DECEMBER 4 & 5, 2021 – What’s My Excuse?

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What’s My Excuse? 

DECEMBER 4 & 5, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Philemon 10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    How often have we thought, “I cannot witness for Christ now because __________” (You fill in the blank. I know I have, with many excuses). It seems there is always a reason not to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    However, does it ever work the other way. You are just sitting around and think, “I sure wish there was someone around to tell about Jesus right about now.” If you ever thought this and meant it, probably someone showed up. God intends for us always to be willing, ready, and able to share the good news of our salvation.

    Paul led a runaway slave by the name of Onesimus to the Lord while in jail. Paul could have said I am too preoccupied trying to think of how to get out of jail to think about someone else right now. Sadly, this is what many of us do all too often. What could happen if we all decided that in the year to come, we would be more like Paul whenever possible? In our worst times let’s think of others. We might be surprised, it might make what we thought was our worst time, not so bad after all.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    As you go through your day today, start to think, whom can I share Christ with, and how will I do it. Then, JUST DO IT! It will surprise them and you. It will also make your day a lot more exciting.

GOD TALKING TO ME: DECEMBER 4, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Ezekiel 43 – 45    /      Psalm 122-123     /     Proverbs 4-5     /     Philemon

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Daniel 3-4           /    2 Peter 3

 

WHAT TO DO ON SUNDAY:

There will not be a Daily Devotion sent out on Sundays. Instead, we encourage you to attend your church and listen intently to what God has prepared in the heart of your Pastor. Write down all the scriptures he uses in that message, then when you get home re-read those passages for today’s reading. God has given to your Pastor exactly what He desires for you on that day.  

GOD TALKING TO ME: DECEMBER 5, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

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Living In His Word Ministries

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

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

DECEMBER 03, 2021 – I Want It Now!

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I Want It Now!

DECEMBER 03, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 3:29-30 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Blood boils, tempers flare when someone else gets a promotion you have waited for and believe so much you deserve. You work, you try, you plan someday to have this job, then someone else just marches in from nowhere and takes it. For some reason we are just as mad at the person who got the promotion as we are at the one who made what we see as a bad decision to put them there. Mad because someone else got ahead before we did. It may be possible, and even probable, the person was not trying to hurt you. They were simply trying to get ahead in life the same as you. However, this does not seem to matter now, right? You say to yourself, “I am going to be mad at this person anyway.” We get the attitude “I will just stay mad at them and that will teach them to take my job!”

    Sound silly? It is. However, it happens all the time. Getting angry with someone and not knowing why, is wrong. Yet many people find themselves with pent-up anger at someone who had no control of a situation. It may also be someone they really do not know. Why do people get this way? There answer most likely will be something like, “I do not know, I just FEEL that way.” Makes a lot of sense doesn’t it.

    The Bible tells us not to be this way toward others, nor plan to hurt someone without cause. It is not right. It is not Biblical. It is not godly. Not to mention most other people do not like people with this type of attitude. The fact is others look at people who act this way as small, petty, self-centered, and negative. Sadly, they find themselves alone, unpopular, and often passed up for future advancements because of their bad attitude.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    When God opens the door for another, (especially a brother or a sister in the Lord), do not reject them. Instead, rejoice with them, help, and encourage them. Who knows, they might be your leader some day and be able to help promote you to where God really wanted you to be. Even if that never happens, you receive a blessing just obeying God’s word. He is your leader, and He will be promoting you someday.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  DECEMBER 03, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Ezekiel 41, 42     /     Psalm 121     /     Proverbs 3     /     Titus

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Daniel 1-2           /      2 Peter 2

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       “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

DECEMBER 02, 2021 – They Sometimes Will Lie!

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They Sometimes Will Lie! 

DECEMBER 02, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 120:2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

  Life is hard enough on its own without someone adding to our troubles. We have the day-to-day task of living in a world filled with sin and trying to stay pure for the Lord. It appears almost impossible at times with everything around us. On top of that, we get someone who tells stories about us or slanders our character with comments that are not true. It seems at times almost too much to bear. This sounds like what the Psalmist is saying in our verse today. Oh Lord, deliver me from those who lie and tell deceitful untrue stories about me. Nevertheless, how can you protect yourself from it? Some people are just going to talk. Well, here are a couple of suggestions.

• First, do as the Psalmist does here and pray for protection from these types of people. Ask God to protect your character from these types of attacks.

• Second, have a character that is above reproach. Live your life daily so if someone might say something, no one would believe him or her. Their accusations just make them look silly.

• Finally, pray for them. Do not just pray for God to keep them from you. Pray He might also change their heart. They could be your next best friend.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Malicious gossip does not help anyone. No one ever looks bigger by ridiculing or making someone else look smaller. It only breaks up relationships, and the Bible says God hates it. Remember the Bible does not say God hates the person, just the sin. If we do our part to live a godly life, lovingly pray for those who might tell tales, and turn it all over to the Lord, He will see us through.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  DECEMBER 01, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Ezekiel 40     /     Psalm 120     /     Proverbs 2     /     Hebrews 12, 13

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Ezekiel 46-48            /       2 Peter 1

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       “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

DECEMBER 01, 2021 – Bad Weather – Good News

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Bad Weather – Good News 

DECEMBER 01, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Ezekiel 38:22-23 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

  Winter seems to be just around the corner. In fact, for some it seems to be here now. The winds are blowing, and snow starts falling. The days go by so fast, as night comes earlier, and the morning sun sleeps in just a little longer. To some folks this seems like a time of year that is dreary and sad. It is said more suicides occur during the winter months than any other time of the year. People let the elements affect their attitude.

