Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – Come as a little child.

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 KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

          Luke 18:17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

          Babies are so cute. One of the joys of Grand parenting is loving the grandchildren, spoiling them, and then sending them home with their parents. If we pay attention we’ll see several common traits in children. For example; if an adult shows a child some real attention they’ll come to you and are excited to be around you. They love to have your attention. They also are expecting you to be happy and playful too. Babies want to be around joyful people.

Little children are also coming to you dependent and desiring your care for them. Small children will do almost anything they’re asked to do by someone bigger than they are. Adults tell them things like, “Jump off the counter I’ll catch you!” What do they do? They jump! Why? Because they trust completely in your ability to catch them, and believe you will. They are obedient without question.

Children are also imitators. Have you ever seen someone trying to work on something with small children around? The next thing you know the child is right there trying to do it to, asking the age-old question planted in the heart of every child. “WHY?” Why is this and why is that? Why do they ask why so much? Because they have come wanting to learn and to help.

This is probably just scratching the surface of what Jesus was talking about when He said we as adults must come as little children.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

          We must come to the cross believing and trusting. We should run to Jesus excited, happy, and wanting to be in His presence. We need to realize our dependence on Him and that He will take care of us. We should be always asking Him why, how and what. Ever seeking the answers He has written for us in His Word. We should want to be around Him and help do what He is doing. We should come to Him as little children.

SUGGESTED READING:

“Extended Bible Time”
Isaiah 31-33
Psalm 51
Proverbs 26
Luke 18

“Through the Bible In A Year”
Psa. 72 – 75
Rom. 15

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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

Monday, August 25, 2014 – I’ll fix them!

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  KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

        Proverbs 25:21, 22If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

          Ok, today’s the day we get honest. Think for just a second, who is the one person who really rubs you the wrong way? Don’t say it aloud… you don’t want everyone to know! You know who it is. It’s the person that when you see them coming you hide because you don’t want to speak to them. It’s the one individual who seems to always be really irritating. Maybe they made you mad or possibly, they’ve hurt you in some way. Perhaps they have caused you so many problems it’s not even funny. So do you have that person in mind? Well today’s the day we fix their wagon. After all this time we are going to make things right. Jesus has shown us exactly what to do to people that treat us like this. Are you ready for the remedy? Here it is. Treat them as Jesus treated you.

Do you remember when you would do and say things that had to have hurt Jesus? When you did that, what did He do? He laid down His life to save you. Can you recall all those times you neglected Him, called one of His children names or made fun of them? Well He sure got even with you. How, He loved you. That will teach you to be ugly to Him.

Yes, Jesus tells us that we should treat our enemies with respect and love. So what do you get out of it? God said He would reward you. Quite possibly, as you show the love of Jesus to someone else, God might give you a new Saved Friend.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

          Jesus loves the little children, ALL the children of the world, red, and yellow, black, and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world. Could Jesus show that love through you today, or is there something in the way?

SUGGESTED READING:

“Extended Bible Time”
Isaiah 29, 30
Psalm 50
Proverbs 25
Luke 17

“Through the Bible In A Year”
Psa. 69 – 71
Rom. 14
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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

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KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

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”

Isaiah 27, 28
Psalm 49
Proverbs 24
Luke 16

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

“Through the Bible In A Year”

August 25, 2014       Psa. 69 – 71       Rom. 14
August 26, 2014       Psa. 72 – 75       Rom. 15
August 27, 2014       Psa. 76 – 78       Rom. 16
August 28, 2014       Psa. 79 – 81       1Co. 1
August 29, 2014       Psa. 82 – 86       1Co. 2
August 30, 2014       Psa. 87 – 89       1Co. 3
August 31, 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, August 23, 2014 – What causes you to fear?

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KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

          Isaiah 26:3-6 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

         When do you feel scared? When are worries most likely to get to you? When is it that you become the most afraid? I’m sure several of you had numerous answers. On the other hand, I would also imagine most of them fall into an area of insecurity or unbelief.

Most people do not experience fear standing on the sidewalk of their local town. However if you lived in Los Angeles and an earthquake began to shake the ground you were standing on you might be a little worried. Or if it was at night in a less than desirable and unfamiliar part of town you might find yourself a bit frightened. What changed? Was it the sidewalk? No. It was the situations you found yourself in, which were out of your control.

