Bless the Lord, O my Soul

Our home church is small and filled with capable singers and teachers which leaves Mrs. Earley without a place of ministry within the church building. We love serving, teaching and being a blessing to others. After much entreaty to the Lord, He opened a door of opportunity at Countryside Baptist to help with VBS. They had lost one dear lady to Covid this past year, a servant who was a faithful worker during past  VBS weeks. Mrs. Earley was able to teach the Junior class Bible lesson each night. Mr. Earley was a general helper, ministry Rep, and an assistant penny counter.

Not only did we find an opportunity to help another church, God had already led their church to feature The Earleys and  Bible To You as the ministry set before the children to bring pennies for.

Here are three wonderful results of the week. First and foremost, two children accepted the Lord as their Saviour. Second, as for those pennies, well there were so many that Brother Pendley got choked up as he declared that he had never in all his years of ministry seen such a large amount brought in during a VBS. Third, the peace and joy of the week of special service gave us a longing to step out again, travel to churches, and urge people to either do BTY studies, minister to others using BTY studies, or support BTY so the work may continue.

David experience the same kinds of blessings which caused him to cry out, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name!”  Our hearts sing within “Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

 

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Teaching Them

“Bible To You” helps you get the Bible into people and to get people into the Bible! Here at the Home office, we are finding that some our dear students cannot read cursive and have been asking others to read our notes to them. While most books and articles are printed, the hand printing is much slower than writing in cursive.

We are now aiding a student in learning the art of cursive. She wrote recently and said this: I don’t know if you remember me…last time you showed me how to write in cursive, I’ve been practicing. Please pray for her to be able to achieve it.

Another lady wrote to let us know that she attended a Baptist Church as a child.   So, to ensure that she not be misled by other religions, we sent her back a brief history lesson of the Fundamental Baptists, and how they can be traced back to the saints in the book of Acts in faith and practice.

We are reaching and teaching them; are you?

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Encouraging Others as they Labor

A phone call came in one Monday morning from a man who contacted us to say that he was holding our (prayer) card in his hands and he just wanted to say, you are doing a good work and keep going. That phone call really encouraged us!

Why not be an encourager to a missionary you know of, or your pastor, or deacon, or perhaps a Christian home-school mom. A text, a letter, a card or even a small gift can lift the fellow Christian worker up and help him or her to go on a bit easier.

By the way, Christian home-school moms are seldom noticed as sacrificial servants, but they are!  If you know of one or more, give them some special encouragement today!

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More Comments from Recontacts!

Thank God you contacted me as I love the studies.” Randy from Arkansas

“… I’m so grateful that you decided to do a computer search and notice that one of your sheep was missing in action, and went out of your way to contact that lost sheep.” Manuel from CA

“Thank you for recontacting me….Here’s a list of four people …who would like to study the Great Word of God…help guide them as you do me.” Kenneth from Illinois

“What an exquisite delight it was to hear from BTY!…Thank you so much for reaching out to me with the truth!” Michael from Pennsylvania

Thank you so much for getting back with me. I prayed for us to get back in touch so I could continue the word of God. I cried when I got your mail.” Michelle from W. Virginia

“You guys at “BTY” have been so wonderful and helpful to me and have helped me to grow into the man that I am today so thank you with all my heart. Keep doing what you are doing…” Michael from Texas

“…I truly am thankful for your obedience and service to the Lord… you give me much hope in my walk with Christ as well as my marriage.” Tiffany from W. Virginia

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Grieve Not the Holy Spirit of God

Our flesh is not, by nature, apt to be a blessing to the Wonderful Creator God. Why, because sin came in and humans lost their sinless nature. Though the saved have been redeemed from eternal Hell, they can grieve the Holy Spirit of God. The sin of grieving the Holy Spirit is strictly warned against! New Christians need to be instructed in this area. Older Christians ought to be reminded.

Use New Life Series lesson 6; it’s a real wake-up call! Even when we correct an in-coming New Life Series lesson 6, we are newly reminded of our own need to remember and heed God’s Word to grieve not the Holy Spirit of God!

The following are headings from the New Life Series lesson 6

God’s Word makes it clear that some of our actions after salvation can cause Him grief.  He warns us not to walk as other Gentiles (The term Gentile speaks generally of the unsaved). 

Sinning in your heart and mind grieves the Spirit.

Sinning with your body grieves the Spirit.       

The following things will prevent you from grieving the Spirit:

Living in the Spirit of God will have very definite effects such as those found in the following scriptures:

Why not check the lesson out now. You may find yourself being reminded of your own need to remember and heed God’s Word to grieve not the Holy Spirit of God!

 

 

 

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Holy God-Holy People

Years ago we recognized that the Church was sadly lacking in an understanding of God’s expectation for holiness. In an effort to teach others of the need to be holy as God is holy, we wrote New Life Series, Lesson 2, Holy God-Holy People. Here are some highlights from the lesson’s answer key:

  Intro:  Many believe they may do anything they wish…. They do not understand that we were made by a holy God who cannot have anything to do with unholiness or unrighteousness.  He calls us to holy living…  The word holy could be understood as being sacred.  ….separated from all that is sinful, impure, or morally imperfect.  

