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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Digging Deep Israel–Stop #7: The Sea of Galilee (Kabad all Around!)


Writing about this stop, I feel like the apostle John when he said, “…And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:30,31).

So many things occurred in Christ’s life in and around this beautiful body of water that I could scarcely scratch the significant surface if I was writing a thick volume, much less a blog post. It was the area from which the apostles predominantly emerged. It was the large lake from which miraculous catches of fish were brought in and cooked by apostolic families and even, on occasion, by the Lord himself (John 21:1-14)…and where once, a fish was caught in a display of glory holding a coin in in it’s mouth—a coin that would teach a lesson that’s still teaching (Matthew 17:24-27). These are the waters that were quieted during a storm by the Master (Mark 4:39) and solidified for His steps (Matthew 14:26). These are the waters that gave him a platform for teaching multitudes and gave Him solace for approaching His Father (Matthew 14:22,23).  If the waves today could talk, they would boast of the privilege of being the sea of the Lord.

And yet they do talk; not miraculously, but they surely whispered his glory to me as I was privileged to sit with Kate and talk about the Lord’s authority in the Digging Deep podcast. The gentle roar of the Galilee wind in our microphones whispered His peace that still solaces. The depths of those mid-sea waters re-told the story of Jesus’ ministry in my meditation as we took our excursion by ship. And as we watched the rising sun from its shoreline singing “Tell Me the Story of Jesus”, moved to tears, I contemplated the reason He was walking this same shore and the dread that, because of His humanity, must have filled each busy day as He grew closer to the cross. As I saw the remains of a first-century fishing boat, recently discovered when the waters of Galilee were very low, I could picture the Lord standing on it’s bow, addressing the shoreline crowd, as he did on that borrowed ship 2000 years ago.  (Luke 5:1-4). (Isn’t it profound to think of the Creator stooping to borrow…anything?!)

From our little excursion ship, we surveyed the beautiful and surprisingly large lake, also called Gennesaret, and we sang:  

The winds and the waves shall obey Thy will…Peace. Be still. 

Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea, 

Or demons or men or whatever it be,

No water can swallow the ship where lies

The master of ocean and earth and skies. 

They all shall sweetly obey Thy Will

Peace. Be still.


Kabad was everywhere around us!

 

(Master, the Tempest is Raging;

Text: Mary Ann Baker, ca. 1874′ ,Music: H. R. Palmer, 1834–1907)

 

           

 

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

Sister to Sister: Grace and Glory and Authority

Embarking on a study of God’s authority without having a heart attuned to His grace is likely to frustrate our best intentions of getting deeply into His will and applying it to our lives. In our study, we are learning that He “gets” to tell us what to do (He is the ultimate authority), because he made us from nothing  and because He bought us back at Calvary. He owns us twice over! We were made for His glory (Is. 43:7) and then bought by His grace (I Cor. 6:20). When our lives are full of His glory and grace, we live His way with the full realization that we must respect his glory in order to be saved in the end. But we do so because we appreciate His grace. We want to live for HimWe live for His glory and in His grace.

Most are familiar with the words of the old gospel hymn: “Amazing Grace – how sweet the sound – that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found – Was blind, but now, I see.” The concept of God’s grace is both humbling and fascinating. It is the greatest and most majestic theme in the New Testament, and perhaps is the ‘key’ to unlocking its mysteries. One may know every word of the New Testament by heart, but unless the concept of God’s grace is understood, one can never fully comprehend the profound truths of the Gospel.

The English word ‘grace’ comes from the Greek word charis, and various forms of the word are found 157 times in the New Testament. Charis, or grace, has been commonly defined as “undeserved kindness” or “unmerited favor.” These definitions, however, fail to reveal the full extremity of the meaning of grace.  Grace is not merely “undeserved” or “unmerited.” Rather, grace is the exact opposite of what is deserved or merited. When we declare our unworthiness of God’s grace, we are actually saying we are worthy of the exact opposite of God’s grace!

This is highlighted by what Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:1-10. In verses 1-3, we are described as having been “dead in our trespasses and sins,” “following” the “sons of disobedience,” “carrying out the desires of the body and the mind,” and “were by nature children of wrath.” However, in verses 4-6, Paul tells us that God mercifully put aside the “wrath” that man deserved, because of His great love for us.

It is God’s love for us, or more specifically agapē love for us, that prompted God’s merciful grace toward mankind. Agapē love is willful love; love that is not characterized by emotion or gratitude, but by a willful desire to do what is best for the one being loved. It is love that merely says “I love you,” not “I love you because…” or “I love you if…”

We deserved “wrath” and death (Rom. 6:23), but received the opposite, namely, ‘love’ and ‘life.’ This is the definition of God’s grace. “By grace [we] have been saved” (Eph. 2:5). It is both undeserved kindness and an expression of God’s agapē love. What did God’s grace accomplish? It “made us alive together with Christ” (v. 5), “raised us,” and “seated us in the heavenly places in Christ” (v. 6). Paul tells us that our faith, through baptism (Col. 2:12-13), is how God’s grace is administered in one’s life (v. 8).

What God’s Grace Means

God’s grace has been made manifest in Christ. When we only deserved wrath and death (Eph. 2:1-3), God – because of His agapē love – sent His Son into the world, “that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:17). Therefore, we have been bought at a price (1 Cor. 6:20; 7:23). An enormous price, I might add. We no longer belong to ourselves. When one believes and is baptized, he or she puts to death her former self (Rom. 6:4) and becomes a new person under new Ownership. As Jesus said to Nicodemus, we have been “born again” (John 3:3, 5). We “have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God” (Rom. 6:22).

When we try to understand God’s grace, we must recognize that it is something to which we are by no means entitled. Though we live in a society where many feel ‘entitled’ to everything (i.e. government handouts, healthcare, security, etc.), the last thing we are entitled to is God’s grace. Though it is a “free gift” (Eph. 2:8), it is not cheap. We must hold on to our gracious salvation (1 Cor. 15:2) with both an attitude of humble submission to God and an eager spirit to selflessly serve His Son (Jas. 2:17). Without an attitude of humble submission and thankfulness for God’s grace, we will fall (Gal. 5:4). (And without it, we certainly will not find comfort in a study of the authority of God.)