Sister to Sister: Heads Up for the Diggers

First of all, my apologies for an error in this month’s study. Number seven (page 68) if you have the workbook) refers you back to the previous month’s chart. That chart is actually in Month Seven, number 13 (page 56 in the book). It’s the chart we did comparing the Old Testament priest to our High Priest, Jesus Christ. So make that correction as you study. 

Next, several ladies have had questions about the cities of refuge in question two of this month’s study.  Perhaps the instructions were not very clear. Here’s where we’re going with that one. 

Notice the meaning of each city’s name and try and find characteristics of our refuge (the church) that correspond to the Old Testament name. For example, the first site is Kedesh, meaning “Holy Place”. So we are looking for passages that describe the church as being holy, or passages that instruct us to be holy, or sanctified, as His church today. 

My passages for this particular city begin with a prophetic passage about the church. It’s Isaiah 66:17-24. ( I know this is not a New Testament passage, but I had to cheat here. This one is so good for this!) Just go there and read this passage and marvel at the emphasis on sanctification for the church. Then I noted the holiness commanded in I Corinthians chapters five and six—just throughout those chapters, the emphasis is keeping clean and holy. Then I made a note of I Peter 1: 15, 16 in which we are commanded, as his people, to be holy:

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Finally, for this city, I noted that the Greek word for “church” is ekklesia meaning ‘the called” or “called out”. 

Obviously for the next city, Shechem, we will be looking for passages about the strength of the Lord, since Shechem means strong shoulder. The shoulder upon which the church rests is Jesus. 

You get the drill. Just give yourself a little wiggle room. Your passages do not have to have the same wording as the name of the city. They just need to refer to the church or Christians using the same general characteristics or descriptions that lend themselves to the general idea suggested by the city’s name. 

This is a beneficial study when we consider the purpose of the cities. It’s not a complete parallel between these cities and the refuge we have in the body, but it is an interesting comparison. May He bless your study!

For the Diggers: Our High Priest in Hebrews

 

Your list from Hebrews probably looks a lot like mine. Just for easy reference, though, this might be helpful to have on hand for the podcast. I hope you will be there. Tonight at 7. It will be here https://livestream.com/whcoc/for-women/videos/151935596 and also on Facebook Live (Check the group page).

4:14—He is great. He has passed into the heavens, He is Jesus, God’s Son.

4:15—He is touched with our infirmities and tempted in every way that we are tempted. 

5:5—He did not grasp the door of being priest for himself.

5:6—He was begotten of God.

5:7—He offered prayers and pleadings and confessed His fears to the One who could save Him..

5:8—Though He was a son, he learned obedience through suffering.

5:9—Being perfected He became the author of eternal salvation to those who obey.  

5:10—He was called by God after Melchisedek’s order.

6:20—He has gone beyond the torn vail. 

7:2—He is also King of Righteousness and King of Peace.

7:3—He is a continual priest without father, mother, descent, beginning or end.

7:8—He lives and receives tithes.

7:10—He is not of Aaron’s order.

7:14—He is not from the priestly tribe, but of Judah.

7:16—He was not made priest by a fleshly commandment, but by the authority of His resurrection and endless life.

7:20—He was made a priest forever with an oath from God (Psalm 110:4)..

7:22—He is our assurance of a better covenant with God. 

7::24—He is the singular high priest in an unchangeable priesthood.

7:25—He lives to keep on interceding.

7:26—He is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and higher than the heavens.

7:27—He does not have to daily offer. He did that once and for all.

8:1—He has sat down on God’s right hand.

8:2—He ministers in a sanctuary and tabernacle not made with men’s hands. 

8:3—He had to have a gift, as priests do.

8::6—His ministry as priest is more excellent. His covenant is better. It is based on better promises.

9:11—He is a high priest of good things yet to come. Ministers in a tabernacle not made with hands. 

9:12—He offers His own blood rather than blood of bulls and goats, having already obtained our redemption.

9:14—This priest offered Himself (He is both the priest and the spotless sacrifice.), so that He can purge our consciences.

9:15—He is the mediator of the New Testament, involving an eternal inheritance.

9:24—He did not go into the physical tabernacle to minister, but into heaven, going to God in our behalf.

9:26—He put away sin by sacrificing Himself.

9:28—He was only once offered to bear the sins of many. He will appear the second time to save us eternally.

