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The Prophets Remained Faithful, and We Can Too

And We Can Too

Hollie Roberts

BSF Executive Director | Apr 18, 2023

God’s call to be a Teaching Leader was so clear. Yet just three weeks into the new role, I was questioning my abilities with a trusted friend. I hoped she would say, “Hollie, you are doing just fine.” Instead she said, “That is not yours to judge. You are simply asked to be faithful to God’s call and trust that He will work in you and through you.” I was stunned, yet I needed the clarity and honesty of her words.  

I will never forget the freedom of confessing, “Lord, I know that I am not enough, but You are.” That simple prayer gave me the courage to trust Almighty God in my weakness. To this day, I echo those words often.  

When we surrender our lives to Christ, we commit to go where He leads and act as He directs. But sometimes God’s call can feel overwhelming. Is He really asking me to surrender my comfort? Does He honestly expect me to sacrifice my time, money, or relationships? God’s call on our lives often strains the limits of our faith and our abilities. 

We are challenged to ask, “How far will I go? Am I willing to let God disrupt my ordinary life to pursue His extraordinary purpose?” 

As we consider these difficult questions, we find hope and courage in the lives of the Old Testament prophets. 

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How far will I go? Am I willing to let God disrupt my ordinary life to pursue His extraordinary purpose?

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They found hope in God’s character

Through men like Elijah, Hosea, Isaiah, and their contemporaries, we discover that God gave these faithful servants a humanly impossible task —to preach repentance to a people who refused to repent. 

How did these men find hope in a season that seemed hopeless?  

They relied on God’s character instead of their own.  

In choosing Isaiah, God asked him to leave a life of prosperity and influence to embrace the call to preach and, in turn, to suffer. In Isaiah 6, when God asked, “Whom shall I send?” Isaiah responded, “Here am I. Send me!” When Isaiah asked, “For how long, Lord?” God responded, “… until the Lord has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken.”  

From a worldly perspective, Isaiah’s ministry was impossible. But Isaiah’s hope stretched beyond his circumstances. He trusted God’s Word because He knew God’s character. God said, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4). And Isaiah believed.  

Though the Israelites did not repent, God used Isaiah’s work to strengthen and encourage His people for generations. Thousands of years later, God is still using the book of Isaiah to change the hearts and minds of those who read it.  

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God does not call His people to empty work, even when we struggle to understand His purpose.

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God does not call His people to empty work, even when we struggle to understand His purpose. When we face a seemingly impossible task, God simply asks us to respond in faith, “Here am I. Send me!” 

When we cling to God’s character, He offers hope. He promises to sustain and carry His people.  

They found courage in God’s Word

Several years into my role as a Teaching Leader, I experienced an incredibly difficult year. It was one of those seasons when life seemed to unravel one thread at a time. I thought, “If God’s call is going to be this difficult, I want out.” Like Elijah in 1 Kings 19:4, I prayed, “I have had enough, Lord.” 

In Elijah’s desperation, God spoke with a whisper, and Elijah found courage in the Word of the Lord. When God spoke to Elijah, He revealed a plan that stretched beyond Elijah’s circumstances—a plan to inspire a new generation of prophets. Elijah’s mission did not change. He was still hunted and despised. He was still called to preach to a rebellious nation. But Elijah’s perspective changed—as He trusted God’s Word to sustain him. 

Through the prophets, we see this again and again. When Jeremiah said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young,” God responded, “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you” (Jeremiah 1:6, 8). God faithfully established Jeremiah’s confidence.  

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We find that God's call still stretches the limits of our faith.

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Maybe you can relate. During that difficult season years ago, I turned to God’s Word for comfort. Through Scripture, God gave me even more—I found courage. Through those painful circumstances, God prepared me to serve in a role I never expected—as BSF’s Executive Director. Once again, God affirmed that He never wastes our struggles.  

As we look forward to our study of John, we find that God’s call still stretches the limits of our faith. But the words of Jesus give us hope and courage: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). 

With your BSF group this year, you have studied God’s character through the words and lives of His prophets. Where have you found hope? Where do you need courage? I pray that together we will be people who faithfully respond to God’s call. A people who say, “Here am I. Send me!” 

About the Author

Hollie Roberts stepped into the Executive Director role in September 2021 after serving as BSF’s Chief Field Development Officer. Hollie and her husband Kevin have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.

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  1. BSF is a Blessing to me it is the tool God uses to keep me saying Here am I God send me. Grateful for all the work that goes into making things go smoothly.From the Kingdom Divided I cling to King Ahaz’s statment God I do not know what to do but my eyes are on You. It refocuses me to say are my eyes on You God? Blessing to you Holi & the whole Staff & Board of BSF may God’s Spirit Lead us all in His Calling on our Lives.

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  2. Thank you for these encouraging words as we prepare to begin our study of John. I know I can do nothing in my own strength. But thanks be to our loving Almightly God and Father who promised to never leave or forsake us. His Holy Spirit guides and directs my steps. I thank God for a heart that desires to seek Him and walk in His will. Thank you God for Jesus, my Savior Redeemer and the wonder working power of Your Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord for renewing my heart and mind daily, as I grow and learn to trust you in all things.

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  3. Thanks for the encouragement to remain faithful, as the Prophets did. It is such a high calling and only by depending on God can we achieve this gradually. I have been blessed.

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  4. Thank you for the encouragement. I know without God in my life answering my prayers I am nothing. I am thankful every day and give praise and honor to my God the almighty. I continue to pray asking for encouragement, knowledge, and a soft heart throughout life.

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  5. I am encouraged by your testimony of how God worked through your life as He prepared you for the great task of taking up the role of an Executive Director, that during the difficult times you went through God was preparing you for a great role. I am currently going through a very difficult moment in life, I still hold on that God is preparing me for a greater task ahead.

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  6. Thank you.

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  7. The BSF studies are fabulous. As a new Believer of a few years after no religion or God in my whole life, I am learning what it’s like to have a loving Father who sent His son so that we can be forgiven and to give us a model of what we should try to do to bring heaven to earth. Starting with Matthew last year and now the Kings and Prophets has been so enlightening to understand God’s character and what it means to obey Him and how it might be very difficult and counter-cultural.

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  8. Thanks for the encouraging words Hollie

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  9. When can I purchase our new study of John?

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    • Hi M! You will receive in email when books become available. You can access the store beginning next week through your mybsf account.

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  10. Thanks so much for these encouraging words….Letting God influence my extraordinary life!! My greatest challenge…..

    I love following medical advice…But have weights in my head when it comes to God’s advice!!

    I look at how slow am shaffling through university work….But God gives speed to boats, to to ships and even to fish….to serve His Purpose….

    Lord help me to de-learn my selfish priotization….Help me re-learn To drop alll and Follow your call!!

    The Prohhets were great guys…. great lessons……ever wondered why there was no woman prophet???

    Cheers Edith.

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    • Double Amen to Lord help me to de-learn my selfish priotization….Help me re-learn To drop alll and Follow your call!!

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  11. Thank you Hollie for your words of encouragement. I thank you and the BSF staff for this year’s lesson in the OT. The lessons left me with a renewed perspective of the prophets – God’s messengers and of our Father God. I now truly see Gods Faithfulness from Genesis to Revelation to those who call upon His Name. He always had a plan for saving n restoring us unto himself. Thank You Thank You – I am truly Humbled. Praise God and Bless His Name. Amen

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  12. Thank you for this important message. God never abandons us and nothing that happens is a surprise to Him. He is already in it 🙏❤️. Very rough year for my family and I too ~lots of medical issues. But He has provided skilled medical professionals to guide us through these times. Thank you Heavenly Father for your grace and mercy.

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  13. Thank you Hollie for sharing these timeless truths! They spoke to me directly as has this years study of the prophets. The last 2 years have been extremely challenging for me with various physical challenges ( knee replacement surgery, skin cancer, a 6 month battle with severe gastritis, and total reverse shoulder replacement ). All while serving as BSF CL.
    BUT GOD has been so faithful!! He has drawn me into a deeper relationship with Himself and I can say without hesitation “Here I am, Lord! Send me!” Praising our Good Father!

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  14. I am a member of a group that is led by an awesome leader.The weekly fellowship is so god as we learn from each othe and feels comforted as we not only do the lessons but share our cares and concerns and feels so much love and compassion from our members as we pray for each other.
    The lessons are so interesting as we learn to dig deeper into Hod words and is able to apply it to our daily lives.
    Through this study I have learnt so much about who God is,His unfailing love compassion His sovereignty and His Will and purpose.I have learnt about suffering and also Gods wrath.I have also learnt to trust him and I am more conscious of His presence with me.I continually Thank God for BSF and it’s founders for the work they are doing in kingdom building here on this planet.

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  15. Through the experiences of the prophets, I am encouraged to forge ahead God will accomplish His purposes for calling to serve even in old age as Isaiah 46:4 He is Faithful to draw my nephew who left home and we don’t know where he is we are praying for his return back to God and to us.

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  16. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I often feel inadequate, but you have reminded me, I can do nothing on my own but God can do the impossible. I have to let Him work through me and trust in Him. This year has been intense and rewarding.

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  17. The tough times in.my life, and there were many, made me who I am today. It also helped me see how much I needed Jesus and make me realize I couldn’t handle life in my own strength. Now I remember that God has a plan for my life and is in control. I have never had the peace I have today because I know I am weak but God who is always with me is strong and helps me do whatever He asks me to do. Praise God!

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  18. Amen. Amen!!! Thank you for serving God and His call. In walking a very difficult journey at this time, this post came at the perfect time and the whole semester really, have been so encouraging and have helped me to endure and hold on. Thank you. May God be lifted up.

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  19. Thanks Hollie for the encouraging testimony. I have also benefited from the good service you have done at BSF.
    I will take heed of these wonderful teachings found in the Prophets and apply them in my daily living.
    Continue the good work and may the Lord bless you richly.

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  20. I am encouraged by your testimony about the point where you felt at your end and turned to God’s word for comfort and how God used you even in that difficult period. Indeed God’s word is our comfort and the prophets are a great encouragement and example of total surrender. The Lord bless you for the great work you are doing at BSF which has turned many to God’s word for comfort.

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  21. What an inspiring testimony God is so patient with us and never stops pursuing us ain’t that good news.We are to stay focused on Him and keep trusting and believing in the good and bad times.

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  22. Thank you for the reminder to find courage in God’s Word. Thank you all for your yes to God’s calling to serve Him in BSF.
    God’s plan and purpose is different for each of us, and sometimes He calls us to step into a work He has prepared, and sometimes He calls us out from a work we love. But anyway, the goal is to trust Him, obey Him, and surrender to His will, no matter what. I am in the letting go process and realize God is enough, His grace is enough, and when nothing remains – health, job – I can rejoice because He is still with me.
    From Isaiah, I have learned that God’s calling is countercultural, unexpected but purposefully provided in every way. Though we might not have a problem-free service, we can rely on God to equip us for what He has called us to do. Even rest at His feet and listen to His Word of comfort.
    From Elijah, I have learned that serving God might ask us to display God’s power and might with great trust amidst challenges, but it can include times we need to rest and rely completely on God’s providence because we have no strength, no energy, and feel fearful and alone. Wow – God sees us and knows us and cares for us in each step while growing and strengthening our faith and trust, so we surrender completely and rejoice with HIM, no matter what we are going through. In hardship and need or in riches, we are blessed anyway because He calls us His own. Be richly blessed

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  23. I’m attending a wonderful class at First Baptist in Richmond, , Ky. Our last class will be Thursday, May 11. Our leader ask if any of us would like to share our experience & what we’ve learned during our Bible Study Class, this year. I would love to be a part of the Share Day. Could you please put me in contact with the correct person that I need to speak with about sharing my story? Thank you.

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    • Dear Katrina, your Group Leader can provide more information! Your entire class should be participating in the share day

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  24. Thank you so much for being an instrument of our Lord. Thank you for encouraging us and for your service

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  25. Studying the Prophets was difficult, but brought me to a deeper faith and trust in our loving and gracious God.

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  26. Thanks you for all the great work that you are doing. These lessons and blogs have really helped me preserve doing my cancer treatment. Looking forward to John’s Study.

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  27. Hello! I’d like to listen to the BLOGS on my walks but I do not see how to do this. Is there a way!

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    • Hi Charlotte! Blogs are not currently available on audio, but you can listen to audio notes and lectures on the BSF app.

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    • Charlotte, unfortunately we do not currently offer an audio version of blogs. But we would love to do so in future!

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  28. Thank you for the encouragement, May God bless you…
    Indeed Lord Here I am,send me…
    God uses our experiences for His glory.

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  29. I am in a difficult family situation and I am encouraged that God never wastes our struggles!!!

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  30. Thank you for the work you are doing in Bsf. This study has helped me look beyond my circumstances and put my focus on God. He is faithful and His love is beyond comprehension

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  31. Thank you for all you do for BSF!
    I have benefited greatly from this study. I see God’s heart for a rebellious people like never before. Again thank you and may God bless you.

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  32. Hello Mrs. HOLLIE ROBERTS & BFS staff,
    Enjoyed this study so much.( The Old Testament) Divided Kingdom.Knowing God has plans for me, I do not see carrying out these plans would be disrupted, and hopefully I am doing His will,with certainty He is with me.Thanks Hollie for the work you are doing and your comments well stated.This study has confirmed how great He is and the love He has for us. It also reminds me how much I need Him in my life. I love, love, BFS.

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  33. I planned to retire at the end of the school year. I had been praying for the Lord’s guidance what I could do with my extra time. My thoughts leaned towards volunteer work. I did not expect an answer so soon. I was asked before the end of the school year to be a co-leader with the BSF group I currently studied with. I too struggled with my abilities. Your friend’s response still sticks with me and reminds me to lean on Him and trust that He will supply what I need. This blog came at just the right time. Of course!

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  34. Is it possible to get a Spanish version of this blog? I have been very blessed by this bible study.

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    • Hi Marisela, we do not currently have a Spanish version of these blogs. But thank you for your feedback!

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    • Marisela – we would love to offer a Spanish version – would you pray with us?

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  35. Thank you SO for your commitment to us so we might grow in God’s Word. Sincerely in Him.

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  36. We are SO thankful for your leadership and that of our local leadership, here in Atlanta.We have a wonderful group and have been so blessed through the years, having attended for many years now. Thank you for all that you do for us. Sincerely in Him, Nancy Waring

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  37. Thanks for your leadership in keeping BSF strong in serving God through Bible study and leadership. The BSF lessons continue to provide excellent study material and study questions for applying God’s word to our lives. The world continues to focus on self and distractions, but God remains faithful to his word and promises. BSF helps us to study the Bible and apply God’s word to our lives. God is an awesome God who sent Jesus to be our savior.

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  38. I am so thankful for BSF! Thank you for your service! Thank you for your words of encouragement. Life struggles are real! Hard, as a matter of fact! Studying the “Divided Kingdom” has given me a greater love and honor for God and His amazing Faithfulness! So thankful for Jesus Christ and His Sacrifice!

