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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley Dig-a-Bit Podcast

Welcome to the GLORY Study!  (Glory M01E01)


Dig-A-Bit is a weekly mini Bible study with Cindy Colley. It supplements the Digging Deep Bible study for women. In this episode, Cindy discusses glory and the Hebrew words kabed and kabad.

For more information about the Digging Deep Bible Study for Women, visit TheColleyHouse.org.

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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Digging Deep: Here’s the Weekly Breakdown!

Some of you have requested a weekly breakdown of the GLORY study for classes that might be meeting each week. So, thanks to Kerri Epling, a nine-year veteran digger, here’s what her group is using this time around! I hope this is helpful for those who are meeting during Sunday or Wednesday Bible class hours. It may even make the challenge seem a little less formidable for those who are new to these ropes! 

As an aside, watch tomorrow’s blog post for info about a new t-shirt pre-order. We ran out of GLORY shirts quickly, so we are doing one more run. Stay tuned if you missed the first shirt blitz.

Month 1 (Sept 2019)

Sept 1- 7 #1 – #3
Sept 8-14 #4 & #5
Sept 15-21 #6 – #8
Sept 22-28 #9
Sept 23 & 30
use for catching up and practically speaking

Month 2 (Oct 2019)

Oct 1-7 #1 & #2
Oct8-14 #3-#5
Oct 15-21 # 6 & #7
Oct 22-28 #8 – #10
October 29 -31
finish up and practically speaking

Month 3 (Nov 2019)

**Look for rainbows all month and post a picture and verse for a chance to win a book!** Nov 1-7 #1
Nov8-14 #2-#5
Nov 15-21 # 6 – #10

Nov 22-28 #11 – #13
Nov 29 -30
finish up and practically speaking

Month 4 (Dec 2019)

*This practically speaking is a month-long assignment* Dec 1-7 #1 + start practically speaking
Dec 8-14 #2
Dec 15-21 #3 & #4

Dec 22-28 #5 & # 6 Dec 29 31 finish up

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Month 5 (Jan 2020)

Jan 1-7 #1
Jan8-14 #2&#3
Jan 15-21 #4 & #5 2 Sam 21
Jan 22-28 #5
listen to audio in #5
January 30 -31
finish and practically speaking

Month 6 (Feb 2020)

Feb 1-7 #1 – #5
Feb 8-14 #6 – #10
Feb 15-21 #11 – #13
Feb 22-29 #14 & #15 + practically speaking

Month 7 (March 2020)

March 1-7 Read Isaiah 48 54 in #1 March 8-14 Finish #1 and do #2 March 15-21 #3 – #6
March 22-28 #7 – #9

March 29 31 Practically speaking

Month 8 (April 2020)

April 1-7 Luke 1 6 in #1 and also questions #2 & #3
April 8-14 Luke 7
13 in #1 and also questions #4 – #6
April 15-21 Luke 14
19 in #1 & also questions #7 & #8
April 22-28 Luke 20
24 in question #1 & also questions #9 – #11 April 28 & 30 practically speak

Month 9 (May 2020)

May 1-3 Start practically speaking
May 4-10 John 1 & 2 for #1 and also #2 – #5 May 11-17 John 3 & 4 for #1 and also #6 – #10 May 18-24 John 5 & 6 for #1 and also #11 – #13 May 25-31 John 7 & 8 for #1 and also #14 – #16

Month 10 (June 2020)

June 1-7 John 9 11 & #1 – #4
June 8-14 John 12
14 & #5 – #8
June 15-21 John 15
17 & #9 – #12
June 22-28 John 18
21 and #13 – #16
June 29 & 30
finish up and practically speaking

Month 11 (July 2020)

July 1-7 #1 – #6

July 8-14 #7 – #11

July15-21 #12-#18

July22-28 #19-#21

July 29 31 finish up and practically speaking (involves praying for lost for 1 month so may want to start at beginning of July)

Month 12 (Aug 2020)

Aug 1-13 Do 1 question per day and practically speaking during that time!

(if you aren’t going to PTP and/or don’t want to be part of the “awards ceremony” for finishers, you can use the whole month to finish; the new study will come out the week of PTP and will start on September 1st)

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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Good Morning…and Welcome to “Glory”!

