Read Through the Bible in 2019 – Days 53- 59

Exodus 14-28; 1 and 2 Thessalonians; Philemon

 

 

It is so easy to get bogged down in an onslaught of detail. Details are important. Details merit study and consideration. All Scripture is inspired (breathed out) by God, and is profitable . . .2 Timothy 3 reminds us. “All” means, yes, even the lists of names; even the measurements of buildings; even the selection of jewels for the breastplate. It is all profitable, or God would not have included it in his word.

Remember, though, that this venture is an “overview and a salt lick.” In an overview, you do not seek to absorb every single detail of every single word. You are reading to answer the generalized question — What do I learn about God? How does God relate to the different characters encountered in his word?

 



In this overview style of reading, you will encounter “salt lick” passages/chapters/books. Those are the ones that you say, “I want to come back to this and study deeper.” That is where you absorb detail, memorize, turn around to appreciate all the facets . . .

 



So, please, don’t give up because buildings and bowls and turbans and cubits are not your “cup of tea.” Appreciate the truth that God cares about detail. God is a God of order.  Consider “how” the different artisans made all of these various items (remember, they were slaves in Egypt for 430 years, and their “skill set” was making bricks from straw to construct pyramids. They did not engineer or decorate; they collected straw, mixed it with mud, put it in a form, let it dry, picked it up and put it where someone told them to put it). God gave them their skills, and their wisdom (Exodus 28).

 



Consider that God designed all of this detail so that he could meet with his people. (Exodus 25, for instance). The sovereign of all creation wants to meet personally with his people!

 





Consider the different laws and rules for how to interact as a society. Remember, they were slaves for 430 years (to give perspective, A.D. 1589 was 430 years before now, 2019). The Israelites had had no “voice” politically, or in the marketplace, or even in religious life, for longer than anyone could remember. And now, they were embarking on a journey to become a nation in a new place, with no experience. And God took the time to teach them how to live . . .

 

What else did you “consider” in your reading? Yes, I know that I didn’t even get to the Thessalonians . . . but you certainly are welcome to comment . . .

The Beloved Truth Int’l Story

The Beloved Truth Int’l Story

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!

JOIN THE BTI DISCIPLESHIP COMMUNITY HERE

Meet Linda Gravett

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!

Meet LINDA GRAVETT

Linda is currently leading more than one study in the Precept Course on “Covenant”. Two of her classes are full, so she offered one more!

See the details and register HERE

 

Teach Me Your Ways/Leviticus Online Class/Registration

Teach Me Your Ways/Leviticus Online Class/Registration

Teach Me Your Ways/Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy

Begins Tuesday, June 5 at 8 PM, EST

LIVE ONLINE BIBLE STUDY 

LEADER: Ann Bramble

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 ann@belovedtruth.com 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:

Teach Me Your Ways

Precept Ministries’ New Inductive Study Series

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.

 

 

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