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  39. I enjoyed what you had to say. I too have gone through trying times but the Lords has always
    been with me. As I get older I will put my faith in the Lord and where he leads me I know He will
    be with me.
    I have really enjoyed BSF on the Prophets this year our God is an Awesome God

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  40. Thank you for wise words! I’m
    involved a new ministry at my home church for single, pregnant young women. We’ve really struggled as those referred to us resist the invitation to come for support and encouragement. God’s call for this ministry is sure, and in the face of unresponsiveness, your blog helps keep us centered on His call.

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  41. Powerful testimony of trusting God , when trust is different than how you feel.

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  42. Love His story

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  43. This year’s study of the prophets was relatable to today’s wor;ld. We saw that their obedience and perseverance took on a whole new meaning for us and that learning what it means to serve God even when it gets hard.
    Thank you, Hollie, for your perseverance!

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  44. This study made me realized how much God loves His people. How patient He was reminding them through several prophets to go back to Him but still being ignored. His love endures forever.
    This study through zoom helped me grow deeper in my knowledge of God’s will to us all.

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  45. Thank you Holly!
    Your shared story touched my heart.
    Good thoughts and help to tie these amazing prophets lives together. God is in control!

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  46. I really enjoyed what you had to say about the old testament prophets. Continue to be faithful to the Lord. I too have enjoyed enjoyed the ladies discussion group via zoom. We have an amazing God!

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  47. Thank you for your timely message. As a first time leader I felt unsure at times of God’s calling & my inadequacy. God’s word & my reliance on Him, not myself, enabled me to be encouraged & continue. The challenges the prophets faced, & their commitment to obey God served as a role model for me this year.God is faithful & knows our every need.

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  48. Thank you Hollie. This is exactly what I needed to hear!

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  49. Thank you for sharing this Hollie- I really think it is God”s timing as since joining BSF for the first time this year , fresh from bereavement, I am really being called by the Lord to do more for His purpose & to lead others to Him. I do not know exactly yet where the Lord intends to lead me to, but I will continue to pray to His plan for me to be revealed.

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  50. Thank you for all the resources that are available in BSF. This is my first year as a discussion leader, and the Lord has seen me through a very difficult year in my personal life, but He has always been there through my fears and questions and being a leader has made me show up, even when it is difficult. I LOVE BSF and thank you for your wisdom Hollie.

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    • I was so glad to be a part of BSF this year! Our class leader, Deborah was amazing! Calm, knowledgeable, and faithful !! I have a very special respect for all those in leadership! Especially over the Lord’s work!

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  51. I’m sitting here very early in the morning at a family members home we are visiting. The house is dark and I only have my phone to read from without disturbing my husband still asleep. I decided to go to the BSF page and scroll for something to read. I’m a first time leader and I completed my lesson yesterday but I know there is always more to draw from on this site. I haven’t been to the Blog section in a while so as you can tell, I landed here. I know it wasn’t by chance I did! I needed so very much of what you shared Hollie. It’s been a tough first year as a leader. My ladies are wonderful and full of grace, its me that’s been tough on myself. From now on I will pray “Lord I’m not enough but You are”. If Ive learned anything from this years study it’s what you said about clinging to God’s character. He does bring hope and for me not just the area of leadership but in my own personal life. I’ll end with another quote you left and will claim this as well! “God does not call His people to empty work, even when we struggle to understand His purpose”. Praise be to God

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  52. This was so encouraging. Thank you. I need to remind my ladies to read this

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  53. I have gained courage in re-reviewing the Word of God through the prophets. The many issues of today leaves me asking God “how much more”, but through this study and words of Hollie, I have strength to continue to serve God even when I have anxious moments. I will trust You, God!

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  54. Yes, I have found courage in God’s words through the prophets this season. May God bless all those who produced these thought-provoking lessons. In them I have seen how God has worked patiently and faithfully through the centuries using courageous people to proclaim Him, the God of all Creation!. I thank my group leader, Dawn, and all the beautiful women in my group for thoughtfully giving God their time to share and love each other. May God be praised!

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  55. Thank you, Hollie, for how you continue to glorify God in all of your messages, and encourage us in walk with God. After several years of serving as a GL, God called me to be an STL this past year. When I admitted my fear of public speaking, my TL encouraged me, “But, Courtney, you’re a writer! You’ll do great.” But in God’s upside-down economy, I’ve discovered that the writing is hardest when I’m trying to do it on my own, but delivering the lectures has been one of my greatest joys. God has faithfully filled my heart with such a love and compassion for the women in our BSF group that I can’t wait to share what He has taught me. So I want to encourage anyone who’s being called into a different role for this coming year that God can use your greatest fears and weaknesses to demonstrate his strength. Just step out of the boat! You will be blessed beyond measure.

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  56. I have been so blessed to lead my first ladies discussion group ever via zoom. This study introduced me to Jesus of the Old Testiment. God had a plan from day one to redeem the world from sin. What a mighty God we serve.

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  57. This is a Hi from a Mandarin GL in Australia. This article not only encourage my service in BSF, but also my work career. It seems like challenging, but GOD must have his purpose, by putting me here.

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  58. I enjoyed your testimony. I try to look at struggles as opportunities but I find myself many times like Habakkuk asking many questions. I lean on Proverbs3:5-6…lean not unto your own understanding…Thank you for encouraging us with your words. God bless you and the work you do.

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  59. Needed to hear this. Thank you for sharing your doubts, something that can be brushed over in our lives at times, and refocusing on God’s ability as we say yes & have faith in Him.

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  60. Hollie, I love your blog. I never checked out a blog before this, but I needed to read it.

    You have done incredibly well as BSF Executive Director. Gretchen has been a lifeline for us as we struggled with the lessons. I have learned so much from the study of the prophets.
    God is so good and faithful to those who serve Him.

    Isaiah showed me how Awesome our God is, when he described when he saw God. His majesty and grandness. I was awed by his description. I could see God in his description of Him and I was amazed.

    Jeremiah was so loving and the pain he felt description of God’s judgment for His people. Everything came to life in my mind through Jeremiah. His lamenting was inspiring and helped me to do the same with my Lord.

    Habakuk showed me that I can lament and ask God the hard questions without fear. I have grown so much through this year’s study and as a first-time leader, I have been blessed in so many ways. Because I committed to lead the class this past year, I now have a respect like to other for all who step up to help in BSF in any way.

    The ladies that I lead online were so involved with this year’s study and we opened up to each other and learned from each other as we shared our weekly study. Also, we are no longer babes in Christ. We can do the hard things because “we can do anything through Christ who strengthens us”.

    Thank you for everything you do.

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  61. Thank you for this confirmation of what we have learned from the prophets and Gods word. Your words were very encouraging!

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  62. Dear Hollie,
    Thank you for everything you do. It is easy to recognize that you are an exceptional leader!

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  63. What encouraging words! Thanks for sharing your struggles so we can relate so closely with what we are facing. May God continue to bless your leadership at BSF!

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    • I am deeply encouraged that God said, don’t be afraid, for I am with you. And God simply ask us to respond in faith, “Here am I, send me”.
      Pray that all of us will answer God’s call in simple faith. “Here am I, send me” even out of our comfort zone.
      May God bless all of us in BSF.

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  64. I thank God for calling you to lead us Hollie and I have witnessed him do a new ,quick work on you as you’ve accepted to his call…I thank God because truly,he equips those he calls and not necessarily call those who claim to be equipped .Am encouraged to start off as a new online BSF leader and encouraged by your testimony as I answer YES to his call …Bless you lots

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  65. Thanks Hollie. I remembered once I had you talk of how you joined bsf while you were left with only six weeks due to delivery and you went past, and rest is history you served God. It encouraged me a season was leading a group to serve while was pregnant and even after delivery. I only took 3 weeks break and then continued to lead my group with my little one since I lead online. It’s through your testimony I was encouraged to know could lead.

    PPL2 has really encouraged me. I love especially prophet Habakkuk how he has put out his questions to God and waited on him to answer. and how said he will rejoice in the Lord, who is his savior and strength though there were no grapes in the vines,
    no cattle in the stalls or no food in fields. I too am encouraged to know God loves me and cares for me no matter the struggles I face.

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  66. As I jouney throughout the day I am reminded of how awesome God is to me, A word from someone, an advertisement, every walks of life
    has God in it. and most of all when I woke up in the morning my first consious breath, that’s God, but I am also concious of the fact that the
    prophecy is still ongoing. The world is in a spiritual sinful decline and judgement is nearer than before. So I am thankful for these inspiring words of God. May God continue to bless the fruits of labor.

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  67. Thank you for sharing. Through this study I learned a lot about perseverance. I also learned that if God calls you, he will equip you. Don’t rely on your own strength, reach out to him and allow him to do his work in you.

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  68. Thanks Hollie for sharing your amazing story that relates to our studies and the encouragement it brings to all BSF groups.

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  69. I thanks to BSF for the opportunity to grow in God’s walk. I had been knowing God everyday better through this bible study and see that God’s talked in the past, now and forever to his people. I’m hopping God’s used me to be his server and work in me and through me.

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  70. Wonderful blog. I heard/read what a paster had to say about serving. Essentially, all kinds of services need to be filled from the full time work to the telephone committee/work that is minimal. He said that when the smallest volunteer job isn’t filled, the ministry suffers and in some cases, the ministry ceases to function.

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    • I am encouraged by your testimony dear sister. I didn’t manage to study all the lessons because I got sick and had to be hospitalized for several months. I rejoined the study on Lamentations lesson. It was God best time for me. I learnt to Lament for my own and those I used to say are unrepairable. Habbakuk taught me to go before the Lord with humility and honesty. I used not to pour all my concerns to God saying God you know what I am going through, but hear is prophet Habbakuk he tells God everything. Blessing my sister in the role God has hand picked you

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  71. Hello, Mrs. Roberts,
    I just completed my reading of your Blog about God’s Call. I am presently serving as a B.S.F. Group Leader here in Abbotsford, B.C. This is my second year for which I am so privileged.
    I am in a dilemma now as to how many more years shall I continue. I just celebrated my 85th Birthday on April 20th. I do find it demanding as Group Leader since I need to stay two weeks ahead in the study. I simply want to know God’s Will…I know the gifts and callings of God are without repentance.
    I have taken as my assurance from The Lord the words of Zephaniah 3:17 as my
    “stamp of approval” from The Lord that I should continue as B.S.F. Group Leader for the next season in The Gospel of John. Please, pray for me

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    • Gordon, thank you for your sharing. Your perseverance is inspiring! We are grateful to you and will continue to pray

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  72. Thank you for this timely article. God’s character being revealed through the study of the prophets has helped me to appreciate His work in my life. He has been refining me during this years BSF.

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  73. Thank you for your faithfulness and ongoing trust in the Lord, despite the tribulation you have gone through.
    Much like Habakkuk
    .Many Blessings to you

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  74. His Grace abounds! Covering my hurts and doubts, but always revealing His glory and majesty. Thus I’m mending even before I realize it. And all through the presence of His Word delivered by the Holy Spirit.

    Thank you Jesus for saving my soul!

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    • So encouraging

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  75. Thank you Hollie for your words of encouragement. We all struggle with things we sometimes don’t understand, but we should remember He’s got hold of us and leads us we just need to follow

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  76. How I cherish reading your words and watching your messages. God uses you in such a mighty way, and it resonates with those of us out here studying His Word and writing His Word on our hearts. My serve at the local church has truly stepped up these past two years. It is difficult to pour lots of time into the local church and BSF, so I have chosen to use the abilities God has given me to minister at the local church. BSF is the avenue to help me learn not just from His Word, but from the amazing guys in our weekly group. Please know that I lift you and all of the BSF staff up in prayer on a daily basis. Thanks for being a beacon of light in this world!

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  77. Thank you, Hollie. I came across your post and was hit right between the eyes with “How far will I go? Am I willing to let God disrupt my ordinary life to pursue His extraordinary purpose? This study on the Prophets is my first BSF study with you all. What an amazing time of discovery. So much so that in deep prayer I am challenged with: do I give of my time and heart to become a group leader in order to be a conduit for God to reach women? I am a widow and retired. I chose to stay married now to Jesus alone.

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  78. Through the prophets we constantly learn and understand we need to Gods will not our own .

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  79. Thank you for sharing and being transparent with us.
    I needed those words of encouragement today!
    Shalom
    Anna

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  80. Thank you for sharing. I am bless and encourage reading your blog.

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  81. Wow thank you so much for the encouraging words and testimony, I was greatly blessed reading these lines. May God bless us as we try to do our best as we serve Him, he is worthy.
    To Him all the glory

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  82. Had such a similar experience this year, as I was so excited to step into my new OT role and work with my hand picked AOT. And then God stripped a bunch of things away, including my AOT. I spent most of this semester “flying solo.” God was showing me I needed nothing but HIM to complete my calling. He has been incredibly faithful and this semester has been awesome.

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  83. I have found BSF to be the most deep study ever. There is no Fluff and stuff, just the real cold facts! I love it!! I am so thankful to be involved as a Group Leader, after I firmly said”No” when I was approached. During the night He called me and gave me a talking to, so when I called my teaching leader back the next morning she was shocked, “when I seemed so firm”. God changes things and He changed me!! I am so thankful! I am a widow of 83, and to be a group leader is my privilege, and it is my full time job and my purpose in life. To God be the Glory, I cannot do this with out His Presence! I am looking forward to John!

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  84. Hollie, your comments are timely for me and many others in my group, His character and our struggles. Thanks for sharing! Norma

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  85. Thank you Hollie for your insightful article. God is good and through these studies, we have grown in knowledge and maturity. The group discussions have provided us a plate form where we can share from our hearts and thus bind us closer to the Lord and to each other. May our Almighty God continue to prosper & expand the great work of BSF. To God be the glory! Amen

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  86. God gave you the abilities needed to be an awesome Teaching Leader in Kingwood, and is guiding and leading you to serve Him as He desires today. You always make a difference ❣️

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  87. Thank you so much for your inspiring message. I have loved studying the prophets. What faithful men they were. God has spoken to me so much this year and I have learnt so much about our Great God. Now when trials come my way, I just say, Jesus I can’t do this but I know you can. I give it up to Him and feel so much peace from knowing He has got me. Praise be to God.

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  88. Thank you for sharing! Inspiring and encouraging words to stand firm in God’s call. And to not lose hope!

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  89. A great message of encouragement after a challenging study! Can’t wait to see God’s faithfulness and character shine through Jesus in the study of John.

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  90. Thanks Holly, for sharing God’s truth and encouragement.

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  91. Thank you for this beautiful overview. I’m always amazed how God uses everything we go through for our growth and His Glory! In the season of struggle, it is difficult, but the harvest is more than we could have imagined. I have learned a greater patience and have felt a deeper peace this year. So grateful for how you and BSF listen to our Lord and bless people all over the world with His Word.

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  92. Thank you for the wonderful example of turning to and using God’s word during times of trials. That is very powerful. Jesus is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings!

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  93. I am The God of all flesh is there anything too hard for me?
    May I always remember these words. His words are my help and strength. To God be the glory.

