March 5, 2019 – Forbidden Rebellion

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Forbidden Rebellion

March 5
Daily Reading – Numbers 15 / Mark 9:30-50

GOD SAID:

Numbers 15:32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Children often do not realize that what they consider just fun and games, may at times cause serious damage. Tossing a ball around in the house seems like such harmless fun. That is until it hits an antique vase and it shatters on the floor. There is no replacing it. No repairing it. No hiding the fact that it was broken. Now what? If it was clearly a misjudgment on the part of the child and the child is sorry for their actions, it would normally be handled with a mild punishment or a reprimand. However, the punishment would be completely different if the child had specifically been told, “don’t through that ball in here there are expensive irreplaceable items like this vase that could get broken.” Same broken vase, but a different reason why.

    In today’s verse, the man gathering sticks was later put to death for doing so. The punishment may seem harsh for picking up a few sticks. Yet picking up the sticks was not why he was punished. In prior verses in this chapter we see that God was willing to forgive someone if they unintentionally sinned. However, those who were deliberately rebellious received harsher punishment. Willful rebellion grows out of an improper attitude toward God. While the punishment may seem drastic, it sent a clear message to the children of Israel about the necessity to obey God’s word. Obedience was met with blessings. Forbidden rebellion was met with regret. God would much rather bless us.

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      The punishment for sin is still the same today. However, Jesus died for our disobedience toward God’s word. Rom. 6:23 says the wages of sin will always be death. Yet through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice, we are forgiven and given eternal life.


Can you see what our rebellion cost God?

 

     
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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

March 4, 2019 – Faulty Reports

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Faulty Reports

March 4
Daily Reading – Numbers 12-14 / Mark 9:1-29

GOD SAID:

Numbers 13:32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      On the surface it might look like God was upset at the report that 10 of the 12 spies brought back from the promised land. The food they brought back was absolutely wonderful. The fact that 12 Hebrew guys wandered all over the land known as Canaan without being spotted and killed should have been somewhat encouraging. However, they saw the people known as the children of Anak. These were some pretty big people. It’s believed that Goliath whom David kills later may have been a descendant of this family. Even though all the people in the land were not giants, it seems to have clouded their judgement and memory because they say in today’s verse; “all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.” So is this faulty report what has God so upset? There’s more to it than that.

     When we get into chapter 14 we see a clearer picture of God’s frustration. This faulty Report caused the entire congregation to murmur and complain all night. Even with Caleb and Joshua trying to give them a brighter outlook of God’s power and love, they would not hear it. When we get to Numbers 14:22 we find the real problem. “Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;” It was a heart problem. They didn’t truly trust God and His love.

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    God said, they’ve seen my glory, and miracles and have not hearkened to my voice. Jesus was the express image of God’s glory on earth. As for miracles, Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and ascending back to heaven are pretty big.


What faulty report are the lost buying into 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 2 & 3, 2019 – Onset Of Complaints

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Onset Of Complaints

March 2 & 3
March 2 – Daily Reading – Numbers 10-11 / Mark 8:22-38
March 3 – NO Daily Reading

GOD SAID:

Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      You know there are some people who live and love to complain. That may not be what they intend to do, it appears however to be in their nature to complain. My dad said some people would rather complain than eat. That never made sense to me since I love to eat. Nevertheless, we all know some who fill this description rather well. Now before we start pointing fingers and waging our heads, remember, we all complain from time to time. Some of you are thinking about complaining about others who are complainers right now. We complain about the weather, the people in front of us paying with pennies at the store, the slow poke on the highway, and the pastor who preaches too long. (NOT ME!) Complaining comes too natural for us all. We may want to think about today’s verse the next time we become too irritable at someone else. Especially if that someone is God.

     Our verse said, “when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it.” Granted, the children of Israel were blessed by God in everything and shouldn’t have been complaining. If we think on this, aren’t we all blessed by God in everything as well? What causes the onset of complaints anyway? It’s often us not getting our way. The slow poke on the highway may have car problems. The person paying with pennies may be using all they have. The preacher, maybe God’s trying to speak to you, while you’re complaining.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      Every complaint is not a sin. Jesus complained about the money changers in the temple, and Jesus never sinned. Yet, it may do us well to consider, why we are complaining. Are we complaining about sin, or to satisfy self?


Would you ask God to help you to complain less?

THE WEEK IN REVIEW:

    This week we have watched the children of Israel move from doing what’s right, to doing what’s wrong. As seen in:

● Offered A Choice
● Organizing A Crowd
● Ordering Of Cleanliness
● Offering That Came
● Obeying A Cloud
● Onset Of Complaints

    Yet in the end, they’re still moving onward with God. As God’s children, no matter the trial we too can daily move Onward with Christ our Lord.