10:11,12—He offered once and then sat down on the right hand of the throne till all enemies are subdued. 

10:14—By one offering, He completed our sanctification.

10:20—Consecrated a new way for us through His torn vail/flesh.

10:21—He is the authority over the house of God.

10:22—He sprinkles our hearts, purifies our consciences, and washes our bodies.

For Scripture Sleuths Only! (By Request from Digging Deep)

The Digging Deep study in the previous month included a comparison of the baptism in the Red Sea (Exodus 10) and the baptism of a sinner today. This comparison is made by the Spirit in I Corinthians 10. Here’s a partial list of components of that comparison. The scenarios surrounding the journey through the Red Sea are in the opening chapters of Exodus. Scriptures about the New Testament counterpart are included below.

  1. Both candidates of “baptism” had a former master (Romans 6:16-18). Pharaoh was a cruel, murderous liar. The devil, our former master, is a cruel (I Peter 5:8), murderous (Romans 6:23), liar (Rev. 12:9).
  2. The Israelites  were committed to the new leadership of Moses to travel toward the promised land. We yield to the new leadership of Jesus Christ. These two leaders have many likenesses. Among them are these:
    1. They were both Hebrews (Exodus 2; Luke 2:4).
    2. They were both born under rule of cruel Kings (Pharaoh and Herod, Exodus 1,2; Matt. 2:1-13)
    3. Both were hidden in Egypt (Exodus 2; Matt. 2:1-15).
    4. Both were hiding from cruel kings who wanted to kill them (Exodus 2; Matt. 2:1-15).
    5. Both turned water to another substance (Exodus 4; John 2:1-12).
    6. Both fasted forty days (Ex. 34:28; Matt. 4:2).
    7. Both were mediators (Ex. 32:11-14; I Timothy 2:5).
    8. Both were lawgivers (Exodus 24:12; Romans 8:1,2).
    9. Both chose twelve men to send out (Numbers 13; Matt. 10:1-5).
    10. Both were/are leading to a promised land (Dt. 8:7,8; John 14:1-4; I Peter 1:3-9).
    11. Both were victims of attempted stoning by their own people (Exodus. 17:1-4; John 8:59).
    12. Both offered people water from a Rock (Exodus. 17:6; John 4:1-14; I Cor. 10:4).
    13. Both of their faces shone (Exodus 34:35, Matt 17:2).
    14. Both were shepherds (Exodus 3;John 10:10,11).
    15. Both have victory songs (Exodus 15; Rev. 15:2,3).
    16. Both had missions of redemption (Deut. 7:8; I Peter 1:18,19)
  3. The escape through the Red Sea elicited a great rejoicing among the subjects as is evidenced in Exodus 15. Our baptism should and does elicit great joy (Acts 8: 39).
  4. Both baptisms preceded the giving of a new law. The first was given from Mount Sinai in Exodus 20. Our new law was given from the mountain of Jerusalem (Luke 24:47).
  5. Food was given after the passage through the Red Sea. It was manna and quail in the wilderness. Our new food is the bread of life (John 6:35).
  6. People died at the Red Sea baptism (the Egyptians, rebelling against God). The man of sin (the rebellious man) dies in baptism today (Romans 6:5,6)
  7. The Red Sea was the beginning of a trip to an inheritance in a promised land (Deut. 8:7,8). Our baptism is the beginning of our trek to our inherited promised land  (I Peter 1:1-5, Rev. 21:7).

If you love God and His Word, you have to love this list. If you are not involved in the Digging Deep study. you should still take time before you die to study this list. It will stop you in your spiritual tracks and make you more in awe of Him.

 

Sister to Sister: You’ve Got Something New!

Providence always seems to make our Bible studies very applicable to our lives. Here we are in the initial days of 2017, trying to make our lives better this year for His glory and our study coincides with a new journey made by His people of old from a life of bondage to a life of freedom and, ultimately, rest. God is good! Their passover was in their first calendar month and, from there, life changed in some very good ways for Israel. Today, let’s notice some of those new  experiences for Israel and how they correspond to the new lives that we have in Christ. Here’s the list from last night’s podcast. It will make you appreciate the cross and the deliverance from your bondage of sin even more. These are taken from Exodus 14-24.

