MARCH 30, 2020 – A Quarter Or a Dollar?

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A Quarter Or a Dollar?

March 30, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 8:8-10 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     I heard a story once of a man who was made fun of by the people of the town. They considered him to be someone who was just a little off in the head. The reason for their continual harassment was this. Every day the man would walk into the local diner. Every day a group of men would gather around him and ask; “Hey mister, would you rather have this shiny silver quarter, or this ugly old paper dollar?” Every single day he would say; “I’ll take the shiny quarter.” They’d give him the quarter, and then have a big laugh over the silly decision he had made to take the quarter.

     After many months of this going on, one person from the diner decided to befriend the man. While getting to know him they realized he was not crazy, or even a little off at all. He was just like everyone else in the room, and actually, maybe a little wiser. When the man was asked why it was he always took the quarter over the dollar, his answer was; “I have been playing this game with them for years, I get twenty-five cents a day for six days a week. That’s one dollar and fifty cents a week. At the end of a year, I have seventy-eight dollars. As long as I take the quarter, and the ribbing, I continue to get the money. Once I take the dollar, the game will be done, and it will all be over.”

     Today’s verses are not saying there’s anything wrong with silver or gold. However, money will not help you get wisdom.  Whereas wisdom on the other hand, will help you get all you’ll need. That’s the right kind wisdom, God’s wisdom.

THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

    Remember our main author of Proverbs, Solomon. There was a time when God offered him anything, and he desired wisdom. What he got was wisdom, and all that came with it. He was considered the wealthiest man on the planet. Why? It was because he was not looking for money. He was looking to God. Look to God to supply all your needs, and seek His wisdom.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  March 30, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Ruth 1-4      /     Proverbs 8:8-10

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Joshua 1-3     /   Luke 6:1-19

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

March 28 & 29, 2020 – Weekend Review

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Weekend Review

March 28 & 29, 2020


Proverbs 8:6

Hear;
for I will speak
of excellent things;
and the opening
of my lips shall be
right things.

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 12 – Day 6

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

Proverbs 7-8

WEEK 9 – 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

March 30, 2020      Ruth 1 – 4                 Proverbs 8:8 – 10
March 31, 2020      1 Samuel 1 – 4         Proverbs 8:11 – 14
April 1, 2020           1 Samuel 5 – 10       Proverbs 8:15 – 18
April 2, 2020           1 Samuel 11 – 14     Proverbs 8:19 – 22
April 3, 2020           1 Samuel 15 – 17     Proverbs 8:23 – 25
April 4, 2020           Proverbs 8 – 9                   
April 5, 2020           No Passages Assigned  
 

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY

March 30, 2020     Joshua 1-3          Luke 6:1-19
March 31, 2020     Joshua 4-6          Luke 6:20-49
April 1, 2020         Joshua 7-9           Luke 7:1-35
April 2, 2020         Joshua 10-11       Luke 7:36-50
April 3, 2020         Joshua 12-14       Luke 8:1-39
April 4, 2020         Joshua 15-17       Luke 8:40-56
April 5, 2020         No Passages Assigned

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY

    MARCH 288, 2020     Deuteronomy 32–34       Luke 5:27-39
    MARCH 29, 2020       No Passages Assigned

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

MARCH 27, 2020 – Now Where Did I Leave It?

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Now Where Did I Leave It? 

March 27, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 8:5-7 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     Have you ever lost something, anything? It doesn’t have to be something big. In fact, the smaller the item, the harder it seems it is for us to find it. You search everywhere. First, you look in the obvious places. Then you begin to search in weird places. You start looking for things like keys in the cookie jar, or in the refrigerator. Like you somehow lost your mind and decided to chill the car keys. (OK, for those of you who went to the fridge to get something, did lay your keys in there, and forgot, I’m sorry, I did not mean to say you lost your mind.)

     The next thing we all do, is we begin to blame everyone else in the house for our lost item. The kids, the wife, and the friends you had over last night. Someone must have mistakenly taken them. Next we blame everyone who even walked past the house. Maybe the mail carrier took the keys. Finally, you ask the dog. What did you do with my keys?