 

Glory starts now! I feel like we are, once again, after intensive labor, giving birth to a baby. It’s exciting to see how she will grow and where she will go. It’s surely not too late to invite a friend to do the study with you. Whose life would not be enriched by taking a few hours, at her own pace, each month for a year, concentrating on the glory of our Creator and Sustainer? And which of us should not want to give a little time, for the next year, in the quest of fulfilling the purpose for which we were made—to glorify the Source of our lives? I don’t know about you, but when I think, this morning, about the good man beside whom I awoke, about the children and grandchildren that are the tentacles through which I get to influence more broadly, about the relative physical safety and plenty with which I’m able to do my work and live out my days; but most of all, when I think about the place to which I’m going when they are all “lived out,” I conclude that no amount of time invested in His glory even approaches enough time. I know our list of great blessings varies from sister to sister, but surely we all have an inexhaustible one!

I want to welcome scores of new women to the study. It makes me smile each time I notice that someone’s been added or that someone new has dowloaded or ordered the study. Welcome to every woman who’s new and welcome back to every one who’s a veteran digger.  A special shout-out today to those who have been along for the entire nine year ride. I’d love to see you all (nine-year veterans) comment on this thread over on my personal facebook page. It would be interesting to know the names of those who began the initial study with us back in the year 2011.  A big shout-out to Pam Christopher and Cathy Swanson who have COMPLETED every single portion of every single year’s study. There may be others, but I am aware of only these two.  

Next and most important today: All veterans need to be extremely aware that newcomers have not studied along and grown in every area as you have done during past studies. There are women, from all stations in life who may not have not been exposed to the same good teachings to which you have been exposed. There are women who are joining us from many different religious backgrounds, as well. All of us must remember that the eternal souls of those who study along may very well be impacted by this study of His glory. Therefore, it’s key that we proceed though the study with extreme courtesy, kindness, gentleness, patience and love (Wow…I think these are fruits of the Spirit!); especially now,  as we launch into this year’s study. We will never compromise truth from His Word, but we will use wisdom as to when and how we deal with controversial subjects. We are not afraid of them, because we have the final Word of the Holy Spirit as the foundation of our study. He has given us clarity in all matters of salvation and has given us liberty in all matter of opinion. But let’s all be very careful in responding to those who may be joining us for the first time. Let’s not discourage their continued study by assuming they should know everything we’ve studied over the past nine years. Truth will emanate from the Word as we go along. But it will not do any good in the lives of women who have become frustrated at the very beginning of the study by those who might have been sharp or impatient with ladies who are digging for the first time. Let’s remember that we want them to hear the Lord say the words of this article’s title one glorious day: “Good morning!…and welcome to glory!” 

Once again,  here’s the link you need to get started: https://thecolleyhouse.org/digging-deep-introduction-video?fbcl

I’m in daily  prayer that our direction and focus will be just where He would have it to be. (any woman who joins the study before October 15th will have plenty of time to catch up and be with the group, but get as many as you can to jump in now!)

Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen (Philippians 4:20).

 If you have further questions, post them on the “Digging Deep in God’s Word” FB page. No question is silly. (Tech people would have given up on disseminating this DD material long ago if they were not extremely gracious to people like me who are way behind the curve!) Most of the time, someone else will be helped by the answer to your question.

And for any new person who’s wondering “How do you even know if you are getting the answers right?”…the ladies in the group are so good to help each other and I try to be watchful, also, to help clarify when it might be unclear exactly what’s  the “right” answer. Sometimes, there’s no right answer  and all of our answers will be different. The podcast, at month’s end, is also useful in helping us all be on the same page. That podcast is always archived, so you can watch later, if you can’t join us live. It’s also always posted on the DD facebook page for ease in finding.   I’m in daily prayer that our direction and focus will be just where He would have it to be.

(Any woman who joins the study before October 15th will have plenty of time to catch up and be with the group, but get as many as you can to jump in now!)

Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen (Philippians 4:20).

(photo credit: Rebecca Jenkins Richardson)

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Sister to Sister: My Life on a Cart

Polishing the Pulpit (https://polishingthepulpit.com) is a conference for Christians, held annually in Sevierville, TN and it’s become a 5500-person fellowship/teaching event that’s unlike any other; both in great potential for the gospel’s spread and in popularity with gospel-followers. As you can guess by its name, it began as a little workshop for preachers and has developed in 25 short years to be a power-house conference (because of His power) that has meaty and practical sessions for all of God’s people. As one of the audio and video technicians, who gave his life to Christ in baptism at the end of the week said “Where can you find this many people who are just this nice?” I love that assessment.

