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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

From Digging Deep 2025! It’s getting closer!

It’s in the works! Cover design and editing are happening this week. I hope you’re down to join us for the new study that will begin on September 1st. Many women have already been getting their classes together for the fall of ’24. I hope we will have more ladies than ever before. I hope you can start praying now. Souls can be strengthened for Him. Congregations can be more unified when women are getting together around the Word. And lost women can find the way of salvation.

Here’s one of many reflective interjections from next year’s study. The study has already blessed me, but then, the Word blesses every time!

“Often, when we study with people, especially atheists, they are unwilling to listen because they have preconceived, but mistaken notions about what the Bible says, and thus, about what we believe. An example of this is that non-believers shut down Christians because they think we believe miracles are happening all around us and they are not seeing them. But, when they come to find out that you and I do not believe miracles are occurring today, (though we believe every one in the Bible occurred and we believe our Bibles are products of past miracles), then they are willing to talk to us and doors toward belief are opened. Sometimes a non-believer does not want to talk to me because she thinks I believe the Calvinistic doctrine that babies are born in sin or that we do not get to choose whether or not we are elected to receive salvation. Once I state biblical truth about the false nature of Calvinism, then the nonbeliever is willing to hear me out about the gospel.”

The value of a soul learning the Scriptures is inestimable. It’s my prayer that, through Digging Deep ’24-’25,  the Holy Scriptures will impact more women, for more glory to our God of more (Ephesians 3:20-22) than ever before!

 

 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Snippet from Digging Deep Writing Week…Out My Window

Death and its power never ceases to amaze me. I don’t want to be unfeeling or irreverent, but it has come to every single person (except Enoch and Elijah) since the sin in the garden. Yet we all act shocked when it comes to our house. It is the most predictable event and yet we are never prepared for our loved ones to go. We act as if we never imagined this could happen and yet we knew, beyond doubt, that it would happen. 

During my writing weeks in some of the past Digging years, I’ve opened my window to find a giant flag waving or a beautiful field sprawling for acres (or a crowded parking lot). This year I opened my window to see peaceful rows of flower-strewn graves and one lone, aging man sitting on a bench under a big oak tree with his head bowed. I have looked out there a lot this week. As I have been writing, two of my dear friends in this life have lost loved ones—one a daughter at the age of 35, and one a younger brother at the age of 60. I knew and loved these people who now know so much more than I do about the subject at hand. 

And that is, perhaps, the reason that death has a hold of terror on most of us. We cannot know it. We cannot speak with anyone who has experienced it, except of course in prayer and study. It’s a thing as natural as birth or walking or talking and, yet, when it comes our way, we are bowed low beneath its burden.

And God made it that way. Since the garden, Satan has had his malignant hand in our earthly affairs, subjecting us to pain, sorrow, death and its grief. He is not done with you and me. 

But, additionally, when I think about death, the sadness it brings is also a result of the great gift of fellowship. God made us with longings for relationships. I know this because he made us in His image and no one has given more for relationship and communion with you and me than the Father and Son. No one has given more for family. We are in His image, so we treasure relationships, too. We long, deep within our souls, for the benefits that come when we care for others and they reciprocate. We are meant to be social and when we are disconnected, we become less than what we could be—in our eternal hopes, in our earthly influences and in our personal peace.

But the Son showed us powerfully that the ultimate victory over death is His. The Spirit then revealed all that we need to know about what happens at, and after, death.

I hope you’re planning to study with us (or in some systematic way) next year. It’s not all about dying. It’s a whole lot about living. And it’s all we really know about either–the Word of God!

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Grow More in ’24!

Happy New Year! Perhaps  the New Year is an over-used motivator that lacks long-term effectiveness. But this IS  a great time to commit to deep Bible study. The Word is, by far and away, the most important knowledge you will grasp in this lifetime. Reading it through is of great value. It’s the only information we have from our Father about what it takes to be saved from eternal death. But merely reading it through will not bless you in the same ways and to the same extent that deep study will bless. 

It’s a perfect time to start digging with thousands of women who are staying on track each month in the Digging Deep Bible study. You will not find your self lost or “behind” if you jump in right now. You can get free materials or materials to purchase here: https://thecolleyhouse.org/store#!/Digging-Deep-2023-The-Crown-Deluxe-Study-Book/p/574010342/category=0. If you want to know more, why not join us next Tuesday night at 7 CST here for the Digging Deep podcast? It will just take an hour (plus a little) of your time and it just might change your life or even your eternal destiny! We’d love to have you join us! https://livestream.com/whcoc/for-women

Here’s what one digger recently said:

It is no exaggeration to say that doing this study each year has been life-changing for both me and my daughter.  I know you will be blessed if you partake in any of this study. 

