April 3, 2019 – We Have Assurance

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We Have Assurance

 April 3
 Daily Reading – Joshua 7-9 / Luke 7:1-35

GOD SAID:

Joshua 8:34 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      Have you ever messed up? Did you ever make one of those really huge mistakes. What you may have seen as the blunder of all blunders. You may even have thought to yourself, ok, this is it. This will be the end of our relationship, or this career. What I’ve done will never be forgiven. However, you finally fess up, only to find out that the boss, or the person you felt you had wronged was a little more forgiving than you thought they might be. If so, then you may understand how the Children of Israel felt right about now.

      God had brought them over Jordan and given them a huge victory over Jericho. They were kind of on a victory lap when they came to the city of Ai. Comparing Ai to that of Jericho, it seemed rather small and easy to take. So rather than sending everyone, they just sent a few men out to take the city. However, they lost this battle. When Joshua asks God why, God says the people of Israel had sinned. Someone had taken something from Jericho, which God had told them not to do. The sin of one family now was effecting the entire camp. With God’s leading, they found who had done this, and dealt with it exactly as God directed them to do. Then, God gave them victory over the people of Ai. So they built an altar to worship God. Not only for the victory, but also for the assurance of his presence with them. They were standing exactly where God, through Moses had told them in Duet. 27:12-13 they would be.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  I love 1 John 1:9 which says; “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Jesus paid the price for my sin, my confession reassures my relationship.


Aren’t you glad for this assurance from God?

 

     
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

April 2, 2019 – We Have Assisted

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We Have Assisted

 April 2
 Daily Reading – Joshua 4-6 / Luke 6:20-49

GOD SAID:

Joshua 6:16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Growing up, I remember a commercial on television for a product called “Shake N Bake.” It was a coating mix that you placed Chicken into, shook it up really good, placed the pieces on a baking sheet and tossed into the oven to bake, rather than fry the chicken. At the end of the commercial, after demonstrating how easy it was to do by having children help with the shaking, someone would say, “this is great fried chicken.” To which the smiling children would say; “it’s not fired, it’s Shake N Bake, And We helped.”

    We find in today’s chapters the Children of Israel coming to an understanding that what they were doing was assisting God in His plans. Don’t misunderstand, they’re actually doing things, but they’re doing things exactly as God says. In chapter 4 they cross over the Jordan River. Obeying every detail of God’s directions of who goes first and what to do, God then parted the Jordan River, and they all went over. In chapter 5 God commanded that all the men be circumcised. These were men born during the 40 years in the desert and they had not been separated unto the Lord with this act of obedience. They all obeyed. When we get to chapter 6 God tells them of an odd way of taking the fortified city of Jericho. Yet we hear nothing of grumbling or arguing about how it was done. Instead, they assisted God in His plan to defeat this great walled city. You can almost hear them saying; “God did it, And We Helped!”



GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  God is still trying to help His children today. In Matthew 6:33 it says; “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” He still wants us to assist Him in His plans.


What might God do if we followed His plans?

 

     
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

April 1, 2019 – We Have Arrived

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We Have Arrived

 April 1
 Daily Reading – Joshua 1-3 / Luke 6:1-19

GOD SAID:

Joshua 1:11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     “Are We There Yet? I’m not sure of this, but I imagine that every parent, in every country, on every continent which God created, who has ever traveled with children has heard those famous words. I remember taking a group of teens on a trip to Tennessee. Our Youth Pastor, Mike would always answer that question with; “15 more minutes.” I asked him, “don’t you feel like you’re lying to them?” He said; “no, I didn’t say we’d be there in 15 minutes, just in 15 minutes I’ll answer that question again.” Many of the teens had fallen asleep when we stopped early in the morning at a grocery store. When we got out of the van one teen said; “Are we there yet?” Mike said, “yup, we’re here.” Still half asleep when we got into the store she said, “Pastor Mike, are we sleeping in a grocery store this week?” We all laughed.