God is holy.                                                                                                                            This verse asks a question.  Exodus 15:11.  “Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods?  Who is like thee, GLORIOUS in HOLINESS,  fearful in praises, doing wonders?”                                                                                                                                                                       In Psalm 99:9 we are told, “Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill;  for   THE   LORD   OUR  GOD  IS   HOLY.”  …We lift him up as the one who is all holy.  We worship a holy God.

God’s name is holy                                                                                                     . Isaiah 57:15 Says “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity,    WHOSE   NAME   is  HOLY  ;  I dwell in the high and HOLY   PLACE     …”

God is called holy and he is praised for being holy.      …In Revelation 6:10 the souls of them that were killed for the Word of God and their testimony cried out with a loud voice “…How long, O Lord,  HOLY  and  TRUE…”

 God dwells in holiness and all that he does is holy.      Read Exodus 3:1-6.  Even the GROUND  was holy because God was there.                        Psalm 145:17 says, “The Lord is RIGHTEOUS  in  ALL   his  WAYS   , and   HOLY   in  ALL   his   WORKS.”

Holy living for the Christian is not…to keep our salvation.  It is the way to please God and… fellowship.                                                                                                                             God wants His people to be holy. Finish the following  verses  to see just how important our holiness is to God.  Leviticus 20:7 Sanctify yourselves…   BE  YE  HOLY:    FOR    I     AM    THE     LORD    YOUR     GOD. (The word  sanctify means set apart to holiness.)      … I Thessalonians  4:7 says,  “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but  UNTO      HOLINESS .” … I Peter 1: 15&16 …“But as He which hath called you is Holy,  SO    BE    YE    HOLY   in all manner of conversation (in all you do, your behavior); …

God chose the saved to be holy before Him.                           Ephesians 1:4 … chosen that we should be  HOLY   and WITHOUT     BLAME   before Him in love…                                                                                                                                                Read Colossians 1:21 & 22…  Ephesians 2:21 & 22  compare Christians to a      HOLY    TEMPLE    in the Lord.

 

 

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You Can Do Something About It!

The very thought that abortions take place as a routine “medical” procedure, falsely so called, makes us sick! so why don’t we do something about it? Every thought of real, living babies being eliminated through the inhumane, heartless, wicked, not to mention, dangerous procedure called abortion, should cause Christians to scream out against it!  We should, but we don’t; most of us feel that we just can’t do anything about it! 

Here is something you can do about it; you can use the “Bible To You” lessons on the subject of abortion! Use them to teach, to educate, to bring people under conviction, and to stand in the gap for righteousness’ sake!  

One girl in a neighborhood can be reached and guided along. One Sunday School class can be equipped with a clear understanding of the need to fight against this deadly activity, that functions freely in nearly every town and city of America. A few ladies who are willing to meet together once a week, can undertake the study and also join in prayer to intercede on behalf of helpless unborn babies, as well as girls and women who need to refuse to have an abortion.   

The lessons are found in the “Lessons for Adults” section on this web site.  they are a part of the “Decisions” lessons. Of course, they are free to be copied and used to the glory of God! Pray for ways to use the abortion lessons. It is one way you can do something about it!

Please feel free to contact our ministry office if the lessons are being a help to you. Please pass the” Bible To You” ministry on to others also!

 

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Find Your Missing Persons

Carl and I took time out of several weeks to search through the BTY data base here to see who has been missing. As a matter of fact, we found that we had corresponded with 248 people, who had, for some reason, stopped sending lessons back. In years past, we kept a tighter reign on this, but with our lack of ability physically, lack of finances, and lack of willing helpers, we were unable to do so for some time, thus it backed up.

Of those 248, one was an elderly woman whom we just wrote to. the 247 remaining, had to be searched in the “inmate searches”, state by state or in the Bureau of Prisons, which is federal. 93 were no longer accessible. Some were in different facilities, so a search was made of each of those facilities for their inmate mail address.

Together we loaded envelopes for each of the 154 with their last lesson sent out, a letter inviting them back, a Bits of Home Chat, two tracts, and 2 devotional pages. Because of the increase in support since our mission’s run last Fall, we were able to pay for the extra postage, paper, ink and envelopes without a problem!

If you are doing a mail-out ministry using these lessons, it is wise to check periodically to see who has fallen away, and to recontact that person in a similar way. Of course, not all will write back, but all will have more of the Word of God which does not return to Him void!

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Freed Indeed!

These thoughts were sent to us by a “BTY” student who has been growing in the Lord.

I am Freed> Of the shackles that bound me> Of the servanthood to the devil> From the bounds of Hell> From temptation’s power,> From false doctrines of men> From darkness forevermore> From the desires of the flesh> From the fears of death> From lies, deceit and wickedness!

To obey the Lord my God> To follow the indwelling Spirit> To live my life in truth and peace> To walk with my Lord> To honor and praise Him> To worship Him forevermore> To Fellowship with Him in prayer> To be called a child of God!

 

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Impacting Needy Souls

We will never fully know, this side of Glory, how our ministering of God’s Word to others will be used. God gives us a good idea that what we do with BIBLE TO YOU does have an impact on a lot of needy souls. For instance, this week we were sent these notes:

One man said “Thank you for these studies! I really appreciate them!  You have a great job! (Because you are) Working for God!

This note is from a lady whom we lost track of and searched for how we could reconnect. Mr. and Mrs. Earley, Thank you so much for getting back to me. I prayed for us to get back in touch so I could continue the (study of the) Word of God….I cried when I got your mail. Thank you, guys for sharing God’s Word.

 

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