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

March 4, 2019Numbers 12-14Mark 9:1-29
March 5, 2019Numbers 15Mark 9:30-50
March 6, 2019Numbers 16-18Mark 10:1-31
March 7, 2019Numbers 19-20Mark 10:32-52
March 8, 2019Numbers 21-22Mark 11
March 9, 2019Numbers 23-25Mark 12:1- 27
March 10, 2019No Passages Assigned 


 I like the little cowboy toy,
Woody, in Toy Story

He yells
“To Infinity and beyond…”

With just a little alteration,
that truly should be the shout
of every believer in Christ.

Into Eternity and Beyond.

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 1, 2019 – Obeying A Cloud

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Obeying A Cloud

March 1
Daily Reading – Numbers 8-9 / Mark 8:1-21

GOD SAID:

Numbers 9:21 And so it was, when the cloud abode from even unto the morning, and that the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they journeyed: whether it was by day or by night that the cloud was taken up, they journeyed.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Can you even imagine, watching a cloud and doing what it did. It’s like a giant game of “Simon Says.” The Cloud stops, the Children of Israel set up camp, they set up the tabernacle, and arrange all the items in the tabernacle as they are to be. The cloud lifts and moves, pack everything up, and follow that cloud. That’s a lot of work. In Number 9:22 it says; “Or whether it were two days, or a month, or a year, that the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle, remaining thereon, the children of Israel abode in their tents, and journeyed not: but when it was taken up, they journeyed.” It would be hard enough in the day, but today’s verse says they moved whether it was day or night. Why not just wait to see if possibly the cloud would come back. The answer is very simple.

     The answer is that they needed to be where God was, and God was in that cloud. He was leading them in this wilderness. He was supplying their needs. Their food, water supply, direction, and care were all in God’s hands. When God moved, they immediately followed. They did not want to be anywhere that God was not.

     God does not lead by a cloud anymore, instead He has given us the Holy Spirit and His word. In the good times (by day), or during the trials we endure (by night), God never leaves us nor forsakes us. Choose to always follow Him.

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      God still supplies our needs. Everything we have comes from God. James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.


Are you following 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

February 28, 2019 – Offering That Came

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Offering That Came

February 28
Daily Reading – Numbers 7 / Mark 7

GOD SAID:

Numbers 7:3 And they brought their offering before the LORD, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen; a wagon for two of the princes, and for each one an ox: and they brought them before the tabernacle.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

    Our church took some time and went through 1st & 2nd Corinthians chapter by chapter. I recall sitting in my office reading over the passage for the week in my bible when I came to the passage in 2 Corinthians 9:7 & 8 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” It occurred to me that many of the people in our congregation were giving, but they may be missing out on the blessings of giving because of the way they did so. I began to think, have I failed these people because I have not clearly conveyed to them that it was more important how they gave, than what they gave. I purposed in my heart that day to take just a moment before every offering to try to point peoples heart and therefore their offering to God. The only way to give cheerfully is to be mindful of who you’re giving to. Remembering, it was God who gave you what you’re about to offer back to Him as offering.

     The opening line of today’s verse says “And they brought their offering before the LORD.” They physically brought the offerings to Moses in the tabernacle. However, spiritually they brought it to the Lord, and Oh how He blessed all that they brought. It was always enough.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    Our church may never be wealthy in the eyes of the world. Our people may not be rich according to earthly standards. Yet I believe if they paused, prayed, and praised God each week before giving offerings to Him, well, we always have enough.


Is God’s enough, enough for 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

February 27, 2019 – Ordering Of Cleanliness


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Ordering Of Cleanliness

February 27
Daily Reading – Numbers 4-6 / Mark 6:32-56


GOD SAID:

Numbers 5:2-3 Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is defiled by the dead: Both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell. 


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

    If you have ever been around young children who play outside in the summer, or you can remember back to when you were a child, you may remember a conversation that went something like this. Mom-”Go get in the bathtub and clean yourself up.” Child – “I’m not that dirty.” Mom – “your hands and face are filthy, now get in the tub.” Child – “I’ll just do it in the morning.” MOM – “YOU WILL DO IT NOW, RIGHT NOW, AND QUIT TALKING BACK.” Child – “ok.” To the child who had been playing in the dirt all day, they could not see the immediate need. This dirt looked ok all day, how bad can it be? To the mother who saw this cloud of dirt and dust swirling through the house, all she could see was dirty sheets, dirty hand towels, dirty, pajamas, in fact a dirty anything they came in contact with.

        God makes a command of the children of Israel. Those who are defiled, or diseased must be put out of the camp until they are clean. Why? Well there was the issue of contamination of others. Also, in the desert with no medical facilities to speak of, a real health issue could arise if they’re not quarantined immediately. However there is another reason that is just as important in the last line of Numbers 5:3. It says “in the midst whereof I dwell.” Simply put, anyone who might come in contact with God’s tabernacle, the place where His glory would rest, must be clean.

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

       Many times we’re contaminated daily by the sin of the world. Sin is all around us all day and may not notice how dirty we are. That is until we read the Soul cleansing Word of God. Like the disciples feet, we need to wash off the sin of the day by repentance.


Is it time for a Holy bath?

    
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 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

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