Aug 302015
 

From the Editor:

I have attended BSF and CBS (Community Bible Study, a very similar Bible study) for many, many years.

The main reason I have for going to a Bible study outside my church is the fact that these two organizations have thoughtfully and carefully formalized the content of certain books of the Bible into 9 months of deep reading, thought, and discipline of study and rich fellowship. I have not found that anywhere else, and I would not have applied myself that extensively if I studied alone.

Keep in mind what I just said – “studied” –  this is not the same as reading your Bible, or looking up certain passages, or reading a book of the Bible for a month, or “reading through the Bible in one year”.

This is very different: it is an intense study of a particular book of the Bible.

When I started BSF about 12 years ago, the “Welcome” class for new members explained their format, policies, and requirements. They recommended that before doing the daily study, first you PRAY, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you through the reading and your answers to the questions.

In answering the questions, they discourage the use of commentaries, pastors’ sermons, books, etc., because they want it to be nothing but the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and you! They don’t want you to just write down somebody else’s comments.

When we read other peoples’ writings, insights, and teachings we are getting their ‘digested’ spiritual food. The goal of BSF and CBS is for it to be YOUR realization, through the Holy Spirit, of the words of God. You can use commentaries after you have done the homework, if you like.

They also guide you through the verses with 4 pages of notes and a lecture every week. You are able to read for yourself verse by verse, whether or not their exegesis and application are aligned with the word of God.

I had never opened a Bible before I started BSF. In my first year, it took me a while before I was able to answer any of the questions! In all these years of study, I have heard only a few things to which I was opposed. The majority of the members are women like myself who want to deeply study God’s Word and who are discerning about false or incorrect teachings.

Yes – many ‘goats’ and wrong beliefs have inundated our churches, Bible studies, the Christian community, as also happened in the early church. But, who is to know if God drew someone to attend your church for His purpose – so that they would hear truth spoken and be turned from their wrong thinking and beliefs?

I remember when I was a ‘baby’ Christian, having recently been born again, and I was in the first huge flush of love for God and Jesus, my Savior. I was very ignorant of what was in the Bible. Kind words of explanation from mature Christians helped me grow whenever I had an incomplete or erroneous understanding of God’s divine Truth. Just imagine if I had not been able to be part of a church because I believed (wrongly) that Mary, Jesus’ mother, was born without sin, or any of the other dogmas I had been brought up with. Who would have spoken kindly to me, if it had not been for the women at BSF or at my non-denominational church?

As I said previously, BSF is not without faults:

I have cringed at answers with no biblical basis given by members in my small group, but have tried, very gently, to correct a false or misleading answer. (How do I know an erroneous point of view? I refer them to the verses we are studying and repeat it to them)

I am not partial to the NIV, yet, that is the version of the very first Bible I ever read. (The NIV does not steer me wrong and I believe when your spirit is born again, and you truly follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit will prompt you regarding false doctrines – after all, 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God… [not just KJV])

The Teaching Leader in my women’s group last year explained about different Bible versions and to stay away from paraphrase versions, spec. The Message bible.

I can only speak about my own experience and I will tell you that I have gained knowledge, truth, faith, and greater love for the divine Trinity by attending BSF/CBS. I have also become very familiar with God’s people from the Old and New Testaments in a way I would not have without these Bible studies.

I don’t go there to find what’s wrong with what they do and how they do it. I go there to familiarize myself with the Word of God and to gain knowledge of the history of humanity from God’s perspective. His handbook for mankind is the most necessary document that exists.

This year, beginning in September, the BSF study is the book of Revelation. As I look forward to the class, I expect that there will be differing points of view regarding timelines, etc., but I also know that some differences are not of a salvific nature. It’s the unredemptive beliefs that we need to stand up against.

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Aug 292015
 

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The Washington Free Beacon: “The Pentagon has not conducted airstrikes against an estimated 60 Islamic State (IS) training camps that are supplying thousands of fighters each month to the terror group, according to defense and intelligence officials.

The camps are spread throughout Islamic State-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria and are off limits in the U.S.-led international bombing campaign because of concerns about collateral damage, said officials familiar with planning and execution of the yearlong bombing campaign.

Additionally, the IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) camps have been so successful that Islamic State leaders are considering expanding the camps to Libya and Yemen. Both states have become largely ungoverned areas in recent years.

Opinion: It has been an exhausting week. Stock market crash, live TV double murders, stock market recovery, Yemeni/Iranian rebels threatening 40% of world’s oil, stock market decline, and ISIS terrorists operating terror camps for all the world to see.

Your mission Christian, should you decide to accept it, is to find unbelievers and scoffers (2 Peter 3:3) to warn them of the coming end of the age. As always, should you or any of your disciple force be caught or killed, Satan will try to disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.

Don’t delay Christian, time is short Ezekiel 33:1-6.

(The parody is our mission statement)

 

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Aug 292015
 

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The New American: “On August 24, the government of Mexico filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (Austin Division) in support of a lawsuit filed against the Texas Department of State Health Services by a group of illegal aliens represented by several nonprofit civil rights organizations alleging that the state has violated the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause by rejecting their applications to obtain birth certificates for their U.S.-born children.

