Easter is in seven weeks. During this time let’s turn our attention to some of the psalms that speak of Jesus, our Messiah.
Psalm 2:1-12 CSB – 1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers conspire together against the LORD and his Anointed One: 3 “Let’s tear off their chains and throw their ropes off of us.” 4 The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them. 5 Then he speaks to them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath: 6 “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” 7 I will declare the LORD’s decree. He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 8 “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance and the ends of the earth your possession. 9 “You will break them with an iron scepter; you will shatter them like pottery.” 10 So now, kings, be wise; receive instruction, you judges of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with reverential awe and rejoice with trembling. 12 Pay homage to the Son or he will be angry and you will perish in your rebellion, for his anger may ignite at any moment. All who take refuge in him are happy.
When Jesus came to earth as a man, Philippians 2:6-8 CSB – 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. 7 Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, 8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death — even to death on a cross. Psalm 2, however, gives us another facet of the picture —Philippians 2:9-11 CSB – 9 For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — in heaven and on earth and under the earth — 11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
As we enter this season leading up to Easter, when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, let’s remember . . .
He is the Sovereign God.
His sacrificial death on the cross was sufficient for all of our sins.
He died, and was buried, but death could not keep Jesus. He raised from the dead, and Hebrews 7:25 CSB – 25 Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, since he always lives to intercede for them.
Beloved Truth International began with a question…”I wonder if I could lead a Bible study online?” Then the question became a conversation with the Lord detailing all the reasons I could not lead a Bible study online. In 2009, I knew literally nothing about computer “stuff”! The extent of my technical expertise was retrieving my email. I had teenagers at the time and I overheard their dialogue about “MySpace and Facebook”. What in the world was a FACEBOOK??? What transpired after that can only be described as a God story and a to God be the glory story!
BTI started as an Online Bible Study Community with a “Chat Room” and a handful of people hungry to know God’s Word for themselves. I led a weekly Precept Inductive Bible Study in the chat room with people I neither could see nor hear. We met and discussed the Bible using our computer keyboards and it worked! We were studying the Bible online and most of all…together. The Holy Spirit of God somehow connected the hearts and lives of people from around the United States in a simple chat room. No bells and whistles! We had the Scriptures, Jesus and each other! To God be the glory!
Not long after, I began to pray and ask the Lord and some close friends their thoughts on adding a Podcast to the BTI Online Community. A Podcast to help people understand how to study the Bible using the inductive study method. Who was I to start a Podcast??? The only thing I knew for sure in all of this was that I loved God’s Word and wanted others to fall in love with the Jesus of the Bible. I longed for them to discover what I had experienced…the joy and healing that the Word of God alone can bring to a sin sick life. To God be the glory!
Over the next few years, to be totally honest, I continually prayed and asked God to release me from doing “Online Ministry”. You see, I am a “people person”! I like to give big “in person” hugs and teach in local settings. His answer through a variety of circumstances was consistently no! No! NO! You can’t stop yet! Thankfully, technology was advancing at lightning speed and the LIVE online Bible studies began to be held in Video Conferencing Rooms and I could see the students faces!!! To God be the glory!
At the end of 2016, Beloved Truth International was at an absolute stand still. My partner in life and ministry, my husband Bob, and I believed it was time to cancel our Online Classroom Venue and see where God would now have us serve Him. But God’s plans are not always our plans. My plan was to cancel our Online Venue subscription before the next bill came due. Within 24-48 hours before I was to connect with our sales person to shut down the ministry, God intervened to stop me from making that call. I wish I could share in detail the way He intervened, but let’s just say “it was a God thing!” In one day, He brought me a team of selfless and dedicated Online Bible Study Leaders and volunteers. A whole TEAM!!! Men and women, passionate to share God’s Word online and see people learn how to study the Bible for themselves using the inductive study method. To God be the glory!
BTI was “reborn” in January 2017 and the Lord has been doing amazing things for which He alone can get the glory. Beloved Truth International is not a one person ministry, but a united team of leaders and volunteers whose goal and mission are the same… “To passionately impart the Gospel and God’s Word online to people around the world. To encourage and help people dig deeply into God’s Word, so that they grow in their personal walk with Christ and become disciple makers themselves.”
And now…BTI has come full circle! We have our own Online Discipleship Network again. We so desire to connect with people around God’s Word and to come alongside to encourage them and fellowship. To God be the glory!
Did you pick up on a key repeated phrase in the words above? Those words are and will always be why we as a team do what we do. We want God to be glorified! To God be the glory, great things He has done!
We wanted to share a little about our Online Bible Study Leaders with you all. They are a super group of committed individuals, who seek to serve the Lord by sharing God’s Word and how to study the Bible inductively online. They are located around the USA and we count it an incredible privilege to serve with them!
This Online class has already studied Genesis and Exodus, but is designed for you to jump into ANYTIME. Ann Bramble would love for you to join her class and enjoy an overview study of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
Leviticus a bore??? Absolutely not! You will learn more about the holiness of God and how to approach Him in His way. I, Alison, love the study of Leviticus and so did my students years ago. If you are not familiar with the New Inductive Study Series you can read about them below.
Ann will be taking her own reservations for this class. All you need to do is EMAIL Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you all the info you need.
Here is a link to AMAZON (if you have Amazon Prime you pay no shipping) to purchase this book either workbook or Kindle style:
Do you long to immerse yourself in God’s Word but need a guide to match your busy lifestyle? The New Inductive Study Series, now complete covering every book of the Bible, was created to help you discover truth for yourself and go deeper into God’s precepts, promises and purposes. This powerful series is ideal for personal study, small groups, Sunday school classes, family devotions, and discipling others. Containing 13-week long studies, the New Inductive Study Series also provides easy planning for church curriculum! You can now survey the entire Bible through this complete series on your own or as a church, what are you waiting for?
REMEMBER: Email Ann to get all the information you will need to join her class Online at Beloved Truth Int’l.
What is the reason for man’s existence? Why does Beloved Truth International exist?
HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!
Jesus said very clearly in His holy Word,
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
The question of man’s existence has “existed” since the beginning of time. The answer is very simple…yet people miss it all the time or have yet to even hear it!
JESUS CHRIST came…born of a virgin…suffered and died an excruciating death on a cross and rose on the third day! Why? Again..simply put…to save us from our sins. This is what gives us hope in a hopeless world. To reveal to us a love that will never, ever let us go. To accept us, no matter what we have or have not done. To show us how to turn from the sin that so easily besets us and free us to live for Him. No longer a slave to sin, but as His precious baby…His child.
Why do we exist? We exist individually and as a ministry to proclaim Him and the good news of the gospel (good news) message. We exist to know Him intimately through His Word and prayer. We exist to have a relationship and glorify the One true and living God. You see…the gospel is truly simple. Yet, it was anything but simple for Jesus and His Father.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” John 3:16-17
On a more personal note…I have one son. I could not give him up for my friends or my enemies. I could not bear to watch him suffer and die any kind of death and especially in such a violent way. I could not put my one and only son on a cross. But then I am not God and that is the difference. Can you see it? The undying love for you and how the God who created the universe has reached down to you, so that you could reach up to Him. If not, reach out to Him today! If you have wandered from Him…come back! He waits with arms spread open wide to receive you this very moment.
That is why man exists! That is why Beloved Truth International exists. To believe the message of good news and to share it across the world. To teach people how to study the very words of God.
Did you notice what we call a key repeated word in the above? EXIST! Why do you exist and what are you living for this Easter Sunday. The following video is a depiction of the resurrection story. I love the very last scene! Don’t miss it! Jesus’ loving call for you to follow Him.