August 26, 2021 – Come As A Little Child

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Come As A Little Child 

AUGUST 26, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Luke 18:17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

     Babies are so cute. One of the joys of Grand parenting is that you get to love on those grandchildren, spoiling them rotten, and then send them home with their parents. Observed closely, you will see several common traits in small children. For example, if an adult shows a child some attention, they will come to you and are excited to be around you. They love to have your attention. They are also expecting you to be happy and playful. Babies want to be around joyful people.

     Little children are also coming to you dependent on and desiring your care for them. Small children will do almost anything they are asked to do by someone bigger than they are. Adults tell them things like, “Jump off the counter, I will catch you!” What do they do? They jump! Why? Because they trust completely in your ability to catch them and believe you will. They are obedient without question.

     Children are also imitators. Have you ever seen someone trying to work on something with small children around? The next thing you know the child is right there trying to do it to, asking that age-old question planted in the heart of every child. “WHY?” Why is this and why is that? Why do they ask why so much? Because they have come to you expecting to learn and wanting your help.

     This is probably just scratching the surface of what Jesus was talking about when He said we as adults must come as little children.
  

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

     We must come to the cross believing and trusting. We should run to Jesus excited, happy, and wanting to be in His presence. We need to realize our dependence on Him and that He will take care of us. We should be always asking Him why, how, and what. Ever seeking the answers, He has written for us in His Word. We should want to be around Him and desire to help do what He is doing. Simply stated, we should come to Him as little children.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  AUGUST 26, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Isaiah 31-33     /     Psalm 51     /     Proverbs 26     /     Luke 18

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 90-96           /      Rom. 15

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Hebrews 2:12

AUGUST 25, 2021 – I’ll Fix Them!

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I’ll Fix Them! 

AUGUST 25, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 25:21, 22 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

     Ok, today is the day we get honest. Think for just a second, who is the one person who really rubs you the wrong way? Do not say it aloud… you do not want everyone to know! You know who it is. It is the person that when you see them coming you hide because you do not want to speak to them. The one individual who seems to always be really irritating. Maybe they have made you mad or possibly they have hurt you in some way. Perhaps they have caused you so many problems it is not even funny. So, do you have that person in mind? Well today is the day we fix their wagon. After all this time we are going to finally make things right. Jesus has shown us exactly what to do to people who treat us like this. Are you ready for the remedy? Here it is. Treat them as Jesus treated you.

     Remember back when you would do or say things that must have hurt Jesus? When you did that, what did He do? He laid down His life to save you. Can you recall all those times you neglected Him, called one of His children names or made fun of those Christians? Well, He sure got even with you. How? He loved you unconditionally. That will teach you to be ugly to Him.

     Yes, Jesus tells us that we should treat our enemies with respect and love. That seems like a lot to ask. You may be wondering, “What do you get out of it?” God said He would reward you. Quite possibly, as you show the love of Jesus to someone else, God might give you a new Saved Friend.
   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

      Jesus loves the little children, ALL the children of the world, red, and yellow, black, and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world. Could Jesus show that love through you today, or is there something in the way?

GOD TALKING TO ME:  AUGUST 25, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Isaiah 29, 30     /     Psalm 50     /     Proverbs 25     /      Luke 17

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 86-89           /      Rom. 14

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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

AUGUST 24, 2021 – Nothing In, Nothing Out

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Nothing In, Nothing Out  

AUGUST 24, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 49:16-17 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

     I heard a story once of four friends who had made an agreement. One of the men, being very wealthy, gave each of his three friends one million dollars each and made them promise when he died, they would put the money in the coffin with him as he was sure he could somehow take it with him when he died. Sure enough, sometime later the wealthy man died. When the funeral was over, the three friends were sitting together discussing what had just happened. The first of the three said, “I’m feeling really bad today guys. I need to confess, I only put two hundred and fifty thousand of the one million dollars in the coffin with our friend and kept the rest.” The second guy said, “I too am guilty of holding back on our friend. I only put in five hundred thousand of the one million dollars, and I too kept the rest.” The third man, with complete disgust in his voice said, “I cannot believe you two, as long as we were friends with him, and you would do such a thing. While he was alive each of you had the one million dollars in your bank to draw interest on and he never asked for a penny of that money. Now the man is dead, and you hold back on him. I am ashamed of you guys. I want you to know I wrote him a check for the entire amount and put it in the coffin with him.”

