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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Digging Deep: “Glory” fits us to a T!

We’re off and running. The first Dig-a-Bit is coming soon, the first typos in the study have  already been discovered, and the t-shirts have sold out in several sizes. But those things are unimportant, of course. The main thing is that hundreds (maybe thousands) of women are in the Word (translations of His Will in two languages) and that we are already taking baby steps toward reflecting His glory in larger aways than we’ve been able in the past.  This is making me happy…

…And crazy! Glenn and I left home for a few days of R&R. We had caught up on shipping books, but we carried a couple of cases with us, along with packing materials, just in case there were more orders to fill. Suffice it to say, we turned right back around and headed home within a few hours because the orders were still pouring in. This is VERY encouraging and we are hard at work once more. We are going to try this road trip again in a few hours and take three more cases with us this time! 

About the T-shirts…that was a quick sell-out, so we are going back to the t-shirt company and run another batch. Since it’s hard to tell just how many to buy, this time we are only going to print those that you pre-order. You can pre-order here:   https://thecolleyhouse.org/store, but do so by September 12th, This will be the last batch we print of the GLORY shirts. I might get another one, because mine is in the laundry all the time…wearing that shirt several times a week! 

None of these little details are “kabad”, but the study is. This month, we are learning that the word, that will later most often be translated “glory”, was often in the early Old Testament translated as “heavy” or “rich” or “ grievous” or “sore”. We are learning that the Holy Spirit wants us to know that the combined attributes of Diety are very weighty. They are, in fact, infinite. 

The Holy Spirit described this in chapter 55 of the book of Isaiah, the prophet: 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways,

and my thoughts than your thoughts.

So why? Why are we studying His glory, when we know, before we begin, that the full understanding of his attributes is unattainable for us, as mere human beings? The answer is in the same passage in Isaiah: 

For as the rain cometh down,

and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither,

but watereth the earth,

and maketh it bring forth and bud,

that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:

it shall not return unto me void,

but it shall accomplish that which I please,

and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

We have this amazing promise. His Word will not return to Him without accomplishing its purpose. What is its purpose for Cindy Colley? I praise Him that the purpose is to give me saving faith (Romans 10:17). I praise Him that the purpose for my having His Word is that I might be saved from sin, from hell, from darkness. I praise Him that the purpose for me is that I might have a share in His GLORY!??? Would that even be possible, that I could share in an entity so majestic as his GLORY? Romans 8:17 tells me, in no uncertain terms, that, as his child, I can!

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Praise Him! Glorify Him!

 

 

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

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

GLORY!…Materials Available Now!…(Please share the video with new diggers!)

The new Digging Deep study is “GLORY!” It’s officially beginning on September 1st, but the free downloads and the books are flying off the virtual and actual shelves! I’m over-the-top excited about the study because it’s one that’s intrigued me for a very long time. What , exactly, is His glory and why do we read about it both in the good and obedient eras of His people’s history and in their disobedient times as well? How could His glory fill a place and how could people see it and fear it? This is the substance of the study. Its aim is to learn to give Him glory. What does that mean and what does it look like in our lives? I’m daily praying for this glory study and for the ultimate practical ways that we can fill our hearts, homes, communities and congregations with His glory. 

At last, the free download, the new study book, the t-shirts and totes are all up for sale here: https://thecolleyhouse.org/store#!/Digging-Deep/c/20688312/offset=0&sort=normal. There’s a book and shirt bundle and a reduced price when you order six or more books. (I’m loving my tote. It’s already served me very well at Polishing the Pulpit. It’s roomy and sturdy. The shirts are Comfort Colors once again.) I hope you like it all.

For those who are at PTP, we will have these materials at our table in the exhibit hall all week. We will be sure the table is manned on Tuesday from 8:30-10:00 am and from 1:30 to 3:00. You’ll see someone there at other hit-and-miss times, too!

Don’t forget that Tuesday at 12:30 is our wrap-up podcast for the Authority study. This will be live-streamed from Ballroom A at PTP. Join us in that room or on the livestream for a succinct list of bullet points from our study of Authority. I’m a little sad to see it finished because it has helped me in key ways to be more firmly convicted about why I do the things I do in worship and service,. 

Finally, please share the instructional video to help newcomers navigate the study and find the materials. It’s here:

 

https://thecolleyhouse.org/digging-deep-introduction-video?fbclid=IwAR162ezafr_m5Kt5mOdYT047x1AlQL4QQ2RKuV5XN0CTJanU4Arcc0cgpQg

 

I’m deeply thankful for the diggers. I’m especially grateful for those who are here at Polishing the Pulpit this week and have been so very patient and encouraging as we are trying to birth this “baby” named GLORY!