Let me know if I can help you. There’s a tutorial video pinned on the Digging Deep in God’s Word page. Find it here: https://thecolleyhouse.org/digging-deep-introduction-video?fbclid=IwAR1Pl2uzSPAq0fniEPf1elYcstpajooIRkpJ6ywONypAfv47eY8D2RpWPXM

Happy New Year! 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

A Dozen Oversimplifications from a Simple-minded Seeker of Spiritual Truth:

1. The most difficult thing to overcome in my spiritual journey is my own sin; not the culture in which I was raised.

2. In spiritual matters, your truth and my truth are the same truth. That’s just the nature of truth.

3. The answer to a spiritual problem in “my fellowship” is not in “my fellowship”or any other fellowship. It’s in the Word.

4. No one controls grace except God. Everybody stands in need of it every day.

5. Arrogance is not in thinking I can know His will, His truth. It’s in thinking I can’t know truth when He traveled through a birth canal to live Truth in flesh, and then offered blood to buy the pillar of truth, the church, and then sent His Spirit  to write all truth down for me…and I’m still saying “Knowing truth is a journey with no end.” That is arrogance.

6. Humility is not in rejecting the notion that I can do something to affect my salvation, in favor of “grace alone”.  Humility is saying “I’ll do it HIS way, even if that demands human effort.”

7. Human effort is just utilizing gifts of the Creator of humanity.  My obedient effort is, in that sense, just accessing grace. 

8. It’s not haughty to say “I did something  (obeyed) to be saved.”  That’s just declaring a decision to submit.

9. Religious truth is not in a nebulous cloud of intellectual conversations between men of great minds. It’s in the inspired writings between Genesis and Revelation.

10. In the mire of spiritual subjectivism, it takes some grit, to ascertain truth (some hours of uncluttered study). But it doesn’t take a genius mind. Just use whatever intelligence God gave you. Your mind to understand Him is part of His grace to you. Connect that gift of grace with the gift in the pages of His Word. Grasp the grace.

11. Since He made you, He fully knows your capacity to understand His Will (truth). And, since He wants you to be saved, He did not put the truth for your salvation somewhere “over your head.” He that believes and is baptized shall be saved,” for one, is a pretty understandable concept.

12. Knowing His truth is not a journey without an end. Don’t let the realization that you cannot, in this lifetime, know everything, keep you from knowing that you know, that you know, that you know you are headed for a sure destination.  Just because I can’t know everything, does not mean I can’t know something. And in the “something” is the truth about salvation and His glorious pillar and ground of truth, the church. If I’m missing out on that truth, it’s not the culture’s fault. It’s not the fault of my “narrow fellowship” or my “blinded parents” or a “sheltered upbringing.” It’s not the fault of the talking heads of the day or of postmodernism or its atheism or pseudo-science. It will not be because people who spoke truth did it with a bad attitude. If I miss heaven, it will be my own fault.

You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

 

 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Parenting Seminar, Digging Schedule, and Wisdom from Shelby Camp

I think we never get enough good and Biblical information about parenting. The devil is the lion and he loves the easy prey–our kids (1 Peter 5:6).

So, Saturday at West Huntsville, parents will receive some elder-invited training from 12:30-3:00 pm from Ben Hayes. I plan to be there and I am praying for eternal blessings from this teaching. It will be live-streamed and archived at www.westhuntsville.org. Perhaps this might be useful for some of you. I don’t personally know Ben, but I am praying for him today.

In other news, we are currently “caught up” on the DD orders although “caught up” can never happen for very long! (That’s a good thing!) You downloaded more free copies, ordered more study guides, and fun stuff than you ever have before. Glenn has worn his old body out in packing and shipping. If you don’t have what you ordered (if you ordered before today)  by the end of September, there’s a problem and we will track it down or re-send. We have all new blue mugs and we have re-ordered stickers, because you have stuck so many of them all over the place! Don’t forget the podcast is next Tuesday night at 7 CST! It will be on the FB page and here: https://livestream.com/whcoc/for-women

We’ve scheduled the podcasts for the rest of 2023. This year, it seems, my schedule is particularly tricky toward the end of the months, so the schedule is a little off-kilter. Much of what I do has to be scheduled far in advance, so there are often conflicts. But, maybe by knowing ahead, you can make it work. There’s a particularly long (and more relaxing) podcast break over the year-end holidays. I find this helpful and I hope you will like it, too. Here are the podcast dates to get us through January:

October 17th

Nov 21st

January 9th

January 30th

Remember, too, if you don’t get every question done prior to the podcast, join us anyway and you’ll get a jump on what you’re lacking. If you don’t get all of every page done–ever–it’s still worth whatever time you are able to put in the study. It’s eternally rewarding to be in the book whenever we can. (And, sometimes, for me, “whenever I can” is more often, and for longer, than I really do get in there!)