     The Bible is very clear. We will take nothing to heaven with us when we go except others we have won to Christ.

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  In 1 Timothy 6:7 it says: “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. “

GOD TALKING TO ME:  AUGUST 24, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Isaiah 27, 28     /     Psalm 49     /     Proverbs 24     /     Luke 16

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 80-85           /       Rom. 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

August 23, 2021 – What Causes You To Fear?

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What Causes You To Fear? 

AUGUST 23, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

     When do you feel scared? When are worries most likely to get to you? When is it that you become the most afraid? I am sure several of you had numerous answers. On the other hand, I would also imagine most of them fall into an area of either insecurity or unbelief.

     Most people do not experience fear standing on the sidewalk of their local town. However, if you lived in Los Angeles, California and an earthquake began to shake the ground you were standing on you might be a little worried. Or if it was at night and you found yourself in a less than desirable or unfamiliar part of town you might find that you are a bit frightened. What changed? Was it the sidewalk? No. It was the situations you found yourself in. Situations or conditions which were out of your control.

     One of the nice things about trusting in God is that you can know without a shadow of doubt nothing is out of His control. He never takes a break from watching over you. If you truly trust Him, He will be with you through all your fears. In fact, if we truly trust in Him, He will take away many of them.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  In Proverbs 3:5-6 it says: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

GOD TALKING TO ME:  AUGUST 23, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Isaiah 23-26     /     Psalm 48     /     Proverbs 22-23     /     Luke 14:15 – 15 

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 78-79           /       Rom. 12

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

August 21 & 22, 2021 – The Annual County Fair

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The Annual County Fair 

August 21 & 22, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 21:16The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

      As a young boy, I would go to the County Fair whenever it would come to town. I would ride all the rides, play some of the games, and just have a great time. I remember while walking down the fairway people who operated the booths would be yelling out, “Hey, try your luck for fifty cents” or “twenty-five cents to see the multi-headed alligator.” Always yelling something crazy, trying to get you to come and see what they had.

      Sometimes as a preacher, I feel like those carnival workers. Yelling at the top of my lungs “come see Christ, see what He’s done for you.” Doing my best to tell people, “for free, you can receive salvation, your admission price has been paid in full.” Nevertheless, it often seems to no avail as people wander by. Some will laugh, some just will not listen, while yet others do not believe that it is true. They wander out of the way of understanding and remain in the congregation of the dead.

     I hope you do not think for one second that I am trying to cheapen the church to the likes of a carnival, or the gospel message to a carny’s cry. I am merely trying to illustrate the frustration of preachers who want so badly for people to hear of the free salvation offered by Christ. The disappointment and concern they feel for the unsaved, while watching people walk past in life and rejecting God’s message. As our verse said, “The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.”

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    The rejection of the gospel is not surprising, just heartbreaking. Remember, Jesus said long ago, they are not rejecting you, they are rejecting Him. So, keep telling people as long as they walk by. Occasionally someone will listen, understand, and accept the truth of God’s love through His Son Jesus, and be saved.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  August 21, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Isaiah 19-22     /     Psalm 46-47     /     Proverbs 21     /     Luke 13 – 14:14 

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 73-77           /    Rom. 11

 

WHAT TO DO ON SUNDAY:

There will not be a Daily Devotion sent out on Sundays. Instead we encourage you to attend your 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.  

GOD TALKING TO ME:  August 22, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

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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

AUGUST 20, 2021 – Do You Know The Answers?

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Do You Know The Answers?

