August 26, 2019 – Judging From The Past

Judging From The Past

 August 26
 Daily Reading – Psa. 106-108 / 1 Cor. 2

GOD SAID:

Psalm 107:8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      Have you ever heard the statement; “A man is only as good as his reputation.” It might not be told to youngsters any longer, but my dad tried to drill it into my head. I can’t tell you the number of times he said, “a good reputation is worth more than all the money in the world son.” Another one was; “you can buy a lot of things boy, but a good reputation isn’t one of them.” A reputation is not what we try to tell people about ourselves. A reputation is who people know you to actually be by what you’ve done. People don’t often judge you based on what they think you’re going to do. Most often you’re judged by what you have done in the past.

      The Psalmist says several times in Psalm 107, “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” He’s not trying to paint a picture of who he thought God was going to be. No, he was saying, look at who God has been. Verses 2-7 says He will free those in captivity. Verses 9-14 shows Him to be a light in the darkest of nights. In verses 16-20 he reminds us how He can heal a soul bound even by the grips of eternal death. Then in verses 22-30 we find He can navigate the worst of life’s storms and cause even the seas to be still. Judging from the past, seeing who God has always been, Men should praise Him for His goodness and wonderful works to the children of men.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    One other thing my dad would say was; “it takes years to build a good reputation, and just few minutes to ruin one.” Our testimony as Christians is not just our testimony, but also the testimony of Christ in us. Let’s live as to guard HIS reputation.


Will you live for Him today?

     

KJV SCOFIELD III


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

August 24 & 25, 2019 – Incredible Mercy

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Incredible Mercy

August 24 & 25
August 24 – Daily Reading – Psa. 73-77 / Rom. 11
August 25 – NO Daily Reading

GOD SAID:

Psalm 103:11-12 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

   Incredible Mercy describes God’s love for those who trust in Him. God’s grace is Him giving to us what we do not deserve. God’s mercy is Him seeing our sinfulness, and not giving to us what we actually do deserve. I’ve heard people say, I don’t understand why God allowed this or that to happen to me, I don’t deserve it. I understand in the situation what they’re saying, however, I also know that if God gave us what we really deserved, no one could withstand it.

   I love how the Psalmist in today’s passage paints a picture of how awesome the mercy of God is. First, in Psalm 103:11 he says; “For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.” How far is heaven above us? No one really knows. We’ve gone into space, and built giant telescopes that search deep into outer space and not found heaven. That’s how great his mercy is. Then the Author gives us a picture we can grasp. Psalm 103:12 says; “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” He could have said north and south, but they meet at some point. If you head North on earth, when you reach a certain point, you start going south. However, if you head east, you will never reach a point when you begin to go west. If you go west, you will never go east. The two never meet. That is how far God has removed our sin from us. They never meet up again. Incredible.

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    When God does something, it’s incredible. He could have pardoned your sin, but kept a list in the books. However, God has forgiven our sin and blotted them out with the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Such incredible mercy from a loving God.


Will you take a moment to say THANKS?


Scofield III Burgundy Indexed

 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW:

      In life we choose how to invest our time and talent. Our best choice is to invest our lives into God and His kingdom. When we are Invested In Him, He also invests Himself into us. We saw that in:

  • Integrity Above All
  • Israel’s Costly Counsel
  • Iniquity, This Is Serious
  • Intelligence Is?
  • Involved In Worship
  • Incredible Mercy

      Choose to be Invested In Him. You reap dividends that are out of this world.


SUNDAY:

        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

August 26, 2019 Psa. 106-108 1 Cor. 2
August 27, 2019 Psa. 109-113 1 Cor. 3
August 28, 2019 Psa. 114-118 1 Cor. 4
August 29, 2019 Psa. 119:1-88 1 Cor. 5 
August 30, 2019 Psa. 119:89-176 1 Cor. 6
August 31, 2019 Psa. 120-129 1 Cor. 7
September 1, 2019 No Passages Assigned  


Ephesians 3:20-21 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

  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

August 23, 2019 – Involved In Worship

Involved In Worship

 August 23
 Daily Reading – Psa. 97-102 / Rom. 16

GOD SAID:

Psalm 100:1-2 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      I stand six foot two inches tall. Not a giant, but taller than many folks. When walking with a group of people in a crowd, I’m often asked, “what do you see from up there?” They never ask me that on Sunday mornings when I’m sitting on the platform looking over the Sunday crowd. Honestly, it is not always a pretty picture. Imagine, the music starts to play, people are coming in, and the service begins. The music director tries to get people into a spiritual mood with a few opening words. Most people aren’t paying attention yet. Then the congregational singing starts, well, for some. Some are still talking about who knows what. Some are fiddling with candy wrappers. A few are looking at tablets or cell phones and giggling. (Probably watching cat videos or something.) While others are seriously singing and worshiping God. What’s different for them?