I know the devil would love to worm his way into this event, but God’s people there, both leadership (the elders of the Jacksonville church of Christ) and attendees, are determined to keep a sound and unified event. It’s become a family (both physical family and spiritual family) reunion for the Colleys, to which we look with great anticipation every year. 

As we left the convention center this year, I took a long look at our luggage cart, and there I saw a huge conglomeration that’s now still a big pile in my bedroom floor. But looking at that cart, I saw a small cross-section of my whole world.  I could look at that all-too-familiar hotel cart and see my life–the things that I love and the things I do–rolling across that parking lot.  Some of the things were meaningful in a long-term way. Some, like the number of pairs of shoes I’d brought along, were just extra and unneeded baggage. I looked at that cart and contemplated for a minute.  

I saw all the Digging Deep paraphernalia…my new DD bag that had carried handouts, books, baby entertainment items for worship, and bread to give away before my classes began; my Digging Deep t-shirt and the old “Authority” book from which I’d taught a couple of times through the week. And my brand new “Glory” book was also somewhere on the cart. There was even a shovel, a rake and a hoe, given to me by one of the Georgia diggers . Digging Deep was everywhere on the cart.

There was stuff from the Digging Deep Israel trip: a large group photo given to us by John and Carla Moore as they packed up the Bible Land Passages table in the Exhibit Hall. At the very top of the cart was the ram’s head with real ram’s horns, given to us by fellow Israel traveler, Caysi McDonald. Lindsay VanHook put them on the head she crafted and Linzee Stephenson mounted the ram’s head on a wooden spatula. It served us well, at the climax of the Mount Moriah scene, in Family Bible week at West Huntsville and then at Family Bible time in the Atrium with a hundred or so kids.

There were a lot of grandchildren things on that cart. There was my Bernina sewing bag, a big white laundry basket that had served to transport a bunch of birthday gifts and decorations for little Maggie’s first family birthday party, held just outside the atrium, after the crowds had exited on Thursday. There was a big black plastic garbage bag that had served to hide the 34-year-old red and white wooden scooter that Glenn had made for Caleb for his first birthday; now being passed along to Maggie (She loved it, repeating over and over “Brooom, brooom!” as she pushed it around by the wooden handle bars.)  The big bag was now full of laundry awaiting the wash.  There were leftover snack bags and boxes; surprises we’d brought to tape on the hotel room doors of the grandkids. The grands were fully represented on the cart.

My sisters were there, too. The little trinkets and treats and notes of encouragement that so many sweet friends had shared were rolling, too, in various bags and cases.

There was a computer printer, two large Bibles, a portfolio for organizing lessons, two lap-tops and an iPad, a large commentary and a big package of computer paper. It’s the way we roll when we are speaking in a total combined  number of sessions that exceeds thirty. There was even a coffee maker and a bag of Keurig cups to keep us burning the midnight oil. And there were dress clothes for all those speeches. And dress shoes and ties and scarves and there was a bag of brand new socks for Glenn because he has that propensity for leaving his at home. (He has that propensity in common with Don Blackwell. We went to Israel and washed the same pair of socks every.single.day.) 

I guess I could go on listing blessings on that cart. But the thing that struck me is  this: Your stuff represents your heart. Obviously, the stuff on the cart is the stuff I didn’t want to do without for a week-and-a-half.  Jesus said something in the same vein over in Luke 6:34

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 

By the time we left, I noticed the world was refilling the empty hotel. Carts were coming in with vastly different loads; carts pushed by people who were almost naked—carts that held luggage and beer and swimsuits and water shoes and tickets to the pleasures of the world around us. My husband commented that after watching Christians crowd those hotel hallways for a week, it was very shocking to see the world. We probably need to keep on being a little shocked. 

It’s also very motivating. Think about the diffusion of those 5500 people into a world that pushes the wrong load. Think about what we can do if every one of us invites one person to study the Bible with us monthly between now and our next gathering in Sevierville. Think about what we can do if each family has Family Bible Time daily for all 355 days between now and the next PTP. Think about how much stronger our families will be if every mother at PTP studies the Word deeply every day between now and next August 12th. Think about how much of an effectual working will occur if every woman who left that place is fervently in daily prayer for this entire year. Think about the power of a diffusion. How many carts could we load for heaven? 

