November 16, 2020 – What Is An Abomination?

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What Is An Abomination?

November 16, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 28:8-11 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor. He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession. The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

    What is an abomination? We hear of the term abomination several times throughout the Word of God. Leviticus 18 says homosexuality is an abomination. Deuteronomy 18 says psychics (those that consult spirits), witchcraft, and horoscopes (observers of times) are an abomination to God. Even Jesus said the end of time is marked by what is described as the “Abomination of Desolation(Mark 13:14). So, what is an abomination? What does it mean?

    If you look up abomination in most dictionaries, you will find it is referred to as something that stinks like rotten flesh. It is offensive, detestable, or something filthy. One definition described abomination as something “worthless as water polluted by dead fish.” It seems no matter how you look at it, “abomination” is something very undesirable.

    In today’s text, we read that if we disregard hearing the law, even our own prayers to God become an abomination to Him. Meaning, if we read or hear what the Bible says, but totally disregard or ignore it, then our prayers become as something that stinks, something offensive, or very undesirable to God.

    The Psalmist also wrote, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” (Psalm 66:18). What stops God from hearing our prayers then? It is not sin; it is our hearts attitude toward sin. God will always hear a true repentant heart, then He heals and forgives us from every sin.

         
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

    The idea that we can live in our sin and expect a Holy God to overlook it is insane. He sent His only begotten Son Jesus to die for our sin that we may be cleansed from sin, not live in it. Repent, (turn from your sin) and be washed white as snow.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  November 16, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Acts 18 – 20    /  Proverbs 28:8-11

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
 Ezekiel 13-16            /    James 1

 

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Hebrews 2:12

NOVEMBER 14 & 15, 2020 – Weekend Review

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Weekend Review

November 14 & 15, 2020


Proverbs 27:19

As in water face answereth
to face,
so the heart of man
to man. 

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 45 – Day 6

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

Proverbs 27-28

WEEK 45 – 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

November 16, 2020   Acts 18      – Acts 20       Proverbs 28:8 – 11
November 17, 2020   Acts 21      – Acts 24       Proverbs 28:12 – 14
November 18, 2020   Acts 25      – Acts 28       Proverbs 28:15 – 18
November 19, 2020   Romans 1 – Romans 4  Proverbs 28:19 – 21
November 20, 2020   Romans 5 – Romans 8  Proverbs 28:22 – 25
November 21, 2020   Proverbs 28 – 29                   
November 22, 2020 No Passages Assigned    

 

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY

November 16, 2020   Ezekiel 13-16                  James 1
November 17, 2020   Ezekiel 17-20                  James 2
November 18, 2020   Ezekiel 21-23                  James 3
November 19, 2020   Ezekiel 24-27                  James 4
November 20, 2020   Ezekiel 28-31                  James 5
November 21, 2020   Ezekiel 32-35                  1 Peter 1
November 22, 2020 No Passages Assigned

 

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY

November 14, 2020    Ezekiel 9-12                    Hebrews 13
November 15, 2020 No Passages Assigned

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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

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

 

November 13, 2020 – Do Not Complicate Things

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Do Not Complicate Things

November 13, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 28:5-7 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things. Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich. Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.

OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

    In talking with people about what is right and wrong, it never ceases to amaze me how complex people make the simplest of God’s truths.

    Salvation is simply putting your faith in Jesus Christ and the work He did on the cross at Calvary. It is understanding that somehow your sin must be paid for. The price for sin is death. Only someone who had no sin debt of their own could pay that price. If I wanted to die for your sin I could not. I have a sin debt of my own that needs to be paid. Even my own death would not satisfy the cost of my sin, because I am not without sin and not worthy to pay the price. Therefore, I cannot pay for my own sin and I could never pay for yours either. God in His wisdom, with great love and grace sent His only Son, Jesus to this earth. Not only did Jesus come here, but also during the 30 plus years He lived with sinful man, He never committed one sin of His own. When He died on the cross, He did so not for His own sin, but for the sin of every person who would put their faith in who He was, and what He was doing for them. Then He rose victorious over sin and death that we might have eternal life in Him.