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  94. Thank you to all BSF leaders as I’m part of this divided kingdom lessons it always remind me no matter how difficult the situation is God’s presence is alway with us in Jesus name and by the power of the Holy Spirit

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  95. Given a the call, saying yes and having faith God will be with me all the way! Exactly the words and scripture I needed. Thank you

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  96. Thank you for your service to God’s call during a challenging time in life. I felt God’s call to recommit my time, comforts and direction in life to his service and not long after was asked to join leadership and seek God for where he would want me. I know the sacrifice this will be and soon after I agreed my life began to unravel one situation after another, serious things that I have no control over. I began to question my ability to serve and reminded the Lord of all the reasons why this might not be a good time for me to start a satellite group. Too many problems. I was very encouraged by your post and also Habakkuk’s words at the end of chapter 3 :17-19, Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, tho the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, tho there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. My prayer today is “Lord lead me to the rock that is higher than I”. Ps 61:2

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  97. Hi Hollie,
    I can’t thank you enough. I am on a new venture at almost 67 years old. I have prayed for God‘s direction, and I have felt Christ’s hand on my back as I am going forward to open a new business with my gray hair and a body that is not as strong as it used to be. all doors have been opening and it seems I am going to continue on with my life’s work of serving (I am an esthetician..skin specialist under a doctor’s supervision) healing (I pray) and touching people’s lives in every appointment. For the last four years, I have been working with a large group of doctors and now I made a prayerful decision to go on my own in a smaller, set up with a registered nurse and another medical aesthetician. Financially, for my husband and I, it was best that I be a good steward, and Step out and be brave and open up a little place where financially I can not give my hard-earned money to the doctors but to our livelihood. I thought the Lord had placed me at this season in my life, in a place with less responsibility, (I had owned and operated a day spa for 31 years with 35 employees ultimately, and had sold the business 4 years ago)… but I kept struggling financially as the doctors are getting 60% of my gross revenues. Too much information but I want to paint the picture of my fearfulness that I couldn’t move on that I was too old. I have been acting like Elijah and Isaiah.
    God’s character will sustain me.
    If I am to serve him, and that is my mission, he will provide, and he will sustain me. Only through his strength.
    Because of BSF I have been at Christian since I was 28. I have been blessed to serve BSF as a children’s leader in Tucson. I have been a member for years often on in New Braunfels. When time allowed I have been going to Floresville. I now live in Seguin but work in New Braunfels. I thank you for your leader ship and pray for you that you will be sustained also.

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  98. Thank you for your words of wisdom. BSF gives new insight of the Bible.

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  99. Thanks Hollie for your sharing, am so encouraged by your words. May the Lord God continue to use you nightly for His glory.

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  100. I thank God for the privilege and the honor it is to be part of BSF in our groups. It is like attending 9 different churches every time we meet. The diversity of thought and experience shows me how God is truly Omniscient and all.. Then the blog and the lecture are just so expository.. Thank you so much.

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  101. Thank you for the encouragement to keep on in the faith. I am so blessed by your message.

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  102. Thank you very much for this blog, it came in just in time when I need encouragement.

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  103. Amen.This is encouraging but believe me, the Lords path is not easy were it not for His word and promises, choosing to walk away and giving up would be an easier option. He is our ever present help.

    Thank you.

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  104. Thank you for this write-up. It was indeed an eye opener for me because I was struggling to hard to identify the purpose of my life with full of stress and struggle. BSF members helped me in understanding where to search for hope. Special thanks to Mr. Shantha Prabhu my mentor

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  105. Last year I learned a lot through BSF .thank you for the material you provided us.

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  106. Dear Hollie,
    Thanks for your sharing, yes In Isaiah 6, when God asked, “Whom shall I send?” Isaiah responded, “Here am I. Send me! the God words really touch my heart, make me be humble to serve people.

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  107. I have been thoroughly challenged thru this study in past 2 weeks my grandchild was given a horrible diagnosis. I read these chapters and feel Gods words , but fear my grand dtr outcome.

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    • Colleen, my heart is breaking with you as I read your words. Praying alongside you

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  108. Dear Hollie,
    Thank you for this encouraging message!! One of my neighbors is experiencing a physically challenging situation- due to a tumor on her thoracic spine, she’s become a paraplegic. I was lost for
    words at first but will write her a card and include Isaiah’s response to God. He
    trusted God’s Word because He knew God’s character. God said, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I
    am He who will sustain you. I
    have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4). And Isaiah believed.

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  109. Greetings,
    I thank you for the reminder to trust the Lord above my circumstances and emotions.

    Running the race to win,

    Izzy

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  110. I sure would love it if you brought back the full year class on Isaiah. Four weeks was just not enough, nor was two weeks enough for Jeremiah. Perhaps Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Lamentations could be combined into one study? I am also looking forward to a study on Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, Malachi, with Ezra and Nehemiah: exilic and post-exilic times!

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    • Rebecca, we agree! So excited for the next installment of People of the Promise when it comes!

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  111. Thank you for these honest words of encouragement – very timely. His call does stretch the limits of our faith. Often I need the reminder that serving Him is not about me but all about Him.

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  112. This message was so wonderful and gave me hope, solace and peace of mind. I cannot say enough about the teachers of BSF devoting their time every year helping others to study Gods’ word. I feel so blessed to be a part of this fellowship of people who love and believe in God. Hollie I will forever be indebted to women like you. Thank you so much.

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  113. I found the destruction in this study difficult to place with our Lord and Savior. As our study continued into Jeremiah I was saddened by God’s righteousness displayed. God could do nothing else our belief is dependent on a God who is truthful. We will soon see His righteousness again when His son, Jesus returns Habakkuk returned my joy. We serve a righteous and just God worthy of all our praise

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  114. Thank you my sister for these encouraging words. I have truly struggled this year to complete the lessons. I’ve enjoyed sometimes and other times I’ve grown weary. But I continued to press forward and I’m glad I did because from each lessons I learned from a lesson that is applicable and inspiring and encouraging. I can truly relate to how the prophets felt but I’m learning that God’s word will strengthen and sustain. Thanks again for the remainder that God’s word is truly enough.
    Blessings to you

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  115. Thank you Holli for your insightful summary of this year’s study. It was so amazingly current ! So thankful for your obedience to God’s call as executive director of BSF. Praying for continued excellence!

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  116. Thank you for sharing your story. Sometimes, I feel like I’m being stretched beyond what I can bare, but I see God giving me the strength and courage to endure with exciting expectations of his grand and marvelous ways.

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  117. this study has extremely helped me to understand God`s love and grace is so deep, and extra ordinary…
    that waywardness is like the sin of adultery….
    that sin`s destruction can only be repaired by God Himself, therefor run back to Him in repentance not away to destruction…
    that lamenting to God is scriptural, pour out to Him AS IS and quietly ,faithfully wait patiently for His restoration…

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  118. The words of the Executive Director have inspired me to go ahead with what I came across yesterday after Sunday Mass. Before about 15 minutes to reach the end of Mass, un idea stricken my mind, regarding unfinished work at our church. At the end of Mass I called two Church elders , and informed them that I want to be allowed to try to solve that problem. To my surprise three other elders where discussing the same problem. After a few minutes of discussion the issue, all six of us agreed that I should be allowed to work on that problem. To quote the Executive Director who said “ I pray that together we will be people who faithfully respond to God’s call. A people who say, “Here am I. Send me!” “ Thanks very much Madame.

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  119. Thanks so much for sharing. My spirit was lifted and recharged!!

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  120. Thank you for this blog. I have been a group leader and this is my second year. I have had times of struggle taking on such a task, going through the leaders trainings and facilitating the group of ladies whom I have been
    Blessed to have. God has stretched me in more ways that I could have imagine, giving me the courage to continue in this assignment. It has only been in His strength that I have continued. Unfortunately, I had a fall fracturing my knee and have not been able to finish out this year. He spared me from surgery because of a previous medical condition that would have caused complications. As a result my healing process has been a lot longer and being older it has been slow. However, I am healing on my own without surgery and recovering. With that said I miss being in leaders meeting and with my group yet God has been Faith. My goal is to continue with the study of John next season with the hope of having the same group of ladies as I was not able to have closure in this last chapter with them and I missed seeing them all. Again I thoroughly enjoyed your testimony, it was a blessing to me and God Bless you

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    • Robin – so inspired by your perseverance! Thank you for sharing!

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  121. I love what you said here about having to hive up our comfort for God’s purpose. I had a pretty tough year & I didn’t know what to do, I felt attacked by the devil but I also felt in trial by God. I finally went back to church & BSF. I am so glad I did, even though it was HARD, I now know it was the right decision. He’s always faithful and with me. Thanks

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  122. I was blessed and encouraged by Hollie’s blog. I needed these words of encouragement as I just accepted a call to lead our church’s Children and Family ministry, knowing that my years as a BSF Children’s leader has provided me the tools to teach, leading a ministry team is a new challenge in which I have doubts. The words of your friend spoke to my heart: ”
    trust that He will work in you and through you.” Thank you Hollie.

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  123. So thankful to God for your leadership!

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  124. Thanks for the insightful enCOURAGEment as next year’s commitments are prayerfully considered.
    Please tell Mary Beth S. “Clay says, ‘hey; hope you’re okay”’.

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  125. Very encouraging. God is enough!

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  126. In our group a fellow made a comment that this year’s study of God’s warnings to Israel sounded as if they were very applicable to America of today. And on reflection it seems so. Is that why no country like the USA exists in the end times prophecies?

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  127. Thanks for sharing

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  128. Thank you for this blog. So very candid and truthful. Loving this challenging study.

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    • This is inspiring and encouraging. God’s sovereignty is enough for His call for my life. Thanks for sharing Hollie.

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    • Hollie,

      Thank you for reminding me, “I’m not enough but God is!” Gives me courage to face challenges.

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  129. I know I am not enough. Praise the Lord, HE IS. Thanks Hollie for sharing.

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  130. Very inspiring and encouraging

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  131. Hollie, I’m so inspired by your encouraging words. Continue to shine for Jesus. God is Awesome. I will go.

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  132. Thank you so much in our group we have learnt so much through these prophets and our own group discussions. A big thank you to you and our individual leaders that give us inspiration through our Lord

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  133. This was my first year to do BSF and I am very grateful the time opened up for this experience. The lessons have truly helped to show how we sin, God is patient with us and lovingly warns us of how we are sinning against Him but He is a just judge who will not continue to be mocked and eventually justice is served.

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  134. Inspiring and encouraging. Made me do a self evaluation. Thank you for sharing and being so honest.

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  135. This year was difficult for me with the lessons to understand as God wants me to understand and to persevere in my studies and in answering the questions as my heart lead me while missing 7 classes due to surgery and recovery. I faithfully did all of my lessons and answered the questions and written work that went with each week’s participation even when it was difficult. I felt the Lord was pleased with my efforts, and it gave me satisfaction in knowing I did my best to understand Him in Scripture more thoroughly. Thank you for providing the opportunity for me and others in BSF to do this to grow in knowledge of God’s Word and show greater love to our fellow man because of what we have learned. God bless all of you who make BSF available to new and growing Christians to increase in faith and good works towards others.

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    • Hallelujah God is faithful and able always. I pray that you totally heal and testify soon

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  136. Thank you Mam for your encouraging words even we were stubborn in our daily routine works God is good for ever

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  137. Thanks for sharing, I find encouragement by what you have shared. God is good.!!
    I am here Lord use me as you will!

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  138. Thank you for the wise words and for your leadership.

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  139. Thanks for Isa 46:4 – needed that!

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  140. Thank you, Hollie! Your message actually alleviates some pressure off of myself, when I’m reminded that the Holy Spirit is responsible for guiding my ways, thoughts and words and all I need to do is let Him.

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  141. When our two girls were 4 and 4 weeks old, God called My Pastor husband and I to move half way across the country and leave my entire family.Having no one but our family of 4, I look back and see how my husband and I grew close to one another , to our girls and learned to trust in Jesus in the call He had on our lives through the hard times. We saw God do radical things in ministry and our church’s lives. Fast forward 20 years later, another call had us leave our oldest daughter and husband and soon to be granddaughter and move again, half way across America again. We brought our daughter with us to finish out college . She now has started her young career and lives only an hour away. The call is so evident to us to be serving and looking bring the people God brought us to, but some days I get distracted and look around wondering if the “Here I am send me”, is really worth the ache of missing our family. Or not having any family around. But the lessons from this study reminded me over and over again of His faithfulness. And this kingdom work being worth it. I still sometimes may shed tears on a lonely day. My heart will probably never stop aching in missing our family, or grand daughter. But it all keeps me on my knees . Close to my faithful sovereign Father. I am renewed in my strength and know that HIS purpose and plans in His call to us to be here are far greater than any plans or story I could have ever dreamed up and written for our lives. So I say again and want to always say to Him, “Here I am….send me”.

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  142. GOD bless you Hollie. Thank you so much for your words. I have been so blessed this year with such amazing Christian women in my group who have grown so much in GODS encouraging Words through HIS chosen prophets. HE prepared us for our Savior

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  143. I have found hope in that God is what He is without limit. He knows no extent, He knows no measure, and if there is a point where God is not, it would mean that God is not really who He says He is. God speaks to the sea, and says
    “This far & no farther.” Nobody can think it , you must believe it. You must believe in your heart
    Lord God, help my unbelief.

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  144. I want to Thank BSF this has been a terrific study I have learned an enormous amount and invited others to join me and this study! I have thanked God throughout this year for His Word and giving all of us a wonderful hope in times to come . I also Thank u all at BSF for your teachings

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  145. BSF is an amazing Bible study that teaches me more than anything else I do in my faith journey! I’ve heard other people in our groups say the same thing. It feels divinely inspired! Thank you so much for all you do in BSF!

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  146. Praise the Sovereign Lord God Almighty. He has forgiven and restored my faithlessness of 20 years ago. He has gently lead me into a deeper belief in His character and His Word this year!

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  147. I enjoyed the note, ect. Enjoy life and God. 🦋🦋🦋

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  148. Hollie
    Your words were very encouraging!!
    Thank you for sharing. God does equip us when we are called. Sometimes the seasons of life change our direction & mindset but Gods word does not & for that I’m very thankful!!!

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  149. Thank you for being honest Hollie. I’m in leadership & like you have times of questioning should I still be doing this, can I go on, etc but every time the Lord brings comfort, assurance & encouragement from His word. I’m still in leadership & learning everyday the Lords loving hand sustaining me. Thank you Val.

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  150. What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing! I am still a work in progress! Trying to get clear directions and understanding! I loved the study!

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  151. Although this bible study was difficult at times as the readings were timely it was what I needed to grow in his word. The Kings and names were overwhelming but these facts and truths are to be read and needed to understand so we can spread the gospel. Would love to do it again one day because now I have a base. Building on this base takes effort and studies of the gospel even when it is hard. The more I learn the more I want to know. Looking so forward to studying John next year and thank you so much for sharing your words of wisdom and insight.

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  152. Thank you for your blog,Hollie.
    Praise God. The study was for me convicting, encouraging, and
    A struggle. I grew a lot in my faith with our Lord. My prayer life is stronger and more meaningful. This summer will be spent going over all the lessons yet again.

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  153. Am encouraged, thankyou for the good work . great is the faithfulness of our God who began his mighty work in us , he will accomplish it. indeed he is the a author and finisher of my faith .He knows my weakness and troubles, its so sweet to trust him. its an honor to serve the lord. may the lord bless you for being fountain of blessing to many generations, may his honor, favor and peace be your portion.

