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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Sunday Post: TRAGIC IGNORANCE

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Aug 092015
 

Today’s Post was written by Dr. Henry Morris who founded the Institute for Creation Research in 1970.

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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 ever get the chance to attend one of their conferences, we urge you to do so. This fine group of Christian scientists helps to advance our understanding of creation as told in Genesis. Read more about what they do at www.ICR.org

Click the blue headline link above to read a devotional written by ICR founder, Henry Morris.

 

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Aug 062015
 

There is such a temptation in the body of Christ to war against each other: Pre-trib, mid-trib or post- trib, KJV, NIV or NKJV, and then there is OSAS vs. lost salvation, and Replacement Theology vs. Covenantal vs. dispensational – to name a few points of contention.

Editor and I feel fellowship with your responses. When we get none, we rely on statistics to see if we are resonating with you and that becomes more about us than about Him.

As the days grow short we will need each other more: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.  But how can one keep warm alone?” Ecclesiastes  4:9-11

We pray blessing and peace over each one of you,

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Jun 182015
 
9 dead in shooting at historic Charleston African American church

The Washington Post: “CHARLESTON, S.C. — Police are searching for a gunman who opened fire and killed nine people Wednesday night during a prayer service at a historic African American church in downtown Charleston, S.C., in one of the worst attacks on a place of worship in recent memory. At least one other person was

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LGBT Activists Rush Onto Stage To Disrupt March for Marriage Rally

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Apr 272015
 
LGBT Activists Rush Onto Stage To Disrupt March for Marriage Rally

Breitbart: “Dr. Deborah De Sousa Owens, who along with her husband Rev. William Owens leads CAAP  (Coalition of African-American Pastors) , was the scheduled speaker at this smaller March for Marriage in support of traditional marriage sponsored by the Russellville Tea Party. Owens, a licensed Church of God in Christ (COGIC) evangelist and missionary, told

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SUNDAY POST: Put On The Full Armor Of God

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Apr 262015
 
SUNDAY POST: Put On The Full Armor Of God

Last Sunday we posted about habitual sin, and the control, destructiveness, and misery it causes us. Our inability to overcome a persistent sin is proof that we have allowed and repeated an offense which satisfies a particular desire in us. Each time it is repeated, it settles more deeply into an ingrained pattern. It could be something as simple as biting

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Apr 192015
 
SUNDAY POST: How Can I Overcome A Habitual Sin?

The Christian website, gotquestions.org, answers questions regarding faith, Scripture, Bible history, etc., but also queries about the difficulties in living out the Christian life daily. Today’s Post is their response to an age-old challenge. Click the blue HEADLINE LINK above to read it. And, I might add, the power of the Holy Spirit in the spiritual warfare with

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