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I just saw this article by digger, Shelby Camp. She’s just so right. I hope you can read:

Followers of Christ,

I read a Facebook post a couple days ago that was encouraging. It got me where it hurts. It stepped on my toes and pricked my heart. I even had a second thought about how I treat people in my home because of it. It was a positive thing and I’m glad I read it. It reminded me to be a mom who is present and understanding with my kids. Then I listened to a podcast about something similar. It was spiritual in nature, and it gave me some practical advice on how to implement Godly actions. But my actions didn’t consistently change. It was good advice and I wanted to implement it, I felt passionate about it, but it was rooted in emotion. Today, I was more tired. Today, my kids were more demanding. Today, I faced something bigger than what they spoke about in the podcast and I didn’t have a sword to fight it.
Then I went to Colossians 3 about “Putting on the New Self and letting the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” My toes were stepped on, my heart was broken, my repentance was the response, my actions were changed, and I was able to put in the practical skills I had read earlier in that Facebook post because I put meat on it. I grabbed my sword and stood up to fight the enemy. I can be that better mom because of it. I can be the friend I want to be because of it. Because it isn’t me anymore, it’s Him.
These are the words of Jesus in John 15:3-4 “Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” If we are just relying on the “spiritual thoughts” of our local preachers, the Facebook posts someone “good” shares, a great podcast, a slew of “encouraging the soul books,” but we aren’t attached to The Vine, abiding in Jesus and His Words first and foremost, everyday, then we are like the branch that withers. Jesus describes this in verse 6: “If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, and thrown into the fire, and burned.” In verse 9-10: “As the father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my LOVE. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love…” (Go, abide in His Word, and read the entire chapter).
So when we read a Facebook post that really validates the way we feel about something concerning God or the church or our own sin or the way we think concerning things of the Bible or the way we act in our home, do we go to His Book to make sure it’s Truth validating us and to double check that it’s not our own emotions leading us astray or the Devil? Are we connected to the vine, the source for all Truth, Jesus and His Words, so that we have more than “encouraging words” and “passionate emotions” to combat the enemy we face every day? There is real power in the Word of God and in being immersed in the actual Jesus, rather than what others say “About Him and His Word.” This goes for conversations with friends/family, books we read, or things we listen to… I love talking about God and His people, I love reading books about spiritual things, I love a good podcast or sermon series that encourages me as a Christian and these things can be great tools in my belt… and I listen and refer to them on a weekly, almost daily basis, BUT if I’m choosing to indoctrinate myself with every dose of that while not immersing myself WAY MORE in God’s Book and finding out the Truth of His Word in my life for myself, I could easily be persuaded (accidentally and unknowingly) by something that isn’t actually from God. I don’t know if that makes sense… but let’s make sure those voices “about God” are actually FROM GOD ALMIGHTY.
Here are a few verses from 2 Timothy 3:14-4:18 (but go read The Book for yourself… read all of 1 and 2 Timothy today after scrolling or reading or listening to something that is only a reflection or maybe less than a reflection of God’s Words – don’t replace your personal bible study today with something that isn’t actually Bible Study):
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you have learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof; for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work… preach the word… be ready in season and out of season… with complete patience… for the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
And what are we doing this for according to scripture?? Where is the hope? See verses 17-18:
“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have KEPT THE FAITH. Henceforth there is
laid up for me the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all
who have loved his appearing.”

 

 

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

It’s that Inviting Time Again!

Digging Deep! Now beginning season 13, DD is all God’s timing, His glorification, and His Word. If we can offer him any praise, and if we can influence any soul for eternity with Him, Digging Deep has accomplished its task. We praise Him that new souls have been added to the kingdom this year through this providential channel and we magnify Him because we are growing “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ”  (2 Peter 3:18).

The last podcast will come from Polishing the Pulpit and will appear on the Digging Deep page shortly after its occurrence on August 22nd. Watch for that!

Next, readers will have access to the new topic and all things DD- 2024 on August 19th, shortly after 12:30 EST on the Digging Deep Facebook page. All 2024 items, including the book and the free download will be available at www.thecolleyhouse.org at that “reveal time” on the 19th . I’m so excited to hear that groups are being started and others are doubling in size this year. I know what this is about and it’s not about the cookies and fellowship, though that’s important. These groups are about growing together in Him.  Remember, the injunction to you and me is to teach the gospel. Digging Deep is just one way to teach lost people what to do to be saved. But it is one effective way.  Remember, the power is in the Word (Romans 1:16). Trust that power and INVITE! Some of the best current diggers are women I’d have never thought to have been interested in deep Bible study. But they are! Don’t underestimate the power in the Book!

SO dates to mark:

August 19th–DIgging Deep reveal and all products in the store.

August  22nd–Last “Comfort” podcast

September 1-new study kick-off

September 26th–first podcast for new study.