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  154. Your post is validating to me as a brand new unassigned group leader. I filled in a couple of weeks for my class GL, and goodness did I feel like a fish out of water; and, experienced the doubts of inadequacy. But, like you I am completely trusting that God called me to this and He will guide me.
    As evidenced by this post which again felt as if God Himself was reassuring me that He’s got me, I am saying also. “Here am I”.

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  155. The study was very helpful even as I served. My expectations of knowing God voice as He spoke to all the prophets giving them massages to take to the kings and people. Obedience to God message is my prayer. God’s word is reliable dependable comforting assuring restoring and life eternal.

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  156. Thank God for letting me to learn more about His words in depth via BSF. I heard about the study group long time ago but never thought I can join any study groups due to time, meeting place and afraid of preparing the homework. Really appreciate how amazing God’s arrangement that I can join a study online during COVID-19 situation. Since then, I’ve learnd more about how much God love human kind. Specially, thank God for our great leader, Teresa who has been busy at work, but still able to make time to serve God. It is the most touching part for me to keep studying with the group. All the group members are very nice too and truly sharing what they encountered, experienced and implemented God’s words in their daily life. Praise The Lord for the best arrangement for us via BSF.

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  157. Thank you for sharing. It indeed is great inspiration for me to realize that my feeling of not being enough is what you also feel and can only be satisfied but fully depending on the sufficiency of God alone. May God help us to always remember, “I am not enough but He is” A great slogan for all believers 🙏🏽

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  158. Thank you for this Hollie. It’s so encouraging to know that HE can use even me. I am a really great follower, and yet I have seen unfailing strength in using me as a group leader. Will wonders never cease?

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  159. Thank you sooo much for inspiring words I truly have been bless God has taught me so much through this study that just be faithful He keep His promises no matter how long I have to wait keep up the good work ❤️🙏🏾

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  160. Who is there now to save the world we live in. The right to kill babies is more important than the child’s right to live. The Transgender culture is sweeping our nation and is a sign of immorality and weakness. Churches are empty and the bars are packed. Our culture is driven by pleasure seekers. When will God say enough? That time is coming soon.

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  161. Thank God for bsf

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  162. Comment *thank you for sharing. It was very encouraging to me. I’ve been learning a lot through this study. God is faithful and trustworthy.

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    • Thank you Hollie. This article was a home run, in that it magnified God, it offered hope, and it shared truths about people and our loving Heavenly Father. I am totally encouraged and edified after reading this.
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  163. Well done good and faithful servant. Thank you so much for your encouragement and your faith walk. It is inspiring. God continue to bless you in your servant hood to a all of us in BSF
    In Christ alone.
    Nina Boad

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    • Thank you Hollie for showing us that we don’t have the strength or power but allowing God to use our efforts for His purpose and be willing and making ourselves available for His purpose. It’s not about us but entirely about God. Oh praise the Lord O my soul!! What an awesome God we serve!
      Trust and Obey is the only way.

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  164. Very inspiring. The last prophet in our study Jeremiah, is an example of trusting God even when his own life was at risk. However he was faithful and God gave him the boldness to preach His message.

    Thank you!

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  165. What a wonderfully encouraging message. God has definitely taught me to be more faithful and to rely totally on Him and not doubts. This has been a great study. Thank you!!!

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    • Thank you for the encouraging
      words.
      God’s grace is amazing and I am challenged to worship Him
      The prophets have taught me to persevere through hard times as I serve .

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  166. Really enjoyed this encouraging word. I have been having some of your thoughts. So this helped me
    think a little and look at things differently.
    Blessings to you and Thank you.

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    • Comforting lines.Thankyou.

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  167. Outstanding blog Hollie. I’m at a crossroad and so much desire to have the necessary courage to say the last 5 words in your blog. It is a very difficult struggle in my mind and heart. Thank you!

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  168. Yes God has blessed me this year with new hope and purpose after my Dear Husband Larry went to be with Jesus October 3, ,2022@550 pm. My purpose being a caregiver since Tuesday September 5 or 6, 2017 a week before BSF was going to start! Now I can’t remember what we were studying in BSF but Larry went to Evening Men’s and I attended Day Women’s. We continued to be blessed with God taking care of us in new health journey. This past year Larry’s earthly journey was coming to end Hard studying this BSF but God gives us Hope and strength to endure. Yes keep the faith and prayers from so many believers. Larry zoomed with a friend who came over for dinner and helped Larry to zoom
    Loving and caring guys encouraging Larry every Monday night. Zooming was a blessing! Larry would sit at our desk Apple BSFs friends gave us. Yes Larry died Monday October 3, 2022 BSF night. I think how special God’s timing: family, neighbor and pastor with Larry and me. Yes God granted Larry’s wish to die at home and not?alone! I have struggled finding God’s purpose for me. Through Bible study, family, friends, Church Community and lots of prayers and love. Every day a new adventure to serve Jesus Way. I’m Praising the Holy Spirit guidance to love Jesus Christ more and more My Savior. Thanking Him for dying on the cross for me and everyone. Yes Sandy go and tell !

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    • Sandy – thank you so much for sharing!

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  169. Hollie,
    Thank you for serving the Lord and all of us!
    I loved what you wrote.
    Sometimes we do wonder if our efforts are making a difference. Thank you for shifting my focus from myself and to our Almighty God.
    It is freeing to reremember that I am not enough but He is.
    I love how our lessons over and over again remind us to cling to God’s character and find hope.
    That makes every moment so easy.
    Praying we live in this “hope and courage” as we trust God with every outcome.
    Thank you Hollie.

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  170. Thank you Hollie. It is very encouraging that there are still faithful people carrying on the work of God.

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  171. I have read some parts of the Prophets, but, not in their entirety. This study has allowed me to see the magnitude of God’s wrath and at the same time His undeserving mercy being poured out on His “chosen” people. How unrelenting is His patience and pursuit, that He would continuously plead for our repentance.
    I kept asking myself. Why would God for years keep pursuing them?
    He spoke to me and said, “It is because of My great love for mankind
    and you.
    The lessons were wonderful. The class reviews were off the chart. I felt as if I were in worship service. Thanks for growing Christ’s Kingdom to reach, rehab and restore mankind.
    Blessings!

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  172. I am fairly new to BSF and I have found myself frequently questioning if I have what it takes to stay involved in the studies. Your blog is a wonderful reminder to me that I don’t have to have all the answers. I simply need to stay faithful to God’s call and know that He will lead me where I need to go.

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  173. Thank you Hollie. Your words have encouraged me. I join you in praying we will be people who faithfully respond to God’s call.

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  174. He is God I’m not
    He knows the end from the beginning I do not
    He is able I’m not
    He knows best I do not
    God must be glorified in all situations

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  175. Thank you very much Hollie for your sharing! I felt touched and encouraged with your message. I also have had situations in my ministry for serving the kids at church, “I have had enough, Lord.” I kept praying and God shows me one little hope at a time. Yes, I need to be faithful in God’s calling not because of what I can do (a lot of time is power struggles) but I have to trust Him to work in me and through me. May God continue to bless your ministry in BSF!

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    • Hollie
      Your courage to step out of your comfort zone into such a major role encourages me to keep on keeping on knowing that God’s plan is much greater than I can imagine. Thanks for sharing and your Leadership. Blessings
      Bob

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  176. I finally got around to reading this message from Hollie. So timely and encouraging. Thank-you Hollie. My family circumstances are in a season of what I see as hopeless and I wonder what good can come of them. So encouraged to remain faithful in my personal circumstances and rely on God’s character and not mine. Circumstances don’t change, perspective does as we trust God to sustain us! Oh how I have been encouraged and blessed by this year’s study! Grown in my love for the prophets.

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  177. Thank you Hollie for your good message from BSF lessons last year.All lessons from Kingdom divided is a new light for my life.Each lessons teaches me,how God’s word touches my life.It’s gives a comfort,courage and hope!Praise the Lord.

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  178. Thanks for this encouragement as I am in a time of turmoil, but the prophets have been a source of great inspiration and encouragement this year!!
    God is faithful and able to bring about His plans and purposes for me!!

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  179. Thank you Hollie for the encouragement! It is so easy to forget that I serve in His strength alone because I can’t do it without Him! I am thankful God called you to this role in BSF!

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  180. Well said! Love love how we can glean knowledge, inspiration, perspective and a closer relationship with the Living God when we study Scripture. Nothing like putting ourselves in a prophets shoes.

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  181. Thank you for the reminder that God is using all of us to broaden and strengthen HiS kingdom even when the unthinkable happens. He is not done with the people he calls. He is not done with us. God chose the right director! So glad to meet you! Thank you for your inspirational words. God bless you!

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  182. I have gained great insight from this Study of the Prophets. The study is relevant to our time. The study opened my eyes to see God leading me to trust Him more, to obey His directions for my life at this advanced age. There is always growth with God. This Blog offers further insight, Thank you.

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  183. Beautifully human commentary. This year has truly strengthened my FAITH muscles ❤️🙏

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  184. Thank you, Holly.
    Indeed, “the should I carry-on’ bothers me. But God is forever, I must ask for His encouragement even as I think nothing is happening as I try to share the true gospel. God is there and active or results seen or not seen.
    Together in Christ

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  185. So beautifully expressed! I am so greatful!

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  186. Hollie, Thank you for your encouraging words,keep up the good work for God, I’ve found that He is faithful. This lesson of Jeremiah has encouraged me on my christian journey. God bless you and all the BSF team
    Thank you again.

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  187. I am Heather Morris from Myanmar Evening Women class and a group leader. I was with BSF as a Children;s Supervisor for 11 years and due to my travel schedule I left BSF. I was not reading the Bible daily and felt I was moving away from the Lord so. I started praying. One day STL phoned me and I I agreed to join BSF again. I am working on two projects at the moment and have to fight time to complrte my lessons in time. But although I have many difficulties I manage to complete my lessons and have good attendance. I also have many obstacles in my work, but when I turn to the Lord and pray I am able to overcome my difficulties. I feel the Lord is with me assisitng me and my faith has increased knowing I can trust him. I ahve so much courage like the prophets

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  188. Thanks for your pod cast. God is in charge even though our nation is turning their back to God.

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  189. Thank you Hollie for your blogs. I confess that I have been too late in finding them and reading them. However, during the summer I will be able to go back and read them as long as they are still there. They will be refreshing. Thank you for being so sincere and honest. You are very encouraging and doing a super job, as you say through God!!

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  190. It’s a blessing to know you and to be part of this amazing study. You remind us that when the world seemingly spirals out of control, the Lord is completely in control… when we think we can’t take another step, the Lord carries us… when we feel overly burdened, He lightens our load… when we suffer great loss, He is our greatest gain. Thank you for answering His call to serve and for inspiring people like me to serve.

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  191. Thank you for your encouraging words. I also thank BSF for these amazing lessons. God’s word opens our hearts so lovingly and causes wonderful changes in us. Blessings to all.

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  192. Very encouraging blog. Thank you

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  193. Wow…
    “I turned to God’s Word for comfort. Through Scripture, God gave me even more—I found courage.”
    I can relate!
    Even more inspiring is recognizing how GOD has & continues to relentlessly reach out for us to know HIM… through Jesus, as Lᴏʀᴅ & Savior, and through Holy Spirit as comforter, guide, & ever-present help!

    GOD’S character, love, & good plans for us continues to be revealed & reiterated through the prayerfully organized Bible Study format of BSF— Glory to GOD, 🙌🏼

    Thank you, Hollie for lovingly submitting to the Lᴏʀᴅ’s call, for obediently taking up the mantle to serve in this capacity, and for sharing this powerful encouragement through this blog!

    May GOD continue to faithfully bless you to be a blessing at home & through BSF, 🙂🙏🏼

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  194. Hollie, thank you for your encouraging words and highlights from our study of God’s prophets. I appreciate your leadership call to BSF.To God be the glory! God continued blessings for you and your family.

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  195. Thank you Hollie for those words of encouragement. Surely, Its not about us but God. your experiences is an inspiration for me to say ‘here am i’ send me lord.

    The circumstances’ around me render me incapable to make it. Surely it will be God to do it in me, through me for his glory and fame.

    God bless you.

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  196. My hope is in God through his word. It has given me the strength to put up with the current ailment situation. But at times the pains become unbearable. I have a condition that accumulate fluid in my stomach. I need your prayer. God bless you our loving teacher

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  197. I read the first sentence and thought, is this a letter to me directly? How did they know? Did a double take then realized am not the only one who had those jitters. We are many 🙂

    Hollie you spoke right to me and am so encouraged knowing we are many who have had doubts like the prophets of old. Excuses are there as well, “will I have the time to do this, what if…?” Thank you for sharing. Through these books, I realize that one does not need special qualifications to share about God to others. God gives us the words to encourage, comfort, warn and teach people about Him. Just accept and leave the rest to God as He know what and how He wants me to work for Him.

    I am not a leader yet though have applied awaiting a response.
    Thank you BSF is an awesome way to fellowship and grow in faith

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  198. Thank you Hollie for making it real through your personal testimony

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  199. Thankyou Hollie. This is very inspiring especially to me.
    God bless you. Shalom

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  200. Thank for Hollie’s encouragement words. God’s blessing is still overflowing in BSF who has faithfully preaching His Word to the world.

    I am blessed in BSF from zero knowledge of Bible 23 years ago to one who have courage to quote different Bible verses to suit the different situations (though not encouraged by recent BSF policies). But this is already a (good) habit of me for many years to preach God’s Word to whoever as The Lord’s witness and a good communication with The Holy Spirit. I think I will continue the practice.

    Another blessing in BSF is that I can step down from leadership because of my different view from BSF, after a service of over 15 years including coordinating for the setting up of the first Cantonese Evening Men’s class. I can now freely speak in what I can directly received from The Lord in The Bible.

    God bless BSF, from Hollie to all members and their families.

    Praise the Lord.

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  201. I have learned so much this year, I love our leader Lore she is so genuine and has a gentle true spirit, she lets us participate and the lectures are awesome. The childcare bible study is taught so perfect the teachers are so well prepared and loving and they teach it in a way the children engage and participate and learn so much. I just want to bless all the staff. And am looking forward to next year to study John.

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  202. Thank you Hollies for words of encouragement.
    Truly the prophets we are studying had turf times but I’m encouraged by their faith and obedience to God
    I too need to have trust in God the promise keeper my merciful Father

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  203. Thank you Hollie for this encouraging witness. 2023 is proving to be a very difficult year for my family. We feel like we are under attack! With accidents and medical issues happening to every one of us. It is hard to see what might be the purpose in it all. And yet; I know our almighty God must have a reason for allowing these things. After all; it is not a surprise to Him! With the help and love and prayers of my leader and my sisters in Christ; and the Lord Himself; I am trying to stay faithful and trust. And encourage my family to do the same. Your thoughtful words and reflection on this years study are helping me to stay on
    track. Thank you for your faithfulness.