      It’s not the music. Although that can play a role in helping our hearts move toward worshiping God. It’s not the preaching. It’s not the people. It’s not the program. It’s the intent of each person. How we come prepared to worship makes the difference. Did we come to meet with and worship God, or to visit with our friends. Do we come to join in singing and serving God, or desiring other to in some way serve us. Worship actually begins a long time before the first note is ever played in church. Worship begins and lives in each believers heart.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    When our verse says; “make a joyful noise,” it’s not talking about just being noisy. It is fully directed to one person, “unto the Lord.” Worship is meant to bring us into a closer relationship and fellowship with God.


How involved are you in worshiping our God?

     

KJV SCOFIELD III


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

August 22, 2019 – Intelligence Is?

Intelligence Is?

 August 22
 Daily Reading – Psa. 90-96 / Rom. 15

GOD SAID:

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      Who might be considered intelligent? I guess that all depends on who you ask. If intelligence is being a genus, Wikipedia says; “A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creative productivity, universality in genres or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of new advances in a domain of knowledge.” Yea, what do they know. There are people who are book smart, who have no common sense at all. Just like there are people who have street smarts, but can’t read or write a word. Is one more intelligent than the other? I had a friend who said, “it’s better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re stupid , than to open it and prove them right.” I’m not sure if he was being funny, or trying to tell me something personally.

      In Psalm 92:12 says; “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.“ Simply put, we don’t live forever, so it would be a good idea to use a most of our time seeking after wisdom. That’s not trying to become smart in man’s eye’s. It’s understanding what it means to be wise in God’s eye’s. In Prov. 9:10 it says; “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” So then, according to God, being humble and respectful before the Lord is where wisdom begins. Reading His word, just adds to that.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    You can be the smartest person in the worlds eyes, and have all the toys that Satan can provide, and still end up in a sinners hell. To me, that does not sound too intelligent.


How will you use your time, and mind, while living here on the earth that God, not man, created?

     

KJV SCOFIELD III


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

August 21, 2019 – Iniquity, This Is Serious

Iniquity, This Is Serious

 August 21
 Daily Reading – Psa. 86-89 / Rom. 14

GOD SAID:

Psalm 89:31-33 If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      How serious is iniquity. First we need to know, what is iniquity. The Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary says it’s; “perversity, i.e. (moral) evil :- fault, mischief, sin.” How serious is this? Well, what’s the penalty. For example, a parking ticket costs a few dollars. Assault gets you put in jail with a bigger fine. Sin however carries a death sentence. Rom. 6:23 says; “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The gift of eternal life is only available because someone paid the death penalty for us. Iniquity cost Jesus his life and God His Son. In our passage today God says He will visit iniquity with a rod and stripes. For the believer in Christ today, that means our death penalty has been paid, but sin is still serious. It severs fellowship with God. Psa. 66:18 says; “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:” How serious is our Iniquity… Very Serious.

      This should also tell us just how great God’s lovingkindness is. So great that even though we have committed this serious crime against Him, He does not take His love utterly from us. Could you imagine a mother in a store with her child and the child misbehaves, so she abandon him there. No, she will scold and reprimand, but never abandons the child. Our loving God also chastens His own children, but He does not abandon them, nor leave them forsaken.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    I’m so glad that the promises and mercy of God are not based upon my ability to be perfect. The bible says His mercy endures forever. His faithfulness, is not conditioned by my faults. Like the song says, “He looked beyond my faults and saw my needs.”


How will you thank Him?