How many? How many could I help load, given my opportunities in my little circle of influence? I’m going to try to have at least one more packed and loaded for heaven before that gathering on the mountain next year. Will you try, too? 

  

                                                 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Diggers, Be Strong and of Good Courage! (We’ve got this together.)

So many sisters, first-time diggers, are joining our upcoming Glory study.  This is thrilling for me because I know, as I’ve said so many times, that women in the Word translates into stronger churches, righteous homes and the souls of our posterity in heaven one day. Bible study, for God’s women, is emphatically crucial for the future of our families, both physical and spiritual. I hope you will be prayerful and encouraged with me as we specifically seek His glory and the honor of glorifying Him this year. 

Some of you have been digging for all eight of our past years and have gotten very good at figuring out Greek and Hebrew meanings of the words you read in the text. But some of you are already finding the new study challenging because the first chapter requires finding some words in your Bibles that have been translated from  the Hebrew words kabad or kabed. 

I want to beg those who may be struggling, at first, to find the words for which we are searching, to hang in there. I think I can safely promise you that, if you’ll give the study a month or two, with the help of those who are on the facebook page, your rewards will be rich beyond what you can be praying as you seek His will in His word. 

So, today, a little tutorial that might be useful to those who are exploring Hebrew words for the first time. Remember, generally, the words in your Old Testament were written in Hebrew. The words in your New Testament were written in Greek. So, in chapter one, we’re looking at some different ways that kabad or kabed or even kawbode were translated into English in our Bibles. 

  1. Look on the first page of the study and notice all the meanings of the Hebrew word “kabad”. Read over these meanings a couple of times. Here they are: כָּבַד ḵâḇaḏ; or כָּבֵד kabed; a primitive root; to be heavy, i.e. in a bad sense (burdensome, severe, dull) or in a good sense (numerous, rich, honorable; causatively, to make weighty (in the same two senses): — abounding with, more grievously afflict, boast, be chargeable, x be dim, glorify, be (make) glorious (things), glory, (very) great, be grievous, harden, be (make) heavy, be heavier, lay heavily, (bring to, come to, do, get, be had in) honour (self), (be) honourable (man), lade, x more be laid, make self many, nobles, prevail, promote (to honour), be rich, be (go) sore, stop.AV (116) – honour 34, glorify 14, honourable 14, heavy 13, harden 7, glorious 5, sore 3, made heavy 3, chargeable 2, great 2, many 2, heavier 2, promote 2, misc 10;to be heavy, be weighty, be grievous, be hard, be rich, be honourable, be glorious, be burdensome, be honoured
  2. Now let’s learn to find that word kabad in various places in your Bible. Very early in the chapter, for instance, you will be instructed to find the word kabad translated in Esther, chapter five. You might be able to locate it by just remembering some of the different words from the definitions we just studied. 
  3. But, if you are unsure where the word “kabad” is, in Esther 5, a good simple way to find it is to go to this very helpful site: https://www.biblehub.com.
  4. Here, there will be a little drop-down menu on the top right-hand side of the page. since we are looking at the Hebrew language, click on Hebrew on that menu.
  5. Then you will see a place to type in your Hebrew word. In this case, we would type kabad.
  6. Then you will see several forms of that word listed. The first word you see is Strong’s #3513— Kabad, But when you click on that, you don’t see Esther 5 anywhere in the list of verses containing this word. So you proceed to the second form of the word, which is Strong’s #3515—kabed. Once again, Esther 5 is not in the list of verses shown when you click on this one. Next is Strongs #3519 (kawbode). This time you find Esther 5 on the list of verses. and you see that kawbode is translated glory in a couple of versions. At the top of the page, you can also click on any of several versions, to view them at any time.

 I hope this is a helpful beginning. In addition, I am currently using a Bible program called Olive Tree on both my laptop and my phone. The basic program is free, it is intuitive and I’ve purchased Strong’s lexicon for the ESV, the KJV, and the NKJV for that program. The program is here: https://www.olivetree.com. E sword, a similar program. also has a free app and it is here: https://www.e-sword.net. Logos is a bit more expensive, and is here: https://www.logos.comBut still, as you can see, you can go to Bible Hub and get the information free and fairly simply. 

Also, it never hurts and usually is very helpful to just google the word you think you’re looking for. For instance, I just googled “glory in Esther 5” and the verse I needed popped right up.