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  204. This deep study of the Bible fed my spirit. I learned an extraordinary amount of relative and practical information. It covered books of the Bible that I usually skipped thru. It truly brought the WORD to life. I am forever grateful for BSF and highly recommend it.

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  205. This year’s study has indeed been a great blessing bto me. So many lessons learnt through the unrepentant God’s people (like me!),the faithful prophets(role models to me), God’s awesome attributes,so overwhelming,and the warnings& messages of hope & restoration help me to rely more & more on the Holy Spirit to prepare me for that eternal glory! The awareness that Judgment is real & it’s my responsibility to be that salt & light to create awareness among the many in darkness still. May God equip me to continue faithfully!

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  206. Identify with this article even though I know god is with me.I feel stretched beyond my ability.I feel so unprepared to preach god word.

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  207. Hollie, your blog was very helpful in pulling together the knowledge of different prophets, all responding to God’s call in similar ways, having hope and courage that the Lord God was with them. This is my first year in BSF. I have really enjoyed my class and my teacher. I have accepted God’s call to serve him in several different circumstances. I belong to and serve in a Presbyterian church where I am the director of Outreach, our church’s mission program. BSF program has provided knowledge and courage in helping me serve the Lord. Hope you and your staff have a wonderful summer. Your Friend in Christ, Jan .

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  208. What an encouragement. Thank you Hollie

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  209. Hollie, your blog is a great testimony to so many of us who are trying to understand our own calling from God.

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  210. Thank You Hollie for your sharing of God’s faithfulness towards us when we are call to carry out the work He has commissioned us to do. I remember 22 years ago when I was asked to do God’s work in the finance and as apparent to most of us there was a certain fear & worry in me. By God’s grace I took it up and since had done this work for 22 years. As I carried out this work I find that God was always guiding me & giving me wisdom & the ability to accomplished my task.
    As in the Prophet Jeremiah case – God has said before you are formed in your mother womb I have known you and ” before you were born I have sanctified you” Jeremiah 1 Vs 4-5). The Lord indeed go before us when we are ask to do His work.

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  211. Thank you so very much Hollie! I have been profoundly enriched with this years study!!
    With this study bringing us into the middle of God’s wrath on His people and the understanding of why (His great love for them), has brought deep deep peace within me regarding trials.

    How blessed we are to have His word for our benefit today and to be able to study it in depth with BSF ! How we can have it with us to read any day, anywhere. All praise, glory and honor to you Lord!

    I have gained a strength from this study to incorporate, in any conversation, His name, His word, that tells of His “seed” sent to set us free. ✝ People must know.

    My prayer is that more people continue to come to

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  212. I am new to BFS. I’d heard about it several years ago when my daughter attend one in North Georgia. Then last fall a friend invited me to her group. I’ve loved & studied God’s Word since I was a child. But I’ve been amazed at what I’ve learned in the past few months.

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  213. This is my first year as a group leader. I answered yes to God’s call after He reminded me of Moses. This has been a year I will never forget and can’t fully explain how my group has affected my lifeZ I am so thankful for BSF. I praise all of you at Headquarters for all your hard work and dedication to the message of BSF. God bless you all.

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  214. Thank you, Hollie, for your fathful service!

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  215. Thank you for being a living example of what we can do when we trust God and say, ” Here I am Lord. Send me.” He is Faithful to guide our footsteps towards success to glorify His name and encourage others.

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  216. I have only been in BSF for a few years but I cherish my BSF family. I have learned so much from the group and the lectures.

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  217. Wow what an encouraging message thank you so much Hollie for sharing this with us, I praise God for the timing of this message, I was praying and asking for a sign from God and my faithful God answered me through you, thanks again and praise be to our Almighty God LORD Jesus.

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  218. Thank you Hollie for an encouraging post. I am encouraged more to continue trusting our God and Lord because He is the Almighty yet so personal like a Father to His child.

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  219. I thank God for the vision that was given to BSFand the willingness to carryout His plans. Many are called but few are chosen…..Matthew 22:14

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  220. I was not able to attend every class due to illness BUT because of book able to continue and my leader. I really like new book idea instead of weekly. Thank You who came up with this

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  221. Thank you Hollie

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  222. Love this perfect reminder!

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  223. This is one of my favorite and most quoted scriptures, John 16:33, therefore, in answer to Did I “find that God’s call still stretches the limits of [my] faith—a resounding absolutely yes! This is why, in my heart, I go to this scripture many times over, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Through our studies, in the sufferings and judgments, revealing GOD’s righteousness, sovereignty, and undying love for all humankind, awakens believers to total submission to GOD’s Holy Spirit for understanding, at least it did me. The O.T. books’ study, of the Prophets and GOD’s chosen leaders lead me to cross reference passages that gave “right now answers to what GOD was revealing to me in HIS Word.
    As a post 40+ years Bible School teacher, for every age group, to include seniors, I struggled with the question “Is the LORD calling me to preach?” When in fact, I knew HE had called me to teach! After many lessons some said “Maybe we should open the doors of the church.” Since beginning the Group Leader role with BSF, and with its literature style of teaching the books of the Bible, I am growing in GOD’s Word Miraculously! I asked Jesus to teach me to know HIS voice, because of John 10:27-30; John 17:11-12. Shortly after my prayer, while studying with BSF as a group member, I was interviewed about my desire to become a group leader. GOD’s people are precious to HIM, therefore accepting HIS call is precious and a privilege to me.
    As a lover and learner of GOD’s Word, and as a Group Leader (facilitator), in a group attended by such seasoned BSF members, who have studied under BSF ten years and upward, our sharing in what GOD is revealing to us, though its’ a challenging opportunity, I am more than grateful, but am privileged, because GOD’s voice is clearer each week through affirmations of our fellowship, and what the Word of GOD is saying to each of us. We are learning how relatable, and relative GOD’s Word, through the studies, is in each one of our lives. Though I have read the Bible thoroughly as a teacher, through preparing each week for group, through the various books of the Bible, with BSF, its’ been an answer to prayer!
    I only want to continue with this study of the Prophets, and the next book, and the next book, because they bring such clarity to GOD’s character, HIS desire for an intimate relationship with all of HIS children, and how we as GOD’s children can obediently embark on a genuine intimate walk, and life with our Savior and LORD and our GOD.
    With your BSF group this year, you have studied God’s character through the words and lives of His prophets. Where have you found hope? I have found hope in GOD’s promises, HIS active role in the lives of HIS Prophets and people, and HIS immutability times over revealed in all of our studies. Where do you need courage? With the challenges in life that come at the most inopportune time, the challenges are legitimate, they are loved ones in need of help, and so choosing becomes heavy; heavy because I find I strongly want to do the work of the LORD. Thanks to BSF and its philosophies in operational things, I find it to be “a one another journey,” because help is there with our Shepherd Leaders, making handling challenges that might have to take us away from a study-time with group member, we are at peace knowing GOD’s work is continuing. I pray that together we will be people who faithfully respond to God’s call. A people who say, “Here am I. Send me!” Thank you for the opportunity to serve GOD through BSF, and to express and share my answers, thoughts, experiences, bible study time, and prayers. May GOD continue to bless BSF International’s committed leaders in the work of the LORD our GOD.

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  224. I truly thank God for you Hollie and your team for taking the time and much study to prepare the material for this year’s study: the prophets. I am awed by the breadth and depth of God’s Word. During this year, I have read God’s word with a new eye and I am trusting Him for greater and deeper spiritual growth in the coming years. Be blessed.

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  225. Thank you so very much for this article. It is very well written to where a person can understand what it is conveying. I enjoyed it very much. God bless you.

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  226. What beautiful encouraging words! Just what I needed to hear . Thank you Holly for your faithfulness . May the Lord richly bless you.

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  227. Hollie

    Thank you for sharing your spiritual thoughts and inspiring words with us. I do look forward to the study of John and what God has planned for me. God Bless You

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  228. “They relied on God’s character, not their own” jumped into my heart need for answers today. How could these called prophets be SO obedient I have asked myself all year, through loneliness, illness, severe discomfort, ridicule…Thank you for pointing me back to the attributes of our God that BSF has highlighted in multiple studies…oh how I need these daily reminders!

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  229. Thank you Hollies for taking time to give those encouraging words.I am also encouraged, life in this world is hard,but God promises a bright future for those who seek him. Jeremiah held out hope,even as he foretold coming trauma. In many ways,this world’s hardships awaken our longing for the resolution and restoration God promises.

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  230. I needed to read this. I thought I heard God and moved in with Mom as full-time caregiver 3 years ago. I feel SO inadequate. Thank you for reminding that it’s his work in and through me.

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  231. Very true about surrendering to God’s will to stretch my faith in my career and my relationships.

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  232. Holly what a beautiful message.
    Oh, how we All need to hear, that it is His sovereign will we desire to follow Him in all that He calls us too!; Even when we don’t feel equipped He readies us for the service He assigns for His glory and our sanctification!
    Thank you for your obedient and godly leadership, as you share and encourage us , through our study!!

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  233. Hello Hollie,
    Thank you so much for your insight and honesty, it is greatly appreciated.
    I have had struggles this year with a ministry the Lord put on my heart, and carrying this through, even when it is tough. This call has been tough this year, and studying the prophets has been the right medicine at the right time.
    I particularly found solace in Lamentations and how Jeremiah was so loving and persistent with the people of Judea. It gave me so much hope and inspiration just to read the scripture and answer the questions for homework.
    I would also like to acknowledge and thank Amber Carmichael, and our group “Christ over Culture”, who has been patient, kind and knowledgeable about each bible study .
    Thanks again for your leadership this past year. I particularly enjoyed your sister at the wheel making her artwork, it was inspiring. I too make art for the glory of God to share with others, and sometimes I need help and support from the Holy Spirit and from fellow travelers He puts in my life, to persevere. and trust the Lord with my art and my direction in life.
    God bless you,
    Ellen F,

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  234. Thank you for your reliance on our Lord as you led all of us this past year. Well done good and faithful servant.

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  235. Thanks for your encouragement and a good year in studying the prophets.The verses that always come to mind when I need to be encouraged are Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding but acknowledge him and he will make your path straight.

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  236. Thank you for making it possible to comment. The Scriptures you have quoted are meaningful to me, especially John 16:33 and Isaiah 46:4. I do not usually read the comments by leaders, but I did this time…….and what a treasure I found! Your words about the many-years-ago discouraging year was helpful to me……it is not always that leaders reveal these times. I am almost 89 (and have been in BSF through many moves for about 50 years), so that is why the Isaiah passage means a lot to me……I was a discussion leader many years ago when I lived in another state. We have moved many, many times, including in countries overseas; God has given us a rich life. And we praise Him for His faithfulness! Jane

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  237. Wow! this was so timely

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  238. This study has been so rich and challenging at the same time. The thickness of the book was intimidating, but I am so glad I persevered through out the year. I am experiencing challenges in my own life, this study will be treasured in my heart for ever.
    I stay with words like: compassion, hope, justice, mercy and remnant.
    The character of God displayed in the lives of the prophets, His Love ❤️ Endures for ever. This purpose will be accomplished. Thankful for the study Kingdom Divided.

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  239. Great blog, thanks Holly. Just what I needed to read this morning!

    I needed this years study to give me courage & boldness & keep me going in a very overwhelming & difficult task the Lord has called me to within my church.

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  240. Wow! Just when I needed validation of beginning leadership. This blog addressed concerns that I didn’t think others would have. I have seen over and over again God working to ease my transition into this decision. How perfect that THIS was the time to study Jeremiah and it opened a much deeper relationship with God! Wow! He just amazes me!!!!!

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  241. In my first year as a children’s leader, I had a similar crisis as I took a look at myself and realized how much I lack in the skills I wanted to bring to the children. I looked for an excuse to quit, and even tried to get my wife to agree with me. She listened to the reasons that I was using to get out of what I was asked to do. She listened very closely as I laid out my case. Then when I finally finished, she looked at me and firmly said, ” well then Job, just curse God and die “. I was shaken to my core. Kathy had been in BSF much longer than I and well understood the crisis of faith that I was in. That was many years ago. I still serve God as a children’s leader alongside the other men who have been called. I thank God for the answer He gave me when I tried to convince her and God to see things my way.

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  242. Thanks Hollie; well written and inspiring

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  243. When I look at the chaos in our world today as a whole it seems hopeless. I ask: “How can we address these problems, they seem so overwhelming?” It seems hopeless and what can I one human do. These prophets faced the same and even greater issues. I am encouraged by this years study and God’s Word. I know God is always working and I can join Him if I surrender and humbly follow Jesus my Good Shepherd.

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  244. Thank you for this well written and encouraging blog. I am a long time BSFer and love it more each year as it has opened up the study of Scripture. May I print it?
    Blessings

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    • Of course!

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  245. Amen Hollie, beautiful words to end what was an awesome study of the prophets! In this insane world we live in, it is comforting to know that God is faithful and His word is true. God’s people are still tasked with reaching out to a dying world so others can know God, the son, Jesus Christ. So looking forward to John! Thank you and God bless!

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  246. The first two paragraphs of this blog really resonated with me! Holly, thank you for sharing.

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  247. I really appreciated your friend’s honest comment when she said, “That is not yours to judge. You are simply asked to be faithful to God’s call and trust that He will work in you and through you.” I often use the world’s benchmark to measure how successful I am at a task when I am simply asked to be faithful to God’s call and leave the results up to Him.

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  248. The study of the prophets has been both challenging and worth emulating.
    The sacrificial comfort zones they had to leave and follow listening and doing what God wanted them to do.A life of perseverance and faith holding on to hope amidst hopelessness.It teaches us to hold on in our times of struggles and difficulties.
    The prophet Habakkuk had a personal impact to me as he embraced both God and his people

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  249. Hello Hollie,
    Thank you for your inspiring words. I am beginning to take on a position in our Children’s Ministry Program. At first I thought and wanted to be one of the men’s group leader. I found a calling for a more demanding need. I am apprehensive as working with children was the furthest thing my mind. With your testimony and blog I can see a different horizon. Through the Holy Spirit, God is showing me how I can impact a smaller yet more important audience. Our future. I’m also a grandparent and was reminded what I learn, is not limited to a small group of small people. Instead, I am leading young spirits/souls to a life with Jesus. I’m truly blessed.
    Thank you.

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  250. All of Gods words are true … even in our hard times in this evil would we live… God is still and Always will be with us who believe in Him as our saving grace and only true God. Amen

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  251. Thanks for the note. Yes, this study has been very meaningful to me. After being in the church for 74 yrs and attending regularly, BSF over the last 10yrs has greatly increased my biblical knowledge & personal relationship with The Lord and given me a depth of knowledge, history, & confidence in realizing the truth and vibrancy of His Word & the absolute confidence in scripture & my faith. It has been a blessing and an instrument of a closer walk with God & the surety going froward that His plan is in place & WILL be accomplished, no matter what.
    I lament (good time for that in our studies), the separation & the paganization of America and see the same shortfalls & spiritual drift in our society as we see weekly in the lessons & the failings of Israel to follow God & heed the warnings of the prophets. We are repeating the same failing human patterns as the Jewish people & their nation did, over & over, yet here we are, nothing new under the sun.
    These lessons give me hope, peace, and arm me with the knowledge of the progression of his plan & the grace of Christ as we move toward the end that is predicted, it is so clear as to what is happening, but the world slumbers & we again invite Baal, Ishtar & Molech back into our midst to deceive & disrupt our society. The same dark trinity that angered God for Millenniums we are now doing our part to follow the ancient & failing human pattern, aren’t we?
    We have discussed the rhythm of the bible lately, 2000 yrs between Adm & Abraham, 2000 yrs between Abraham & Christ, & now 2000 yrs to…..what now? Do you think?
    Thanks you for your faithfulness w/ BSF, it’s made a difference to me & how prepared I am to also spread His message.
    I reading ‘The Return of the Gods’ by Jonathan Cahn on the latest embracing of these demons once again. He’s a Messianic Jew who is quite prolific & this book is a great aid in seeing the issues we are experiencing, really explains the ‘Trans’ resurgence & Ishtar’s insidious influence.
    Thanks again, God Bless you & this study!

