May 21, 2019 – Guiding Their Memories

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Guiding Their Memories

 May 21
 Daily Reading – 1 Kings 11-12 / John 6:34-71

GOD SAID:

1 Kings 12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      Our brain is a wonderful, unparalleled organ. All our daily bodily functions, that happen without much conscious thought, take root there. Simple little things such as breathing, our heart beating, the sense of touch, smell, and taste, all originate from the brain. It’s also the central storage area for our thought processes. We can program this brain to learn to read, write, ride a bike, or drive a car. None of these things are pre-programmed in the brain, yet God created it so that we can program things into it. Another thing our brain does is to store our memories. Things from our past that we want to remember. However, just like programming it to drive, it can also be brainwashed, or reprogrammed, into believing in things that never happened. Someone once said, if you say something often enough, and loud enough, to enough people, eventually people will believe it’s true.

     Israel falls for the miss-guiding of their memories in 1 Kings 12:28. Jeroboam becomes afraid of Israel’s loyalty to him if they go to worship the real God in Jerusalem. Because of this, he changes their religion, creates a fake feast day and month, made two false calves as gods, and also rewrites their history. Saying “…behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” These people wanted their own way so badly, they were willing to believe that everything they knew to be true, was wrong.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    Today we have people rewriting the meaning of scripture. For centuries the church has known what God’s word has meant. Yet, now there are some who teach multitudes, that all they have known is wrong. They say that they have a new, better understanding.


Does real truth change?

 

     
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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

May 20, 2019 – Given Even More

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Given Even More

 May 20
 Daily Reading – 1 Kings 9-10 / John 6:1-33

GOD SAID:

1 Kings 10:23-24 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      Sometimes I just can’t sleep. I toss and turn until finally I just get up. Most often I find this is a good time to read my bible and pray. I have at times turned on the TV only to find the channels filled with infomercial. You know, the kind that is trying to sell you the latest greatest gadget that will revolutionize your life. Perhaps they think if they can catch you half awake you’ll buy that stuff. The ending pitch is always the same. Here is the product, here is the price, “BUT WAIT,” if you will act right now, we will toss in even more, and more and more. Trust me, you’re paying for all the extra stuff somehow.

     In most cases in life, you never get anything for free. There is always a catch somehow. However, when it comes to God and His grace, it’s just the opposite. We have a great picture of this in the life of Solomon. Back in 1 Kings 3:5 God asked Solomon; “…what I shall give thee.” Solomon could have asked for anything. However what he asked for wisdom to rule and lead the children of Israel. God was so pleased with Solomon’s unselfish request that He said, I will give you that wisdom, and more. In 1 Kings 3:13 God said; “And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.” In today’s passage in 1 Kings 10, we see that God has given Solomon wisdom, and then He has given him even more.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    As if saving our souls from eternity in hell was not enough, God has also promised us a home in heaven, a place at the table with His Son Jesus, and then, even more. As you can see, God keeps His promises.


In your time of prayer, will you thank God for giving you EVEN MORE?

     
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

May 18 & 19, 2019 – Blessing Are Fulfilled

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Blessing Are Fulfilled

 May 18 & 19
 May 18 – Daily Reading – 1 Kings 8 / John 5:28-47
 May 19 – NO Daily Reading

GOD SAID:

1 Kings 8:15 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying,


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

    Promises, Promises, we hear them every day. Sometimes we see people keep most of their promises. I say most because, even the most honest, trustworthy person in the world can make a promise and then not keep it. For example, imagine Mr. Honest has promised to be somewhere at 5:00 P.M.. He sets out 30 minutes early to the destination, which is only 10 minutes away. On his way, he encounters a train stopped on the tracks he must cross. This should not be a problem, he left in plenty of time. Sure enough, the train pulls out of the way and he has 10 minutes to spare. As he crosses the tracks, his tire picks up a nail and goes flat. He gets out and changes the tire, but now he’s 5 minutes late to his appointment. I know you might be saying, well those were things beyond his control, and you would be right. However, I would be just as right to say he made a promise he did not keep. Only one person is 100% accurate always.

Solomon has finished the temple and is sharing words of dedication on this place. He reminds the people in 1 Kings 8:15 of God’s faithfulness; “…Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it,…” When God makes a promise, He foresees all the variables to come. These sorts of things might unexpectedly pop up and hinder man. However, nothing takes God by surprise.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      How reassuring, that when God promised us salvation, there’s no variables He didn’t foresee. When He promised an eternal home in glory, nothing will stop His construction plans. God’s blessing are always fulfilled according to His word.


