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

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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The Reason for Our Existence

The Reason for Our Existence

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.

Happy Easter from our Beloved Truth family!

The Candle of Hope/Friday-December 9

And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in Him the Gentiles will hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:12–13 (NIV)

Let’s go on a short hope journey today …

Starting out at Luke 2:29-32, we read, “Sovereign Lord, as You have promised, You now dismiss Your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.”

Moving onto Ephesians 2:12, we see the Apostle Paul encourages the church remember that at that time you (Gentiles) were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

What people groups do you notice in the passages from Romans, Luke and Ephesians?

Biblically speaking, the world is divided into two people groups: Jews and Gentiles. Jews (Israel) are the descendants of Abraham, the one with whom God made a covenant promise of an eternal possession of land and a Seed (descendants). We discover in Galatians that the Seed (offspring) is Christ. God did not exclude the Gentiles, but planned all along to use the Jews to be the conduit through which to bring His Messiah. The Jews for the most part did not recognize their Messiah, but praise God, we Gentile believers have been grafted in and adopted as children of God!

As we move closer to Christmas 2017, let’s renew and refresh our hope. We have a confident assurance and expectation that God is going to complete our great salvation when Christ returns and gathers His own. After all, we are His body, His church, His bride.

Living It Out – Find a quiet place and speak or write words of confident expectation to Your God. Begin with remembering who He is and what He has already done in your own life. Ask Him to point out your fear and doubts and replace them with truth and hope.

The Candle of Hope/Friday-December 8

O Lord, You alone are my hope. I’ve trusted You, O Lord, from childhood.
Yes, You have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb You have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising You!
My life is an example to many, because You have been my strength and protection. That is why I can never stop praising You; I declare Your glory all day long. And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing. Psalm 71:5–9 (NLT)

Are you a Hallmark Christmas movie fan? They seem to be starting earlier and earlier each year and it’s almost like an addiction. You can count on it snowing on Christmas Day regardless of the location and Prince Charming always goes after the girl and gets her but you keep watching … and watching … and watching!

Life isn’t like that, is it? It doesn’t always snow on Christmas and relationships fall apart. We lose loved ones and have financial issues and our children misbehave and the list goes on and on. Even so, we long for the good guys to finish first and we cheer for wrongs to be righted and of course, for it to snow on Christmas!

King Solomon said that God set eternity in our hearts. Could it be that God set eternity by planting a hope seed deep within our soul? A seed responds to even the tiniest ray of sunlight and will push through layers of dirt and concrete for the prospect of someday becoming a bloom.

When sin entered the human race man was condemned … BUT GOD! But God planted a seed deep within our soul and that seed has the capability of responding to His Word, to His Spirit, to His Light! That seed of hope is awakened and becomes faith and faith pleases God and blooms and hope multiplies.

And that is why we can never stop praising Him; we must declare His glory. He will ultimately right all wrongs; He will bring about perfect justice; He will work everything out for our good and His glory. As we hope in God with every fiber of our being, we become an example to others and hope grows.

Living It Out- Determine that today you will focus on truth. Press into hope and when weeds of discouragement try to take over, pull them out by the roots! Replace those negative thoughts with truth, thankfulness and praise. The emotions will follow.

The Candle of Hope/Thursday-December 7

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.
2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 (NASB95)

Eternal comfort and good hope – a blessed combination, a dynamic duo, fraternal twins of spiritual blessing! The Apostle Paul penned two letters to the Thessalonian believers to commend them for their faith, encourage them in their walk and instruct them regarding things to come. This short prayer is sandwiched between a description of things to come and his final words of exhortation. Honestly, that’s pretty much right where we live.

Our salvation not only seals our eternal destiny, it also promises hope for today. Life often comes at you fast and it often feels like someone has just cut you off at the knees. You know what I’m talking about and you don’t need a Nationwide commercial for illustration! What happens when you get that diagnosis? When the text comes that says your friend’s son took his own life? When the money runs out faster than the month? When the questions outweigh the answers? When the love just isn’t there any more? When the grass looks greener on the other side? When the police ring your doorbell at 3:00 in the morning? When yet another shooting hits the news?

Where is good hope then? You know what I mean, the hope that makes a difference in the here and now, not the eternal comfort of the there and then. Good hope IS our greatest gift in the midst of life’s trials and tragedies. Good hope that is based on a solid foundation reminds us that our God is in control. He isn’t surprised by those things that rock our world.

Ultimately, the enemy is on God’s short leash and must have permission for any sifting or attack he sends our way. God is not a super-sized one of us that we can understand His thoughts and ways. He is a totally separate Other and we must trust Him. Because of His great love and mercy, He has committed Himself to the promise of all things working out for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. We aren’t called to understand; we are called to trust.

It’s impossible to make sense of so many things that headline the daily news but God has not been nor ever will be shaken or taken from His throne. It is in those hard times that we must cling to the hard truths we most likely don’t understand. It is then that we realize that good hope prepares us for eternal comfort.

Living It Out – Today is the fifth day of Advent. Write down five truths you know about God and support them with verses from the Bible. Do this in such a way that you can find it when trouble strikes. Hope is our life line!

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