February 25, 2020 – What’s Really COOL?

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What’s Really COOL?

February 25, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 5:10-13 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     Do you remember back to the day you graduated from High School? I remember most of my classmates saying things like; “I’m Free… I’m Finally Free,” and, “No more people telling me what to do!” However, reality sets in not too long after the graduation is done. There is no more school for some, but there will always be someone telling you what needs to be done.

     Yet with graduation, there is a sense of being your own person, an independence that seems liberating. The sad fact was, some of those who graduated from my class, had already messed up a good share of their life. Some guys had gotten their girlfriends pregnant, and now had to support a family, or pay child support. Generally, it turned out to be those who thought they were the big shots on campus. Mr. and Miss, “I’m too cool for most of you.” You know them. However, the image they wanted to portray as being so COOL, caused them to try to be something they should not have been. When they should have been enjoying the life of a teen, they were trying too hard to be an adult. Then, when they ended up as parents before school was out, they appeared as if they had lost a lot of the “COOL” that was so important to them. They now heard people say things like, “Man you have messed up your life,” Or “What a waste, they had so much going for them.”

     That’s exactly what today’s scripture says. If you play with sin, you lose. You lose honor, possibilities slip by, and often you end up paying court fees, child support, or doctor bills. Some have serious health issues, and others lost their life. Looking back, they most likely wonder, why didn’t I just wait? The short time playing in sin wasn’t worth it. Not so “COOL” after all.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     Is it worth it? Is sin really worth it? Is it worth the shame, and ridicule? Is it worth the disappointment you experience later? Is it worth dishonoring God? Is it worth the rest of your life? The best answer to all these questions is, absolutely NOT.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  February 25, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Numbers 18-21      /     Proverbs 5:10-13

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Numbers 1-3     /   Mark 6:1-31

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February 24, 2020 – Stay Clear Of The Scary House

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Stay Clear Of The Scary House

February 24, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 5:6-9 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     Over the years, I have heard so many people tell of a house in his, or her neighborhood, that seemed spooky. For some it was an old abandon house, and as the story goes, it’s said that people lost their life there, and the house was now filled with ghosts. For others, it was a house where an elderly couple lived. Somehow, they seemed angry, and upset most of the time. (Could it possibly have been because of all of the annoying neighborhood kids?) Nevertheless, stories start to go around of how they are mean old people who will do you harm if you go near the house. For whatever reason there always seemed to be, in every neighborhood, a house kids did not want to go near. Although the stories of these places were most likely made up, and highly exaggerated, the fear of these houses was very real. No one had to beg children to get away from there; they just did not go there. The fear of what might happen was all it took to keep them away.

     Solomon once again begs his son not to turn away from his sayings. Unlike the stories of the haunted houses, and mean older people, these sayings are not made up. These are life’s tried, and true words of wisdom. Solomon wanted his son, and all who read these words, to have that same type of childlike fear, when it came to the ways of sin. Stay away from it. Let the fear of what might happen keep you from it. Because, behind every door of sin there lies in waiting disappointment, dishonor, disease, despair, and even doom. You’ll not go inside the place of sin, if you never go near sin’s door. 


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     Knock knock. Who’s there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad you did not fall for sins tricks. Ok, so it’s a bad joke. However, it’s a joy to be right. Right with man, and right with God. RIGHT?

GOD TALKING TO ME:  February 24, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Numbers 15 – 17      /     Proverbs 5:6-9

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Leviticus 26 – 27      /     Mark 5

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Founder and Executive Director
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February 22 & 23, 2020 – WEEKEND REVIEW

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Weekend Review

February 22 & 23, 2020 


Proverbs 4:23

Keep thy heart
with all diligence;
for out of it are
the issues
of life. 

 

Work Week Devotions
Through the Book of Proverbs

      As previously mentioned, with WORK WEEK DEVOTIONS, we will only be publishing a Devotional Thoughts Monday – Friday. On Saturday we suggest you re-read the entire chapter we have been studying through, and if we will be going into the following chapter the next week, we encourage you to read that chapter as well.       

There are never Devotions on Sunday. 

Thank you for joining us
as we journey together
Through Proverbs in 2020.

 

WEEK 7 – Day 6

     On Saturday, we suggest you re-read the Proverb we have written from this past week and the week to come.