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  252. “Lord I know that I am not enough, but you are”

    Loved, “If God’s going to be this difficult, I want out.”

    “God’s call stretches our limits of faith” (interesting thought that our faith has limits…LOL…you want me to go where you do what Lord?! Let me get back to you!)

    Loved the new children’s program.

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  253. Hollie, this is a very ‘timely’, needed message for ‘all’ leaders, GMs, and people! How, can we say ‘no’ to God when He calls, in spite of our circumstances!

    I have agreed to stay in as a Shepherd leader for the next season (this will be my 13th year in BSF); but, your message encouraged my Spirit to ‘never’ leave, be discouraged, or to say ‘no’ to God’s calling (I sat in on a group Wednesday, and a young lady shared (intimately) with me, about her walk with God (even after 13 years as a Christian), which Blessed me tremendously!! We will be getting together in the near future, one-on-one!!

    Thank you, again, for your commitment, Love, and for ‘answering’ “the Call!”

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  254. Your journey is encouraging and uplifting. In this season I feel/sense a stretching of my faith. Grateful that he still calls me, desiring to work heartily for him and with him as I continue my journey. God’s best Hollie!

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  255. Haven’t been able to go to the church and do the Bible study.. I did for about 3 years. I miss it a lot! How do I get started again .

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    • Hi Linda! We would love for you to join BSF again! You can visit join.bsfinternational.org to find a group near you. Next year, we are studying John’s Gospel: The Truth. Most classes begin in August or September.

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  256. Thank you Hollie, for expressing what I could not verbalize in so many words. Yet I have seen God in His great mercy proving to me each week through the lessons and His precious promises what you describe. Experiencing healing through prayer and lamenting has brought cleansing and restoration to my heart.
    I am encouraged by your comments especially as I look forward to the study of John.

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  257. Thank you for the wonderful message & encouragement.This is my third year with BSF & I find it to be very useful.The lectures, notes & the group discussions are so useful. It makes you read Bible daily & go closer to God.The only true security in life comes when we surrender to God our Father & walk with Him.

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  258. Enjoyed tis very much, even in such a time as this, especially in this time. My prayers for you and your family for safety and happiness. we must be strong in our Christian walk more than ever. Best regards, Cecilia Huether

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  259. Thank you Hollie!

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  260. Good morning Hollie,

    Thank you for your transparency.

    I am a person that focuses too often on understanding the “why” which sometimes causes me to miss the “what for” (the purpose of why God allows what God allows). This past lesson in Lamentations, if it had not been for our Substitute Teaching Leader, Marci’s lecture I would have missed out on the true purpose of lamenting to our Lord. God already has a response in place for our suffering, but our prayer/lament to Him is an acknowledgement of our pain no matter the source (our disobedience or trial) and that we trust God through it. The BSF four fold approach to studying God’s Word has been a help to me for over seventeen years.

    I believe God strategically places each of us within BSF for His Glory. I’m thankful to serve and grateful for leadership from Headquarters, teaching leaders and area team members.

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  261. Thank you Hollie for these encouraging words. You reminded us of this great study of the kings (some) and prophets struggles to remain faithful and obedient. I especially appreciated your friends words to you when you feeling less than adequate.
    God has been teaching me this same lesson through this years study.
    Jeremiah’s call in chapter 1 was a great reminder of this.

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    • God’s call was unexpected to me but through obedience to His call, Isaiah’s encouraged me to love God’s work. I learnt that inadequacy & weakness doesn’t limit one to fulfill God’s purpose. He encourages, strengthens, empowers his own for His work to be done.

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  262. Isn’t it interesting, God created heaven and the earth. We think this place called earth is our home where we grow up with life lessons or hardships. But then as we come to know God and His Word it takes more than one sermon on the Mount for us to begin to realize time spent with God is really service for the Glory of His Will. Imagine when we come to understand that Life with God in heaven is really about being in His Will for Eternity. Where else could we ever be this joyful or this much at Peace than to be in His Will? Now and Forever. Amen psst. still learnin how to spail and do grammer

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    • Israel story is our story today God continues to pursue way ward people, am encouraged by his prophets who continues to speak to us through the word offering restoration and hope. I have learnt how specific sin leads to destruction , and sometimes to captivity. What a study?

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  263. Thank you Hollie for your loving heart and being obedient to Gods calling. I have attended BSF for 5 years and this year was asked to be a group leader. After seeing the content of this year’s lesson I was very worried and scared I couldn’t do this. God gave me reassurances though my men like a pat on the back from God saying your doing a great job. I praise God for all his blessings. And opportunity.

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    • This year’s study really revealed how I sometimes like the Kings become disobedient and stubborn in my ways and how our loving Lord never gave up on me. The repentance has enhanced my faith journey and I can bodly say my God never forsakes me. Thank you Hollie for sharing this Blog

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  264. I am greatly encouraged by your message. I just lead my first bible study last week. God can use all of us, especially those of us who feel the most inadequate, but He can do all things through us, if we accept His call!

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    • As our leader said, “God doesn’t care if your able, only if your available.”

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  265. This has been my first year to step up into leadership. I know God called me to do so @ this time & season of my life. It helped me understand who God is & how He worked through history to bring about His purpose for mankind.
    It tied together the Old Testament & New to show how they both fit together perfectly like a hand and
    glove. Thank you for your insight on how God never wastes anything in our lives, even when we can’t see the ultimate purpose. This study has helped me to stand secure
    knowing He does!

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  266. Thank you Hollie for the encouragement.After attending BSF for 20 years I became a leader last year.I was nervous in the beginning but Kingdom divided study was such a blessing to me and I have learned a lot as a group leader.

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  267. God’s call to me was unexpected, I felt incompetent, inadequate but by faith I obeyed and after one year I enjoyed the in-depth preparation and soul searching but later as complacency sets in,.I struggled with God’s purifying hand on me, I wanted to give up feeling a failure. But God is Faithful he will not leave me alone I know He has a higher plan and purpose for me as I trust Him for victory only He alone can give.

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  268. Thank you Hollie. I have just finished year 5 of BSF. I have grown so much in God’s word, I am elated!
    Thank you for all you do in planning and organizing such a gift to us all!

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  269. The best thing that ever happened to me, in my life is attending BSF. It helped me discover that faith and hope go hand in hand. I learned how to talk and walk with the Lord every day and to know what is pleasing to him.
    THANK YOU to everyone at BSF!

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  270. Thank you Hollie for putting your “yes” to God’s call for this season on the table. We are all His creation for His purpose. I could identify with your testimony in todays blog. This year has been filled with challenges. Our sovereign, loving, perfect, faithful God met them all.

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  271. So true & so encouraging!

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  272. Thanks Hollie for submitting to His call and direction.Thanks for all the hard work and dedication of all the staff at BSF. Truly appreciate these deep delves into the OT. They echo loudly with truth and application for our here and now. Great Job Hollie you and the whole crew.

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  273. When we lean on the Lord HE comforts us. His is good!

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  274. Hollie I want to thank you for showing me your struggles And overcoming them one step at the time.
    I have been so blessed by BSF , NOTES AND BLOGS.
    Thank you so much for all your work and showing me how valuable God’s word is.

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  275. Thank you Hollie for your kind words. I found my time with BSF to be very fruitful. Though I had a lot of challenges, God saw me through and healed me of an ailment. God is faithful and trustworthy.

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  276. This study of Old Testament has been awesome and I have read and studied books of the Bible that I had never read before. The study has also brought me closer to God and strengthened my relationship with Him. Looking forward to the study of John next year. Thanks for all your work and God’s direction in this study

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  277. Thank you, Hollie, for these words of encouragement! The Lord is using you, clearly. I appreciate how this study helped build trust in Gods faithfulness to us.
    His plan of redemption is ours!

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  278. This study of these faithful prophets was difficult at times. Watching the idolatry and God’s people from Judah and Jerusalem
    Go their own ways opposing the Lord and then wondering why destruction and judgement comes next for them, the temple and those precious children. But God…. has unfailing love and saves a remnant and gives a new covenant through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Our class member D needs prayer for her heart and lung…..she is a precious child of God. We do lament her suffering right now and we know God has her best in store as a first time Grandma soon.to be. Our on line group with Melissa has been an unreal experience for me as well as all of us gals from the Philippines, Texas, Georgia, Oregon, Oklahoma and Florida. Treasure and prayer partners you all are to me. To God be the glory.

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    • Praying with you Carrie for D – so grateful for you group! Will continue to lift you in prayer

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  279. You met me where I am Hollie. Thank you and God Bless your ministery

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  280. Thank you this beautiful summary of our study this year and I look forward to the study of John.

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  281. A timely message I needed to hear! Thank you!

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  282. I admire Hollie Roberts being so dedicated, faithful and strong as the BSF Executive Director in her leading role to comfort and encourage her fellow members. I really feel that I am being called to fulfill a mission for God to reflect this society with suffering or pleasure. Afterwards, it should be God’s way to witness God’s plan to reach out to those non-believers for the gospel and the humanly way to teach and complete the desires of the people in this diverse society. Thank you, Hollie and my BSF Leader – Rose Ann Cosentino for helping and supporting me spiritually to keep me going! Also, thanking my other previous BSF Leader – Rebecca Gonzalez who supported the class as I was in it.

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  283. Thank you Hollie, such a timely message of encouragement, hope, and inspiration.

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  284. I have been GREATLY blessed by my involvement in my BSF online group, and look forward with anticipation to next year’s study!

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  285. Hollie,
    This was beautiful. Knowing how much, I was aware of Elijah, was truly from God. He blended the love of Jesus and now we know. My heart for Elijah was deep in his love for God. In the. Name of God is beautiful.

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  286. I lived your lecture on Isaiah. I never would have studied the prophets on my own. It was so rewarding. BSF is dear to my heart.

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  287. Praise the God and thank you so much for the encouragement Hollie!

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  288. Thank you for your encouraging words to lead me though the day.

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  289. Hollie, thank you! This blog was truly encouraging and inspiring! When as humans we see the hard time the prophets had and wonder how could they do it. The answer is there, the Lord’s sustaining grace. And Love.

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  290. Like many men, I found the Lord’s directions to Hosea (to marry an immoral woman like Gomer) to be awkward, painful, difficult. But through our study of that short book, I recognized that my reaction to the story was off-base. Rather than being the righteous Hosea, struggling with the Lord’s instructions, I recognized that I am (and we are) more accurately identified as Gomer, the ones who are filled with sin and desperately needing redemption. That has helped me to find compassion towards those in my life circles who have yet to meet King Jesus personally–remembering from whence I came and how much I still struggle with inclinations toward sin every day.

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  291. Thanks Hollie for your sharing. It is so true, once we answered God’s call, our ordinary life will be disturbed and became extraordinary with all sorts of trials and suffering…

    But through suffering, God reveals himself to us. God comforts us, heals us and guides us. And our faith soar to the sky…

    In the midst of all sorts of suffering, we see God’s all mighty power, we see God’s faithfulness, we witness God’s promises come true, we experience God’s presence and love.

    Isn’t it spectacular? That’s the cost to follow Jesus, which we leant in the book of Matthew. It costs life comforts and convenience. But my answer to this is firm: ‘hear I am, send me.’ because I rejoice in God’s word, rejoice in God’s righteousness. There is nowhere else I can find it on this earth. So Jesus is my only hope!

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  292. Thanks for sharing your heart with us all. When He call us , He plans His purpose with us as part of His purpose. And His plan will come to pass to fulfill His plan for His glory. Amen.

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  293. Thank you! I needed the reminder to simply trust God and continue the journey.

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  294. So inspired by your message Hollie.
    Studying the prophets and the difficult tasks God assigned each one of them,
    the obedience, perseverance and determination has been a very big source of encouragement to me this year. As a group leader, it has given me the courage to keep walking even when the going seemed tough. My biggest take away is that when God gives you a task He equips you

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  295. Thank you for an inspiring message, Hollie. One big reason I am hesitant to say “yes” is because of all the IT skills needed. It concerns me that computer help is difficult to easily get since I live about 2 hours from a Best Buy, which is what we use. I do love studying the Word & never get tired of it. I easily get lost in it. I’m praying.

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  296. I would like information on how to order a bound study book of John

    Linda

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    • Linda, study books will be available in a few months. We will email members wtih a notice when they are available!

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      • Thank you. I want to order one.

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  297. I have been greatly encouraged by the lives of all the prophets studied in BSF this year, particularly the life of Jeremiah. He persevered in difficult times. He kept following God’s instructions and faithfully trusted Him. The lesson I learned from him is that obedience to God can be costly but its worth it. Lord help me to be like Jeremiah as I persevere in following you.

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  298. This is the 3rd study i am doing in BSF, I can not tell you how deeply it has influenced and inspired me in my daily walk. Even more, the content is mind-boggling… to see the treasure in His word. The golden thread that runs through from beginning to end. The effort put in by all of you is tremendous and may God bless each one of you.

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  299. Dear Hollie

    I’ve just read your blog. What inspiration words! May God blesses you ever and ever.

    Thanks for email me.

    Maria ( from Brazil)

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  300. Just what I needed to read today. Thank you

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  301. This year at work I struggled with some difficulties but this study help me press on and reminded me that if He called me to this job He would also sustained me . I see him at work . I’ve enjoyed this study of the Old Testament and was able to share what I know with my Jewish friends

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  302. Thank you for the encouragement to press on. It’s been a great study this year and I thank you for your transparency. God bless, Karen

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  303. This year has been challenging, the study of the prophets who persevered under difficult situations has strengthen my faith in the word of the Lord, He is always there.

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  304. As humans, and as women, some sort of accolades fuel us. However G-d knows that they can also make ego the lord of our lives.
    Obedience to a call of G-d often makes our lives nearly anonymous. I have found this is better because obedience is difficult for the doer and sometimes those around us. Tis indeed better than sacrifice.

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  305. Great is Thy Faithfulness. And we should place ALL our hope and trust in God’s character. This is my first ever BSF year of study. The Bible Study Fellowship has enriched and encouraged me. Thanks Hollie for a well written recap!

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  306. Amazing! How we feel when we think we are not good enough for God to use us in simple ways! Thank you for being so honest! But when God calls us He also equips us!

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  307. Thank you for the encouragement Hollie. This is the answer on what I am seeking. God bless you.

