May 2, 2019 – Righteousness Over Ego

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Righteousness Over Ego

 May 2
 Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 25-27  /  Luke 21

GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 25:33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     In 1 Samuel 13:14 it says; “…the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart,…” referring to David. You might think that this man would be a man who would do only those things that pleased the Lord. The scripture does record that for the majority of his life, David did follow the Lord’s leading. However, even a good and Godly man like David had moments of weakness. Times where God’s will and David’s will were not the same. Even for a man like David, the sin of pride and ego can lead us astray. How wonderful to know, God does not give up on us.


    In today’s passage, David is upset with a man named Nabal. Nabal had many men working for him, and David and his men had helped protect several of his shepherds out in the fields from predators. So David sent men to Nabal and asked if he would give them just a small amount of the food he was preparing, since they had in essence been serving him in this way. Nabal’s response was not only negative, but his tone was rude. When David hears this, he sets out to kill not only Nabal, but also all the innocent people who worked for him. It’s only when Nabal’s wife, whom God sent to intercede in this plan, that David realizes his sinful pride. He says in 1 Sam. 25:33 “…and from avenging myself with mine own hand.” God provided a way to escape his sinfulness, and his own will, and follow God’s will instead. David had a choice, righteousness over ego. He chose right.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  God still provides a way out of temptations. It says in 1 Cor. 10:13 “…but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” We always have a choice. God’s will, or our will. It’s often a choice of righteousness, or ego.


Will you choose God?

 

     
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
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May 1, 2019 – Respect Not Earned

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Respect Not Earned

 May 1
 Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 21-24 / Luke 20:27-47


GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 24:6 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     “Those kids have no respect for authority!” I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I have heard that statement made. Teachers have come to me in tears saying it. Older saints within the church have voiced their concern. If I’m honest, I’ve said it a time or two, or more. The answer I believe is two-fold. Respect needs to be earned, and respect must be taught. Sometimes the person claiming they’re not being respected, has not earned that respect. They instead are trying to demand respect based on the position they hold. That usually doesn’t work. However, I believe the biggest problem that we face today is, respect is not taught. Very few people model respect for any authority before our youth today. Not for the Police, the President, the Pastors, and often not even for God. Respect must be modeled and taught if we ever have a prayer it will someday be received.

    David showed great respect toward Saul in today’s passage. Saul has been hunting David down and trying to kill him. Saul has killed several others, just because they helped David. Saul has done nothing to gain David’s respect at all. Yet David shows him a great respect, that was not earned. WHY? Because David had respect for God, who placed Saul in the position of being his King. Even though Saul had not earned David’s respect, God had. Because of his God, David showed great restraint, and respect for whom God had placed over him.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  Do we really want the youth of today to show respect for authority at home, in the world, at church, for God? If we do, then we need to begin to model that respect before them. God is still on the throne. He, and His decisions are worthy of respect.


Are we modeling what we desire?

 

     
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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

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

April 30, 2019 – Recognizing What’s Evil

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Recognizing What’s Evil

 April 30
 Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 18-20 / Luke 20:1-26

GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 19:9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     I have, in years past, gone to the county fair and went through what’s often marketed as a “Haunted House.” While walking or riding through this attraction, things jump out at you and try to scare you. The ones that will catch you off guard however are the ones that start out as one thing, such as a guide or an announcer, and then suddenly change into something scary. Things jumping out at you, well, you know they are supposed to scare you. However the ones that look just like everyone else, and then change, those are the ones you have to watch for.

     That changing character is somewhat how we see Saul in these passages today. Back in 1 Samuel 16:14 it said; “But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.” This phrase; “Evil Spirit from the Lord, or God” appears a few times in 1 Samuel concerning Saul. Scholars have debated for centuries what that means. Some believe since the Spirit of God was taken from Saul, God then allowed an evil demon then to torment Saul. Others have said the word evil in its original context simply meant Saul was in a depressed or distressing mental state. Still some say that God directed a specific fallen demonic angel to torment Saul. What we do know for sure is that in all of this, God was in control of the situation, however He accomplished it. By chapter 20, David had recognized the evil in Saul and departed.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

     2 Cor. 11:14 say; “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” The sinfulness of the world, the Devil, and evil are all around us. Sometimes it is obvious. More often than not, it’s deceptive.