Finally, if you do not want to use the computer at all, you can use the old-fashioned books. You just need an interlinear Bible that contains both the English and the Hebrew/Greek. Here’s an example:
Get one that’s keyed to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and each word in the Interlinear Bible will have a number. You use that number to find the word in your Strong’s Concordance. (So, you just need those two books: an interlinear Bible like the one above, and a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.I think “Exhaustive” means it has the Greek and Hebrew in there.) Sometimes I like to feel real paper and flip through real pages. These books are easy to use. Once upon a time, I exclusively used these two books to find word meanings!

Most importantly of all, don’t give up. (My husband just said that some of us might be scared away by what seems a little lofty, at first.  Let’s show him that “We ain’t afraid -a-no-Greek!”) Post your questions in the facebook group and I will help you or someone will. (I’ve already had several qualified ladies to volunteer to help with any word study questions you may have and I know there are many more who would.) Getting to the original language and the original definitions of the words we are reading is such a very good and rich tool for our study. And we do not need to be Greek/Hebrew scholars to find these meanings. I know very little about the languages. But I know how to google!  At no time in history has it been this easy to understand word meanings–to research the original intent and weight of what the Holy Spirit said! Additionally, in the first month’s podcast, I’ll help you with every question in the first month’s study, just to make sure we are all on the same page, literally and figuratively. The date of that podcast will be announced later today!

I PROMISE, you will be glad you learned to find the original meanings of the words in your Bible. Stick with it for a couple of months and you will be so glad you did.  (Most of you already  learned to drive, to cook, to coordinate clothing, to navigate Ebay and explore Pinterest. If you can do any of these things, you can look up Bible words….Besides, if I can look up these words, anybody can.) The most important information we can discover while living on this earth is definitely in this one volume we call the Bible. Its veracity has been exposed and proven time and again. Its relevance is in its power to lead us to safety beyond death…a commodity that 100 percent of us will desperately need…and in the near future. You don’t have to have a lexicon to get to heaven, of course. But using one will likely enrich the study of the manual for life and death. Let’s together move our study to the next level! 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

“Martha, Martha”… “Cindy, Cindy”

Yes, this really happened. I was launching into a very full week of PTP speaking and my early Saturday lecture was about Mary and Martha. I had this in my heart already. I am going to really do my best to make those ladies understand that there are moments in life when we really just need to be quiet and persevere.

So I ventured, with all the boldness and volume I could muster, into a few preparatory remarks. I was rolling, when the door behind me, with a loud clanging noise burst wide open and the tech guy came running in, waving his hand across the front of his neck and shouting at the top of his lungs “CUT!!!” You had better believe I did. Silence enveloped the room and my sweet Kathy Carroll, tech-pro extraordinaire came and whispered to me  that tech was tangled and my voice had been projecting loudly into the men’s session in another ballroom.

I remained extremely silent until I was positive that the problem had been remedied and, wires uncrossed, then proceeded, though trying to summon the same bold projection was challenging. We laughed and rolled with it.

So later in the day, Glenn and I were walking to the car to go get some lunch. He was telling me about some conversations with various people through the morning and I said “You won’t believe what happened in my session…”, to which he responded…

“Oh I know exactly what happened.”

I said, “Oh dear…”

He said “I was up on the stage and had just uttered the words “Let us bow.” I opened my mouth to pray and your voice came blaring, full volume, through that sound system….You just brought that elders’ session to a very abrupt halt. Your son was standing beside me about to take the microphone and deliver the lecture, when the tech fellow just started sprinting across the front of that auditorium. When we finally got you out of that room the technician said, ‘I’m sorry, Caleb. I wish I could give you that time back, but, well…your mom.'”

What are the chances that my voice would be projecting over at that exact moment in that exact room with these TWO exact people on the stage? Only at PTP. We’ve come a long way since that first year in which we had a women’s session for the twelve or so of us who came with our husbands. But it’s been a journey of counting blessings and counting people…up to 5249. Two of my very closest friends have had daughters who became convicted by the pure gospel in this sweet setting. Many women have told me that PTP has provided the glue for a broken marriage, the will to never give up in a troubled time, the strength for a severe health trial, or the wisdom for a parenting crisis. For me personally, PTP is a great motivator. There’s not a time in the year when I’m not mentally storing things away for this golden mountaintop time. I pray that you are finding it everything you need for the other seasons of your year. Take the time to write a note of thanks to the elders of the Jacksonville church. They are at 329 Nisbet Street, NW. Jacksonville, AL 36265.