  1. A new camp (14:2). Christians are moved to a new place, too. Colossians 1:13, I Peter 2:9.
  2. A new champion (14:4). Don’t miss these great passages: Romans 8:31-39, Hebrews 13:6.
  3. A new guide (14:19). We follow the Lamb (Rev. 14:4)
  4. A new song of praise (chapter 15). This was the song of Moses. But we get to sing the song of Moses and the Lamb (Rev. 14:3).
  5. A new promised inheritance (15:17). Heaven is our inheritance. Are you an heir (I Peter 1:3,4, Revelation 21:7)?
  6. A new voice (15:26). Matthew 17:5. Are you listening (Hebrews 1:1,2)?
  7. A new source of sustenance (16:1-10). He always provides for our ultimate good (Romans 8:28).
  8. A new urgency about bread (16:16-18). We should seek the Bread of Life every day, too (John 6:35; Luke 4:4)
  9. A new priority (16:26). Their sabbath took precedence over gathering bread. Matthew 6:33 says our priority is seeking the kingdom and He will provide the bread!
  10. New battles within the camp (17:4). Do Christians have discouragements within the church? (Take a cursory look at the book of James and the book of I Corinthians. The devil doubles his forces when people become Christians!)
  11. New battles from without the camp (17:16). Ephesians 6:12-13. Living for him is spiritual warfare.
  12. A new evangelistic thrust. (18:11). If we live for Him, the great commission (Mark 16:15, 16) becomes second nature to us. There are those, like Jethro, who will naturally be impacted by our faith. 
  13. A new clean (19:14). We are washed (I Corinthians 6:9-11).
  14. A new priesthood (19:22). Praise God for our high priest and for the fact that he made us holy for the priesthood (Hebrews 4:14-16)!
  15. A new freedom ((20:2). We are no more servants of sin (Galatians 5:1)!
  16. A new purity (20:20). We are done with intentional sin (I John 2:1).
  17. A new law (21:1; 24:12). The law of the Spirit in Christ has made us free from the Mosaic law of sin and death (Romans 8:1,2). We, too, have a new law!
  18. A new standard of morality (chapter 22). The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 is replete with “You have heard…but I say unto you.”. Jesus’ way is a path to a new morality.
  19. A new rule of giving (22:29-30).  Leaving the tithe behind, we give as we have been prospered (I Corinthians 16:1,2). 
  20. A new passover feast (23:14-19). Christ is our Passover (I Corinthians 5:7) and we memorialize our Lamb in the Lord’s Supper as instituted in Matthew 26:26-29.
  21. A new covenant (24:4-7). Have you signed on to the covenant that required His blood (Hebrews 8:6)?

Catch-up on Recipes! Here are three more from the December contest: 

Chicken Tortilla Soup

(This recipe, from Lindsey Cella, sounds good for Alabamians today! Brrr!)

Ingredients:
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cubed (We use 1 (48 ounce) bag of Tyson’s boneless skinless chicken thigh strips, it works out the same)
1 (10 ounce) package frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
1 onion, chopped
3 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
2 (10 ounce) cans tomatoes and green chilies
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon minced garlic
(Tortilla chips and shredded cheese added by bowl, if you want it. We always want it.)😝
Directions:
•Combine chicken, corn, onion, broth, tomato paste, tomatoes and green chilies, cumin, chili powder, 1 tsp of salt, and garlic in large crockpot.
•Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 7 hours or on HIGH for 3 hours to 3 hours and 30 minutes(essentially just cook it until the chicken isn’t pink that’s what we do😂)
•serve with Tortilla chips and shredder cheese serves about 6 to 8 (that’s what our recipe says, it’s a lie, this makes tons😂)

Easy and Delicious Peanut Butter Fudge

Ginny Vines

1 package of white almond bark
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 16 Oz jar of peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

DIRECTIONS:
Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
Melt the almond bark according to directions on package.
Stir in peanut better until smooth.
Stir in condensed milk. You must do this quickly because it will start to harden.
Put in refrigerator until cool and hard, cut and enjoy!

Pineapple Casserole 

Janice Knight

This goes great with ham.
2 tall cans pineapple chunks with juice
6 Tbs. flour, mixed with 1 cup white sugar
1 sleeve town house or ritz crackers
1 cup shredded cheese
1 stick butter or margarine, melted

Using a 9×13 inch dish, pour in the pineapple.  Then stir in the flour/sugar mixture till combined.  Put half the cheese in next, and stir. Crush the sleeve of crackers and distribute crumbs evenly on top. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on that, then drizzle the melted butter all over.  This makes it shiny and crunchy.  Bake till brown (about 25-30minutes at 375 degrees F.  This is good hot or cold.  Greg at church eats it for his dessert.

