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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Digging Deep…We Found 24 Charms/Pendants!

We’ve located 24 of these sweet little Digging Deep shovels! They are sterling silver and they are precious little keepsakes. Designed especially for Digging Deep by our good friends at Dempsey’s Jewelers in Johnson City, Tennessee, they bear the words “Digging Deep.”  Mine’s on a bracelet, but lots of sisters have them on little silver chains around their necks. They come with the sturdy little ring for easy attaching and in the pretty little gift box for easy gift-giving ( in case you know a digger who could use some sweet encouragement). We rarely find extra Digging Deep paraphernalia, but I wanted to throw this little find out there and sweep clean the DD shelves once again. You can order the little charms here: https://thecolleyhouse.org/store?fbclid=IwAR1nJ3ujNB9-_L5cmy9Vn_llR4zZOFy7h4z0FR9PR-chaI04J63ClnnDib4#!/Sterling-Silver-Digging-Deep-Pendant/p/99264175/category=0

We do have plenty of books if you know someone who’d like to study! It’s not too late to catch up quickly. 

Almost every single order now has been shipped and so, if you are waiting, then it should not be much longer. You are the most encouraging group of ladies I have ever encountered. Thanks for being so forgiving and so patient!

The Israel trip for 2022 is in the works. I met a relatively new digger just yesterday who said “Sign me and my husband up!” Final dates and pricing are not quite ready, but I will let you know as soon as I can. This is so exciting. At present, we are looking at traveling to see where Paul worked and suffered in Rome and then to do a faith-building tour of Israel with lots of new sites to experience. So many amazing Biblical finds are being unearthed in that wonderful part of the world even as I write! It’s so amazing and yet concretely certain that every new find of those diggers (that has to do with Biblical history) is confirming of the authenticity of the God-breathed Word that these diggers (you and me) are searching!

Don’t forget the first video podcast is on the 29th at 7 CST. (I heard there may be some other competing discussion on television that night, so make a wise choice.=)) Seriously,  I do hope you’ll log in with us live  and comment.  You can watch the other guys later! All questions are welcomed, too! I can’t wait! Megan Learned, one of the most encouraging sisters in the whole world, is joining me. Find us here next Tuesday night!

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

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

Set a Reminder: “GLORY” Finale/Review Tonight!

The GLORY study has been more fulfilling for me than I could have imagined. You’ve been kind and encouraging as we’ve studied and your enthusiasm has not assuaged with the passing of sub-topics and months, even when zeal for almost all things was challenged by Covid and chaos. I think the weight of His attributes has been fully on display even through the unprecedented difficulties that distancing has presented (maybe even moreso than in more normal times). His Word is like that…it throughly furnishes.

Because of the generosity of PTP and the work of Jennifer Benavides this weekend, we’re able to show you the GLORY review lesson tonight on livestream. It will be presented here (https://livestream.com/whcoc/for-women) tonight (Monday) at 7 CST. I hope you can be with us. I hope you have a subscription to PTP365 right now. You can get that here (https://365.polishingthepulpit.com). But if you don’t, you can still watch the GLORY finale tonight. I’m praying it might help someone to be closer to eternal glory than ever before. Will you pray that today with me?

And don’t forget the reveal/kickoff of the 2020-2021 study tomorrow night (Tuesday 8/18) at 7 CST right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WZxG7PNW-Q

As soon as the study theme is announced, all materials will be available at www.thecolleyhouse.org. This challenging year is the 10th anniversary year of Digging Deep. (That’s so hard for me to believe!) We have no idea what to expect as far as numbers are concerned during this strange year, but we know God has been very good to Digging Deep from its inception. We know He will bless us as we seek Him. Digging Deep has surely been a work of Providence. While the year has witnessed economy, schedules, sports, education and lifestyles turned upside-down, and there’s so much about the future we do not know, we are positive that any time we dig into Scripture, He is more fully magnified in our lives. The important things of life are stabilized. Digging Deep (or any serious Bible study) can give us what we need for clarity and conviction to make our lives purposeful and safe in Him! We can then make our homes spiritually safe places for the souls we nurture in and from those homes. It’s important in times like these to remember that our physical safety pales in comparison to our spiritual security.

Please know that I have no illusions about my place in this venture. I’m a tiny tool in the hand of an Almighty God. I can do nothing. But He can do anything He wants, in any way He wants, with anybody He wants, at any time He wants. So all glory and honor is His, for sure!

