Aug 312015
 

This morning has been stressful. There has been much controversy and criticism from our readers in responses, the global markets are in turmoil, and I am under attack on several personal issues.

As I began my day, I received two encouraging text messages from two brothers in Christ. One was from our part-time editor and guest post contributor, and the other is a video from a young man that was in my BSF class last year..

It never stops amazing me how God sends encouragement:

Pass this on to someone who may need encouragement today.

 

 

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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 232015
 

loveyourwife“Happy wife, happy life” is a cute cliche often said to remind a husband to give into, or please, his wife and life will be easier in the home.

As with most cliches, there is always a small truth to them, and yes, if your wife is happy, or content, the marriage relationship moves along much more smoothly.

But, there are two halves to the marriage equation; and wife-pleasing is not the only component. In fact, the Bible states how a husband ought to treat his wife, and it’s not about keeping her happy, but about loving her as Christ loves His Church.

Gotquestions.org has a great commentary on this –

Click on the blue headline link at top to read it.

 

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Aug 222015
 
Pope Francis To Meet With Illegals During Visit To US

Roll Call: “Many advocates for revamping immigration laws have tried to coax Congress into action over the years, but a particularly powerful one will be arriving next month: Pope Francis. Lawmakers and immigration activists expect the pontiff’s message will resonate beyond Capitol Hill and inspire members of Congress and their constituents. The pope’s U.S. schedule

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Aug 212015
 
25 US Jewish leaders announce support for Iran deal Jeremiah 40:35-39 and Ezekiel 38-39 Speak of the Consequences

World Watch Daily: “There have been letters signed by generals, rabbis, Hollywood folks, and now – as of Thursday morning – a New York Times advertisement signed by a who’s who of Jewish “formers,” 25 mostly erstwhile members of the A-list of American Jewish leadership avowing their support for the Iran nuclear deal. A number

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Aug 162015
 
SUNDAY POST: What Is The Rapture?

Today’s post comes from the website WhatChristianswanttoknow.com It provides a snapshot of the doctrine of the Rapture, when the Lord Jesus Christ appears in the clouds and instantly, in the wink of an eye, all those who have believed and trusted in Him and His redeeming death on the cross for their eternal life, will be

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Sunday Post: TRAGIC IGNORANCE

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Aug 092015
 
Sunday Post: TRAGIC IGNORANCE

Today’s Post was written by Dr. Henry Morris who founded the Institute for Creation Research in 1970. We were privileged to have a member of the ICR science team, Frank Sherwin, at our church a few years ago. His scientific explanations were thoughtful and Scriptural, and always pointed us to the glory of God, our Creator. If you

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