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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Is your Ladies Class Resuming?

I’m very thankful for elders who are doing the best they can, within the confines of the laws of our land, to resume in full…classes, fellowship, assemblies of all kinds. They are soul-focused men who know that being together and in the Word is crucial to spiritual growth and unity in the body.

Are you resuming your ladies class? Our ladies are meeting now, under a pavilion, in fairly distanced lawn chairs on alternating Monday nights for getting in the Word. (Our Bible classes on Sundays and Wednesdays have resumed but, because of the need for distancing, our ladies class cannot yet meet indoors.)

If you’re getting to resume anywhere or even if you can resume by ZOOM, I hope you will think about letting Digging Deep be your class study guide. It’s a year-long study and it (the Word through it) can give your ladies the coherence that’s been hard to find for the past few months. It will put them “on the same page” of God’s Word and it will promote the unity that some of our congregations are sorely needing right now. It’s a year-long study and it is not just full of the Bible—the study IS the Bible with relatively small amounts of commentary to give you help with application. The valuable online facet with monthly podcasts and weekly audio podcasts is helpful even if you haven’t been able to fully resume assembling with the body. (But ladies can do the study even if they are unable to fully connect to all the technology.)

I’m going to include here the introduction to the study and a link, once more, to the introductory video. Here’s the link to the video: https://thecolleyhouse.org/digging-deep-introduction-video

Let me also say that, if your ladies would like to do the study concurrently with the thousands who are doing it right now, it’s the time of year to start. The study actually began on September 1st, but it’s easy to “catch up” if you’re able to start anytime prior to November 1st. All podcasts and discussion is archived so you can catch everything even if you are not studying along with the big group. If you think you’d like to investigate, go join the facebook group called “Digging Deep in God’s Word.”

I want to thank every woman who has contacted me to let me know about life changes/growth due to DD. It’s very helpful in a time of relative isolation, to know that the Word is still connecting us and correcting us. When I read that DD has changed the course of a life, I know that all glory is His. (I mean that very literally in view of the last year’s study of Glory!)

Let me know if I can help your ladies  start this study together! He is good to let us do this together!

If you’re deliberating about the study, here’s this year’s intro. (You don’t have to do this study to be a faithful woman of God. But you do have to study!) Remember, you can also do the study all by yourself from your home. Lots of women are!

                                       Before the Mountain…

God was reminding His children of Who had brought this trembling people to the quaking smoke-covered mountain and so “all these words” in Exodus 20 begin with “I am.” He was. He is. He will be. The great I AM.

And His most recent display of glory, for them, was their over-and-over-again-miraculous delivery from the bondage of Egypt. He could have just picked them up and sat them down beside this mountain, but the bloody Nile, the frogs and flies and snakes and deaths,  congealed Red Sea that came crashing in on the army of Pharaoh…all of that surely was to teach them and the nations around them that this was aholy work and that this nation was a sanctified people.

We know that the quaking mountain, the trumpet, and the smoke was really all about a baby in Bethlehem and a cross in nearby Jerusalem that would finally be the miraculous delivery from the worst kind of bondage. It would be a holy work for our sanctification. God was in those thunderings and, with the work of His finger on tables of stone, He was about to

change the world and cultures and legal systems for centuries to come. Have you ever thought about the fact that the body of Jesus the Lord, who was later to be accused of defiling the Sabbath, was resting on that very first Sabbath as He looked on the work of the first six days of that entity called time that’s really only for those of us who are in the brief flash of an earthly testing moment that we call life? Have you thought about the fact that He already had a plan for his physical body to temporarily rest on another Sabbath after His lowly entrance into our world through a human birth canal? That flesh would rest after His own testing and triumph over evil and his glorification as he was lifted for our sins? 

He knew all about all of this, already. He knew about the darkness on the Golgotha hillside outside of Jerusalem way back there when He was thundering on the dark mountain at Sinai. He knew about the final holy Sabbath when he wrote the words “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” And He already knew about the tomb in which His own flesh would take that final Sabbath rest. He knew that He would walk away from that tomb and that mortals would hear the words. “He is not here, for He is risen.” And those words following that last Sabbath rest would make all the difference for you and me. 