Are you watching for evil?
It’s looking for you.

 

     
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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

April 29, 2019 – Run Toward The Enemy

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Run Toward The Enemy

 April 29
 Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 16-17  /  Luke 19:28-48

GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 17:48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Many years ago, in Mississippi at a local zoo with our family, something out of the ordinary happened. We were all just enjoying a fun day at the zoo when a cheetah broke free from its cage and was dragging a little boy by his clothing. The management of the zoo was directing people inside the buildings around us. However, my cousin and I could see the cheetah in a clearing, dragging the little boy and we moved toward them. When we did, the animal dropped the little boy and seemed disoriented. The little boy cried, “please help me mister.” I said; “just be still, don’t move.” About that time a man stepped up beside me. I said quietly, “sir, if you’re not with the zoo, don’t go out there.” He said, “I am with the zoo,” and in just a few moments the cheetah was captured and the little boy was ok. What made us go toward the danger? All I can say is, that little boy needed help, or he may have been mauled. When the papers interviewed us we just said; “God used us to help that little boy in his time of need.”

    When David stepped out to fight the Giant Philistine Goliath, the nation of God’s people were being threatened. He knew God had delivered him in the past from danger and just thought he could help. He wasn’t trying to be a hero. He wasn’t trying to show off. He just saw a situation where someone was in danger and he thought he could help. So, giving God the glory, David stepped toward the enemy.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  1 Peter 5:8 says; “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” Someone out there is being attacked by the devil and needs your help.


Will you step in, toward the enemy for 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 27 & 28, 2019 – A Guilty Trend

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A Guilty Trends

 April 27 & 28
 April 27 – Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 14-15 / Luke 19:1-27
 April 28 – NO Daily Reading

GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 15:24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

    “He did it. No She did it. Huh uh, it wasn’t me it was her.” Oh how I remember those conversations. Mom or dad would walk into the room, see the mess that was made, and ask the all-time silliest question of all parents. “Who did this?” And so would begin the blame game between my sister and I. It was most likely a team effort in making the mess. However, neither of us wanted to admit we were the guilty one. Then if the majority of the mess was pinned onto one of us, the next part of this conversation was, “well they started it.” No matter what happened, we did not want to take the blame. Even now I’d like to blame that whole childhood attitude on Saul in our passages today, but I can’t, I had not read 1 Samuel yet.


      God told Saul to destroy everything connected to the Amalekites. EVERYTHING! Yet Saul and his army kept the best of the livestock, the Amalekite King, and in 1 Sam. 15:9 the Bible says they kept; “all that was good.” All that was good? God said destroy it all. In God’s eyes, none of it was good. When Samuel confronts Saul about what he’d done, first Saul says in vs. 13, that He had obeyed God’s command. He lied. When the noise of the livestock gives him away, he says in vs 15, it wasn’t me, the people did it. Even when it’s pinned on him as sinful, He still says in vs 24, I feared the people. Sort of “they started it.” A guilty trend of accusing someone else for his sin..


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      Have we truly grown out of this trend in our own lives? Even as adults you will hear people arguing or rationalizing with others, and with God, about their own disobedience to God’s will for their lives. All God asks of us is to love him and simply be obedient to His will.


Is He asking too much?


THE WEEK IN REVIEW:

      What do we need daily in our lives? “A Godly Touch.” Allowing God’s touch will change every situation, such as;

●  A Good Testimony
●  A Growing Trust
●  A Glaring Truth
●  A Given Transformation
●  A Gigantic Taradiddle
●  A Guilty Trend

      What else will bless or mend any situation in our lives? I can think of nothing better than “A Godly Touch.”


