New Study Starting in August!

August is back-to-school time for many kids. At least, it is here in SE Georgia. And when school gets back in the swing, so does Precept Camden and its weekly Bible study. We are very excited about our study which will begin August 16, 2011. We will be using the workbook Behold, Jesus Is Coming by mother/son writing team Kay and David Arthur to study the book of Revelation. This is from Precept Ministries’ “New Inductive Study Series” (NISS). The NISS studies use the inductive method, as do all of Precept’s materials, and require approximately 15 to 20 minutes of study per day. One of the exciting things about this series is that Precept has a study for every book in the Bible! Check out the whole series here.

The book of Revelation has held people spellbound for years, probably as soon as it made its way from John’s hands on the Isle of Patmos and into the canon of Scripture almost 2,000 years ago. Considered “unknowable” by some, Revelation has confused, delighted, intrigued, fascinated, engrossed, and even polarized Christians. Join Precept Camden as we delve into the Book of Revelation and discover the truth for ourselves. Learn God’s plan for the last days, if we are living in the last days, and how Bible prophecy relates to our everyday lives and how we live.

For more information on joining this study, click here.

The Gift of Suffering

One of my heroes of the faith is Elisabeth Elliot. I used to love listening to her radio program “Gateway to Joy” which aired in syndication for 13 years until 2001. She shared so many jewels of wisdom that I started recording many of her stories, quotations, book recommendations, and poems in a notebook. In her June 30, 2000, broadcast she shared a poem that has brought me much comfort and encouragement in the 11 years since then.

It was written by Martha Snell Nicholson – a woman who knew about suffering. According to the website Mercy Drops, Nicholson suffered from four incurable diseases for over 35 years. She wrote many poems about pain and suffering, but in not one of them does she depict herself as a helpless victim of a cruel fate. Her agony was an opportunity for closer fellowship with her Savior – the One who, though perfect, learned obedience through suffering (Hebrews 5:8). As Elliot said on another of her broadcasts (and I recorded in my notebook), “Jesus Himself had to learn obedience by the things which He suffered, not by the things which He enjoyed. Shall we who claim to be His followers expect it to be presented to us in a more congenial form?” Shall we, indeed?

The Thorn

I stood a mendicant [beggar] of God before His royal throne

And begged him for one priceless gift, which I could call my own.

I took the gift from out His hand, but as I would depart

I cried, “But Lord this is a thorn and it has pierced my heart.

This is a strange, a hurtful gift, which Thou hast given me.”

He said, “My child, I give good gifts and gave My best to thee.”

I took it home and though at first the cruel thorn hurt sore,

As long years passed I learned at last to love it more and more.

I learned He never gives a thorn without this added grace,

He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.

~Martha Snell Nicholson