     Guess where you’ll find your lost item? You know don’t you. Usually it’s right where you left it.

    So where do you think you might find out about real truth, real knowledge, and real wisdom? You’ll find it exactly where it has always been from the beginning, in the pages of God’s Word. Who can find it? Anyone who will look for it, can find it.

     It calls to the simple ones, the young, begging them not to make foolish mistakes in their lives. It calls to those of us who foolishly thought that at one time we knew everything about life, when we really knew nothing at all. Truth, knowledge, and wisdom, have always been in the same place, in God’s Word.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

Life began by the wisdom of God. Life is sustained by the wisdom of God. Eternal life was designed, and delivered by the wisdom of God. It only makes sense then to live by the same wisdom. Seek the wisdom of God so He may bless your life.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  March 27, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Judges 18 – 21      /     Proverbs 8:5-7

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Deuteronomy 29-31      /     Luke 5:1-26

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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

MARCH 26, 2020 – Warning: This May Self-destruct

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Warning: This May Self-destruct

March 26, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 8:1- 4 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     Some things are logical. They just make sense. Things such as, if you put your bare hand in fire and hold it there, you will be burnt. If you step in front of a speeding car, you are going to be hurt. A song once said there are things you just don’t do. Such as, take the Lone Rangers mask off, or tug on Superman’s cape. The best one was, you don’t spit into the wind. I hope that needs no explanation.

     Yet today we have warning signs on everything, because in today’s society, logic seems to have gone out the window. On a fast food restaurants coffee cup there are the words “Hot Coffee may be Hot.” Well duh! Unless you ordered a Frappuccino, you would hope the coffee is hot.

      Have we gone crazy? On a curling iron, a warning says “For external use only.” On the side of a jar of peanuts is a warning saying; “Warning: contains nuts!” What should be pure logic, does not always seem to be so anymore. However, this is nothing new.

     In today’s verses Solomon says, wisdom and knowledge are screaming out for people to come and get them. They’re calling from the hilltop, the city gates, and by the way of the paths. Everywhere the path of life meets reality, we should come to grips with the fact that we do not live forever, and need to think of eternity. The truth of the gospel is crying out, “Jesus Saves,” because that just makes good logical sense. It’s logical that the creator of all life, would love His creation, and desire to save it. Nevertheless, all too often, we’ve let logic go by the wayside, and do our own thing. Maybe God should put a warning label on newborns. Something like “WARNING: Without Jesus, This Creation Will Self Destruct.”


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     God has been screaming out His wisdom for us through the ages by so many means. Through the church, His Word, His mercy toward sinful man, and His grace supplied. What is He saying? “I Love You…Come to Me… I will help you.” Doesn’t that sound logical to you?

GOD TALKING TO ME:  March 26, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Judges 13 – 17      /     Proverbs 8:1- 4

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Deuteronomy 28      /     Luke 4:14-44

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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

MARCH 25, 2020 – Your Inner Voice Said What?

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Your Inner Voice Said What?

March 25, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 7:24-27 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     How many times have you been told, or else you have heard someone else being told to follow their heart? On the surface, this may sound like good advice. To follow what your heart tells you to do. Follow your dreams. Listen to your inner voice. However, the Bible often warns us against doing such a thing. Jeremiah 17:9 says; “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

     In our verses today, the wisdom of Solomon, given to his son, is not to let his heart be directed toward the seducing women. Why, because he says many STRONG men have been defeated by such sexual sin. Not wimps, weaklings, or the gullible, but strong men have been taken by this trap of deceptive pleasure. Solomon doesn’t say not to follow your heart. Instead, he asks his son to guide his heart, and not to be fooled by sin and its tempting lies.

     How might we guide our heart you may be asking? When looking back into Jeremiah where it warned about our hearts weakness, it also says in Jeremiah 17:5 “thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” What caused the curse? A heart departed from the LORD. How might we keep our heart? Jeremiah 17:7 says; “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” Blessed is the person whose hope is in the LORD.