    However, we as Christians can look at it another way if we will. God so often uses the weather and the elements to show His awesome power and control. The wind, rain, hail, fire, waters and yes, even the snow is mentioned in the Bible several times. God has used them often to make sure people know He is God, and he controls all things, including nature. In fact, He is the only one who can control nature. He is the only one to direct the wind in the heavens above us. He is the only one to decide how much rain will fall and where. He controls the sun and moon and the amount of light we get each day. He is totally in control. Let this time of year just be a reminder in our life that if He can control the weather, He can also control the situations in our life.
  

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  So, as you look out the window and see the wind blowing… See God. As you witness the snow falling… See God. As the daylight comes to an end… See God. Now thank Him for the evidence that He is still there and still in control of everything. Let the elements control your attitude. Let them bring peace to your heart knowing He is still there and still around to love you too.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  DECEMBER 01, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Ezekiel 38 – 39     /     Psalm 119:161-176     /     Proverbs 1     /     Hebrews 11

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Ezekiel 42-45           /       1 Peter 4-5

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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

NOVEMBER 30, 2021 – Forgive And Live

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Forgive And Live

NOVEMBER 30, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Hebrews 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    God has just told us in this little verse that He is going to do something we would imagine impossible for Him to do. He is going to, “not know” something. However, God knows everything. He knows all the past, the present, and all the future, which we know nothing of yet. However, here He tells us that He will not remember any of our sins anymore. They are all gone from His super giant all-knowing memory. How can this be?

    There is only one answer. It is only possible because He chooses to forget our sins. He has made a choice not to remember our faults and failures. He has truly forgiven us. He will never bring those things up on our account again. The precious blood of the Lamb of God, His Son Jesus Christ, pays for them and our sin debt has been wiped clean. Oh, what a wonderful promise God has written in such a few words. All our sins have been washed away from our account by the love, grace, and the will of God.

    When others hurt us, God asks us to do as He has done. We are to make a choice to forgive. This means we are to make a conscious decision not to hold the sins of someone else toward us to their account. Yes, this can be hard to do. However, if God can forgive us for everything and make it as if it never happened, should we not also forgive one of His creations when He asks us to? The answer again is YES.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Forgiving people frees us from carrying around a lot of the baggage of hurt and resentfulness. Let’s just give all the pain and hurt to Jesus and let Him handle it. Forgive and Live.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  NOVEMBER 30, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Ezekiel 37     /     Psalm 119:145-160     /     Proverbs 30, 31     /     Hebrews 10

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Ezekiel 39-41           /    1 Peter 3

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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

NOVEMBER 29, 2021 – Sing A New Song

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Sing A New Song 

NOVEMBER 29, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Ezekiel 36:26-27 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

  “There’s a New Song in My Heart” is a song we have sung in church for years. However, why is there a new song? Have you somehow suddenly got a craving for Psalms and Hymns? Did all your old musical tastes just suddenly go out the window? Well, if you are like most people with music, probably not completely.


    Nevertheless, when you accepted Christ as saviour there is a new desire to sing praises to God. Why? If you think about it for just a second you will realize a song is really a group of words someone put together to convey a certain idea or belief. Every song, (that is any song worth anything at all) has some message. You might ask about concertos or sonnets, songs that seem to have no words. However, even these pieces of music seem to convey a mood the originator intended.

    Why is there a new song in your heart? Well, the answer is very simple. Jesus now resides in your heart in the person of the Holy Spirit. In John 1:14 it says that Jesus, “the Word was made flesh.” Therefore, if Jesus is in your heart, there is a new set of words in your heart, which tell a new story. It is a story of love, peace, joy, and one of eternal life. You have a new story in your heart. Therefore, you have a new song.

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    A new composer has also written the story. God has put together a song that brings joy to your soul. Sing unto the Lord a new song. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Let all that have breath praise His name. There is a new song in our heart. Sing it.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  NOVEMBER 29, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Ezekiel 35-36      /    Psalm 119:121-144     /     Proverbs 29     /      Hebrews 7-9

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Ezekiel 36-38           /       1 Peter 2

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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

NOVEMBER 27 & 28, 2021 – Be Thankful!

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Be Thankful!  

NOVEMBER 27 & 28, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Ezekiel 33:31-33And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    During this time of the year with several Holidays upon us, many Christians will try to share their faith with family and friends. Many families and friends will stand by and hear your lovely words. They will nod their heads and agree with their mouth, but as soon as the celebration is over, they will not have given their life to Christ, nor will anything change in their life.