(from cc: Shout-out to Greg, I guess! This is a favorite at the Colley house, too!)

 

For the Diggers: Get the Leaven Out!

 

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As we finish the study of the Passover, it’s obvious that the original Passover’s significance  in foreshadowing our salvation is multidimensional. The Lamb is Jesus. The leaven is sin. The bondage is sin’s enslavement. The haste of the exodus is the urgency of escaping sin. The deliverance is redemption and all of this is remembered in our weekly memorial, the supper of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine instituted by Christ in Matthew 26. As we eat the bread which contains no leaven, we examine our lives to be sure there is no leaven of sin present in them (I Corinthians 11:28).

First, let me share the requested list of scriptures containing the word leaven. Those with a positive connotation are only four. They are Leviticus 23:17; Amos 4:5; Matthew 13:33 and Luke 13:31. The verses with a negative connotation are as follows:

 

 

Exodus 12:15,19

Exodus 13:7

Exodus34:25

Leviticus 2:11

Leviticus 6:17

Leviticus 10,12

Matthew 16:6,11,12

Mark 8:15

Luke 12:11

I Corinthians 5:6-8

Galatians 5:9

In our study, we’ve come  to the realization that the absence of leaven in the bread of the Passover symbolizes both the absence of sin in the Bread of Life (John 6:33) and, also, the sin we acknowledge and cast from our spiritual houses as we examine ourselves each Lord’s Day. This  is both sobering and motivating. I hope it will make the supper even more precious and useful to your spiritual well-being. After all, if we do not take this self-examination seriously, we eat and drink damnation to ourselves and we leave the feast sicker, spiritually, than we were when we arrived to eat the supper (I Corinthians 11:27-30).

As we leave November’s study and begin a new one, I hope you can take the time to listen to this lesson about the Passover lamb. It will make you thankful for the precious unspotted Lamb that rescues the souls of men. Here’s the link:

http://www.westhuntsville.org/Audio/Uploaded/Sunday_am_032110.mp3

12 Shirts and 9 Tumblers. Last Call!…(and Funny Sophie)

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Update: just one small shirt left. all others are shipped or shipping today! a few tumblers still available.

To my dismay, one of the Digging Deep shirt orders apparently got lost in the cyber-shuffle and I had no extras on hand in that particular size. I love Digging Deep. I really love this sweet friend who’s missing a shirt and I’m crazy about closing circles. SO we reordered shirts one last time. The minimum I could purchase was 12, so I now have a dozen shirts on hand. These really are the last ones, so I’m not going to put them on the website. They are still $12.00 each and if you get one or more, please just send 12 dollars per shirt, plus whatever actual shipping appears on the outside of the package, when you receive it. (This is the honor system, obviously.) The first folks to claim them at this email address—byhcontest@gmail.com–will get the shirts. Just be sure and tell me what size(s) you need today and I will mail them out this week. Be sure to also include your mailing address. I will post here and on my Facebook page when they are all gone. Apologies in advance if you email me and they are already claimed. I’ll just go by emails in order received.

14207621_10210983276762580_3752320509305895901_oThey are Comfort Colors brand shirts and these are the sizes I have: one small shirt, four medium shirts, five large shirts, and two extra-large shirts. I also have nine tumblers left. Let me know if you want a tumbler. They are $9 each, plus actual shipping, while they last. IMG_0784 (5)

Digging Deep study guides are available at any time and the free download is also available at www.thecolleyhouse.org. For those who are thinking about doing the study, let me encourage you to dig in. It’s easy to combine the September study with the October one and you’ll be all caught up with the group. The next podcast will be on October 18th at 7 CST.

On another note, my early-elementary friend, Sophie, was having a conversation with her mom about math on the way home from her homeschool co-op. Sophie’s mom was trying to get Sophie to understand a concept they had studied at school that day. Little Sophie stopped her mom in the middle of the explanation and said “Can we just wait and talk about this when we get to heaven?”

Sophie’s mom responded, “But why would I talk to you about math in heaven?”

Sophie’s reply?… “Well, you know, we sing about how we will understand it better by and by…. I just think I might understand it better then.”

I knew you would enjoy that! Have a great weekend!