     

KJV SCOFIELD III


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

August 20, 2019 – Israel’s Costly Counsel

Israel’s Costly Counsel

 August 20
 Daily Reading – Psa. 80-85 / Rom. 13

GOD SAID:

Psalm 81:11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      Watching a bad movie can be so frustrating. You can plainly see what’s about to happen. You already know something bad lurks behind the door they’re about to enter. If it were good, they wouldn’t play the spooky music. You could almost write the plot to the story before it ends. Still, the people in the film continue to make the most obvious of mistakes. The point of my frustration is that I yelled out for them not to go in that door. I told them to turn around. I pleaded for them not to go down the alley. Do you think they would listen? No, they don’t. If they’d have listened to me, all their problems could have been avoided. The most frustrating part for those in the room with me, is probably me yelling, telling the actors what to do. Sometimes when those with me have had enough, they tell me what to do.

      Like a script from a bad TV show, is the true to life situation Israel finds itself in. God forewarned them about messing around with other gods. He told them this would cost them their land, their families, and worst of all, their fellowship with Him. Yet, in Psalm 81:11 it says! “But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.” They listened to the wrong counsel. Verse 12 says “…they walked in their own counsels.” Instead of listening to God, who could see how things would end, they took counsel one from another. It’s like the blind leading the blind. That’s not a good idea.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    People today want to change or ignore God’s word, often to fit what they want to do. We need to realize what Israel failed to realize. God already knows what is coming in life. Taking counsel from someone who can’t see the end of the story, is a really bad idea.


Who are you following in life?

     

KJV SCOFIELD III


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

August 19, 2019 – Integrity Above All

Integrity Above All

 August 19
 Daily Reading – Psa. 78-79 / Rom. 12

GOD SAID:

Psalm 78:72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      People often love authority, power, and the spotlight. They change when they’re put in charge, and they think they’re being watched. I remember working with a guy in a restaurant who disliked the manager, with good cause. He said, “If I am ever made manager I will never act like that guy.” Which was good, since the manager he was talking about was arrogant and egotistical. This guy thought the sun rose and set just for him. He treated people terribly and was rude to anyone he didn’t like. Needless to say, he did not last long in a customer driven business. Too many people complained. Oddly enough, the guy who said he would never be like him, was made manager, and immediately began to act just like him. What happened? He let the position go to his head, and his head couldn’t handle it. As you might guess, he didn’t last long either.

      In Psalm 78:70 it says God chose a man to lead the people of Israel. He didn’t pick a man from the military for his commanding skills. He didn’t choose a CEO for His leadership skills. He didn’t pick someone of past royalty who knew the ropes of running a kingdom. It says; “He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:” See, God didn’t need a commander, a leader, or a man of experience. God was already all of those things. He just needed a man of Integrity. Not someone with a big head, just a big heart for God.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    It’s been said that someone’s character is who that person is when no one is watching. A person with integrity doesn’t change their character no matter who is watching. David’s integrity is what drew God’s attention.


What is God focused on when He looks at you?

     

KJV SCOFIELD III


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

August 17 & 18, 2019 – Heart Transplant

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Heart Transplant

August 17 & 18
August 17 – Daily Reading – Psa. 73-77 / Rom. 11
August 18 – NO Daily Reading

GOD SAID:

Psalm 73:17Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

   Heart surgery has come so far in the last few decades. Dealing with heart problems is so common today, that many people go into the doctor in the morning, have their procedure, and leave and go back to work that afternoon. With that said, can you guess when the first heart transplant was performed? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Services web site, it was December 3, 1967 at the Groote Schurur Hospital in Cape Town South Africa by Dr. Christiaan Barnard. However, God had been performing heart transplants long before then.

   In Psalm 73 we see such a heart transplant take place. This Psalm begins with a heart that’s damaged by the poison of worldliness. In verse 3 we see by the x ray of scripture, the heart condition of envy and lust. It says “For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” Further complications are evident when this heart does not realize that there is a problem. In verse 5 the patient says; “They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.” Because of this, verse 6 says this heart it now damaged with pride and violent thoughts. This heart is beyond repair and must be replaced. That’s when in verse 17 God stepped in; “Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.” God performed a heart transplant that saved this man’s eternal life. His heart is now fixed by, and on God.

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    The condition of man’s heart is beyond repair. Psalm 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” God, the great physician, can replace this heart.


Have you had heart surgery?