One of the nice things about trusting in God is you can know without a shadow of doubt nothing is out of His control. He never takes a break from watching over you. If you truly trust Him, He will be with you through all your fears. In fact, if we truly trust in Him, He will take away most of them.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

       In Proverbs 3:5-6 it says: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths “

SUGGESTED READING:

“Extended Bible Time”
Isaiah 24-26
Psalm 48
Proverbs 23
Luke 15

“Through the Bible In A Year”
Psa. 65 – 68
Rom. 13

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, August 22, 2014 – Forsake ALL?

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KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

        Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

What does this mean to forsake all? Does it mean I have to move out of my house and leave it behind? Give up my job, walk around somewhat aimlessly, and when I run into people tell them of Christ? Give away my car and walk everyplace I go? Leave my family behind and begin to travel? No. That would not be in keeping with the rest of scripture that tells us to be good stewards. If we have absolutely nothing, of what are we to be stewards? The Bible says we are to be good husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers. If we leave our family, is that being a good parent or spouse? So what does this verse mean?

It means you must put God first before all those things. You must become as dead to yourself and your desires. You must choose to follow Christ and His leading. Jesus was telling them what preachers have been trying to share with people since then. Coming to Jesus is not a trip down the aisle and it’s over. Knowing Christ is not learning to say a prayer and then living just as you did before. Coming to Christ is, well, just like it sound, coming to Christ. Coming and depositing your entire life into Christ. It means trusting Him with all your cares, and concerns. Believing He will help you to be a better steward of everything that He places in your control. It’s being better than you could possibly have been without Him. It is turning your LIFE over to Christ, all of your LIFE.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

          It may sound almost scary to think of giving total control of your life over to someone. Yet you give surgeons that control during surgery. Think about this: whether you give Him your life or not… He is still in total control. He may allow you to have your way and as a result often suffer in your sins if you want to, but WHY would you want to?

SUGGESTED READING:

“Extended Bible Time”
Isaiah 3-5
Psalm 41
Proverbs 15
Luke 7

“Through the Bible In A Year”
Psa. 58 – 64
Rom. 12

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

Thursday, August 21, 2014 – The Annual County Fair.

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KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

          Proverbs 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

         As a young boy, I would go to the County Fair when it would come to town. I would ride all the rides, play some of the games, and just have a great time. I remember while walking down the fairway people who operated the booths would be yelling, “Hey, try your luck for fifty cents” or “twenty five cents to see the multi-headed alligator.” Always yelling something crazy, trying to get you to come and see what they had.

Sometimes as a preacher, I feel like those carnival workers. Yelling at the top of my lungs “come see Christ, see what He’s done for you.” Doing my best to tell people, “for free, you can receive salvation, your admission price has been paid in full.” Nevertheless, it often seems to no avail as people wander by. Some will laugh, some just won’t listen, while yet others won’t believe that it’s true. They wander out of the way of understanding and remain in the congregation of the dead.

I hope you don’t think for a second that I’m trying to cheapen the church to the likes of a carnival, or the gospel message to a carnies cry. I’m merely trying to illustrate the frustration of preachers who want so badly for you to hear of the salvation offered by Christ. The disappointment and concern they feel for the unsaved, while watching people walk past in life and rejecting God’s message. As our verse said, “The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.”

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

         The rejection of the gospel is not surprising, just heartbreaking. Remember, Jesus said long ago, they’re not rejecting you they’re rejecting Him. So keep telling people as long as they walk by. Occasionally someone will listen, understand and accept the truth of God’s love through His Son Jesus, and be saved.

SUGGESTED READING:

”Extended Bible Time”
Isaiah 19-21
Psalm 46
Proverbs 21
Luke 13

“Through the Bible In A Year”
Psa. 52 – 57
Rom. 11

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – Do you know the answers?

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  KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

          Psalm 45:17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

         Can you recall the Salesman and Sales Manager from Ford Motors in 1946 that became the Chairman and CEO of Chrysler in 1979? Some of you might remember, but a good share of you did not. His name was Lee Iacocca. Here’s another one for you to guess. Who was born as Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907 in the town of Winterset Iowa? He went on to become one of the world’s best-known cowboys. A few of you might know. It was John Wayne. Try this one. Who was the most famous US Texan in 2003 and where was he born? Some of you might have guessed the US President, George W. Bush. However if you said his birthplace was Texas you are wrong. In fact, he is the only living Bush child not born in Texas. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut while his father was finishing college.