     So follow your heart. Chase your dreams. Listen to that inner voice. However, only do so if your dreams are to fulfill God’s will, your inner voice is that of the Holy Spirit, and your heart is founded in Jesus Christ our LORD and Saviour.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     The now famous phrase “What Would Jesus Do,” has kept many young people from making a bad choice. Why not let it help us all. When we are faced with any type of temptation, we should ask ourselves, “What Would Jesus Do?”

GOD TALKING TO ME:  March 25, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Judges 9 – 12      /     Proverbs 7:24-27

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Deuteronomy 25-27      /     Luke 3:23 – 4:13

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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

MARCH 24, 2020 – Beware Of The Snare

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Beware Of The Snare

March 24, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 7:21-23 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     Just what is the definition of a TRAP, or SNARE? Looking at it from the perspective of an item, rather than a deed, there are many answers. A snare can be a net that is baited. When any prey goes for the bait, and has enough weight to trigger the trap, the net is either drawn up taking its prey with it, or dropped down completely covering and entangling its victim.

     Another form of trap is an open pit covered with a deceptive covering. When anything walks on this disguised covering, they fall into this pit and are either killed by spikes in the bottom of the pit, or entrapped until the maker of this trap returns.

     Today we also have devices that are more modern and clamp two metal jaws shut to hold its prey. Some traps, which are less harmful, are cage like. Once inside the cage, the door will drop and hold it victim at captive.

     When looking in the Encarta Encyclopedia it says, “a device designed to catch an animal and kill it, or prevent it from escaping, e.g. a concealed pit, or a mechanical device that springs shut.”

     Most often traps are designed for animals. However, we must be aware of the traps set for man. They may not include ropes, pits, or steel jaws, but they do the same thing. They cover the life of the victim, often holding it captive until death.

     In the verses today, the enticement of fair speech from a luring woman has lured the unsuspecting victim into such a trap. The author says; as an ox to slaughter, a bird to a snare, or a fool into stocks. Once trapped, the freedom and life once enjoyed, is lost forever. That is unless someone sets them free.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

     The wages of sin is death. This is true for all sin, and for all people. We would get what we deserve, unless the mercy of God sets us free. God is not only merciful, but His Grace abounds for all who will believe. Will you allow God’s grace to set you free from sins trap?

GOD TALKING TO ME:  March 24, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Judges 5-8      /     Proverbs 7:21-23

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Deuteronomy 22-24     /   Luke 3:1-22

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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

MARCH 23, 2020 – What About The Goodman

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What About The Goodman?

March 23, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 7:18-20 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.


OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     Ok, today I will pose a simple question. A question you could call your four year old in to ask, and they would get it right. So, here’s the question. What is the opposite of good? Your answers may vary a bit. Some will say evil. Some may use the word bad. While others might just get down to the basics, and simply say not good. No matter how you look at it, the opposite of good is normally not something with which we want our name to be associated.

     Looking at our verses for today, what does the temptress call the man of the house? Referring to her husband, she says the “goodman” of the house is gone. This man rightfully should be in her bed. The goodman appears to be an honest man, working to support his family. He’s an upright man with nothing to hide. Nor does he try to trick her, as he must trust her. Being respectful of his wife, he even lets her know when she might expect him home. She says, “at the day appointed.”

     If he were by definition the goodman, then what, by the same definition, would this make someone who falls for her temptation? You, or your four-year-old have already answered that question. It would make them the evil, bad, or simply, not good man. If you ask those who have fallen into the trap of sexual sin, they will tell you, this is exactly how they felt after committing this sin. Dirty, filthy, ashamed, and regretful are all words I’ve heard used to describe such a feeling. Simply put, a not so good person.

     How can you keep from feeling this way? You be the Goodman, or Goodwoman to someone else faithfully.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

The grace of God is sufficient to cleanse, and forgive us from all sin. However, the memory of sins committed linger. It’s wonderful to know we are forgiven. It’s yet better not to need forgiveness. Will you be the good person before God?

GOD TALKING TO ME:  March 23, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Judges 1-4      /     Proverbs 7:18-20

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Deuteronomy 18-21     /   Luke 2:25-52

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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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