May 2020

May 25, 2020 – Is God In The Gambling Business?

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Is God In The Gambling Business?

May 25, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 13:10-12 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     In the late 1990’s there was a man on the news who won a large amount of money from the lottery. His newspaper comments, if they are accurate, said he thanked God for helping him pick the right numbers, and was giving a lot of the money to his church.

     Several people I know commented, “Oh how I wish that could have been our church.” I know they meant this in an innocent, and loving way. While we were in the midst of a building program, the thought of having all the money we might need to complete the structure would have been nice. However, wait a minute; didn’t he get all that money by gambling? Didn’t thousands upon thousands of people who really needed their money foolishly wager a bet, and have to lose it for him to become rich? Some people bet their rent, while others will let their children go hungry because of their addiction to gambling.

     Do you think for one minute God really had anything to do with it? The same God who says in Proverbs 13:11 “wealth gotten by VANITY shall be diminished.” The word vanity means emptiness, or “like a breath,” or nothing there. This man gambled, and received this money from doing nothing to earn it. It would be interesting to know what he had done with the money in the next couple of years. It’s commonly reported that many of these folks who come into sudden wealth, end up broke in a very short time.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     As we look at the wealth of the world, the idea of gambling becomes enticing to say the least. Especially knowing we could use the money for so many great things for the Lord. We must know though, it’s always better to wait upon the Lord with His timing, and His plan, than to cave into the vices of sin, and of man. As the second part of the verse says, “he that gathereth by labour shall increase.” Let’s just do things God’s way, shall we?

GOD TALKING TO ME:  May 25, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  2 Chronicles 29 – 32     /     Proverbs 13:10-12

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  1 Kings 22     /     John 9:1-23

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

May 25, 2020 – Is God In The Gambling Business? Read More »

May 23 & 24, 2020 – Weekend Review

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Weekend Review

May 23 & 24, 2020


Proverbs 13:7

There is that maketh himself rich,
yet hath nothing: 
there is that maketh himself poor,
yet hath great riches. 

Work Week Devotions
Through the Book of Proverbs

      As you know by now, with WORK WEEK DEVOTIONS, we only publish our Devotional Thoughts on Monday – Friday. On Saturday we suggest you re-read the entire chapter we have been studying this past week, 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 20 – Day 6

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

Proverbs 12-13

WEEK 20 – 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

May 25, 2020     2 Chronicles 29 – 32     Proverbs 13:10 – 12
May 26, 2020     2 Chronicles 33 – 36     Proverbs 13:13 – 16
May 27, 2020     Ezra 1 – 5                        Proverbs 13:17 – 19
May 28, 2020     Ezra 6 – 10                      Proverbs 13:20 – 22
May 29, 2020     Nehemiah 1 – 5             Proverbs 13:23 – 25
May 30, 2020     Proverbs 13 – 14
May 31, 2020     No Passages Assigned  
 

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY

May 25, 2020     1 Kings 22                   John 9:1-23
May 26, 2020     2 Kings 1-3                  John 9:24-41
May 27, 2020     2 Kings 4-5                  John 10:1-21
May 28, 2020     2 Kings 6-8                  John 10:22-42
May 29, 2020     2 Kings 9-10                John 11:1-37
May 30, 2020     2 Kings 11-13              John 11:38-57
May 31, 2020   No Passages Assigned

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY

    MAY 23, 2020     1 Kings 20-21  /     John 8:31-59
    MAY 24, 2020     No Passages Assigned

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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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May 22, 2020 – Oh, To Be RICH

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Oh, To Be RICH

May 22, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 13: 7-9 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke. The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     Oh, to be RICH! To have all the money you would ever want. Doesn’t that seem like the dream of most people today? Admit it; we all want to be financially secure. To be able to do what we want, and go wherever we’d like to go. However, there is a big difference in financial security, and the overwhelming desire to be rich. We often find those who do have money, are not really happy. Let them get deathly ill, and they would trade everything for a few more days of life.

     Verse 7 could be read a couple of different ways. “There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing.” You might see this as a person who has attained all the wealth they might want, but in the process they have forgotten family, friends, and God. Now, even with all this wealth, they are empty inside. Then again, you may read this as someone who has very little financially, however they have made themselves rich with a fine family, a love for God, and great Christian friends, and yet the world sees them as having nothing.