He already knew. He chose. Nothing about the mountain was accidental. On that day at Sinai, the people saw the thunderings and lightnings and the mountain smoking and they stood afar off and trembled. And on that other day, there was darkness from the sixth hour, and the earth quaked and the rocks were torn and bodies came forth from graves. The veil of the temple was torn. Even the soldiers and the one who pierced Him, observing the quaking and the darkness, said “Truly this was the Son of God.” 

Nothing was accidental about this mountain, either. “It is finished.” He came not to destroy (thwart the purposes of ) the law, but to reach the law’s grand and driving cause of redemption. That’s why we call it a scheme of redemption. It was purposefully executed from before the foundation of the world. The Captain of our salvation was working already, at Sinai, and

He accomplished His most difficult work at Calvary. He finished the work and then He rested.

Before the Mountain…

When the Lord says “Hear O Israel”, may the Israel of the Lord listen.

But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? (2 Corinthians 3:7,8)

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

DD: A Reward is Coming Your Way!

Not important, but time-sensitive: If you want a shirt or hoodie, the order has to be in by 11 pm tonight!  They are here: https://thecolleyhouse.org/store#!/Digging-Deep/c/20688312

Welcome to the study. I can see that MANY of you have already begun. I’m excited to begin today. Please keep inviting others. Refer them to this video for clarity about the simple process of studying along. (https://thecolleyhouse.org/digging-deep-introduction-video?fbclid=IwAR162ezafr_m5Kt5mOdYT047x1AlQL4QQ2RKuV5XN0CTJanU4Arcc0cgpQg) If you have already started, you are seeing that the study will give clarity to the right division of the Word (2 Timothy 2:15) to the novice Bible student. This is critical, of course, to those seeking His will for salvation. 

Just this morning, I have received messages about ladies from three different denominations who have committed to studying along. I’m praying hard about this study. I’m especially praying for study mentors who saturate this group for all seekers who are joining. Please let me know if there are souls that can use my help (although it’s meager) in any way. Heaven is the goal and none of us are going to ever get there without the knowledge that Bible study gives us! Every single person in this group has the same information from heaven. In that spiritual sense, we are all on equal footing as we start this profound study. I’m so thankful we can get in the Word together. The power for salvation is in the Word (Romans 1:16).

Let’s give THE TEN our best. Whatever our hands find to do today, let’s do it heartily (vehemently, with the sense of completion)  as to the Lord, for it’s the Lord Christ we are seeking to please. This diligence has a reward and it is for everyone who avails herself of the privilege of vehemently seeking. I know you will see that this year!

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Colossians 3:23-25

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Happy Birthday, Digging Deep!

1…2…3…GO! The Ten!

Today is the tenth anniversary of Digging Deep.  Born of the Providence of the Almighty and all to His glory, Digging Deep has been with me through the marriages of both of my children, the empty nest adjustment, the births of four grandchildren, the deaths of my father and many dear loved ones, travels to many of these United States and abroad, and now, a pandemic of prodigious proportions. Tattered copies of The Shadows, Glory, Authority, Great Escapes and more have often been in my lap on airplanes, car trips and, here, on my propped-up pillow (Glenn calls our bed “Cindy’s desk”). One copy even sat in my lap on the shores of the Sea of Galilee! Watching DD grow from 12 people to thousands of women has been one of the singular joys of my middle ages! Praise God for this phenomenon of growth.

Many of you have been along for the entire ride. Some of you are new to this group, but certainly not to Bible study. A few of you may be new to the study of the Word. If you are new to Bible study, you are the ones who will benefit most from Digging Deep this year, because Bible study will revolutionize and bless your world. Welcome to all of you. I stand ready to help in any way I can, because if anything we do can, along with His blood, rescue our souls from hell, it’s being in and obeying the Word! Remember as you study, that it’s never been our God Who made us lost. That was us…our sin. It’s our God Who mercifully rescues us from that lost condition. Digging Deep’s purpose is to help us grasp and love His mercy on a daily basis. If you are new to this study, THE TEN will be a perfect place to come to love His Word–more than you ever have! And nothing can be more important in this lifetime. Remember to INVITE OTHERS! It’s not too late!