Scofield III Burgundy Indexed

THE WEEK IN REVIEW:

      When God steps into our life, life changes. If we allow Him to He will bless us with a life that is Happy, Holy, Healthy. We saw this in:

● Heaven Can Be Bought
● Hiding In The Church
● Hear My Cry, O God;
● Heavens Harmony
● Hope When Life Is Tough
● Heart Transplant

      Happy, Holy, Healthy. Happy to know I’m saved, Holy separated to Him, with a Healthy attitude on life.


SUNDAY:

        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

August 19, 2019 Psa. 78-79 Rom. 12
August 20, 2019 Psa. 80-85 Rom. 13
August 21, 2019 Psa. 86-89 Rom. 14
August 22, 2019 Psa. 90-96 Rom. 15
August 23, 2019 Psa. 97-102 Rom. 16
August 24, 2019 Psa. 103-105 1 Co. 1
August 25, 2019 No Passages Assigned  


1 Peter 1:15-16
“But as he which hath called you is holy,
so be ye holy in all manner of
conversation; (meaning someone’s way of living life)
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

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

August 16, 2019 – Hope When Life Is Tough

Hope When Life Is Tough

 August 16
 Daily Reading – Psa. 69-72 / Rom. 10

GOD SAID:

Psalm 71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      HOPE! Most of us have been through tough times in life. Times when it may seem that all hope is gone. Maybe it was the loss of a job during a particularly tough time in life. Now what? Possibly it was the passing of a friend or relative. Someone you relied on, and cared for deeply. Now they are gone. Now what? If anything in life is sure, it is that very few things in life are sure. Things continuously change, and it doesn’t always seem like, in the moment, they’re changing for good. When life happens, and all seems lost, where do you find HOPE?

      In Psalm 71:14 David says “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.“ The comment came right after he says in vs 10 that his enemies are talking bad about him. They are getting together and talk about how to do him in. They even are saying in vs 11 that because God has left him and forsaken him there is none to help him. Needless to say, David seems a bit overwhelmed. Yet still he says; “I will hope continually.” To that he adds, I will praise God more and more. Where does he find such courage? How can he have such joy? He finds this in the security of God’s watch care in the past. Back in Psalm 71:5 he said; “For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.” David’s peace of heart does not rely on who God might be tomorrow, but in who God has always been in his past. He’s still GOD!


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    Our hope in life is built upon the God who gave us life. Our hope is in the Lord. Hebrews 13:8 says; “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” When we feel alone without hope, remember, God said He’d never leave us.


Does knowing God give you HOPE?

     

KJV SCOFIELD III


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

August 15, 2019 – Heavens Harmony

Heavens Harmony

 August 15
 Daily Reading – Psa. 65-68 / Rom. 9

GOD SAID:

Psalm 68:32 Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

      Singing has always been a big part of my life. I don’t ever remember a time I didn’t love singing. Even in Sunday School as a little boy, the teachers realized that I wanted to sing, and encouraged me to do so. In High School I had three hours of singing every day. Men’s Choir, School Choir, and a select group of eight called Madrigal Ensemble, that practiced and sang all over representing the school. I sang in Michigan State’s Honor Choir for two years, and received several awards at Soloist competitions while in School. My love for music however, also led me into the world, playing a singing in the bars and nightclubs. I followed what most everyone else did in those places, drinking and doing drugs. It was a lifestyle that always wanted more. Bigger stages, more money, and a better high. Instead, it cost me my friends and family. When I got saved, God put a new song in my heart. I now sing for an audience of one. One pastor who had me sing in his church told another preacher, “Frank doesn’t care if there are ten people or a thousand, he just loves to sing.” I now lead our Church Choir, and have the joy of preaching and singing praises to the Lord in ours, and many other churches.

      I must admit, I’m still looking forward to singing in a bigger choir someday. A choir filled with Heavens Harmonies. Until then, I will just do as the Psalmist says, “Sing unto God, … O sing praises unto the Lord.”


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    Someday, you’ll sing with me in heaven’s choir if you’re saved. You won’t be able to help yourself. You’ll just have to sing. Might be a good idea to start practicing here on earth. You don’t need a stage or a large audience. God is your audience of one.


Is there a new song in your heart?

     

KJV SCOFIELD III


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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