Dont’ forget:

Tonight (Monday), watch here: https://livestream.com/whcoc/for-women

Tomorrow night (Tuesday) watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WZxG7PNW-Q

And, every day watch here: Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving…Col.4:2

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Here’s the Link for the New Digging Deep Study…. 5 More Days!

Whenever I drive, I grow, spiritually. The thumb drive in my SUV right now is PTP 2017 and I’m getting very close to having listened to the entire program for that year—scores and scores of Bible lessons packed with sound doctrine and practical tools for making my life better and richer in His service. Today I heard Sandra Oliver dispensing wisdom for elders’ wives. It was a blessing to me and I’m not even an elder’s wife. 

This is the week that lots of readers would normally be convening in Sevierville, Tennessee for this annual spiritual highlight called Polishing the Pulpit. If you’re a regular, you’re missing it this week. You are wishing we could all be there together. There will be no replacement for the fellowship from which we all gain stamina and renewal, for it just cannot be replaced. It’s just the next best thing to heaven!

If you’re not a regular, there’s a great opportunity for you to get a taste of the spiritual feasting that’s the focus of Polishing the Pulpit. You can do that this year right from your home. It’s hard to believe that creative teams have put together virtual renditions of almost every type of class or workshop that’s normally available onsite. There will be classes for children, teens, women and preachers. There will be elder workshops, Family Bible time segments and so much more! 

This year’s keynote schedule (which begins on Friday, August 14th) is here, along with access to the program through PTP365: 

https://polishingthepulpit.com/ptp-2020-keynote-schedule/

Finally, remember August 18th at 7pm CST is the big kick-off session for the 2020-21 edition of Digging Deep. We need this study this year! I hope you can join us. Here’s the youtube link. Go ahead and click now, bookmark it and set a reminder for this date and time! I’ve tried to be sure you’ll hear everything you need to know for this year’s study. Meanwhile, keep digging as we conclude the current study OF glory TO His glory!

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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Countdown to Digging Deep 2020-21!

This may be the most exciting thing in my world right now. Next to the birth of Eliza Jane a few weeks ago, it’s my favorite birth of the year. It’s the upcoming “birth” of Digging Deep 2020-21 and it will occur on August 18th directly from the PTP files. More information about how to watch this episode of DD with its give-aways, the unveiling of the new 2020 theme, info about where to download the free study or purchase the deluxe study guide — everything  you need to watch and study, will be forthcoming right here! There will be t-shirts and I’m trying hard to negotiate a very limited number of hoodies this year, because I love hoodies! Remember, you can watch this on August 18th. I know you are going to love the study. You may not know you are going to love it, when you first hear it, but, I promise, if you love the Word of God, His scheme of redemption and His mercy in your own life, you will love this study. At this time next year, if you participate, you will be closer to Him and to heaven. But then, it’s that way every year; not because it has to do with this website or me, but because it’s a saturation in His Word.  It keeps me doing it year after year. I’m praying especially hard this year, because I’ve seen the Covid-19 pandemic have such an unbelievable effect on processes, large and small. I’m praying that it won’t limit, in any way, the free flow of the Word through Digging Deep. I hope you will pray this with me. The way we overcome fear, illness, societal ills and injustices is ultimately through the Word; thus I’m praying for more of the Word in sisters’ hearts this year and not less.

I know there are lots of avenues through which you can organize your Bible Study. Maybe DD is not the best one for you. That’s okay. Find your best and prioritize the Word in every single day of the next 12 months. What I hold in my hand when I hold that brown leather volume is the product of many miracles. It’s the one book that has the power to convey the mind of God to a mere 21st century woman like me, who is lost without its message.

I haven’t finished the glory study yet. Lots of you have. I have started hearing from you. Be sure and let me know THIS week if you’ve completed through month eleven–every lesson, every practical application and either every podcast or every Dig-a-Bit. Notify me at byhcontest@gmail.com. Also remember that the video podcast for July is happening on the 30th and that’s a Thursday this month. (I’ll be out of town the first half of next next week recording lessons for the upcoming virtual Polishing the Pulpit. I really hope you’re planning to “attend” that!) The July DD study for me, so far, of those who could build an idol at the foot of the smoking mountain, is astonishing. It makes me know that even God’s people can quickly lose heart and turn from principles of righteousness in times of frustration.

Keep Digging! Hang in there. To God be the glory!