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JANUARY 15 & 16, 2022 – It’s A War Of Wills

It’s A War Of Wills

JANUARY 15 & 16, 2022
Daily Reading – Genesis 29-30 / Matthew 10
Daily Reading – No Reading on Sunday

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

    Over the years as I have read today’s verse, I saw a positive and negative. If you try to hold on to life, you lose all the benefits of following Christ. If you give up your hold on life, you find joy in this life and the life to come. I still believe this to be true. However, today as I read this verse, I saw another way of reading it.

    As I read, “He that findeth his life shall lose it:” I thought of a man who had found in his life that earthly holdings are futile. Fame, riches, pleasures all pass away. Therefore, he decides to give his life to God. So then when it says, “he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” could be talking about the same guy. Either way you read this it still says, to enjoy this life and eternity we must surrender our life to God’s will.

WHAT DO YOU SAY:

What hold on life might you surrender today?

WHAT TO DO ON SUNDAY:

On Sundays, we encourage you to attend your local 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.  

NEXT WEEK’S DAILY BIBLE READING:

January 17, 2022 Genesis 31-32 Matthew 11:1-19
January 18, 2022 Genesis 33-34 Matthew 11:20-30
January 19, 2022 Genesis 35-37 Matthew 12:1-37
January 20, 2022 Genesis 38-39 Matthew 12:38-50
January 21, 2022 Genesis 40-41 Matthew 13:1-35
January 22, 2022 Genesis 42-43 Matthew 13:36-58
January 23, 2022 No Passages Assigned  


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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JANUARY 14, 2022 – Look, Love, And Lead

Look, Love, And Lead

JANUARY 14, 2022
Daily Reading – Genesis 27-28 / Matthew 9:18-38

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

   When we read the verse today, we find that Jesus looked with compassion and love upon these people who followed Him. When He looked, he saw a people who over the years had been miss-led and miss-fed. They were worn and weary from following one idea and then another. All they needed was someone to give them the truth and lead them. He then says, the harvest is plenteous, “but the labourers are few.”

     Friend, today the world is the same as then. Led and fed the wrong things by wolves in sheep’s clothing. I can almost hear Jesus from heaven’s throne asking, will anyone step up and feed my sheep? Pastor? Evangelist? Sunday School Teacher? Mom or Dad?     

WHAT DO YOU SAY:

  Who will feed God’s Sheep?
Will You?

The Scofield Study Bible  - Gen. Lea. Black

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

JANUARY 13, 2022 – Still The Same Today

Still The Same Today

JANUARY 13, 2022
Daily Reading – Genesis 25-26 / Matthew 9:1-17

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

    Such a simple statement from Jesus, yet still a struggle for many today. Jesus said He wanted them to know that He had the power to forgive sin on earth. Do you believe it?

     Many people act as though they believe God can forgive sin, but struggle with Him actually doing it in their lives. It is not that they do not believe He can, but they wonder if He did for them.

    Let me ask, why would Jesus come to a sin filled earth, shed His sinless blood on Calvary, be buried, raised from the dead, ascend back to heaven, sit down at the right hand of God, and then not forgive you? Wasn’t that the idea of his coming?

WHAT DO YOU SAY:

    What sin do you believe it is He cannot handle?
Will you believe?

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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

JANUARY 12, 2022 – Whosoever Will

Whosoever Will

JANUARY 12, 2022
Daily Reading – Genesis 24 / Matthew 8

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

   People love to feel special. To be recognized as chosen or elect. The Jews thought that way, as they in fact were God’s chosen people.

    However, in today’s verse we hear Jesus telling a gentile, he would sit in the Kingdom of Heaven. Not only him, but also many like him would get in, and many of the Jews would not.

    How great it is to know that in God’s eyes everyone is special. I like the phrase, “at the foot of the cross the ground is level.” What got the man in today’s passage into the Kingdom is the same thing that gets all people in. No matter the race, denomination, or gender, faith in Christ is the Key that opens the gates to heaven.

WHAT DO YOU SAY:

    How can you share that faith today?

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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

JANYUARY 11, 2022 – Not Book Smart

Not Book Smart

JANUARY 11, 2022
Daily Reading – Genesis 21-23 / Matthew 7

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 7:28-29 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

   If a man builds a boat from scratch, he remembers every detail about it. He recalls the splinters, and how to avoid them. He recalls the hours invested and the sacrifices made to build a vessel that will withstand the storms and hold up over time. If a man just reads of building a boat, he can only tell you what he read.

    When Jesus taught with authority it was because He knew what it took to build a life. Not like the scribes who read about it, yet never met the builder. Christians have met the builder. Better yet, we have a testimony of what He built into our lives.     

WHAT DO YOU SAY:

  When you share Christ with others,
do you speak as one with authority?
 

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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

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