So what are your plans for summer? A cruise to the Bahamas? Camping in Colorado? Hiking across Europe? Maybe you don’t have anything quite so exotic planned, but I hope that somewhere in there you have planned to study God’s Word. Here at Precept Camden our Bible studies generally run with the school year which means we don’t meet for the summer months. However, there is a danger to put the Bible on the shelf and not do any in-depth studying until we resume in the fall (i.e., when school starts back).
Precept Ministries International has a solution to that! They have several live online studies that will be running throughout the summer. That means you can take your Bible study on vacation with you – as long as you have access to the internet! One of them is the pilot study for their new study on 1st Corinthians which starts June 9 and will be led by Pete DeLacy. (I’ll always have a soft spot for Pete because he was the trainer for the very first Precept training class that I took way back in 1993.) For more information on this study, click here.
For information on other live online Bible studies from Precept Ministries, click here. Make the most of your summer by including Bible study in your vacation plans!
*This post originally appeared here last year. But I am currently reading the sequel to this book and will post a review soon. So I thought it would be a good time to re-post and encourage you to read this wonderful book in preparation for reading the sequel!
A much-loved passage of Scripture found in Habbakuk 3:17-19 says:
Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places.
What a glorious anthem of trust to our God! His ways are so far above our ways that oftentimes we must simply trust in Who He is even when our circumstances seem bleak and hopeless. The book Hinds’ Feet On High Places: The Original And Complete Allegory With A Devotional For Women by Hannah Hurnard obviously gets its title from these verses in Habbakuk. Originally published in 1955, it is an allegory that has become a Christian classic.
In the style of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, the main character Much-Afraid journeys to the High Places of the Shepherd. She is accompanied by two guides: Sorrow and Suffering. Much-Afraid learns many spiritual lessons along the way about herself, but, more importantly, about the Shepherd. There are many spiritual lessons that we can learn as well within the pages of this special novel.
Please read Hinds’ Feet On High Places. I know that you will be blessed and encouraged. And I believe you will also be able to sing along with Habbakuk and his hymn of praise to our great and glorious God who gives us hope when there seems to be no hope.
What are your plans for summer? Are you spending a week at the beach? Going to a theme park? Visiting the Grand Canyon? Well, why not have a vacation with purpose? Take a trip to the beautiful city of Chattanooga, TN, and spend a week or a few days on Precept Ministries International’s campus studying God’s Word. Find their list of on-site training workshops and study programs here. That’s the kind of vacation that will be with you long after the sunscreen has dried and the roller coaster ride is over!