    After forty years of wandering around in the desert, hearing of this future home, coming close to it several times but never going in, I am pretty sure someone at some time had to have asked, “Are We There Yet?” What a joy for Joshua to finally tell them, eat up folks, we have arrived. The day has come when you will get to see what God has been promising all along. The promised land. There were still some obstacles to overcome like the rushing Jordan River and the people who lived there now. However, they had come to believed God would see them thought any problems they might face. We Have Arrived!


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  God has told the saints of a promised land. A home in heaven someday. There are obstacles we may face before we enter in. However, we’ve come to believe that God will see us thought any problem we may face. One day we’ll say; “We Have Arrived!”


Will you trust God until then?

 

     
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 30 & 31, 2019 – Pondering That Tune

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Pondering That Tune

 March 30 & 31
 March 30 – Daily Reading – Deuteronomy 32-34 / Luke 5:27-39
 March 31 – NO Daily Reading

GOD SAID:

Deuteronomy 31:19 Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      “Ear Worms.” It’s that tune you can’t seem to forget. Sometimes it fine, but most often it will almost drive you crazy. At the time of this writing there is a song called, “Baby Shark” that anyone with a toddler around has heard way too many time. Even if the song isn’t playing, it echo’s in the back of your mind for days. Just when you think you’ve forgotten it, someone will play it again. You may think “Ear Worm’s” are some modern creation. Truth is, it was God’s idea first.

      I realize today’s verse came from yesterday’s reading. However, Chapter 32 fulfills todays verse. God told Moses to write a song. Why? Well because songs have a way of playing in our memory long after lectures fade. God knew that if they learned this song, it would be a witness, or reminder in the years to come of just who He was and what He had done. God knew that songs play a powerful role in the hearts of man.

     Today people often dismiss music, thinking of it simply as a form of entertainment. Satan knows that if he can plant sinful thoughts in your mind through songs he can tempt you to sin. In Col. 3:16 it says; “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” We should put that to music and Ponder That Tune!
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GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      Music is so important in our lives. What we allow to play in our minds, does affect how we live. Some of the new songs are good. And I know the Hymns may seem old fashioned. Yet they have a vital old fashioned message we all still need to hear.


What tunes are you pondering today?

THE WEEK IN REVIEW:

    Before Moses was led by God to the top of mount Pisgah to die, God used him to share words of wisdom about:

●  Passing The Test
●  Performing The Task
●  Prayers For A Touch
●  Prophecies Came True
●  Picking A Trail
●  Pondering That Tune

    Much of what God said through Moses then, can still be applied to our lives today. True Words Of WISDOM.


SUNDAY’S:

        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

April 1, 2019Joshua 1-3Luke 6:1-19
April 2, 2019Joshua 4-6Luke 6:20-49
April 3, 2019Joshua 7-9Luke 7:1-35
April 4, 2019Joshua 10-11Luke 7:36-50
April 5, 2019Joshua 12-14Luke 8:1-39
April 6, 2019Joshua 15-17Luke 8:40-56
April 7, 2019No Passages Assigned 


The Word of God from hundreds of years ago,
never seem to get old.

Luke 21:33
Heaven and earth shall pass away:
but my words shall not pass away.

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 29, 2019 – Picking A Trail

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Picking A Trail

 March 29
 Daily Reading – Deuteronomy 29-31 / Luke 5:1-26

GOD SAID:

Deuteronomy 30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      Once on a family vacation to Kentucky, while staying at my grandma and grandpa’s house, I went exploring the mountain behind their house. My folks said; “don’t wander off too far!” I said; ”OK,” and off I went. I climbed and climbed until I finally reached the top of the mountain. At that age it seemed to me that I could see the world from that peak. I wandered around up there for a while, and then decided to go back down the mountain. The problem was, I couldn’t remember which way I came up. I saw a path that looked traveled and thought this must be the way. After a while I found I had walked into a thicket filled with pricker bushes. When I came out to a road, I was scratched up and on the opposite side of that mountain. Fortunately, my dad, who knew the area well, was looking for me and when he found me, took me back to the house. You can imagine our conversation on the way back was not about how did I like my adventure.