What promises has God made to you?

THE WEEK IN REVIEW:

    No matter the overcast sky of life today, when we look to God, there is always a Bright Looking Future. We saw that in our devotions this week in:

● Believing In Forgiveness
● Bringing Back Faith
● Brilliance From A Father
● Being A Friend
● Beholding The Finish
● Blessing Are Fulfilled

    Seeing God as our future can bring sunshine to even the darkest of skies. If you know Christ as Saviour, you too have a Bright Looking Future ahead


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

May 20, 2019 1 Kings 9-10  John 6:1-33
May 21, 2019 1 Kings 11-12  John 6:34-71
May 22, 2019 1 Kings 13-14  John 7:1-36
May 23, 2019 1 Kings 15-17  John 7:37-53
May 24, 2019 1 Kings 18-19  John 8:1-30
May 25, 2019 1 Kings 20-21  John 8:31-59
May 26, 2019 No Passages Assigned  

No matter the storm of life that comes,
and causes me to dread,

With God as my Father and heaven my goal,
I have a Bright Future Ahead.

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

May 17, 2019 – Beholding The Finish

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Beholding The Finish

 May 17
 Daily Reading – 1 Kings 6-7 / John 5:1-27

GOD SAID:

Kings 6:14 So Solomon built the house, and finished it.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      Have you ever started a project, and then somewhere around the middle of it you think, “what in the world have I gotten myself into?” I remember one year we had a fire in our home. The inside was trashed, but the structure and exterior was ok. My insurance wouldn’t cover all the costs of having someone do the repairs. So I thought to myself, ”I’ll do it.” Keep in mind, I am not a builder. It was around the second or third month of every night after working all day, going home and working all night on gutting and rebuilding the inside of this house, that I said to myself, “What have you gotten yourself into?” If it were not for the help and encouragement of my wife and some close friends, I may have been tempted to quit.

     Solomon has taken on a huge task. He is building the first permanent temple. It’s been 418 years since Israel left Egypt. Solomon has been king for 4 years and all of this material that David his father had collected was just sitting there collecting dust. It’s time to build the temple. Somewhere about midway we find God stepping in and encouraging Solomon in this endeavor. In 1 Kings 6:12 God tells him; “…if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father: This was just the right words, at the right time, from the best friend.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    Keeping our eyes on the finish line will help us in life’s journey. It’s when we get distracted by the world that life can become overwhelming. The best thing we can do is to stay in His word daily. Letting our best friend ever encourage us along the way.


Have you heard from God 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

May 16, 2019 – Being A Friend

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Being A Friend

 May 1
 Daily Reading – 1 Kings 3-5 / John 4:40-54

GOD SAID:

1 Kings 4:5 And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers: and Zabud the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king’s friend:


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      In Matthew 18:1 it says; “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” What a loaded question. It’s sort of the equivalent of being back in the schoolyard choosing teams for a game, with every child bouncing up and down, hand waving in the air yelling, “pick me, pick me.” Each one wanting to be chosen before someone else. The disciples question, “Who is the greatest,” is a question everyone will struggle with at some time in life.

     While reading 1 Kings 4 we read how Solomon assembles a staff, or we might refer to it as a cabinet of people under him. David, his father had a rather small group of men under him, but Solomon expands that greatly. Some carried the titles of recorder, and priests. There was someone over the tribute, we would call him a treasurer. Some were placed over companies of men and regions. While others had the responsibilities of managing the king’s household. However, only one of them, Zabud, is called, “the king’s friend.” David had a man like this. In 2 Samuel 15:37 and 16:16 Hushai was referred to as David’s friend. These were men they considered to be private and trusted advisors. A real friend. Everyone, even King’s, need a friend. Someone they can trust and be rely on. Of all the positions, of all those men, in all the kingdom, I look at a man who is being a friend, as a pretty great position to have.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    In John 15:15 Jesus said; “Henceforth I call you not servants; … but I have called you friends;” He goes on to say that He had chosen them. Christian, He picked you to be His friend. He trusts you with the gospel and relies on you to share it.


Will you be Jesus’ friend?

