It’s here, at last. One more way to access Digging Deep materials. This YouTube channel is specifically for housing the podcasts for Men’s Digging Deep, but, of course, its content is applicable right now to ladies studies, as well. You will find them beneficial–meaty and relevant. Be sure and re-invite your husbands and dads and brothers and boyfriends to take a look here, too. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC8CpAr8ic6DTYq0-MeyVPQ
Also remember the full details for the men’s program are here: Calebcolley.com/diggingdeep
We’re so blessed to have access to these supplemental materials. Your family will be doubly blessed if both spouses are digging! You don’t have to do Digging Deep to go to heaven, But you have to be in the Word!
The good news is really all in one book. Make your life better. Make it eternal.
This is Digging Deep writing week. So here’s the little annual excerpt from the big topic that’s rolling around in my head during every conscious moment. I remind myself often that Digging Deep is not “my thing.” It’s such a blessing from God that we get to do this together. Most of all, the study is a blessing from God, the Holy Spirit. Holy men of God spoke as they were borne along of Him (2 Peter 1:21). Every word of the book I’m reading this week was breathed of God (2 Timothy 3:16). And the book gives us the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Please talk to the Father about next year’s study. If you could pray for quiet moments to prepare, for efficient proofing and printing and for hearts tender to this study. As the time approaches, please invite. This is a great study for those who’ve never become New Testament Christians–who have never put on Jesus (Galatians 3:27) And, for now, stay focused on “The Ten.” You’ll be glad if you finish. The best is yet to come! The best is always yet to come when we are in the Lord, the finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Here’s a snippet:
Sometimes we think in big terms of commitment, when we might do better to think incrementally. Examples:
“I can kick this habit right now, for all of my life,” vs. “I can make it through this one day without succumbing to this desire.”
“I am going to read the whole Bible once every year for the rest of my life,” vs. “I am going to spend twenty minutes on Digging Deep each day this week.”
“I will never disrespect you again,” vs. “I am going to make it through this day speaking only in respectful terms to my husband.”
“I am never going to shout at my children again,” vs. “Today I am going to make it my goal to speak gently while disciplining consistently.”
“I will never gossip again,” vs. “I am going to tell my friend prior to this lunch that I am repenting of this sin and I am not going to speak negatively about any sisters while we are together today.”
Thanks for praying. I am praying for you today, too!
As we close out our study of the fifth commandment, I’m reflecting on how much I learned from examining those words in Exodus 20 about the “honor system: that exists in godly families. I had never spent a lot of time before thinking about how Scripture bears out that the fifth command was every bit as much for adults as it was for children.
Thinking about the training of children, this morning, I wanted to share the passage list, as promised in the podcast—the list that directs us to a three-fold responsibility in bringing up our children. We must nurture. We must educate. We must chasten, or discipline. Here are some passages that might be helpful as you contemplate this. I know you could add more from your own study. Thanks to Emily Anderson for adding her list to mine.
Genesis 25:28; 26:34-35; 27:41,42
1 Timothy 5:8
2 Timothy 1:5
Deuteronomy 6: 20-25
2 Timothy 3:15
1 Samuel 3:13
Proverbs 22:6 (note Hebrew for “train”)
The last week in January, 2021. This was the week our big Digging Deep group was supposed to go and march in Washington in honor of unborn life and in protest of the destruction of hundreds of lives in America each day by elective abortion. But discouraging events have made it necessary to cancel not only our Digging Deep travel to the march, but the entire rally at March for Life. The rally is not occurring this year, for the first time in 48 years; cancelled for the first year since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973. (You can view the limited march here: https://marchforlife.org/faqs-2021-march-for-life/)
It’s ironic that the two reasons for cancelling are– 1.) protection from the pandemic and– 2.) protection from the violence that’s been occurring in the streets of the District of Columbia. Both reasons for cancelling the rally for protecting baby lives are about protecting grown-up lives. Just ironic. (I long for a day in which we could be half as concerned, as a nation, about those who cannot develop a vaccine for their own endangered situations, as we are about our own circumstances of danger.)
So, I’m thinking this week–and praying–for our nation’s conscience about the 60 million-plus lives taken in the past five decades and I am praying that the womb will be a safer place in America during the next few years; safer than projected by our current political landscape. Prayer and Providence make a powerful alliance.
And speaking of the unborn, there’s one unborn life that holds a special place these days in my heart. He’s Ellis Glenn Colley and his official due date is February 5th. He’s the only Colley boy of his generation, the son of the only Colley boy of his father’s generation, the grandson of the only Colley boy of his grandfather’s generation. (We’re trying not to map out his future for Him, except to put him on the heaven trajectory, but it’s little hard to hold back!)
So it’s time, once again, for the guessing game. So give me your predictions about weight and length. Just comment (once per reader) below, anytime before the unknown date of the baby’s birth. (That’s kind of fun because the longer you wait to guess, the more the baby will be growing. But you might risk waiting too long! I know you’re all invested in the strategy of how to win this exciting contest! =)) You can guess on my personal page or on either DD page. I’ll collect the comments from the various places where this is posted and announce the winner when the baby comes (and after I’ve gotten my arms around that bundle fresh from God)! If you throw in a hair color, I could use it as a tie breaker. The winner gets a package that includes all of the materials written exclusively by this baby’s parents. Here are those products. You can read about them here: https://thecolleyhouse.org/store. Retail value of the package is $43.80.
photo credit: Rebecca Jenkins Richardson
Because you asked:
Here are the ten observations about Aaron’s “pardon” after the calf incident (in a succinct list):
- We may not know the answers, but God gets it right every time (Psa. 19:9)
- God used this action of Aaron to teach us the need for our own holy High Priest (Heb.5:1-4).
- God had just spent chapters 28-31 saying “The priests will sin, but I will cleanse,” (Heb.5:3;9:7).
- Aaron had already been called at the time of the calf-building, but not yet consecrated as priest (Ex.28:7).
- Aaron was not exempt from punishment (Nos. 20:12, 24-29)
- His penitence seems evident from Exodus 20:26.
- Levites were chosen shortly after this to claim the hallowed first-born place in Israel (Nos 3:5-13; Nos. 8:1-16).
- It appears that the reason for this “firstborn” status (the consecrating of Levites for the firstborn) was the repentance of Exodus 32:26-28.
- This consecration seems to be a partial fulfillment of Genesis 49:5-7.
- There had to be a firstborn substitute (Nos 3:44ff)
Hope this is helpful. Watch early next week for updates about three things:
- March for Life in late January.
- Israel/Rome trip in 2022
- A few remaining shirts/hoodies. (Please don’t order in these comments. We will put them in the store at www.thecolleyhouse next week when we are sure everyone who already ordered has received. They will be very limited sizes and quantities and must be ordered in the store. Thanks very much. This is necessary in order for us to not sell the same shirt twice! Please do let us know if you have not received your previous shirt orders via FB message.)
Have the best kind of blessed week-end. I hope your world is as beautiful as Huntsville, Alabama is during late October!