AUGUST 20, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 45:17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Can you recall the Salesman and Sales Manager from Ford Motors in 1946 that became the Chairman and CEO of Chrysler in 1979? Some of you might remember, but a good share of you did not. His name was Lee Iacocca. Here is another good one for you to guess. Who was born as Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907, in the town of Winterset Iowa? He went on to become one of the world’s best-known cowboys. A few of you might know, that was John Wayne. Try this one. Who was a famous Texan in 2003 that went on to become President, and where was he born? Some of you might have guessed President George W. Bush. However, if you said his birthplace was Texas you are wrong. In fact, he is the only living Bush child at the time of this writing not born in Texas. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut while his father was finishing college.

     Now what if I were to ask you who was born in a manger in a little town called Bethlehem, His earthly father was a carpenter by trade, He traveled all around working miracles, and finally died on a cross? Who would you say this was? There would be no hesitation in most people’s mind. It was Jesus. If I also asked who was reported to have risen from the grave and then ascend into heaven? You would say Jesus. That name will be remembered by every generation through all of history. No other name is so well recognized. No other life is so well studied. None other has ever made the difference that Jesus has made in the lives of so many.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

     Jesus. Name above all names. Saviour, Counselor, Prince of Peace. Others come, go, and make an impact on their era of time. Jesus came and stayed in the hearts of all people and will make an impact throughout all time. JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! Yes, Friend there is something very special about that name.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  AUGUST 20, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Isaiah 16-18     /     Psalm 45     /     Proverbs 20     /      Luke 12 

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 69-72           /    Rom. 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

AUGUST 19, 2021 – Live On Purpose

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Live On Purpose

AUGUST 19, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Isaiah 14:24 The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

     “Opps, Oh Oh, WOW, did not mean for that to happen, whoops, Oh No not again!” What do all these statements have in common? First off, these are statements I am sure you have made from time to time. They are also comments you have heard others make on occasion.

     There is something else unique about these statements as well. They are all statements you will never hear God make. Why is it impossible for God to have ever uttered these words? It is because nothing ever catches Him off guard. He never makes a mistake. There is never a time when something does not turn out exactly as He knew it would.

     Our verse today says, as God has thought or purposed, it will be, exactly as He thought or purposed it to be. If you read a promise from God in the Bible, it is sure to happen just as He said. Why, because whatever He has purposed, will happen. God never does things by chance or accident. He does everything on PURPOSE.

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    You were not created or born by accident. God has a purpose for you and your life. You are living on this day and at this time for a reason. Ask God today to show you His will for your life today and strengthen you in your service for Him. You have a gift God intends to use to bring fulfillment to your life and ministry to His church. You are not an accident so… Live on purpose.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  AUGUST 19, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Isaiah 13, 15     /     Psalm 44:9-26     /     Proverbs 19     /     Luke 11

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 65-68           /  Rom. 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

August 18, 2021 – Law And Grace

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Law And Grace 

AUGUST 18, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Luke 10:25, 26 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

      Loopholes, excuses, escapes, and trying to find a way out of things, seems to consume the minds of many people. They spend all their time trying to find a way around the rules instead of obeying them and then using that extra time for enjoyment, learning, rest, and making things better for themselves and those around them. What a waste of talent and time.

     The verses today speak of a person called a lawyer, which means a student of the Mosaic Law, also known as a scribe. He is asking what it is I can do to inherit eternal life. For the average person this would be a very good question. They may have never had the opportunity to read or hear God’s Word and find out the answer to this question prior to this. However, the lawyer, as he was called, had already studied the law. He already knew the correct answer. Nevertheless, he asked the question anyway. Why? It was an attempt to get Jesus to trip up and fail in His answer. Jesus answered him with another question, “How do YOU read the law?”