    What a time to rejoice and give thanks. WHAT, you might ask? Oh yes, it is a time to be very thankful to God. I am thankful it is not up to you or up to me to save a person. Salvation is the work of God. I rejoice, even though there are those who turn deaf ears, there will also be those who listen and receive Gods love through His Son Jesus Christ. I am thankful that I will not be held accountable for what others do, only for what I do. I am thankful a few times a year God allows us the opportunity to share our faith and joy in Him, without feeling out-of-place in doing so. I am thankful God will make Himself known in the hearts of people. Finally, I am thankful that on occasion He can use someone like me. We have so very much for which to be thankful.  

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    During this Holiday Season, let God use you. When sharing with family and friends what you are most thankful for, be sure to mention Christ and His saving power in your life. Mention salvation is available to all. Let this be more than a Holiday, share Christ with others, and make it an occasion to remember.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  NOVEMBER 27, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Ezekiel 33-34     /     Psalm 119:97-120     /     Proverbs 27-28     /     Hebrews 3-6

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Ezekiel 32-35           /         1 Peter 1

 

WHAT TO DO ON SUNDAY:

There will not be a Daily Devotion sent out on Sundays. Instead, we encourage you to attend your church and listen intently to what God has prepared in the heart of your Pastor. Write down all the scriptures he uses in that message, then when you get home re-read those passages for today’s reading. God has given to your Pastor exactly what He desires for you on that day.  

GOD TALKING TO ME:  NOVEMBER 28, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

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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

NOVEMBER 26, 2021 – My Life Verse

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My Life Verse  

NOVEMBER 26, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Hebrews 2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

  Years ago, my Pastor encouraged me to find a Bible verse that I might call my life verse. I thought at the time this would be almost impossible. Every verse in the Bible spoke of who I was to be and what I was to do. How could I pick just one? However, my Pastor had said this would be a good thing to do, so I set out to do as he suggested.

    I began my quest by asking God to lead me to a verse that spoke to me about my mission in life or spoke to me in a special way. Then I came across this verse. This was the perfect verse for me. At the time, I knew God was calling me into the Evangelistic Ministry. To sing and preach wherever He might open a door. This verse declared what I felt I should do then, and now. I am to declare Christ’s name to anyone and everyone and sing for the glory of God.

    As I continued in the Evangelistic Ministry and am now a Pastor myself, this verse means even more to me. I have the great privilege week after week of sharing with people I know, and who know me, the wonders of God’s Word. I also am blessed to be able to sing the praises of His name with and for the church.

    What a blessing this verse has been and will forever continue to be in my life. What a great word of advice my Pastor shared with me on that day. Might I suggest if you have never found a life verse for yourself, one that you know God speaks to your heart about, begin that search today. I know it will influence your life. It sure has mine.

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  I am not asking you to take this as your life verse. However, would you consider following its meaning on Sunday. As you gather with family and friends, would you declare His name unto your brethren and sing a song of praise to Him? As we think on the Thanksgiving week, let us thank Him most of all.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  NOVEMBER 26, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Ezekiel 31, 32     /     Psalm 119:81-96     /     Proverbs 26     /     Hebrews 1, 2

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Ezekiel 28-31           /       James 5

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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

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

May God bless each and every one of you on this special day of Thanksgiving. LIHW Ministries is so thankful for so many who share their love throughout the entire year. Again, May God bless you all today.



NOVEMBER 25, 2021 – Driving Lessons

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Driving Lessons

NOVEMBER 25, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Driving in most cities today takes a lot more concentration than in the past. This is due to several things. One, there are more drivers on the road today. If you go into any good-sized city around noon, you will know exactly what I mean. There are hundreds of people trying to get somewhere in a hurry. Two, I am getting older. My reflexes are not as quick as they use to be, and my patience seems to have shortened at times as well. Third, according to most drivers, everyone else on the road is stupid, except for them. So, with hundreds of people driving on the same roads and many with short tempers, what keeps traffic moving? It is the traffic laws. These laws tell us when and how long to wait at a light and who goes first at a four-way stop. There are hundreds of laws written which we are supposed to know. Surprisingly, we seem to know most of them.

    How did we get so smart? Was it by sitting down and memorizing all those laws? Well for some maybe, but most of us learned them by seeing that these laws made sense. We see reminder signs along the roads. We have found how these laws work together for all of us. A special person with flashing lights on top of their car taught some of the laws to us. If this happened to you, I bet you drove away thinking, “Oh boy, I learned another lesson!” Yeah right. You were most likely upset you were caught, just like everyone else. However, as we get older, most of us realize, even the laws we do not like have purpose.

    The same is true in life. When God allows things into our life that hurt, it never seems fair. However, God teaches us something with every situation in life. Sometimes He is simply saying, “Trust Me.”

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    With every trial in life, there is a lesson to be learned or a character to be developed. As God molds us into whom He needs us to be, we must accept that He is doing this for His good first and for ours also. He made all the statues or rules so we could all get where we are going in life safely and according to His plan. The question here might be where are you going? God will get you there if you let Him lead.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  NOVEMBER 25, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Ezekiel 29, 30     /     Psalm 119:65-80     /     Proverbs 25     /     Colossians 3, 4

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Ezekiel 24-27           /        James 4

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

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