February 26, 2019 – Organizing A Crowd

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Organizing A Crowd

February 26
Daily Reading – Numbers 1-3 / Mark 6:1-31

GOD SAID:

Numbers 2:34 And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses: so they pitched by their standards, and so they set forward, every one after their families, according to the house of their fathers.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

       During each year, I have the privilege of organizing a few group retreats. I so much enjoy being around all those people and seeing God work in people’s lives. However, it takes some organization to make it all seem to flow. We print literature with schedules on them. We have put the schedule on the back of the name badges. We announce at almost every gathering what the next few events might be. Then after all that, we still have some who come up and say, “what’s next?” “Where am I supposed to be?” Or the most asked question… “When do we eat again?” At times it feels as if you’re trying to herd a bunch of cats. Organizing a crowd isn’t always easy.

      Now multiply that by over a million people. No printing press to print schedules, no name badges, and no public address system to tell everyone at once, “we’re turning left at the next mountain!” God had devised a system to keep things in order. Everyone knew what side of the tabernacle they were to pitch their tents on. They all knew where in this huge caravan they were expected to be. Surprisingly, one of the only things we do not hear the children of Israel complaining about, is where they were supposed to be when setting up camp or in line. No one saying, “I want to pitch on the east this time, you always get that side it’s my turn.” No, God had well organized a crowd of people and they actually did what He said. Guess what, IT WORKED!


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

        God has well organized so many areas of our lives. How much better would life be if we were to do what Numbers 2:34 says the children of Israel did? “And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded.”


What area of your life will you let God direct?

    
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

February 25, 2019 – Offered A Choice

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Offered A Choice

February 25
Daily Reading – Leviticus 26-27 / Mark 5:1-43

GOD SAID:

Leviticus 26:3-4 If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

    Decisions, Decisions. What to do. Do I get up and get started with the day, or do I sleep in just a few more minutes. Cold cereal, eggs or oatmeal? What do I wear today? Every day is filled with decisions. Sometimes those decisions make little difference in our life. If you eat oatmeal or eggs will probably not matter ten years from today. However, some choices we are given matter greatly. They can change your life.

  God gave Israel a life altering choice in Leviticus 26. It was actually pretty basic. If you will follow my directions for life, you will enjoy a great life. I will pour out blessing upon blessing on you and your generations to come. Then later in the chapter He tells them if they choose rather to be like the rest of the world, well, they will not only miss out on His blessings, but He will begin to work against them. You see, He had rescued them. They cried out, Save us, and He did. They watched as He defeated their greatest enemy. They collectively said, we want you to be our God and we will be your people. They were no longer like everyone else. Therefore, if they willfully went back on what they had promised, God would do what was necessary to show them the error or their choice. He would afflict them in order to bring them back to Himself. Cruel? Oh no, this is pure Love. They were offered a choice. To enjoy life, even more abundantly than you may imagine, just follow the guide to life I’ve given you. Simple choice, right?

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      We face the same choice today. John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Choose Christ and choose real life.


What choice will you make?

 

     
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

February 23 & 24, 2019 – Our Call To Rest

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Our Call To Rest

February 23 & 24
February 23 – Daily Reading – Leviticus 25 / Mark 4:21-41
February 24 – NO Daily Reading

GOD SAID:

Leviticus 25:4 But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

    REST! There is nothing better in all the world after a hard day’s work than a good night of rest. Our body demands it. Just to stop, breathe, relax, and let our bodies recover and prepare for the next day. Yet we’ve become so busy, our minds so cluttered, that resting has become difficult. Sleep aids are often our best friend. Not only do our bodies need rest, but farmers will tell you the land needs rest as well. After years of planting the same crops the soil becomes depleted of its nutrients. Alternating crops or just leaving a field empty if possible is the best thing for the land. It will give you bigger and better crops in the years you plant if you can just give it some rest.

  Before science figured out the resting principle, God already knew. He created times of rest for a reason. When Jesus was walking the earth teaching His disciples we read in Mark 6:31 “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: …” Rest was necessary to minister well. God also promises rest when we give our lives to Him. Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” So, if rest is so important, why do we neglect it? Trying to get one more day on the job, one more adventure on the weekend, one more thing done around the house, when we should take the time of rest that God created and intended for us to take. I hear a call to REST!


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      Our call to REST implies that we are to rest from something. It’s not a call to do nothing. Rest is more rewarding if you’ve done something to rest from. Matthew 11:30 “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” You see, there is still a yoke!


Do you rest as you should?

THE WEEK IN REVIEW:

      Oh what a comfort we have in knowing just how much God cares for us. We’ve seen it this past week in:

● Our Continual Reminder
● Our Coming Remission
● Our Caution Required
● Our Curiosity Restrained
● Our Consistent Ruling
● Our Call To Rest

      What peace, what joy, what comfort in knowing the All Knowing God is watching out for our lives. Knowing He has our best interest at heart. Our Comfort Is Real!


SUNDAYS:

        Today we suggest you read and study whatever the Lord has laid on your Pastors heart. Whatever scripture he uses for today’s messages were given to him by God for your specific needs

February 25, 2019Leviticus 26-27Mark 5:1-43
February 26, 2019Numbers 1-3Mark 6:1-31
February 27, 2019Numbers 4-6Mark 6:32-56
February 28, 2019Numbers 7Mark 7
March 1, 2019Numbers 8-9Mark 8:1-21
March 2, 2019Numbers 10-11Mark 8:22-38
March 3, 2019No Passages Assigned 


Can you imagine what this world would be like without
God’s instruction, protection, and care?

Oh, how terrible it would be.

Our Comforter Is Real!


