High Demand for New WBS Study Edition Bible

by Kevin Rhodes

High Demand for New WBS Study Edition Bible

Written on April 3, 2017

“We’re so impressed with the new WBS Bible!”

That’s the kind of repeated response we’re getting since we recently released the all-new WBS Study Edition Bible (English Standard Version). The Bible is the culmination of two years of planning and content creation that supplements the 2016 text edition of the English Standard Version (ESV) published by Crossway.

The WBS Study Edition Bible serves multiple functions. First, it is an attractive, durable, inexpensive Bible available for purchase as pew Bibles and gifts for seekers, youth, new Christians, family, friends and personal use. Second, it is a Bible that some 8,000 everyday Christians who are WBS Study Helpers can provide as gifts for proven WBS students. Third, it is part of WBS’ Free Bible Incentive Program wherein a donor’s gift of merely $5 connects a WBS student with a WBS Study Helper and provides the Bible for no cost to the student. Finally, the Bible includes Study Helps that encourage readers to continue personal study, including with WBS’ Bible lessons.

According to WBS’ President, John Reese, “This Bible evidently fills an important need among churches of Christ. Christians can be confident that the Helps in the Study Edition faithfully represent the principles and practices of New Testament Christianity—including biblical faith, baptism and unity. The ESV is also an excellent literal translation in modern English.”

John noted that sales of the Bible are approaching 13,000 after only two full months. “And we are fulfilling a special order of 20,000 by an international evangelistic ministry. Not only have we accelerated our print schedule [from 2018], we have tripled our original quantity.”

The WBS Study Edition Bible provides a whole lot for little cost. A Bible sells for only $5 each (plus shipping) and for as low as $3.50 for volume orders. To purchase a Bible, go to www.worldbibleschool.net/bible. To learn more about the Free Bible Incentive Program for your WBS students, go to www.worldbibleschool.net/incentive.

 

 

The Bible and Science – Is the Bible from God?

Published on Nov 21, 2016

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From purification rituals to medical procedures, there are item after item of scientific foreknowledge found throughout the Bible. This information provides overwhelming evidence of divine inspiration and substantiates that the Bible is truly the word of God. In this lesson, Kyle Butt looks at a few of these passages and presents detailed, scientific information that confirms the Bible’s authenticity.

When our hearts break, God’s words fall in by Jackie L. Halstead

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his is a reprint of an article from The Christian Chronicle.

http://www.christianchronicle.org/article/when-our-hearts-break-gods-words-fall-inL. Halstead | The Christian Chronicle

Jackie L. Halstead is the founder and CEO of Selah (selahspiritual.com), a nonprofit dedicated to providing renewal and sustenance for church leaders, offering a Spiritual Direction certificate program and services in spiritual formation, relationship enhancement, body spirituality and wellness and emotional/psychological health. She teaches at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., and online for Abilene Christian University in Texas.March 2017

Pain often is the best teacher. We are most open to God’s teaching when our hearts are broken.

I have had a number of teachers. One of the most important lessons I learned about my relationship with God was in the aftermath of losing a baby in stillbirth. How could God let this happen to me, a faithful servant?

I chose to punish God by turning away from him. But after three years of hanging on to my anger, I realized in my loneliness that having a relationship with God was more important than understanding God’s ways. I learned that the only thing worse than going through the loss of my baby was going through it without God. I learned to cling to God.

A few years later, my husband was working with a church that became embroiled in a political battle. I watched as my husband and the other minister were mistreated and wounded. The church was in turmoil, and I could not understand why God did not intervene. So many good people were being hurt.

But in my struggle, I remembered the lesson I had learned after the loss of our baby. I remembered to cling to God. He is faithful to give us what we need to endure.


How could God let this happen to me, a faithful servant?


A gift in this particular struggle was that God opened my eyes to the Psalms. Previously, I viewed it as a long book that slowed down my annual reading through the Bible. But now I saw my words and heart expressed by the psalmists. The words jumped off the pages and gave me immeasurable comfort. They were a balm to me.

And I needed them as I experienced another time of struggle. I was recruited by a retreat center and was thrilled to have the opportunity to pour myself into the oversight of its department of education and programming. I wondered why several of the long-term employees had left, but there were reasons given for their departure. Teaching our children how to pray gives them a ‘connection to God’ A few months later, the real reasons emerged. Our treatment at the hands of the executive director was brutal. I was belittled, told I was worthless, discredited. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt but soon realized that it was her style of leadership.

Unfortunately, the situation continued to escalate. Eventually, I resigned. Those were dark days as I struggled to do my work, grow professionally and live in a Christlike manner. As time passed, I began to internalize some of the negative messages and doubted my worth. I again asked the question, “God, why don’t you intervene?”

God was not responding in the way I wanted and thought would best solve the situation. All I could do was again cling to God and plead with him to change the heart of my employer. It took a toll on both my family and on me.

When God’s people, the Israelites, lived in slavery, they pleaded with God for 400 years. Finally, God answered, “I have heard the cries of my people” (Exodus 3:7). Had he not heard them every year, every day, since they were enslaved? Was this the action of a loving God?