     In today’s verse God sets out two very distinct paths for Israel. One is good and leads to life. The other is evil and leads to death. The problem is the old Devil loves making the wrong path look so appealing. It begins with satisfying enticements which appeal to the flesh. However, if you follow it, you’ll always end up in “the pricker bushes.” The best way to travel an area you’re not familiar with is to follow someone who knows the way, and NEVER wander off too far!


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    In Sunday School we sang a song that said; “My Lord knows the way through the wilderness, All I have to do is follow.” Prov. 3:5-6 says that if we will Trust in the Lord, He will direct our paths. Let him pick your trail in life.


Do you follow or lead the Lord with your life?

 

     
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 28, 2019 – Prophecies Came True

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Prophecies Came True

 March 28
 Daily Reading – Deuteronomy 28 / Luke 4:14-44

GOD SAID:

Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: 


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     People say they want to know the future. What’s going to happen down the road. Daniel and Revelation are two of the most studied books in the Bible because of the truths they hold about our future. However, does knowing the future cause you to live better, or worse. Knowing something is going to happen, but not knowing just when, should cause people some concern.

     In Deut. 28 God tells the Children of Israel about the blessing He’ll pour out on them if they live according to His directions. He also says in verse 15, if you don’t, there is a price to pay. God prophesies the carrying away of Israel and Judah into Assyria and Babylon in verse 36. In verse 49 He foretells of the Roman Empire’s conquering and ruling over Israel. The emblem of the Roman Empire was the eagle and their language, which the Jews did not understand, was Latin. Then again in verse 64 God tells of the eventual scattering of the Jewish people in A.D. 70 when Jerusalem was destroyed. The nation of Israel may be back today, but the people are still scattered globally. God forewarned them hundreds of years in advance of these things happening. Yet as time passed, they all to believe it wouldn’t be today, so let’s live it up. Each one of these prophecies came to pass exactly as God said they would. Yet each one seemed to catch them by surprise. Why? It wasn’t that they didn’t know. It was because they believed it wouldn’t happen to them now.

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    Throughout the New Testament we’re told of Christ’s return. For Christians, a time of rejoicing. For unbelievers, a time of reckoning. Sadly, I see both groups living as if it just couldn’t happen today. Yet, someday it will. What then?


Do we really believe Jesus could come back 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

March 27, 2019 – Prayers For A Touch

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Prayers For A Touch

 March 27
 Daily Reading – Deuteronomy 25-27 / Luke 3:23-4:13

GOD SAID:

Deuteronomy 26:15 Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

    Most children while growing up, look to their parents as their greatest encouragers in life. Whenever any accomplishment was achieved, it was the praise of mom or dad that added the perfect touch of completion and satisfaction. In your young mind, they were the ones who knew the most about everything. When they said, “Good Job,” or “Child I am proud of you,” any toil and time you’d put into mastering this victory in life felt worth it. The people you loved most in all the world, have just put their stamp of approval on your life. The touch of love and approval have reached deep within to your very soul. (P.S. I never grew out of the desire for my folks to say well done. No matter who else praised what I did, their approval always touched me more. I sometimes miss that today.)

  Deut. 26:13-15 is a prayer to God. They have fulfilled all that was expected of them. They have taken care of those in need around them, offered the tithe due to God with joy in being able to do so, and they have remembered the word of God and done them to the best of their ability. Now, as a child looking to a parent for that approval, they look to God and say, “Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel.” In essence they are saying, “God, did we do ok? Was what we have done pleasing in your sight?” They were praying for that touch only a Heavenly Father could give.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    We all need a touch from God. We need to know we’re doing ok, and we’re pleasing in His sight. In Rom. 8:16 it says; “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” He’s God’s touch to your soul.


Have you thanked God for His touch?

 

     
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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