    People still want to add good works and religious activities to salvation. Good works and religious activities are the result of salvation, not the means to salvation. Once you are saved, the Holy Spirit enters your life and causes you to desire to live for Christ. This produces good works, not the other way around.

    People do not go to hell because they did not do the right things. They go to hell because they did not believe in Christ alone for salvation. “Evil men understand not judgment:”


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

    So, what is your desire? Do you desire to walk upright before God and man, to understand God’s Word and obey it? Or do you desire to live like world. The Bible says when you are saved all things become new. People often wonder about if, or when they were saved. Here is a great test. Examine your life. Has anything in your life ever changed? If not, invite Christ in.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  November 13, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Acts 15 – 17    /  Proverbs 28:5-7

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Ezekiel 5-8           /    Hebrews 12

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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

November 12, 2020 – Did You Get Caught?

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Did You Get Caught?

November 12, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 28:1-4 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged. A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food. They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

     Most of us who are old enough to drive are familiar with the feeling we get when we are driving down the highway, not really paying attention to our speed, and then we see a police car pass on the other side of the interstate. Immediately we look at the speedometer to see if we are going over the speed limit. If so, our next glance is in the rear-view mirror to see if the Police car has turned around and is now coming to get us. However, you realize that you have gone too far to be able to see. So, for the next 5 miles or so you keep glancing back; just to see if they were coming. After a while, you finally relax realizing there has been no one following you after all.

      That is just one example of what it is like to live a sinful life. Always wondering, am I going to be caught? Looking over your shoulder to see who is watching or who may have heard what you said. Wondering if the lie you told yesterday is going to catch up with you today. Always running, and never being able to get away from the constant uneasy guilt. Knowing in your heart, one day it will all catch up with you.

Even if the world never catches you, God is always watching and sees every sin. The bible says in Romans 6:23; “the wages of sin is death.”

Death comes to every person eventually. In Heb 9:27 it says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” On that day, it will be one day too late. On that day the wages of sin are more than just physical death, it will be eternal death. An eternal separation from God.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

    Oh, how wonderful and freeing it is to know, that when I took my sin to the cross of Calvary, Jesus paid the price for them all. They are all washed away. There is no more looking over my shoulder, no more wondering about my life. The life I live, I now live for Him.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  November 19, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Acts 11 – 14   /  Proverbs 28:1-4

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Ezekiel 1-4           /  Hebrews 11

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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

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

November 11, 2020 – Supplier Of Our Needs

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Supplier Of Our Needs

November 11, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 27:25-27 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.

OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

    God will supply our every need. In reading today’s verses, it is easy to see how the hand of God supplies for the needs of His own. In our text the hay appears, the tender grass shows forth, the herbs on the mountains are there. We see the lambs and goats He has provided. From them He gives us milk and coats enough to supply not only for our own needs, but also for the needs of those for whom we are responsible. Our God truly does supply for our needs.

    However, we often miss something in this picture as well. Although all these things are there for our good, we still must be diligent to do our part. The hay, grass, and herbs are there, but someone must harvest them. Someone needs to hike up the mountains to gather the herbs. The lambs and goats are God’s creation for man, but to get the milk someone needs to be about the daily task of milking. To provide the clothing a person must take on the responsibility shearing the sheep or slaughtering the animal for the hide.

    All too often, we think of God supplying for our needs, and we dream that He will provide the product without the process. We sit with our hand out waiting for God to do what He created us to be able to do. When we pray for more money and God provides overtime we should not complain about the extra work. When we pray for better health and God gives us a good day to go outside and walk, run, or ride a bike we need not complain when we are ill. God is a wonderful provider of all that we truly need. This includes the good sense to do our part.

          
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

    As we go through today, we need to look around in a new way at how God may have already answered our prayers. We just might be surprised in God’s never-ending supply of grace toward us.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  November 11, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Acts 8 – Acts 10   /      Proverbs 27:25-27

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Lamentations 3-5           /   Hebrews 10

 

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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

November 10, 2020 – Praise Where Praise Is Due

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Praise Where Praise Is Due

November 10, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 27:21-24 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise. Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him. Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?

OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

    When trouble comes our way, as it sometimes does, as Christians we almost always run to the one who is our rock of security. We cry out to God. We cling to the everlasting promise that He will never leave us, nor forsake us.

    Although troubles may be used by God to bring someone back, or draw him or her closer to God, life during a trial is not what will show the real character of a believer. The true heart of a Christian will be displayed in how they handle praise.

    Solomon says, “As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.” Many have been seen at the altar of grace during adversity, but when put through the test of flattery and applause they fail to exalt this same God. Instead, they will seat themselves on the throne only God should be on.

    Some churches do not praise anyone for their service to God. They do not clap for singers or show gratitude toward a speaker because they believe they are giving gratitude to a person, which belongs only to God. Although I do understand their belief, truly giving the glory to God is the responsibility of the one being praised.

    The fool, as Solomon calls him, will always come out as a fool. No matter how they try to blend themselves in with believers, when they are given the chance to glorify God or flaunt what they have done, they make the wrong choice.

    Praise, like wealth and fame, are temporary. However, God is eternal. Give whatever fleeting praise you may receive to God and He will give you eternal blessings in return. After all, He gave you your talents, the breath you breathe, and His flock with which to share your gifts. All praise always belongs to Him. 

     
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

    Don’t be afraid to let someone know you have been blessed by what they have done, but always be sure to praise God first.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  November 19, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Acts 5 – 7    /     Proverbs 27:21-24

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Lamentations 1-2           /   Hebrews 9

 

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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 9, 2020 – Just Who Are You?

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Just Who Are You?

November 9, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 27:18-20 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured. As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

    Have you ever heard any of these statements before? “What you do while alone is really who you are.” How about, “Actions speak louder than words!” Maybe you have heard, “What you say and what you do are often two different things.” You may, or may not have heard them, nevertheless they are pretty much all saying exactly the same thing, and today’s verses declares it well.

    It is not who we say we are, or what we do while we know others are watching that makes us who we are. Our private thoughts, convictions, and beliefs make up whom we really are. I have spoken with people before who begin by saying they believe in this or that, however, by the end of our conversation, I knew they really did not believe that at all. What they wanted was for people to believe they believed it. How did I know? Because they had shared their heart long enough to let me know what they truly believed. Their heart gave them away.

    As your reflection in water displays the real you to you, so will your heart display the real you to others by what you genuinely believe. We can only fool people as long as we keep our mouths shut and stay locked away from society.

    Abraham Lincoln, who was a Bible Scholar, once said, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Therefore, before trying to convince others on what you say you believe, you might want to ask yourself, “What Do I Really Believe?” In addition, “What and Who Do I Believe In?”

     
     
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

    Another quote is “It’s better to keep quiet and let people think you’re a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” We should be sure when we do open our mouth people not only hear the real us, they also hear Jesus in us.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  November 9, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  Acts 1 – 4    /    Proverbs 27:18-20

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Jeremiah 51-52           /   Hebrews 8


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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

November 7 & 8, 2020 – Weekend Review

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Weekend Review

November 7 & 8, 2020


Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpeneth iron;
so a man sharpeneth
the countenance
of his friend.

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 44 – Day 6

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

Proverbs 27-28

WEEK 44 – 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

November 9, 2020     Acts 1     –    Acts 4        Proverbs 27:18 – 20
November 10, 2020   Acts 5     –    Acts 7        Proverbs 27:21 – 24
November 11, 2020   Acts 8     –    Acts 10      Proverbs 27:25 – 27
November 12, 2020   Acts 11   –    Acts 14      Proverbs 28:1 – 4
November 13, 2020   Acts 15   –    Acts 17      Proverbs 28:5 – 7
November 14, 2020   Proverbs 27 – 28                   
November 15, 2020 No Passages Assigned  
 

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY

November 9, 2020     Jeremiah 51-52            Hebrews 8
November 10, 2020   Lamentations 1-2       Hebrews 9
November 11, 2020   Lamentations 3-5       Hebrews 10
November 12, 2020   Ezekiel 1-4                    Hebrews 11
November 13, 2020   Ezekiel 5-8                    Hebrews 12
November 14, 2020   Ezekiel 9-12                  Hebrews 13
November 15, 2020 No Passages Assigned

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY

November 7, 2020     Jeremiah 49-50            Hebrews 7
November 8, 2020   No Passages Assigned

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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

November 6, 2020 – Nuisance Or Necessity?