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 29, 20191 Samuel 16-17 Luke 19:28-48
April 30, 20191 Samuel 18-20 Luke 20:1-26
May 1, 20191 Samuel 21-24 Luke 20:27-47
May 2, 20191 Samuel 25-27 Luke 21
May 3, 20191 Samuel 28-31  Luke 22:1-34
May 4, 20192 Samuel 1-3 Luke 22:35-71
May 5, 2019No Passages Assigned 


When Jesus was on earth the Bible says…

Luke 6:19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

Let the virtue, or power of God touch you 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

April 26, 2019 – A Gigantic Taradiddle

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A Gigantic Taradiddle

 April 26
 Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 12-13 / Luke 18:31-43

GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 13:11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     What in the world is a taradiddle? Is it a new found dinosaur bone dug up by Dr. Diddle they have now named the taradiddle? Nope. Is it a galaxy far far way that they’ve just discovered with a high power telescope that could be new Terra firma, dry ground, to explore and discover? Not that either. Taradiddle simply means senseless talk; deception; Webster’s says it is nonsense, a petty lie. For example; “no sane person would make up such a taradiddle.” Also described as pretentious nonsense. Such as; “this taradiddle from him about his new radio show” That’s what Saul was trying to feed Samuel in today’s passage. A Gigantic Taradiddle.

    Samuel ask’s Saul why he didn’t wait for him to show up, but instead went ahead and offered up sacrifices that only a priest was allowed to do? Saul gives him a list of nonsense. First he says; People were leaving, “Because I saw that the people were scattered from me.” They were leaving, but that’s not an excuse to sin. Second he says; People were late, “thou camest not within the days appointed.” Also true, yet not a good reason to disobey God. Finally he says; People were lashing out; “that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash.” Again, the enemy was gathering, but still no reason to break God’s law. These were all excuses, nonsense, a bunch of taradiddle. In the end It costs him his position as king.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  People often try to make an excuse for their sinfulness. Things like; “others are doing it,” “it’s not that big of a deal,” or “who am I hurting anyway it’s my life.” Truth is, it’s all taradiddle. There is never a good reason to break God’s heart with sin.


Do we try to feed God taradiddle?

 

     
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 25, 2019 – A Given Transformation

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A Given Transformation

 April 25
 Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 9-11 / Luke 18:1-30

GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 10:24 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     A few years back there was this toy that came out called “The Transformers.” This toy started out as a car or truck and then with a few twists here, and a pull there, it became a robot. The animated movies about these transformers combined with the toys took off. Next came a flood of marketing products on things like t-shirts, hats, pajamas, notebooks, lunch boxes, cups, and just about anything you could put a logo on had been touched by the transformer craze. However these were not the original transformers. God had been in the business of transforming things long before that.

    In today’s reading we see God taking an ordinary young man and transformed him into a king. Saul originally was not extraordinarily brave. In fact, when Samuel was introducing him as the first king, they had to go find him because he was hiding. According to scripture, he was a tall and good-looking guy, which kind of made him stand out in any crowd. Yet up until his encounter with Samuel, he had never even thought about being a king. He didn’t campaign or compete with anyone else to become king. Who or what then made this young lad a king? Simply put, God made him king. It was God’s words to Samuel that began that process. We read in 1 Samuel 11 how the Spirit of God came upon Saul and changed him forever. God had transformed this common young man. The people loved him and said, GOD SAVE THE KING.



GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  God still transforms people today. Rom. 12:2 says; “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”


Will you let God’s Word change you?

 

     
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 24, 2019 – A Glaring Truth

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A Glaring Truth

 April 24
 Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 5-8 / Luke 17

GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 8:19-20 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Why do churches have Communion Services? I guess the short answer would be, because God said to. So here then is another question. Why do you think God said we should do communion? The answer is found in 1 Corinthians 11:25 when it says; “…This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.“ The last four words are your answer. It’s so we will be reminded of Christ and what He did for our sinfulness. You might be thinking to yourself, “how in the world could we possibly forget that?” It’s just as possible for us to forget what God has done for us, as it was for the children of Israel.

