? Could not any of the dimensions have been just a quarter of an inch off? Could not one of the stones used have had a flaw in it somewhere? Was it really perfect? Probably not, but it was good enough for God to say, “Well done,” and dwell there. Solomon had done his best.

Today God desires to dwell in your heart. In the verses today, Solomon tells the people to be perfect with the Lord. Can we be perfect with no sin ever? No, no one can. However, our desire can be to be the best we can for Him. Walk in His ways and asking for forgiveness when we fail. Not perfect yet, but perfecting daily. After all, it’s the dwelling place of God. We should simply do our best.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

          Godly perfection in the Christian really means to be single minded toward God. Make Him the center of your life, and He’ll make your life, A REAL LIFE!

SUGGESTED READING:

“Extended Bible Time”
1 Kings 8
Psalm 140
Proverbs 20
Revelations 6, 7

“Through the Bible In A Year”
1 Chron. 15 – 16
John 20:1 – 18
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.
Executive Director Hebrews 2:12

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – Sing a happy tune.

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KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

          Psalm 137:4 How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

          “Does anyone know where the phone is?” You would not have heard that question in the average house in the 1970’s. It was on the wall with a cord hooked to it so you couldn’t walk very far away. However, today with cordless phones we have an entire new set of problems. Someone gets talking and wandering around the house. When they are done, they just lay the phone down wherever they are. The next person who wants to use the phone has to hunt for it. Well the developers of these devises knew this would happen so they have added a feature that allows us to hunt for them easier. With the push of a button at the base of the phone, the remote receiver begins to plays a distinctive little ring, tone, or song. All you have to do now is begin to listen and follow the tune until you find the receiver. Now you can talk with whomever you want.

Our verse today asks the question, “How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?” Another way of looking at this would be, “how could I sing if I can’t hear the music.” Being so far away from where they longed to be it seemed hard to be joyous and sing the songs of praise. It’s that way for us today too. It may seem hard at times to sing the joyous wonderful songs of the love of God when our hearts are hurting or broken. However, something miraculous happens when we begin to sing. The more we sing with our heart, the closer the Lord seems to draw near to our need. It’s sort of like the example of the phone. We need to be near the receiver to talk, but getting near to it sometimes requires that we listen for the melody it plays. Listen to the music in your heart.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

          When we received Christ as Saviour, He placed a new song in our heart. It’s a song of joy, peace, and rejoicing. Find that tune again and begin to sing. “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart….” Can you hear God on the other end of the line now? He’s been there all along.

SUGGESTED READING:

“Extended Bible Time”
1 Kings 3, 4
Psalm 137
Proverbs 17
Revelation 2

“Through the Bible In A Year
1 Chron. 9 – 10
John 18:1 – 18

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.
Executive Director Hebrews 2:12

Monday, June 16, 2014 – June 16 – What’s a good rule for life?

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KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

          1 Kings 2:3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

          What makes for a good rule in life? Something that says, this is good for me and I’ll do it forever. It usually is something we did which worked well or failed miserably. Life experiences give us great guidelines to live by. Another way to find these pearls for life is talking with someone you highly respect and believe in. As they share what did and did not work for them, you can form a set of guiding principles for your life.

God’s ways are just like that. Not a list of “don’t do that or I’ll get you” type rules. They are loving guidelines that make life better for everyone. Look at the descriptions given to God’s leading in today’s verse. It’s called the “charge of the LORD thy God, his ways, his statutes, his commandments, his judgments, and his testimonies.” The charge, means an encouragement for life. We hear charges given to graduates from high school and college to go out and use the wisdom they have gained to make a difference. The statues are the positive statements such as “do this it works better.” The commandments and judgments are moral and legal advice, like do not commit adultery, or steal. The testimonies are the wisdom and warning of God so we don’t mess up. You see it’s like getting the best advice from a highly respected person we can truly believe in.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

          David understood this. In Psalm 19:7-8 it says: The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. How about you? Will you trust God and prosper in all that you do, wherever you go?

SUGGESTED READING:

“Extended Bible Time”
1 Kings 2
Psalm 136
Proverbs 16
Revelation 1

“Through the Bible In A Year”
1 Chron. 7 – 8
John 17

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.
Executive DirectorHebrews 2:12

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Today we suggest you read and study whatever the Lord has laid on your Pastors heart. Whatever his text is for today’s Sunday Service were given to him by God for your specific needs.

SUGGESTED READING:

If you are doing the “Extended Bible Time” reading we do have today’s verses

Extended Bible Time”
1 Kings 1
Psalm 135
Proverbs 15
Jude

Below are the Daily Bible Readings for the week ahead,  if your desire is to read the biblein one year with No Sunday Reading.

“Through the Bible In A Year”

June 16, 2014    1 Chron. 7 – 8          John 17
June 17, 2014    1 Chron. 9 – 10        John 18:1 – 18
June 18, 2014    1 Chron. 11 – 12     John 18:19 – 40
June 19, 2014    1 Chron. 13 – 14     John 19
June 20, 2014    1 Chron. 15 – 16   John 20:1 – 18
June 21, 2014    1 Chron. 17 – 20     John 20:19 – 31
June 22, 2014    No Passages Assigned

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.
Executive Director Hebrews 2:12