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

February 22, 2019 – Our Consistent Ruling

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Our Consistent Ruling

February 22
Daily Reading – Leviticus 23-24 / Mark 4:1-20

GOD SAID:

Leviticus 24:22 Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Right or Wrong. Or better stated, who’s right and who’s wrong? This has been and age old question on a variety of topics. Sometimes it can be a matter of personal preference. Who is right or wrong when it comes to eggs scrambled, over easy, poached, or no eggs at all? It really only matters to the person making that choice. It affects no one else but them. (Well, and maybe the chicken. However, you get the idea.) Yet in life there are some issues that demand a right or wrong verdict. Our courtrooms today are full of cases where two opinions collide and a final decision must be made. Who, or what is right?

     Some have made the claim that the Old Testament is a Jewish book. It’s a book written for the Jewish people only. However today’s verse shares that God is a God of everyone. That Equal laws of protection, and where need be a punishment, are afforded to all mankind. If someone will respect and obey the laws and live in accordance to them, they will be protected by those given the charge of enforcing these same laws. However, if a person chooses to live outside of the laws and breaks those laws, they forfeit all the rights of protection and privilege. Their own actions condemn them and a just punishment is then handed down based upon the laws broken. Whether governments want to admit it or not, most have taken the law of the Lord for the basis of their Legal system. God’s Word is our Consistent Rule of order in life.

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      Some will read God’s word as a book filled with rules and punishments. Others read it as a guideline to life and God’s promise of protection. I guess that would depend on which side of God’s outline for life, you choose to want to live on.


Is God’s Consistent Ruling ever wrong?

 

     
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

February 21, 2019 – Our Curiosity Restrained

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Our Curiosity Restrained

February 21
Daily Reading – Leviticus 20-22 / Mark 3

GOD SAID:

Leviticus 20:6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

    Curiosity about the unknown has been around forever. What comes after death? What happens to our soul when we die? Can we contact people beyond the grave? God’s word actually answers all these questions, however, that never seems to satisfy the majority of people. To that end, we have any number of people willing to exploit the curiosity and often the heartbreak of other people. There are fortunetellers, psychics, paranormal mediums, and the list goes on and on. God’s warning to His own is abundantly clear, STAY AWAY. Don’t seek the devil and his crowd for an answer to something that God and God alone controls. At a minimum they are liars and fakes. At their worst they are in cohorts with demons and evil spirit. In both cases they are extremely dangerous untrustworthy.

     This is nothing new. God’s warning to the children of Israel was because He knew that the people in the land they were going to, did these things. Later in Leviticus 20:23 it says; “And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.” Did you read that? God can’t stand them. Connecting with the Devil and his crowd is never the right answer for any question. Many of these tricksters are very good at what they do. Our curiosity must be restrained and trust only in God and His word.

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      If you’re really curious about eternity, don’t ask a liar to tell you the truth. The bible says the devil is a lair. (John 8:44) Seek the truth from the truth. Jesus is the truth. (John 14:6)


If you know someone is a liar, can you trust them when
they say they are telling the truth?

 

     
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

February 20, 2019 – Our Caution Required

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Our Caution Required

February 20
Daily Reading – Leviticus 18-19 / Mark 2

GOD SAID:

Leviticus 18:3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

       As a young boy, I remember being told, “look both ways before you cross the road.” It was good advice back then. It’s still good advice today. If you simply look in one direction, you may miss a danger coming from the other way. God gives us a very similar warning in today’s verse. A caution in our pathway of life is required.

       God’s warning to the children of Israel would be a good warning for us today. He said, don’t do what you use to do in the life you came out of. Everything they knew, they knew from watching the Egyptians over the years. How they sacrificed to idols and worshiped many various things they called gods. God said, don’t do that anymore. Likewise, in the future ahead, God warned, there will be people doing things that are also displeasing to Him. They have an entirely different way of doing things, but different does not mean right. Don’t do that either. Look both ways. To your past as well as to your future, there are dangers in either direction. In Leviticus 18:5 God says;“Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.” In other words God was saying, listen to what I tell you, do that, and life will be so much better, I know what I’m talking about, I’m God. You know, that was good advice then and is good advice today. Our past life, filled with sin isn’t where we need to be. Nor any of traps Satan places ahead. Our caution is required.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    Looking both ways is a great idea. However there is another direction in which we should look. Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Look Up!


In which direction are you looking today?

 

     
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

February 19, 2019 – Our Coming Remission

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Our Coming Remission

February 19
Daily Reading – Leviticus 15-17 / Mark 1:21-45

GOD SAID:

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

    Talk about being ahead of science, this verse points hundreds of years past medical science of the day. In fact it points all the way into eternity.

    In the Middle ages there was a practice known as “blood-letting.” Blood was drained out of a person to get rid of disease. If they didn’t to drain too much, sometimes it helped. However in many cases it never worked because, well people just died. There was also what is called “Leeching.” To suck the poison out of a body they would adhere blood sucking leeches to people. That wasn’t always successful either, because, well, one too many leeches and people died. Evidently no one read this part of the bible. Life is in the blood.

     God wanted people to know how important the blood was way back in Old Testament times. It all pointed to the day when the blood of Jesus which paid for man’s sin would be shed. The remission of our sin took the blood, and therefore the life of God’s only Son Jesus. Hebrews 9:22 tells us; “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” When Jesus died as the sacrificial Lamb of God, the Jewish people should have understood what just happened. As far as that goes, we too who have all of God’s word, have no excuse for not understanding. “It is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

     
GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    Our Verse in Leviticus pointed hundreds of years ahead to Our Coming Remission. Once applied it’s complete. Hebrews 10:18 says; “Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.” It is FINISHED.


Have you placed your sins under the blood?

 

     
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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