Next…about those books you do not have in your hands yet: We are trying very hard to stay caught up with shipping and we are very close now. Orders are going out in a timely fashion. If you do not already have your books, and you ordered prior to the 26th of August, they are on their way. Many are going out today that have been ordered since that time. Two key factors have slowed us down a bit this year: our inability to deliver any of these in-person at PTP and the slow and erratic postal service at this crazy time. Feel free, of course, to download the free version until you get your book. But, we are almost completely caught up with orders as they are daily coming in. That’s good news for us. Thank-you for being patient with us.

About your shirts: If you ordered a shirt or hoodie and you don’t have it in hand, you’re likely not going to get it till mid-September. You will get books you ordered prior to that time, but we ran out of shirts and hoodies very quickly this year. All hoodies and shirts MUST be ordered by 11 pm CST on September 3rd (that’s Thursday). That order will be placed this Friday and we’ll have those shirts back very quickly and ship them on to you. Turn-around time is just two or three days with our good shirt company here in Huntsville. Shirts and hoodies may be ordered here: https://thecolleyhouse.org/store#!/Digging-Deep/c/20688312/offset=0&sort=normal

Of course, you can still order books at any time of the year (until we are out of those) and you can still bundle shirts and books until September 3rd.

Shirts and study guides and hoodies and charms (…more digging deep charms are on the way, due to popular demand.) and bags are just fun little add-ons. You don’t have to be wearing a DD  t-shirt to gain every insight. You don’t have to be writing answers in the official study guide. You don’t even have to be doing the dig with us at all to go to heaven. But you do have to be in the Word. That “dig” is not optional for the people of God. I praise him for letting DD be one small vessel among many for the knowledge that equips His women today for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16,17). We can be perfect (KJV), complete (NKJV)–but not without the dig. Healing, holiness, and ultimate happiness are in the dig. 

Happy Birthday, Digging Deep! Lots of us love you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Vessels of Glory (Glory M12E04)


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 being vessels for His glory.

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

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

  • 1 Timothy 1:1,14,17
  • 2 Timothy 2
  • 1 Timothy 1:20
  • 2 Timothy 2:17
  • 2 Timothy 4:14
  • Acts 22:16
  • Acts 2:38
  • Mark 16:15,16
  • 1 Peter 3:21
  • Romans 6:3,4
  • Galatians 3:27

LINKS:

RESOURCES:

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Digging Deep-The Ten: Weekly Breakdown

Here’s the doc file: Digging-Deep-2020-Breakdown

 

Here’s the pdf:  Digging-Deep-2020-2021-Weekly-Breakdown

 

Yes! Im already seeing that I’m going to have a weekly breakdown during this study!  Not really. I think once we get these books and shirts all out, and get to start focusing on having no other gods, the mental and spiritual renewal will be palpable. I’m praying so hard for this study. 

Keep planning and inviting. We’re going to make more books if we run out. We’re already making more shirts and hoodies. (We need every last order for shirts and hoodies by midnight on September 3rd! After that I’ll have to send regrets.) The shirt photo below is of one that’s been through the mail with attendant wrinkles, but you can get the idea. (Comfort Colors shirts/Gildan Hoodies)…and here, I’m wearing while Maggie is putting eggshells in our scrambled eggs! The one I have in is a large (and roomy).

KEEP INVITING. I’m inviting my neighbor this weekend! It’s not too late for anyone to join and there’s a big window through October that’s an easy catch up time, even if they are late joining. Remind new people that every last question does not have to be answered. If you get stumped, wait for the podcast…or even the Lord’s return. We may not know every answer till then! =)

Thanks to Kerri Epling, here’s the study divided into weekly increments for those who are in weekly classes: the weekly breakdown.

Digging Deep 2020-2021 Weekly Breakdown

(This is just something we use for our local study group to help us stay on track and to pace ourselves through the study. Every week wont be completely equalI just glanced through and tried to divide up the work as equally as I could at first glance. Of course, you can work faster or slower on the study, but this pacing will allow you to finish in time for Polishing the Pulpit 2021 if that is your goal.)