 

     
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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

May 15, 2019 – Brilliance From A Father

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Brilliance From A Father

 May 15
 Daily Reading – 1 Kings 1-2 / John 4:1-39

GOD SAID:

1 Kings 2:3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      Imagine if you will, that your life is coming to an end. You have one last chance to boil all of life’s wisdom down into on short statement. What you say may not only impact your immediate family after you’re gone, but generations of people. What words of wisdom will you give to those you leave behind. Will it be about managing their finances? Could it be advice on maintaining good relationships? This must be your best, your most brilliant advice. What are you going to say?

     David has come to the end of his life. He is passing the kingdom to his son, Solomon. He needs to give him advice that will serve him well as a father, husband, a leader, and man of God. What has David learned, and what will he share? He gives Solomon these few things to do. David says; “walk in his ways,” which simply means, Follow God’s Lead. Let God direct your life. Next was; “keep his statutes,” or in other words, Keep God’s Appointments. God has set up some things a man should do, do them. He also said to keep; “his commandments,” which is simply to, Obey God’s Rules. A person needs order in life and God has set that up for us if we’ll just obey Him. David also shared that he should trust in; ”his judgments”. Which is obvious, Trust God’s Judgments, as He’s never wrong. Finally believe; “his testimonies.” Listen to God’s Word, and learn from the past. David says if you will do these things, you will have a great life. Brilliant words from a father.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    This is still brilliant advice for all of us to follow today. We should Follow God’s Lead, Keep God’s Appointments, Obey God’s Rules, Trust God’s Judgments, and Listen to God’s Word. What a blessed life we might have if we followed David’s advice.


Does this sound like brilliant advice?

     
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

May 14, 2019 – Bringing Back Faith

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Bringing Back Faith

 May 14
 Daily Reading – 2 Samuel 23-24 / John 3

GOD SAID:

2 Samuel 24:14 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     We all know the bible says that Satan is a liar. In John 8:44 it says; “Ye are of your father the devil, …When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” Yet time and again we fall for his deceptions. For a sermon illustrated I sat a chair on the platform and asked people to come up one at a time to sit on it. The first two people I called up were rather large folks. I whispered to them, “Please just sit down, then stand up, and go back to your seat, but don’t say a word.” They both did as I had asked. The last person I called on was a tiny little lady. To her I whispered, “This chair is broken, be careful when you sit, it may break.” I then asked her to have a seat. She looked at me and shook her head “NO!” I said why not? She said, “you just told me this chair is broken.” Even though she had watched two other large people sit in this chair, the lie that it was broken kept her from trusting it. Satan lies to us tells us not to trust in Gods power and authority. Even after we’ve seen how He works in others’ lives, we often fall for Satan’s lies.

    David’s sin in numbering Israel was his departure from faith in God’s ability to protect him. Instead, he wanted to know how many men he had to fight for him. When he realized what he had done, he accepted it as sin. God offers David a choice of punishments. David wisely says, I will put my faith back in God and His mercies.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

     Everyone has at some time departed from fully trusting God. We try to do things on our own instead of relying on God’s power. The good news is, He’s still a loving and merciful God. If we will ask for forgiveness, we can bring faith back into our life.


Are you trusting God as you should?

 

     
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

May 13, 2019 – Believing In Forgiveness

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Believing In Forgiveness

 May 1
 Daily Reading – 2 Samuel 21-22 / John 2

GOD SAID:

2 Samuel 22:21-22 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     YOU SAID YOU FORGAVE ME! Boy did those words cut like a knife. I remember hearing them from a person I was having a heated discussing with. I felt they were in the wrong and was simply trying to prove my point. To do so, I brought up a time in their past when they’d done something very similar. Back then, they had said they were sorry, and I said, “I FORGIVE YOU.” However, here I was bringing it up again just to prove a point, and they called me on it. Did I really forgive them or were those just words. Was I holding onto some memory like a weapon just waiting to unleash it on them the next time they messed up. I learned two things that day. If you say you forgive someone, really forgive them. Also, don’t use those words unless you mean them. Words, especially your own, can really be hurtful.

    In David’s song to the Lord he says in 2 Samuel 22:21-22 “The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.” How could David say that? He had sinned! Some of his big ones are written in scripture for everyone to read about. I think maybe David’s peace of heart came from the fact that he actually believed God when God said he was forgiven. How freeing to know that God means it when he says; “I FORGIVE YOU.”