Proverbs 4-5

WEEK 7 – Day 7

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

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS

February 24, 2020     Numbers 15 – 17      Proverbs 5:6 – 9
February 25, 2020     Numbers 18 – 21      Proverbs 5:10 – 13
February 26, 2020     Numbers 22 – 25      Proverbs 5:14 – 16
February 27, 2020     Numbers 26 – 29      Proverbs 5:17 – 20
February 28, 2020     Numbers 30 – 32      Proverbs 5:21 – 23
February 29, 2020     Proverbs 5 – 6
March 1, 2020             No Passages Assigned  
 

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY

February 24, 2020      Leviticus 26-27       Mark 5
February 25, 2020      Numbers 1-3           Mark 6:1-31
February 26, 2020      Numbers 4-6           Mark 6:32-56
February 27, 2020      Numbers 7              Mark 7
February 28, 2020      Numbers 8-9           Mark 8:1-21
February 29, 2020      Numbers 10-11       Mark 8:22-38
March 1, 2020              No Passages Assigned

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY

  FEBRUARY 22, 2020     Leviticus 25           Mark 4:21 – 41
  FEBRUARY 23, 2020     No Passages Assigned

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       “Getting people into the Word of God…

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

February 21, 2020 – Like Taking Candy From A Baby

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Like Taking Candy From A Baby 

February 21, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 5:1-5 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     Many of you will remember the old saying, “It’s as easy as taking candy from a baby.” I would think we all know what that means. Yet just to be sure, it’s supposed to refer to something that’s very simple to do, like taking candy away from a baby is physically very simple to do. However, doing it without being noticed, or caught, well, that may be quite another thing.

     If you don’t believe me, try this sometime. (First, get the child’s parents consent. Don’t just go out experimenting with random babies.) Take a large piece of candy that you know a baby cannot swallow, and let the baby lick on it for just a few minutes. Now reach in, and take the candy from that baby. Taking the candy back physically should prove to be relatively easy. However, more than likely, you’re going to have one loud, squalling baby on your hands. Furthermore, everyone around is going to be looking questionably at you, standing there holding a gooey piece of candy which you just took from that innocent baby. If they don’t call you a selfish pig, they’ll be thinking it. God does not always work in mysterious ways. It’s true, the ways of God are above men, and so sometimes hard to understand. Nevertheless, God has made His plans for this earth, and your eternal life very clear in His Word.

     Taking the candy is easy. Getting away with it is almost impossible. That’s how it is in real life with immoral behavior. You might be able to get away with it for a while, but it will catch up with you. You’ll be caught, and you guessed it; people are going to be looking at you like some sort of pervert.

     Sexual sin seems harmless. However, when those thoughts are acted upon, it can destroy the physical body with an untold number of diseases today. Even if that doesn’t happen, it will always wreak havoc on the self-conscience soul. It’s so hard to drive those thoughts from your mind once in. That’s why it’s always best not to let them in! Remember, Proverbs 5:3-5 says; For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     So how do we keep them from driving us crazy? Don’t let them in your mind in the first place. To think of it another way, don’t give candy to a baby, that you might want to take back.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  February 21, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Numbers 12 – 14     /     Proverbs 5:1-5

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Leviticus 23 – 24      /   Mark 4:1-20

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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

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

February 20, 2020 – No, Don’t Go There

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No, Don’t Go There

February 20, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 4:26-27 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     OK, I admit from time to time, I have watched a scary movie. Some of those movies are just ridiculous. There’s little, or no story line, or plot. It’s just hack, and gore. Those are not the good movies at all. However, every so often you will run up on a good suspense thriller. One that keeps your attention through the entire film. In those really good movies, it seems the director will always let you know what’s about to happen by showing you a glimpse of the danger awaiting the unsuspecting victim just behind the door, or around the corner. Then, as the target of this impending danger walks toward the peril ahead, you find yourself thinking, (or in some cases yelling aloud) “NO, DON’T GO IN THERE!” You may even think to yourself, “can’t they see what’s about to happen?” If you could, you would reach out, grab them, and say, “listen to me, I know what’s ahead for you, and you do not want to go in there!” However, if you did, it would ruin the rest of the story the writer had written. It would not end as it was designed to end.

     God, in His sovereignty, has chosen to give us the freedom of will. We are allowed to choose what we will, or won’t do. To select where we will, or will not go. He too knows the dangers that are ahead in life if we make the wrong decision. In addition, He’s doing His best to guide us, and help us understand, we must continually look at where we’re going.