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Nuisance Or Necessity?

November 6, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 27:14-17 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him. A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike. Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself. Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

    The day you have had has been exhausting. You set the alarm and lay your head down for some much-needed rest. Sleep comes so easy as you drift off. Then, in what felt like only moments, the alarm clock goes off. You reach over and slap the snooze button, but it seems as soon as you draw your hand back it goes off again. Your body is crying for a bit more rest when yet again this mechanical marvel of technology bellows out for you to rise. Now before you get to angry at this inanimate object remember, you set it to do just what it has done. Still, there is that urge to smash it into a million pieces.

    So, picture if you will instead of an alarm going off, there is a person outside your window yelling to the top of their lungs how wonderful you are. You beg them to quit, but they just keep screaming the praises of your name. Even if what they are saying may be wonderful to hear, the time and place are so inappropriate, and you hate them for even being there.

    What Solomon is trying to tell us in today’s passage is we need to be careful of not only what we say, but when, where, and how often as well. He likens the repetitious and annoying nature of some comments to the persistent dripping of rain. He goes on to say that trying to hide the fact that someone is bothering you is like trying to hide the wind, or not letting someone smell perfume you have just placed on your hand.

    He then balances these statements with the truth of how a good friend is especially important. This person is not a nagger, or bragger, but an incredibly good friend who lovingly causes us to think on our life. Real friends will always help us grow.

          
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

    As God opens opportunities for us to influence the life of others, let’s be sure we are doing so in a way pleasing to Him. Always sharing an ounce truth, mingled with a heart filled with love. Not being a nuisance, but rather a friend who is needed.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  November 6, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
  John 19 – 21    /    Proverbs 27:14-17

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
  Jeremiah 46-48           /   Hebrews 6

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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

November 5, 2020 – Can You Pay If They Don’t?

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Can You Pay If They Don’t?

November 5, 2020


DAILY PROVERBS:

Proverbs 27:11-13 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me. A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished. Take his garment that is surety for a stranger and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:

If you are warned once by a credible source that something is wrong, that should be enough. However, when God says it twice or more, you definitely need to take notice. That is what we see here, as God through Solomon repeats his warning from chapter 20:16.

Getting free from our own personal debt is not the only thing in which Christians find themselves bound. Often, to help a family member or close friend we will sign our name for them to get a loan. We need to understand, God is not against us helping one another. Even co-signing a loan in and of itself, is not wrong. However, we must keep in mind…

 It becomes wrong if you cannot pay the debt if they don’t. You have then lied to the
lending firm saying that you could.

 It becomes wrong if paying that debt would put a strain on your own family. You have
now bound others into your agreement and caused them hardship as well.

 It’s wrong if you are providing a way of escape for someone whom God is trying to teach
a lesson by allowing him or her to be in this financial situation.

So, what should you do now if you have done one of these things? Do all you can to get out of that contract. Watch the debtor like a hawk. Continually ask and monitor if they have paid that debt. If you ask long enough, they will find someone else to replace your name, and most likely never ask you again!

Debt in and of itself is not always wrong. Even the children of Israel had debt. We know that because every seven years they were to pay it off. It is unsecured debt that we cannot cover that becomes the problem.


THE WORD WALKING IN ME:

Our sin is an example of unsecured debt. It is a debt owed for which we cannot pay. We do not have the ability to pay that debt. The good news is, someone co-signed our bill and with His mercy and grace then paid it off. His name is Jesus.

GOD TALKING TO ME: November 5, 2020

THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
John 16 – 18 / Proverbs 27:11-13

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Jeremiah 42-45 / Hebrews 4-5

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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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