The original plaintiffs in the case, Maria Isabel Perales Serna and a group of other aliens who entered the United States illegally, on their own behalf and on behalf of their U.S.-born children, were represented by the Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc., which filed the suit against the Texas state agency on May 26. In the lawsuit (Maria Isabel Perales Serna et al. v. Texas Department of State Health Services et al.) the plantiffs complained that “scores of women from Mexico and Central America have been denied birth certificates for their Texas born children.” Consequently, says the complaint:

“This leaves the child with no birth certificate, and mother and child with no official proof of the parent-child relationship.”

Opinion: Somebody needs to let Jeb know that an act of love is filing a lawsuit.

 

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Aug 292015
 

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Zero Hedge: “Saudi Arabian ground troops have advanced into northern Yemen, in a bid to push back against Houthi Shia militia and forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, military and tribal sources said.

This is Saudi Arabia’s first ground offensive in Yemen since it launched an extensive military campaign in March targeting Houthi positions.”

Opinion: For the past few months, the oil price appeared to be a bottomless pit. Oil inventories at glut levels, oil rig count up, fracking companies thriving and every analyst bearish.

What a time for a rally.

I scratched my head for three days wondering why oil was rising. It wasn’t until this article that it became clear.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels, in addition to messing up President Obama’s example of how well his foreign policy was working, are financed by Iran and heavily armed (thanks to the US abandoning the area leaving 500 million in weapons and Humvees behind).

Wait what?

That’s right, Iran, our partners in peace, wants Yemen to control an oil choke-point from Egypt and is using US foreign policy blunders against us.

So if Iran can knock off the House of Saud, and the oil put under the Iranian-backed rebels, the price of oil will be back at $100 faster than you can say c-r-u-d-e.

Newsflash: Despite the oil-hating progressive left’s war on fossil fuels, the world still runs on the stuff.

 

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Aug 282015
 

AP News: “Obama has made no secret of his affection for the outspoken pope, calling him a “transformative leader” whose influence has transcended the Roman Catholic community. The pope has embraced many of the issues Obama has sought to advance, including global warming, poverty and diplomacy with Iran and Cuba.

Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, said the pope’s Sept. 23 visit will mark an important moment not only for Catholics but for all Americans.

“Pope Francis has breathed new life into what I believe is the central mission of our faith: Catholic social doctrine,” Biden said in a statement to The Associated Press. Invoking key elements of Obama’s agenda, Biden added that Francis “has become a moral rudder for the world on some of the most important issues of our time, from inequality to climate change.”

Opinion: The President and Vice president would rather focus on anti-capitalist ideology that Francis has made a hallmark of his papacy:

  • Why bother with ISIS-style decapitation and selling infant heads, lungs, and livers – thorny issues indeed
  • Why bother with the destruction of the Biblical definition of marriage – it is so last century
  • Let’s just leave any discussion of ILLEGAL immigration out of the conversation – just too contentious
  • No need for discussion about Francis’ support for a Palestinian state – everybody supports that!
  • And please don’t start with that ISIS slaughter-of-Christians thingy

No, let’s just focus instead on the complete transformation destruction of the foundation of America.

 

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Aug 282015
 

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Investors Business Daily Op-Ed: “Homeland Insecurity: The Pentagon plans to transfer Gitmo “forever prisoners,” who are so dangerous even Mideast states won’t take them, to prisons inside the U.S. Obama isn’t just closing Gitmo, he’s moving it to America.

In the past two weeks, the Pentagon has sent security assessment teams to a Navy brig in South Carolina and an Army prison in Kansas to survey the viability of holding hardcore al-Qaida detainees there.”

Meanwhile, defense officials are reviewing other options, including transferring Gitmo’s worst to civilian prisons. The Justice Department is quietly renovating a maximum-security prison in Illinois.”

Opinion: I will just bet that Gitmo and the US Navy base that has been a US possession since 1903 was promised to Raul Castro in exchange for absolutely no benefit to the US.

So now, we the people, will spend untold millions in US prison renovations to hold these Islamic mass-murders while Raul laughs almost as hard as the Iran negotiating team.

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Aug 282015
 

36a8d07dd26899a79ac1dc38598b635b_XLThe New American: “The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released a grim report regarding projected federal spending and revenues, concluding that the present course of deficit spending cannot continue indefinitely.

CBO Director Keith Hall told reporters, “This is an unsustainable path here for federal debt. At some point, it’s going to get to a very high level. Obviously, you can’t predict tipping points, but at some point this becomes a problem.”

It is a stark commentary on the magnitude of just how much federal deficits have exploded in recent years, that this year’s deficit is forecast to “fall” to $426 billion, which would be the lowest level during the presidency of Barack Obama. The record annual deficit was $1.4 trillion in 2009, the first year of Obama’s tenure, when the government dramatically increased spending, following flawed Keynesian economic theory in a futile attempt to pull the country out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.”

Opinion: I am going to sound like a broken record, again. The article is correct but once again without the sure and perfect word of Bible prophecy, we miss where it is all going.

While there is great debate among Christian scholars, I believe that the Book of Revelation gives us a timeline:

  • Chapters 1-3 – The Church Age
  • Chapter 4 -5  The Rapture and the Throne Room
  • Chapter 6-12 – The 7 year Tribulation begins
  • Chapters 13-18 The Great Tribulation
  • Chapters 19-22 The Second Coming and the 1000 year Reign of Christ

The economic collapse is in Revelation 6:5-6.

Now, if only John had said when …

(Note: Bible Study Fellowship will study the Book of Revelation for the first time beginning on Monday, September 14, thru May, 2016. Classes are offered in most cities in the US and in hundreds of locations around the world. For information www.BSFinternational.org)

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