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  308. Awesome! Very encouraging. If we can not implement, apply God’s word to our lives, why study! Thank you for being transparent.
    May God’s blessings continue to chase you down daily!

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  309. Wonderful words from Hollie! I very much appreciate her vulnerability in telling us that she struggled. This study has been an eye opener and has blessed me so much. I feel closer to God each day.

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  310. Thank you so much, Hollie, for the wonderful summary and testimony from the study of the Kingdom Divided. I really appreciate the catch up

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  311. An excellent exposition. When we look at some of the terrible things that are happening in the world it can be easy to feel depressed and even doubt God’s character. But it is His character, so brilliantly revealed and lived out by Jesus, that we need to rely on. Let us concentrate on Christ and pray for more confidence in this area.

    God bless,

    Graham

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  312. Thank you Hollie for your leadership in this difficult study! BSF has really improved it from the way it was presented some twenty years ago. I also think that the pandemic experience has really opened up and streamlined our BSF world a god did it all for us and it sort of mirrored what he did to the two rebellious kingdoms. He will move us to where he wants us. Thanks again and may god always bless you and lead you.

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  313. Gods’ plans are perfect.
    Hollie your honesty is such a beautiful witness to the power and strength of our Lord.
    God has called you for His purposes and blessed our BSF family through that calling ✝️💟

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  314. Thanks Hollie for your encouragements. It renews my faith knowing nothing is too big or small for Him . He knows our journey is not a bed of roses; and He promises too He will not let us walk alone. With this, I take comfort and hope in Him.

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  315. Hollie, you’ve summed it up for me beautifully. I have been going through a difficult season in my service to God. I have blamed myself, and I have blamed other people, but I keep hearing the voice of God saying “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness”, and so I need to renew my resolve to keep soldiering on, my weaknesses notwithstanding.

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  316. I just love this! Thanks Hollie for your candid honesty and encouragement.

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  317. Dear Hollie, as you so beautifully put it, we can and we will find hope only in God and His holy Word. Thank you for sharing so eloquently 👏

    In my calling as an intercessor, I sometimes feel frustrated when I don’t hear from those who send me the prayer requests. I just wait to give a ‘Praise report’ to the Lord’s faithfulness or continue in persistent prayer.
    ( not that He doesn’t know the outcome – after all He knows all our yesterdays and our tomorrows!). But it’s my human impatience, that drives me to feel a bit frustrated😞
    I just need to learn to give the need and praise Him that He has heard me.
    Love the Lord , love His Word and His faithfulness.

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  318. I thank God for His Grace which has led me this far. I hope and pray that He will be my source of strength ,through all that life has to give.Thank you for your post Hollie.

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  319. How encouraging is this blog – Indeed the Lord equips who He calls and the journey is never easy – God just promises to be in the boat even when it feels like it’s going to capsize. He grants us all that we need – in and out of season.

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  320. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts,your heart, and your struggles. Thank you even more for answering HIS call to rise up and step up in obedience,hope and trust. You are a light of encouragement and grace to all of us ladies in BSF.
    God bless you.
    In gratitude and grace,

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  321. Thank you Hollie for your most needed words of inspiration. This years study has helped me really meet the prophets up close and has inspired my own walk in the Lord.

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  322. W O W ! ! ! TO GOD BE ALL GLORY ! ! !

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  323. It was a great time studying the Prophets. I was encouraged and reminded that God is with me all the time and he never leaves us. When we depend on him he helps us to accomplish whatever assignment he gives us.

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  324. Thank you Hollie for the great insight you have shared. Each time I attend BSF class my personal connection with God deepens and I am able to share the Gospel with clarity. Looking forward to the next study of John.

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  325. Very encouraging, indeed His call stretches the limit of my faith.

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  326. Thank you very much.I am transformed every day through God’s word.I truly thank God for BSF my children and I have grown.We continue to pray that God will guide in everything you do.God bless you .

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  327. Thank you very much.I am transformed every day through God’s word.I truly thank God for BSF my children and I have grown.We continue to pray that God will guide in everything you.God bless you .

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  328. I feel encouraged inspired not to give up and continue trusting God.

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  329. Praise God, Hollie! I have been greatly encouraged by studying the prophets and how God’s faithfulness carried them through despite facing troubling times. I now have a better understanding of why Jesus encouraged us to rejoice in the face of persecution because the prophets before us faced similar circumstances but God never abandoned them.

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  330. This has been such a blessing and has provided clarity and answers to questions I had about a role I have been called to this summer. We thank BSF for the in-depth study of God’s Word. Thank you so much for the encouragement.

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  331. BSF is so encouraging and helps to konw the Gods providence through Prophets life. Thank you.

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  332. The study encourages hope and faith in God. Through the constant repetition of naming the mothers of the kings, we see the role they play in the lives of their children for good and bad. When we study the Bible, we can lament and patiently wait for The Lord to react to our petitions. “ Kingdom Divided” Study was very interesting. Thanks to those who developed the questions for the study.

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  333. Much encouraged Sis

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  334. Thank you Hollie for your message.
    God does not call His people to empty work, even when we struggle to understand His purpose.

    It came at the right time I needed it most. It helped me to redirect my focus to God’s perspective .

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  335. Thank you Hollie for your testimony am encouraged to solder on. This year’s study has helped me to go through a season of pain, I can face tomorrow because He lives

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  336. Even though I took Old and New Testament at an accredited Christian University, The in-depth of this journey has been so fulfilling to me. The more I studied the content in the syllabus, the less I really knew about the Old Testament. I was challenged and I love a good challenge and my discussion group really kept me on my toes. Thank you for all of the time and effort put into this study. I’m looking forward to the study of the Book of John.

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  337. I know I’m inadequate but I believe that HE will carry and empower me with HIS strength. Amen

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  338. Thank you Hollie for sharing. I relate so well to this. For sometimes in the recent past, I had very difficult personal struggles and painful circumstances. God used that to prepare me to serve in a role I too never expected, thought or even imagined as a Chairperson of our church Lavington United Church a congregation of 1,163 people currently. Yes at times I have asked my husband and even friends to evaluate my performance. Thank you for letting me know through your friend that its God to judge not me, my husband or my friends. I have been blessed by this authentic sharing. May God bless you too Hollie

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  339. Thank you so much Hollie for the encouragement. This also gives me the strength to persevere abd never to tire in serving God.

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  340. One year after I lost my beloved wife, God directed me to become a member of a fairly new Mandarin class. A few months later I became a group leader of a brand new satellite discussion group near a major university campus. God used it as an in-depth Bible study platform for visitors and immigrants from China ever since. God also moved us to start an online group two years later to serve the needs of returnees in China. He even gave me a wife, an immigrant from china, to be my partner/coworker in leading those BSF groups. As such, we are saturated with God’s words and plenty of opportunities for applications in our retirement lives. Praise the Lord for His wonderful providence!

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  341. I have got a lot of encouragement studying the prophets.
    In every judgement our gracious and merciful Lord gives GRACE to repentant remnants.
    Amen.

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  342. Thank you for this word of encouragement. It helps to know that others feel inadequate. Still praying, still seeking God’s will. 🙏

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  343. So faithfully and encouraging. Thanks Hollie.

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  344. Indeed praise the Lord for His divine plan to join back BSF study in the Book of Elijah under PPKD after the 2 years break.I am encouraged and inspired how God provision in the midst of the little resources in Elijah ministry but God is faithful and they lack nothing.
    From there on I continued to pursue God again trusting Him to speak to me through His Word.I am so thankful and grateful for BSF in helping me to grow spiritually and stay strong be rooted in the scriptures.Yes,I will continue to pursue God in the next study for the Book of John for Jesus is the way,the truth and the life(John 14:6)

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  345. I’ve been blessed so much by the way the study of the book of Isaiah, Jeremiah etc have been simplified,I used to find them quite difficult but know I’m enjoying reading them,,may God bless the entire group for the sacrifice and the good work you are doing,we appreciate you very much.

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  346. I had a great year! and here’s something a bit silly maybe, but profound. My husband had given me the plug to our neck massager to donate accidently. I had been back to the thrift store several times to look through their donated plugs to buy it back, but the right clerk in charge of all plugs was never there. I prayed one day, “Lord, Elijah kept sending his servant to look for rain. He believed! Right now, I pray You will do this miracle and get me the right plug this time. I am yours. They had miracles for just what they needed, and I believe we can too!” So I walked in the store and the right young man was there and he found me a new plug at a discount. It was a whole set marked “Do Not Sell”. But God gave me favor, and a great testimony to share!

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  347. Thank you for sharing your journey, struggles and victories. It is amazing howther same God’s word speaks to various people, in different countries, different circumstances. Thank you for obeying God’s voice and sharing BSF with other people in Africa and the ends of the heart!

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  348. So inspiring and genuine Holley! Thank you for sharing your real life!
    Especially your honesty about feeling overwhelmed and wanting to quit!
    Then your beautiful humble prayer of surrender, and finding that the Lord was faithful in providing all you needed beyond your expectations!
    We’re so blessed to have you in our lives! Thank You! For being Faithful to Him! 🤗 🙏🕊💗

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  349. So inspiring and genuine Holley! Thank you for sharing your real life!

    Especially your honesty about feeling overwhelmed and wanting to quit!

    Then your beautiful humble prayer of surrender, and finding that the Lord was faithful in providing all you needed beyond your expectations!

    We’re so blessed to have you in our lives! Thank You! For being Faithful to Him! 🤗 🙏🕊💗

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  350. This is quite encouraging.In a world that needs healing and restoration,am I willing to say yes Lord here I’m send me?
    Despite the challenges we have a helper the Holy Spirit who not only empowers but equips us..Here I’m Lord send me.

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  351. I can’t imagine God’s call on my life! I have served in BSF in all positions except TL. Now I am just a class member, but I sense God’s call on me more real in my church and with children workers. I am encouraged by this blog.

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  352. Thank you, Hollie, for your words and faithful leadership. Your lecture on Isaiah was eye-opening. I have learned so much through the study this year.

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  353. Exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you Hollie.

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  354. Thank you Hollie ,for sharing your story it gave me strenght and hope .

    You have alot on your shoulders may our majestic Lord continue to bless and guide you.

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  355. I appreciate the sincerity with which you acknowledge the limited knowledge you have, this character magnifies Christ in you. Praise the Lord for your testimony. The study of prophets is a great inspiration to me and I am finding courage in hopeless situations to trust Christ.

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  356. Thankyou Hollie for the encouragement. Hope we meet before the Lords return.
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  357. Thanks for sharing and thanksfor letting God use you to bless so many.

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  358. Thank you Hollie for your inspiring words. The Word of God is indeed ‘Living’ because every time it is spoken, it sounds new and feels both refreshing and invigorating. I found this message very encouraging and empowering. Thanks again for candidly sharing your thoughts with us. Indeed, our God is faithful to the end. All we need is to trust Him with our faith. God bless you.

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  359. Thank you for your sharing. Despite the hardship that I face, it is always through God’s word that I find hope to persevere. This year study helps me to grow my knowledge about God’s character and through this my perspective about suffering has been changed. I learn that my God is sovereign and nothing is out of His control, all the things that happen in my life is for my good and it is God who allow all of them to happen. He remains also trustworthy for the uncertainty of the Future.

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  360. This was a very good letter, thankyou Hollie for posting, very thought provoking and well balanced

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  361. I truly thank God for BSF. Thank you for sharing about the prophets. I shared about the call of Jeremiah and his hesitation to accept the call to serve with my cell group. God equips us for service, He doesn’t allow us to opt out.

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  362. Struggles are not fun but I thank God for them as I grow closer to him as I surrender my weaknesses to his perfect and grace filled character. I don’t want to stay the same, I want to grow closer to God. “I am yours and you are mine” a favorite Isaiah verse. Prayer time is more fulfilling…Jesus just may be saying…”what will she say today” ?!

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  363. Thank you for your honesty, Hollie. It’s comforting to know that you, also, have struggled, persevered, & were, thus, blessed. God’s ways are not always our ways, but He always wants to prosper us through them. Blessings to you.

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    • This was so insightful message. It has blessed me.
      What else can I say:
      Here I’m I, send me Lord!
      Thankyou Hollie and God bless you so much.

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    • Thank you for the honesty and encouragement. BSF this year has been awesome. Lots of learnings. The prophets had experiences and times of discouragement that I could identify with. The hope and the peace they found in God, encouraged me to put my hope and trust in God in times of trouble.

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    • What a beautiful and honest testimony to the work God has called you to do! As I coped with the loss of my oldest, dearest sister, I knew God understood my pain and He gave me the peace only He could. I know He is always with me and will sustain me to fulfill the purpose for which I am called.

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  364. I have found my time at BSF to be inspiring and educational!! I have also met so many wonderful people!!
    I thank God for sending a friend from another state to lead me to BSF. Now I’m telling people where I go about it.

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  365. So encouraging. Thank-you.

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    • Very encouraging. As we commenced the September session, my eye problem escalated, which required consulting many eye doctors, out of the country.

      I thank God for leading me so far, for the wealth of knowledge from our study.

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    • Thank you for this encouraging message! God has been so good to me during the toughest times. He was there with me the whole time. I pray that like Elijah that my perspective will change when my faith is being stretched and that I keep my eyes on God and not on the circumstances. Praise be to God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.

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  366. Thank you Hollie for your encouragement of us all and for your diligent service via BSF.
    The notes are very good and are a systematic guide that helps one to make regular progress in studying God’s Word.

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  367. Thanks Hollie for this heartfelt massage! Through this study, God affirmed that He never wastes our struggles again and again. The job God gives to me and people God brings to my life call me to rely on HIM only and trust him wholeheartedly . Through some painful times God stretches the limits of my faith. Thanks and Praise be to the Lord!

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  368. Thank you Hollie and to all who make BSF happen. It’s been such blessing for me the last several years as I learn how to persevere through trials with hope. The Lord’s goodness and faithfulness are everything. I will be moving to a rural area this summer and will so miss my local bsf and small groups, but very thankful i can still do it online. Praise God for His Word in these wayward times.

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  369. So blessed and so encouraged by this years study. To think God pursuing his people with so many different profits Not giving up, wanting them to turn to him. Gives me much hope for my unsaved family members that God will not give up and keep pursuing them.
    My group was so faithful in prayer and encouraging me as I went through a season and still am in a season of cancer. I was able to return today for the first time in five months and my group got to see firsthand God’s work in my life. So glad I stuck with my original group and didn’t go to an online group. They got to experience Gods faithfulness and answers to many of there prayers.
    Thank you to all of you and Gods riches blessings,
    Kim
    PS Hollie thank you for your lecture a while back so impactful

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  370. Thanks For The lessons.I am Growing, Learning, Serving,As A Servant of God Telling Others .This Year & Last Yr Has helped Me Study More, Learning.At A Time SUCH As This!!

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    • This study has really challenged my perspective about God, His work and myself so much. Thank you Hollie for sharing and l really like what you have said that God never calls us to empty work. Sometimes it feels like what l am doing has no impact but as we study the scriptures written hundreds of years ago they still people in every generation. I can only say ‘Lord, here am l, send me’

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    • Bible Study Fellowship means so much to me & so many others! I have grown so much through BSF and will continue to reach out to others and encourage them to join us for our next study!
      God has “shown His face “ to us so many times throughout this study! Had I dropped out or given up when the study became difficult…I would have missed the blessings He had planned for me!
      Blessings!