     Our Proverb today encourages us to think for a minute of where we’re going in life. We need to plan for our future, and make sure that God is in the very center of that plan. Once we’ve centered our life on God, we should not turn to the right or left. We must stay away from evil temptations, and keep our focus on walking toward our Saviour, Jesus Christ.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     Like an infant taking steps toward the waiting arms of a loving parent, so should we walk on this earth with our focus toward God.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  February 20, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Numbers 8-11      /     Proverbs 4:26-27

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Leviticus 20-22      /     Mark 3

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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

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

February 19, 2020 – A “Values Vault”

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A “Values Vault”

February 19, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 4:23-25 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     We put up fences to guard our properties. We build large homes and buildings, equipped with locks on the doors and windows to protect our belongings. We put our money in a safe place such as a bank, or in a vault. Why? Because all of these things are of value to us. So, what do we do to guard our heart?

     Here in Proverbs we are told to keep, or guard our heart. Why? Well, because it’s where all of life stems from. So how do we do that? How can we build a safe place for our heart?

     Glad you asked. The next verse tell us how to begin. Verse 24 says we should put away; “a froward mouth, and perverse lips.” To be froward is to be crooked, or departing from what’s right. Do we really want to guard our heart? Then it’s important for us to keep our conversations, and our mind on what’s right. Don’t get sidetracked into thinking about things that are sinful, and wicked. It also means we are not to be mean spirited toward others as well. Proverbs 23:7 says; “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” God wants our minds on what’s right so our mouth will say what’s right.

     Do we want to guard our heart? Verses 25 says to keep our eyes on the path before us. Focusing on what really matters. The eyes are wonderful tools given to us by God. Nevertheless, Satan likes to divert them, to bring temptations our way. It happened to Eve. It happened to David with Bathsheba. Don’t think for a second, it can’t happen to us. Be on guard.

     We must not let Satan drag us off course. We must build a “Values Vault” in which we guard our eyes, our mind, and our mouth, and this will help to then guard our heart.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     Matt. 6:33-34 tell us to seek first the kingdom of God, and not to be overly concerned with tomorrow. Because as we all well know, there will be plenty to deal with tomorrow already. So, let’s not worry about the future until we get there. Instead, let’s concentrate on walking the path God set before us today, and let God help us in our walk.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  February 19, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Numbers 5 – 7      /     Proverbs 4:23-25

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Leviticus 18-19      /     Mark 2

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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

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

February 18, 2020 – You Think I’m How Old?

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You Think I’m How Old?

February 18, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 4:19-22 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     I love going to the County Fair. The rides, the Carmel Corn, the Cotton Candy, they all seem to call out to me. However, there are also others calling out to me. It’s the Carnies who work the midway. “Play this for a buck, and win a 50-foot teddy bear you can’t get in your car.” There’s always someone yelling, “Guess your weight, or age for a dollar, if I’m off by this much, you win something silly.” When they guess you’re 18 and you’re really 13, that’s great. You look mature. When you’re in your early 40’s, and you hear them say 55, well that’s embarrassing.

     A comment like that could cause you to begin to feel old. Suddenly you become very aware of all the younger people around you. Well, don’t let your real age discourage you. Every year of life also brings with it real wisdom. You’ve experienced things, most of those younger folks have never seen.

     As people age, they may recall trying to teach their children how to do right. You may have even thought that your children didn’t listen, and would probably never learn. However, now you see them with children of their own, and they’re teaching them the same thing you taught them. It almost sounds funny hearing those words come out of their mouths, when it seems as only a few years ago, they argued with you for telling them the very same thing. Now think back for a moment, where did you receive the majority of your wisdom? Wasn’t most of it passed down to you from your parents, or guardians? They received most of their wisdom that same way as well.

     The truth, is always going to be the truth, even when culture changes. Right is always going to be right, and wrong is always going to be wrong. Oh, and by the way, I am always going to think I’m still young… at least young at heart.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     We too often disregard the wisdom of the aged. We hear it as the ramblings of an old person. Guess what? You’re getting closer to them, than to your youth. They have much to teach us. We need to listen. I wonder if they think their young yet too?

GOD TALKING TO ME:  February 18, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Numbers 2 – 4     /     Proverbs 4:19-22

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Leviticus 15-17      /     Mark 1:21 – 45

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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

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