     Today many people have thrown out the law saying, “we are living in a day of grace.” That is only partially true. By teaching only grace, we are teaching the Law of God has no effect. However, the New Testament says the law shows us we are sinners and brings us to the cross. In Galatians 3:24, 25 Paul called the law our “schoolmaster.” Once we have Jesus in our heart, we do not need a schoolmaster as we have the law living in us. Our desire then is to be obedient to God’s Word. The law is still needed today as shinning a light on sin. Jesus did not dismiss the law. He asked, how do YOU read it? He might ask us the same question today. How do YOU read it? Or do you read it?
   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

     We must continue to see the law as a tool God has given and the boundaries He has set. Praise God we are saved by grace through faith and are no longer under the law but under grace. Yet not being under the law does not dismiss the law. Thank God for it, as it still convicts man’s heart of sin.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  AUGUST 18, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Isaiah 11-13     /     Psalm 44:1-8     /     Proverbs 18     /     Luke 10

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 58-64           /  Rom. 8

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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

AUGUST 17, 2021 – Watch Out For The Bears

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Watch Out For The Bears! 

AUGUST 17, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

     Let’s use our imaginations today for a moment. What do you imagine will happen to a man or woman who might by chance run up on a mother bear who has just had her cubs taken from her? Your right, it is not going to be petting zoo time. That person would most likely be torn to bits by the powerful claws and teeth of this angry mother bear.

      Just as sure as the idea of breaking free from the wrath of the angry mother bear seems impossible or foolish, so is the idea that a person, who plays in the foolishness of sinful ways, will someday be able to break free. I guess that is why the writers of this Proverb called people who think this way a fool. The playful little sin that they once believed to be fun, will continually entangle and trap them until they are destroyed by it.

     The sad part is they never see their sin trapping them until it is too late. Their joy will turn to sorrow. Their play becomes a controlling slave master. They are no longer free to do what they want but must serve the sin that has engulfed their life.

    How can they ever be free? Only through the grace of God can a person be saved and be freed from sins grip. God calls you to freedom, safety, and His Son Jesus. Can you hear His call in your heart, or are the bears growling outside your door?

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

      If it feels like the world has enslaved you and you want to be free, cry out to a Holy God, and ask for forgiveness. He is willing to forgive and cleanse you. If you desire to be free and be saved, there is also good news. It means He is calling you now. Do not put it off until it’s too late.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  AUGUST 17, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Isaiah 9-10     /     Psalm 43     /     Proverbs 17     /     Luke 9

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 52-57          /  Rom. 7

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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

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

AUGUST 16, 2021 – What Do You Thirst For?

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What Do You Thirst For? 

AUGUST 16, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 42:2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

     People in America drink many different types of drinks. Coffee and pop seem to be among the favorites. I believe that is partially because of the caffeine. However, soda pop is also chosen by many because of its sweet taste. People love the sensations that come with the taste of things. We like the taste of things that are sweet, tart, sour, or bitter, all different kinds of flavors. Ask a kid if he would rather have an ice-cube, or a Popsicle. He will choose the Popsicle every time. Why? Well, it is what his brain says he WANTS. It is part of that self-satisfaction drive we all seem to have.

      However, things change a bit when you really get thirsty. I am not talking of the “I could use a drink,” kind of thirsty. I am talking about the “I have been working all day in the sun without anything to drink” thirsty. It is that mouth dry and needing a drink bad thirsty. The kind of thirsty that makes you feel as if you had been in a desert for a few days thirsty. Now what do you want? Do you want some thick syrupy fruity drink? No, my friend you want WATER! Why? It is not because it is what you want, but because your body is telling you it is what you desperately NEED.

      That is the kind of thirsty you need when you come to God. Not a passing type of thirst saying, “Oh, God looks good, I think I will try Him for a while.” You need a thirst for God that says, “God, I need you. I will give my life to have you as you gave your life to have me. Use me as you see fit as I realize you are the one and only LIVING GOD.” Now that is a thirsty soul. You do not need God to be just what you want; you need Him to be everything you require in life.

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

     Take a moment today to drink from the fountain of real life. Jesus is that Spring of Living Water that never runs dry.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  AUGUST 16, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Isaiah 5-8     /     Psalm 41-42     /     Proverbs 15:17 – 16     /     Luke 8

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 48-51           /       Rom. 6

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

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