    Verse 7 also says, “There is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.” Some people who have money, live simple lives. Not flaunting a God given abundance financially, but using it as God would intend them to. No one around them knows of their wealth. Then also, there are people who choose to live very simple lives, never desiring much in this world, and yet they are rich in family, and have a rich inheritance with God.

     The question is, “What makes you RICH?” If it’s only money, then you’re actually very poor. What really matters in life are relationships. Relationships with family, and friends are important, but the most important relationship is the one you have with God. If you have that, you are wealthy indeed!


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     This would be a great day to call, and renew a relationship. It would also be a great time to call on God, and keep that relationship on track. If you never had a relationship with God, He’s waiting to start one. Then you can say, “I’m RICH.”

GOD TALKING TO ME:  May 22, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  2 Chronicles 24 – 28     /     Proverbs 13: 7-9

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  1 Kings 18-19   /   John 8:1-30

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

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May 21, 2020 – Whom Would You Believe?

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Whom Would You Believe?

May 21, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 13:4-6 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame. Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     During an election year campaign, a local public official made a comment referring to the candidates who were running for that public office. It went something like this; “If six people were campaigning, and two of the candidates were Christians, I would come closer to believing the Christians.” That’s not word for word, but close.

     The head of Jewish organization took offense, saying the politician should not be in office if that is their bias. How silly is that statement? Using that reasoning, this Jewish leader should not be the head of his Jewish organization because, his bias toward Jewish people would not allow him to treat the rest of us with an equal respect.

     Bias toward one thing or another is possible everywhere. The fact is, people do trust religious people more than non-religious people. For me, as a born again Christian, I would trust a Christian over those of other faiths. Why, because I’m a Christian, and I know what the Bible teaches.

     Do you want to be trusted? Well sure you do. Do you want to be respected? Everyone does. How can you do that? First, trust in the Lord and quit trying to do things your own way. Believe God has a better design for your life. In everything you do, acknowledge God. You may wonder, “How that happen in real life?” One way might be when you eat a meal, stop for a second to pray. No matter where you are, most often people will be silent for a moment while you pray. It gives others a moment to pause, and reflect on where they are with God.

     Acknowledging God is more than a mealtime prayer. It’s including God in every single moment of every single day. Remember, people are watching you. So is God!


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     People are looking for someone to trust. They will not believe it simply by the words you say, until they see a life that matches what is said. Live for Christ daily, and really LIVE!

GOD TALKING TO ME:  May 21, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  2 Chronicles 19 – 23     /     Proverbs 13:4-6

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  1 Kings 15-17     /    John 7:37-53 

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

May 21, 2020 – Whom Would You Believe? Read More »

May 20, 2020 – It Is Written… Isn’t It?

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It Is Written… Isn’t It?

May 20, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 13:1-3 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke. A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     Once, while traveling through Arkansas, I came upon a dilemma. From where I was, to where I was going, there were two roads on the map. From where I was, on the map there was a road which went almost straight north to where I wanted to be. It was a country road, and went through a couple of small towns. The speed limit on this road would likely be fifty, or less at times. The other road was an Interstate. This road was about forty-five miles longer. It went east past the city I wanted to go to, and then cut back north-west. However, it was interstate, and the speed limit would probably be sixty-five or better all the way. The country road seemed so much shorter, and went almost straight there.

     I asked a nearby trucker which to take and he said, “Son take the highway, you don’t want to travel that old crooked country road.” I thought, to whom does he think he is talking? I’ve traveled country roads before, and I’m in a car not a truck. Therefore, I took the country road.

     It started out great for about the first thirty miles. Then it began to wind back and forth, back and forth. All the way up this mountain, you could only go about ten, to fifteen miles per hour. I figured I had traveled too far into it to turn back, so I kept going. It didn’t take long to realize, I should have listened to the wisdom of someone who traveled these roads for a living.

     God has placed people in our lives that have traveled life’s roads before us, and from whom we can gain valuable wisdom. There are parents, pastors, and friends to help in life’s journey. We would do well to listen to all they have to say. It makes life’s journey more enjoyable.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     The best instruction comes from someone who not only knows the road already traveled, but also the road ahead. God is the only one who knows the beginning and the end. His Word will guide us through life’s winding trails. Let God be your guide.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  May 20, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  2 Chronicles 13 – 18     /     Proverbs 13:1-3

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  1 Kings 13-14     /    John 7:1-36

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

May 20, 2020 – It Is Written… Isn’t It? Read More »

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