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  Do we believe God’s word? In Hebrews 10:17 it says; “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” If we really ask for forgiveness and mean it, I believe God really offers that forgiveness, and I know He means it.


Is there a past sin Satan torments you with?

 

     
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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

May 11 & 12, 2019 – Dumping God’s Wishes

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Dumping God’s Wishes

 May 11 & 12
 May 11 – Daily Reading – 2 Samuel 19-20 / John 1:35-51
 May 12 – NO Daily Reading

GOD SAID:

2 Samuel 20:2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

  1.     I’ve heard several phrases for the idea that some people never learn. Such as, “Some people never learn, no matter how hard you whack them in the head.” Another one was, “You can’t keep calling it a mistake, after you’ve made the same mistake three or more times.” Then there was, “You can’t fix cuckoo, not even with duct tape.” Well, you might think any of these phrases would fit the Children of Israel when reading 2 Samuel 20:2 “So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.“


    I had an Evangelist friend who use to say people who acted as Israel does here were “as confused as a termite in a yo yo.” It would seem that he is right. Absalom sets himself up as ruler, and off they go following Absalom. That is until Absalom dies. Then they turn back to David, God’s choice to be king. Several who had positioned themselves against David during Absalom’s revolt, came back to David in chapter 19, begging David to forgive them. Shimei who had cursed David and hurled stones at him said, please forgive me, and David did. Mephibosheth, seeking after David’s forgiveness for his departure, blamed it on his servants. Yet as soon as Sheba comes along and sets himself up above David, off they go again following Sheba. You would think they would learn that dumping God’s wishes, never ends well. 


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      Before we are too hard on the Children of Israel, we might want to examine our own selves. How many times have we had to go back to God seeking his forgiveness for our own folly? How wonderful to know that our God is merciful when we truly repent.


Do your desires match God’s?

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: God Is Central To It All

    Whether we put God in the center of our life or not, He’s always the Central Figure in All of Life. This week we saw:

● Doing Things God’s Way
● Delighting In God’s Will
● Daily In God’s Word
● Discord In God’s Work
● Deserved God’s Witness
● Dumping God’s Wishes

      What a joy to know that God is in the center of all we are and do. Consciously make God the Central Part of all you do, and watch Him bless your life.


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

May 13, 20192 Samuel 21-22 John 2
May 14, 20192 Samuel 23-24 John 3
May 15, 20191 Kings 1-2John 4:1-39
May 16, 20191 Kings 3-5 John 4:40-54
May 17, 20191 Kings 6-7 John 5:1-27
May 18, 20191 Kings 8 John 5:28-47
May 19, 2019No Passages Assigned 

Even today, Jesus stand Central
in our lives between God and man.

1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and one mediator
between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus; 

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

May 10, 2019 – Deserved God’s Witness

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Deserved God’s Witness

 May 10
 Daily Reading – 2 Samuel 16-18 / John 1:1-34

GOD SAID:

2 Samuel 16:11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him. 


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      During my childhood I received a number of punishments for my misbehavior. I was sent to my room, stood in a corner, scolded, and spanked. Most of the time, I deserved everything that I received. I was reprimanded for things that I actually had done. However, there were those rare occasions when I received a punishment for something I’d not done. Because of past conduct, it was presumed that I deserved the punishment. The opposite was also true. There were things I had done for which I had also not been punished. I never said, “hey, by the way, I was naughty today, could you please give me a spanking?” Nope, those words never came out of my mouth.

      In today’s Passage we find David being scolded by one of Saul’s relatives. He accused David of being a man Belial, meaning a wicked, evil person. He asserted that David was guilty of the blood of Saul and therefore God had taken away his throne and given it to Absalom. We know that none of that was true. David would not so much as lay a hand on Saul while he was king. David’s accuser, Shimei, was spewing anger over wrongs he conceived to have been done. Abishai want to kill him for his constant accusations and attacks. Yet David said, leave him alone. Although David knew he had not done what Shimei had said, his conscience reminded him of things he had done. David saw this as God’s witness to his past, and decided I deserve this.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      Is life fair? It often doesn’t seem so. It may even seem that at times Christians are dealing with trials that are not of our own doing. Yet, if we’re honest, when Jesus died for all our sin, now that wasn’t fair. In life overall, we’re getting much more than we deserve.


Is there a witness?

 

     
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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