Each month also has a practically speaking assignment that you can do any time during the month or as instructed in the lesson.

Chapter 1/Month 1 (Sept 2020)

*Week 1 – Questions 1-3

*Week 2 Questions 4 & 5

*Week 3 Questions 6-11

*Week 4 Questions 12 -17

Chapter 2/Month 2 (Oct 2020)

*Week 1 – Questions 1-5

*Week 2 Question 6
*Week 3
Questions 7 12 (Is. 46, 1 Sam 5, 1 Kgs 18)

*Week 4 Question 12 (Is 44, Ps 115, Acts 17) Question 17

Chapter 3/Month 3 (Nov 2020)
*
Week 1 Questions 1-6 (through Psalm 34)
*Week 2
Question 6 (from Psalm 34 to end of question)

*Week 3 Question 7
*Week 4
Questions 8 – 11

Chapter 4/Month 4 (Dec 2020)

*Week 1 Questions 1-5

*Week 2 Questions 6 & 7

*Week 3 Questions 8 – 12

*Week 4 Questions 13 – 18

Chapter 5/Month 5 (Jan 2021)

*Week 1 Questions 1-5

*Week 2 Questions 6-10

*Week 3 Questions 11-14

*Week 4 Questions 15-18

Chapter 6/Month 6 (Feb 2021)

*Week 1 Questions 1-3

*Week 2 Questions 4 7 (through 1 Sam 31)
*Week 3
Question 7 (start 2 Sam 17) Question 9 (through Job 31)

*Week 4 Question 9 (start with Psalm 22) Question 11

Chapter 7/Month 7 (March 2021)

*Week 1 Questions 1 & 2

*Week 2 Question 3
*Week 3
Question 4 (Hosea 1-8)
*Week 4
Question 4 (Hosea 9-14) & Question 5

Chapter 8/Month 8 (April 2021)
*
Week 1 Questions 1-5 (through Saul)
*Week 2
Question 5 (Solomon and associated chapters)

*Week 3 Question 5 Ahab , rich young ruler, and Proverbs *Week 4 Questions 6 – 9

Chapter 9/Month 9 (May 2021)

*Week 1 Questions 1-5

*Week 2 Question 6- question 10 (read through John 5)

*Week 3 Question 10 (John 6-14)
*Week 4
Question 10 (John 15-21)

Chapter 10/Month 10 (June 2021)

*Week 1 Questions 1-4

*Week 2 Questions 5-7

*Week 3 Question 8 (Matt 13, Luke 10, Luke 12, Luke 14)

*Week 4 Question 8 (Luke 15, Matt 20, Matt 21) & Question 9

Chapter 11/Month 11 (July 2021)
*
Week 1 Question 1 and Question 2 (A M)

*Week 2 Question 2 (N Z) & Question 3

*Week 3 Questions 4 – 7
*Week 4
Questions 8 & 9

Chapter 12/Month 12 (August 2021)

*Week 1 Questions 1-3

*Week 2 Questions 4 – 7
(This way you can finish by PTP when the new study is announced. )

 

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The answers ARE right here in Black and White! This book has been in the works during the pandemic and the racially motivated chaos in major American cities. It’s a book by four men of God who worked separately and then for many hours on multiple nights in ZOOM meetings searching and pondering the Scriptures together to determine and write practical answers from the Word for the racial issues that challenge our unity. The world will never arrive at the answers for racial peace and unity. But we are not the world.

This book has 37 relevant questions about race and 37 Biblical answers. Melvin Otey, Glenn Colley, Ben Giselbach and Hiram Kemp are men of the Word. They do not necessarily agree on all of the societal solutions. But they agree that the Word has the answers for today’s church.

Scripture speaks to questions like:

What distinguishes a racist Christian from one who is not?

To what extent can Christians be involved in social activism?…in civil disobedience?

What is systemic racism? What is white privilege? What role should these terms play in Christian discussions about race relations in the church?

I’m excited to direct you to this timely discussion. I think you’ll have hard time putting it down. I think you’ll have a commitment to unity when you finally do.

Get it here: https://thecolleyhouse.org/store#!/There-in-Black-and-White/p/231395117/category=21667339