God was not responding in the way I wanted and thought would best solve the situation.


Another of God’s children, Job, cried out to God as he attempted to get his mind around the multiple tragedies he experienced. He wrestled to understand the physical pain, the overwhelming loss of his wealth, his family. I imagine he especially struggled to understand why his children had to die.

Job’s friends had the answer for him. It was clear to them that Job had sinned and was being punished. Job did not accept that answer, and God certainly did not.

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God ultimately challenged Job on his attempt to understand the ways of God, whose ways are so far beyond us that he cannot explain them in language we can understand. God told Job to let go of his desire to know and instead to simply trust that God was with him.

During my struggles, I began to learn to trust God. I don’t know why he allowed these terrible things to happen. What I do know is that what I gained during these times was much more than what I lost. I learned to pray fuller and deeper than I had before, and I learned to lean into God’s loving embrace. I learned that, despite the external chaos of my life, I can have internal peace — a peace that transcends understanding, a peace that only God can give.

The questions we ask of God remain, and a part of us yearns to have every situation wrapped up with a neat little bow. But we accept that God is God, and we are not. His ways are above our ways. We learn to be content in every circumstance, following Paul’s words in Philippians.


What I do know is that what I gained during these times was much more than what I lost.


When I wrestle with the pain and hurt in this world, I cling to the fact that God came to earth to show us how to live in this hurting world and serve as his instruments of love.

Jesus was abused, rejected and ultimately killed. He understands the pain we experience. He showed us how to live in this broken world and triumph. He did not give us a pass on the pain of this life. He gave us the gift of the Spirit to be our counselor, to live in us and to pray for us when we cannot pray. And Jesus promised to teach us — to open the eyes of our heart to see ways that we can continue his work in this world. God is faithful and does hear our cries.

There is an old Jewish tale about a student who asks a rabbi, “Why does Torah say we lay these words upon our hearts? Why does it not say we lay these words in our hearts?” The rabbi replies, “Because God knows that our hearts are closed, so we lay the words upon our hearts. When our hearts break, the words fall in.”

 

 

“Introduction About Truth” is part 1 of a 6 part study in Searching For Truth

Truth is a most precious thing.

In our world, everyone is searching for something. If you are searching for answers to questions regarding God, Jesus, hope, happiness, faith, life after death, good and evil, the church, the Bible, God’s plan for you, or Jesus’ love for you, the answers to these can be found in this series of programs.

Please view the first program which is 15-minutes in length, then you will be able to decide whether to watch the additional 5 programs that are designed to help you find the answers to these questions.

Did you know that on the average, 107 people die every minute? That’s a staggering number. As much as we might like to go on living, all of us will face death. But what happens to us when we die? Does life after death exist? If so, what kind of life? Does heaven exist? Does hell exist? And if so, what will happen to you when you die? More important, will it matter what you believed or how you lived in this life?

 

“Introduction About Truth” is part 1 of a 6 part study in Searching For Truth.

We will be posting new parts 1 to 2 times per week in this blog. View all of the study at http://www.SearchingForTruth.org

Hoot’s Musings

Well, I have seen everything now! This morning, I saw where a poster on a Razorback “chat” board blamed Christians for the demise of Razorback football. If not for our morals in the Bible Belt, Bobby Petrino would still be the coach; and we would still be winning 10 or 11 games a year. Obviously, I think that is wrong on several levels, but it does raise several questions. The main one being, what is most important to me?

 Now, let me say first, I have been an Arkansas Razorback fan for a long, long time. In fact, the very first Razorback football game I ever attended was the Saturday (11-23-63) after President Kennedy was shot in Dallas. Arkansas beat Texas Tech that day, 27-20.

 With that being said, most Razorback fans have not felt good about the team, and the outlook for the rest of the season — since last Saturday, and Auburn putting that beatdown on us. The range of emotions, and the anger and blame has flamed in all directions. Many are acting like they have been personally betrayed by such an embarrassing loss. It also seems that everyone knows what needs to be done to keep it from happening again — from benching certain players, to firing one or more coaches.

 This morning, as I was reading, this verse jumped out at me:

 “I am always overwhelmed

with a desire for your regulations.”

(Psalm 119:20, NLT)

 My mind started racing: do I desire God’s Word as much as I desire a piece of pecan pie, or for the Cubs (sorry, Brenda K.) to win the World Series, or for Arkansas to be the SEC West champions? Now, before you answer that, think about what you said and did, during and after the ball game Saturday. Then, ask yourself what is most important to me?

 I am an Arkansas Razorback fan. I always will be. I pay $10.00 a month to keep up with who are the latest recruits. I want them to win the Alabama state championship (beat Auburn and Alabama in the same year). I will start every year believing that this is the year that we do that! But my self-worth and self-esteem is not determined by my team winning or losing. I will not forget my Christianity, because a play or a game does not go the way that I want. I will always desire to know God better through His Word, than I desire the success of my team.

 What I want for my life is to be overwhelmed by desire for God and His Word. Peace.