Now if I asked you who was born in a manger in Bethlehem, His father a carpenter by trade and He traveled all around working miracles and died on a cross, who would you say this was? There would be no hesitation in most people’s mind. It was Jesus. If I asked who was reported to have risen from the grave and then ascend into heaven? You would say Jesus. That name will be remembered by every generation throughout history. No other name is so well recognized. No other life is so well studied. None other has ever made the difference that Jesus has made in the lives of so many.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

         Jesus. Name above all names. Saviour, Counselor, Prince of Peace. Others come, go, and make an impact on their era of time. Jesus came and stayed in the hearts of all people and will make an impact throughout all time. JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! Yes, Friend there is something special about that name.

SUGGESTED READING:

“Extended Bible Time”
Isaiah 16-18
Psalm 45
Proverbs 20
Luke 12

“Through the Bible In A Year”
Psa. 48 – 51
Rom. 10

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, August 19, 2014 – Live on purpose.

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KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

         Isaiah 14:24The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

          “Opps, Oh Oh, WOW, didn’t mean for that to happen, whoops, Oh No not again!” What are all these? These are statements I’m sure you’ve made from time to time. They’re also comments you have heard others make on occasion.

There is something else unique about these statements as well. They are all statements you will never hear God make. Why will God never utter these words? It’s because nothing ever catches Him off guard. He never makes a mistake. There’s never a time when something doesn’t turn out exactly as He knew it would.

Our verse today says, as God has thought or purposed, it will be, exactly as He thought or purposed it to be. If you read a promise from God in the Bible, it is sure to happen just as He said. Why, because whatever He has purposed, will happen. God never does things by chance or accident. He does everything on PURPOSE.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

          You were not created or born by accident. God has a purpose for you in your life. You are living on this day and at this time for a reason. Ask God today to show you His will for your life today and strengthen you in your service for Him. You have a gift God intends to use to bring fulfillment to your life and ministry to His church. You are not an accident so… Live on purpose.

SUGGESTED READING:

“Extended Bible Time”
Isaiah 13, 15
Psalm 44:9-26
Proverbs 19
Luke 11

“Through the Bible In A Year”
Psa. 18 – 20
Rom. 3

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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

Monday, August 18, 2014 – Law and Grace.

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KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

          Luke 10:25,26And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

          Loopholes, excuses, escape, and trying to find a way out of things, seems to consume the minds of some people. They spend all their time trying to find a way around the rules instead of obeying the rules and then using that extra time for enjoyment, learning, rest, and making things better for themselves and those around them. What a waste of talent and time.

The verses today speak of a person called a lawyer, which actually means a studier of the Mosaic Law, also called a scribe. He’s asking what is it I can do to inherit eternal life. For the average person this might be a good question. They may have never had the opportunity to read or hear and find out the answer before this. However, the lawyer, as he was called, had already studied the law. He already knew the correct answer. Nevertheless, he asked the question anyway. Why, it was to tempt Jesus to trip up and fail in His answer. Jesus answered him with another question, “How do YOU read the law?”

Today many people have thrown out the law saying, “we are living in a day of grace.” That is only part true. By teaching only grace, we’re teaching the Law of God has no effect. However, the New Testament says the law shows us we’re sinners and brings us to the cross. In Galatians 3:24, 25 Paul called it our schoolmaster. Once we have Jesus in our heart we don’t need a schoolmaster as we have the law living in us. Our desire is to be obedient to God’s Word. The law is needed today as shinning a light on sin. Jesus did not dismiss the law. He asked, how do YOU read it? He might ask you the same question. How do YOU read it…? Or, do you read it?

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

          We must continue to see the law as a tool God has given and the boundaries He has set. Praise God we are saved by grace and are no longer under the law but under grace. Nevertheless, not being under the law does not dismiss the law. Thank God for it, as it still convicts man’s heart of sin.

SUGGESTED READING:

“Extended Bible Time”
Isaiah 11-13
Psalm 44:1-8
Proverbs 18
Luke 10

“Through the Bible In A Year”
Psa. 38 – 41
Rom. 8

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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

Sunday, August 17, 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”
Isaiah 9-10
Psalm 43
Proverbs 17
Luke 9

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

“Through the Bible In A Year”
August 18, 2014       Psa. 38 – 41       Rom. 8
August 19, 2014       Psa. 42 – 47       Rom. 9
August 20, 2014       Psa. 48 – 51       Rom. 10
August 21, 2014       Psa. 52 – 57       Rom. 11
August 22, 2014       Psa. 58 – 64       Rom. 12
August 23, 2014       Psa. 65 – 68       Rom. 13
August 24, 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