    So far, God has delivered Israel from Egypt just as they asked. He provided them with a means of dealing with their sinfulness through sacrifice, which they needed. God has set up leaders, priests, judges, and prophets to guide them back to Himself when they have wandered. He’s fought so many battles for them where they’ve had little to do but watch the mighty hand of God. In today’s passage, He gave them a judge, Samuel. He stepped between them and the Philistines, fought the battle for them, and restored all their land to them. Yet, still we read in 1 Samuel 8, they’ve forgotten all that. Even after being warned what a human king would do, they wanted what the world had. The glaring truth is, man soon forgets God, if we’re not reminded.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  The next time your church has communion, thank God for the reminder. He judged our sinfulness, stepped out of eternity into our reality, and fought that battle for us on the cross of Calvary. He is still at the right hand of God interceding for us today.


Is He your KING?

 

     
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 23, 2019 – A Growing Trust

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A Growing Trust

 April 23
 Daily Reading – 1 Samuel 2-4 / Luke 16:18-31


GOD SAID:

1 Samuel 2:26 And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     I hate it when the power goes out. It seems as if life comes to a screeching halt. No TV to watch, no computer to work on, and even opening the refrigerator is depressing as the little light that welcomes me, is not there. You search for candles, you sit and read a while, passing the time until the power to come back on. Even worse is when the power pops on for a few seconds and then drops out again. It’s that glimmer of hope that pops back up. Like life is starting up again. Then, as suddenly as it vanished, it comes back on and life is good. Well at least we have power.

    Israel did not trust Eli and his family. His sons were stealing from the offerings and sacrifices given, so people just quit coming. We read in 1 Samuel 2:17 where it says; “men abhorred the offering of the Lord.” Since Eli would not do anything to correct his son’s behavior, no one came, no one sacrificed, no one brought offerings, and no one was right with God. There was no trust, there was no hope, no joy, and no blessings on these people. However, God raised up someone the people would learn to trust again. A young man by the name of Samuel. A light in a rather dark scenario. Samuel found favor with God and with Israel. In 1 Samuel 3:19 it says “…the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.” Which means people were listening to all Samuel had to say because he was speaking for God again. There was trust, and hope again.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  What we do in life as believers has a huge impact on those around us. God calls us to be a light in a rather dark scenario. When the light goes out, people don’t know who to trust, they lose all hope. Sharing God’s word which they can trust gives people hope again.


Will you be that light?

 

     
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 22, 2019 – A Good Testimony

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A Good Testimony

 April 22
 Daily Reading – Ruth 3-1 Samuel 1 / Luke 16:1-17

GOD SAID:

Ruth 3:11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     The Mona Lisa is considered to be one of the most valuable paintings in the world. According to Wikipedia it is one of the most visited, most written about, and most sung about pieces of art ever. It has been said the artist, Leonardo da Vinci, had lingered over it for four years before adding touches here and there, and he died saying it was not complete. Much has been said about this painting from the placement of the hands, said to depict that she was a virtuous and faithful wife, to her smile which has had people talking for centuries. The mystique of the Mona Lisa is in the eye of the beholder.


       A good testimony is very much like the details of a piece of art like the Mona Lisa. Boaz said to Ruth in Ruth 3:11 “And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.” What a statement buried in the middle of this book. Everyone in town, he said, knows that you are a virtuous woman. A lady of high moral standards. That kind of recognition does not happen overnight. It occurs after people have watched every movement, every action, and critiqued every detail of your life. They have listened to every word, how it is said, and to whom. In short, it means you have a good testimony among the people who know you best. People work years to obtain this testimony, which is all too easy to ruin.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      God intends for you to be His Mona Lisa. However, He allows you to apply the brush strokes forming the picture of your life. We can’t erase the past, but we can paint a beautiful future for others to see and admire.


What do people see, looking at the artwork of 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

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