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  371. Thank you so much for your words of wisdom, your thoughts, shared in this message above. I find such comfort and compassion in your struggle. l am grateful and thankful as you are speaking so strongly into my challenges and Gods character building for me in this season 💕🌷

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  372. Yes I’m often discouraged and tired but God’s word and the BS F studies and your wonderful words always lift me up to face each day more fully prepared. Thank you and BSF for providing such in-depth studies.

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  373. This is my 2nd year with BSF
    I’m 70 & often feel well behind my BSF peers.A doubting Thomas, if you will. In my youth our Bible was in Latin! BSF has encouraged and inspired me to get much deeper in His Word!
    Thank you for your words of encouragement & faith in Gods ways & plans for us on this earth.
    Gary Antczak
    Fort Worth, Tx

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  374. Praise the Lord. Such an encouragement to me
    I was struggling to understand His purposes for my life.

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  375. inspiring and thought provoking thoughts.Its reassuring faith.I am blessed. Thanks very much for sharing this message

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  376. I would never have thought that I would find myself in similar situations as the prophets of the Old Testament. I had the same fears, sorrows, grief, loneliness and feelings of inadequacy as they did. It is through their weaknesses that God made His power known. He did not change their circumstances but changed their hearts to be ever more willlng to follow Him through the difficult tasks He assigned to them. There have been a lot of times in this year’s study that I find myself in tears for I am loss for words at how God’s Word transform my heart and my life such that I find peace in tumultuous conditions. Slowly but surely I am finding my footing in what is truly the solid foundation- God’s righteousness and love. I look forward to continuing with the study of John as God continues to write His letters of love for us.

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  377. Hollie, thank you for your uplifting and inspirational message. As this year is ending, this study for me has been very challenging but encouraging and hopeful. I especially loved Jeremiah and Lamentations. I am struggling in my leadership role for next year due to some health issues. I am just about ready to throw in the towel and sit on the other side. I have prayed and I am still praying as to what the Lord will have me to do. I lead a Zoom group at my location and my ladies are already asking if I am returning in the fall. They want to be in my group again. I really don’t want them to come to BSF because of a particular leader; but come because they have a thirst and a hungry to know the Lord better and grow in their walk with him. On the other hand I must say that I am convicted. I asking the Lord are you speaking to me through these wonderful ladies. I do love BSF and I am praying for the right answer; not my will Lord, but thy will be done.

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  378. Holly,
    I appreciate your words and your transparency of your struggles. This year has brought unforeseen circumstances my way, my husband, who is also a BSF leader, lost his job. The study of these amazing prophets and their commitment to obedience to God prepared us to trust even deeper the God we serve. He is beyond what our words can describe. He is worthy. I know we will never look at these men quite the same way, or what we are called to do. Thank you for your service to us and your obedience and love for our Lord.

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  379. This is the first BSF study that I have ever done. When I was invited to attend the first day of class, my first answer was NO thanks, not today, I am very tired.
    I was invited to the second class and I went without being convinced that that was what I wanted to do. For the third class, I thought that it was too much to read and that the time I had was not enough to be prepared.
    Now I can say, that I have learned much more than I could expect.

    The Lectures together with the preparation and question to reflect on them, give me a wide panorama of God’s plan for salvation which speaks of His own character and love for the human race.
    I have experienced the greatness and kindness of God by studying The Divided Kingdom this time wiht BSF

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  380. I have come to accept that I will never feel fully confident (competent?) when following God’s callings, even though I am confident in other things. Maybe this is how He wants me. Faith has grown this year – a work in progress!

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  381. Hi Hollie
    This is a note from faraway Singapore. Though relatively new, you are doing great in this job. I am very inspired by your message. Want to encourage you to push on. Praise God. Amen.

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  382. Thank you, Hollie, for this added encouragement to seek God and say yes to the mission He has for each of His children. It requires fortitude, perseverance and trust in the Lord. I hope to keep in mind the great struggles, faith and purpose the prophets displayed and to listen and respond to any work He has for me. What a great study this is for us all!

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  383. Many years ago when I switched from a women’s day class to a night class in order to rejoin the work force, my new teaching leader met with me to discuss how being a DL was going. In near tears came my admission that I just couldn’t do this. She hugged me and with a huge smile she said, “Now you’ve got it! YOU can’t ..HE can and will work in and through you!” Those few minutes changed me! So thankful to God for the gift of BSF.
    This year has challenged me again to lean and wait on HIM.

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  384. I love that God knows what He is doing even if we don’t understand. Giving us His Word to understand Him more with the people He chose to have a covenant with. Even though they were unfaithful, He was always faithful. I admit this study got me a bit depressed at times but taught me so much about how patient, faithful, merciful and just is our God. He is a Big God and this year showed me just how Big and powerful He can be. Sin is the problem, not God. I’m compelled to pray more for my country to turn from sin. Grateful for BSF helping me know this Big, awesome, wonderful and powerful Lord more!

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    • Amen my sentiments exactly’. Thank you for sharing.

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  385. Hi Hollie
    Christ is Risen, Isaiah poetry’s a suffering Messiah, bruised but silent in affliction. The parallel of the suffering outcast is a wrenching picture that both repulses and propels the surrender. Jeremiah’s example of forbearance is truly remarkable and also difficult to emulate. Knowing our own place in humility and love for others allows our sacrifice through the heart and brokenness we feel allows our merciful Lord to respond , intercede or instruct (or offer wisdom). That protection and provision is so real

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  386. This was a wonderful overview of the lessons we learned this year. Those prophets were a great inspiration for us today. Before this year, I only knew their names. Now I can appreciate their dedication and steadfast work. Thank you Hollie for your in depth review and reminder to keep our trust in God.

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  387. My prayer is that God leads me guides me and walk be side me and help me find the way in teach me all that I must do to live with him someday

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  388. The study of Jeremiah has been challenging but illuminating. I am growing in my knowledge of our Creator and His incredible love for us. It’s true…He’s merciful and kind and patient and everything that’s necessary to see that we return to the place He ordained for us….with Him….in Glory.

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  389. I just wanted to tell you something. I was a children’s leader 30 years ago, when BSF first came to Fayetteville , GA. Then in and around 4 years later I went to work . I thought I had to do something important with my life. The things of the world were so important to me. I quenched the Holy Spirit from my life. I just shut the door to Jesus. And the stresses of the world took me over. I had a debilitating stroke in 2012. I am a miracle of God. He used the last 10 years to bring back to the most important job I will ever have. I am now a children’s leader once again. It has filled my life up so much. As they say, my cup runneth over with the love of Jesus. I am a true example of what sin tries to destroy God will truly restore.

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    • Wow and Amen!!

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  390. Thank you, Hollie, for your transparency in this encouraging message. It is timely.

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  391. Thank you for the encouragement Hollie. This has been a challenging year but also a year of seeing God’s hand in new and powerful ways

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  392. Here am I. Send me! May this always be my response!

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  393. Through the studies this year God has been faithful; because, I have been able to share with so many and assist others. Through the prophets and Gods vision I gained a better insight into his divine guidance. Many times I would’ve wanted things to happen right now ; but, I have accepted “, it’s only in Gods timing. Continue to work and wait. Because he move and bless whom he chooses to bless.

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  394. Thanks so much Hollie. I have not committed to be a group leader next year because as I asked Jackie, “Have I done a good enough job?” She said I had, but I think I need to look at what you were told “That is not yours to judge. You are simply asked to be faithful to God’s call and trust that He will work in you and through you.” I will pray about God’s will for next year. My class went well once I dared to lead it by myself, (there were 22 people in the class and so now we each have 11), but I feel that there are a lot of BSF rules that I do not have down. I could read the manual better this summer. Thanks for your encouraging words.😊

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  395. Hollie,
    Thank you for your words of wisdom. The Divided Kingdom study has been an incredible revelation of the amazing faithfulness of God as reflected in the lives of the prophets. The suffering, rejection and discouragement they faced and yet proclaimed the love and gracious promises of God is humbling. I feel very undeserving of how the Lord has blessed me and my family so abundantly.

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  396. I thank God for you Hollie and your commitment of faithful service to God as the BSF Executive Director. Thank you also for this encouraging message that spoke to my heart. May God bless you and BSF as we trust Him to work in us and through us for His honor and glory and continued growth.

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  397. Well written! Praise the Lord and continue to serve Him! Thank you for your faithful service! To God be the glory great things He hath done! It has been a good year with Kim Solomon leading our group on zoom! Looking forward to another year in John!

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  398. Thank you for that inspirational blog
    I’ve had a difficult time keeping up with my class because of the time of the class I found my self running errands around that time and time would escape me . I plan to join a group that meets around 6 pm pst rather than 3 pm. Because I truly love learning Gods word through BSF.

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  399. Wow so encouraging Hollie!
    Thank you
    We just need to be faithful to our calling and be surrendered to Him to use

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  400. It is thought provoking to ponder that God does not call His people to empty work. All of our struggles and experiences are for a purpose if we are careful to align our lives to His will. Thank you for this!

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  401. Thank you Hollie. So inspiring. Thank you for saying send me Lord!

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  402. When I read about the prophets in the Old Testament, they are not only cry out for God’s judgment, but also care deeply about God’s people and the world. They are not hard-hearted, I can’t help but feel that their skin is super thin, and they feel humanity more deeply than ordinary people. They even don’t have skin at all, and their nerves are outside, and they can feel everything directly.

    I seem to understand that all Christians united in eternal relationship with God are passionate beings, and that perhaps my greatest sin is apathy—a lack of enthusiasm.

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  403. I’m truly more powerful in the struggles that have crossed my path. Relying on his words and trusting him to deliver me in all my endeavours. PTL.

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  404. I want to thank you so much for sharing this. When I started BSF this year, I thought so many times, there is no way I could do it, as my life turned upside down in September. My older brother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and my younger brother has been battling a different type of cancer for 16 years, and my mom is almost 90, leaving me the only sibling that could take over care needs for my mom, and all fiduciary responsibilities for my mom and the family estate. It has been a non-stop battle, with hurdles right and left. I have been working overtime, with trying to maintain my other day job, and managing all of the other needs, and barely keeping my head above water. I have missed many sessions of BSF, sometimes not being able to do a lesson. But God has done a big work in me, and through the lectures, scriptures, notes, and the blogs, He has been the one to keep me going, give me strength, and show me that He is with me, walking alongside, and He is the one carrying me. My dad went to be with the Lord 16 years ago, and lived a life of walking with the Lord. He never wavered in His faith, trusted the Lord with his business and providing payroll for his employees. I have been through some very hard times in my life, and God has brought me through those, but it has been different this time. This has been ongoing with struggle after struggle, leading to my lamenting on Good Friday, after I read the blog from BSF. I am growing and learning, and know God is going to use this. While I am still working through all that is going on, and we don’t know the outcome of my brothers, I know God is faithful, and I cling on to Him.

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    • Sharon – I am so inspired by your comment. Thank you for sharing. Your heart for the Lord and perseverance spur all of us to press on in faith! Praying for you, sister!

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  405. Hollie, thank you for being open and real. This study has been God-sent! I have been struggling with hard family issues and going to BSF every week has been such a life-line for me.

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  406. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful experience. I relate to that God has called me to to be part of the church council and all the difficulty I have to live.
    I have been thinking to start again in BSF and I received your email.
    I will contact the neartes BSF to see if I can participate online. I have twins 4y and they have many therapist and the next office is too far. I hope it can work.

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    • In Jesus, we ask(Knock on the door) He will answer.

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  407. It was delightful year and being a history person have enjoyed the study giving me newer insights of GOD’s characters & HIS mercies.
    In my hard times I draw strength & wisdom from the study materials.
    Thank you much for putting things together for easier reading & understanding.

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  408. It was such a blessing to read the blog tonight. The strength, character and faith of the prophets sustains me and reinforces that I too need to pray and walk with God daily.

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  409. I am so grateful for BSF. So glad that Ms. Roberts and others answered the call of God on their lives. You are appreciated more than you know and may our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ continue to bless, inspire and keep you.

    Yours in Christ,

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  410. After many years of leadership in Community Bible Study it has been hard for me to adjust to being a member of a study group. But my mind is slowly coming around. I don’t have a CBS class close enough here so I attended a BSF class for a time. I had attended BSF many years ago in Calif in the area Mrs Johnson started BSF. Went for 4 1/2 yrs. When we moved east I found CBS. Now BSF is class closest. I’m hoping God will settle my thinking enough to once again listen for Gods voice. Waiting for September and the book of John again. It is one of my favs.
    Thanks for listening.

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  411. Thanks for answering the call on your life.

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  412. Thank you for these encouraging words. This is my third year in BSF, and I must say I have been thoroughly cleansed of many things in my life, and God is not through yet. I’ve realized that there is more to understand about scripture that I’ve taken for granted. And for that, I am repentfully sorry. God’s Word has brought “new meaning” to my life more than ever before. I’m just glad I discovered BSF, and have been obedient in faithfully attending. I share it with whoever I can, and invite them to take the step and join. Thank you for the impact you’ve allowed BSF to make in this senior citizens life. Bnkurged (Be Encouraged) always!

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  413. “Thousands of years later, God is still using the book of Isaiah to change the hearts and minds of those who read it.”
    This sentence is so very true! So, so many times as we studied these prophets could we feel them speaking into our own present days. Faithfulness and obedience are their enduring gifts! You Hollie are such a beautiful example of that!

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  414. In the past I have avoided “all women” groups because I was not at all comfortable in them. I am a childless widow and no one else usually was/is. I really get tired of hearing about nothing but the children and marriages of other women. This group has been different. We REALLY HAVE been focused on God’s Word and mentions of marriages and families have been only incidental. This group concentrates on God and on the lessons. I am glad I became involved with the group. I am not as ardent in my faith and tend to be introspective when it comes to talking about Jesus in a class focused on the Hebrew people way before the time of Jesus. I wish there had been more scholarship and less “Jesus talk” but it was good to have those Biblical stories and facts refreshed in my mind. Looking forward to the study of John next year.

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    • Your reply has an interesting perspective… not sure about “ Jesus talk” but I appreciated the tie in of an upcoming Messiah and the persona of Christ foretold and fulfilled.

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  415. Thank you, Hollie, for the reminders of what the prophets (and you) endured, yet carried on staying with our Lord and His purpose. Thank you for your wise words of encouragement.

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  416. Thank you for your words. I feel this study this year has been hard. But needed. God does want us to understand,but only through Him. We must pray before ready so we can learn through Him. Thank you again and looking forward to the next study.

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  417. Thank you for the inspiring story.

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  418. Thank you for the encouraging words and devoted leaders for this year’s study on the prophets of the old testament. I’ve been in BSF groups, as my mother was also, for a few years.

    Do you have resources to recommend for future devotions in becoming more equipped in the community as a Christian?

    Thank you.
    L.G.

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  419. Thank you for sharing , words of encouragement Hollie 💖

    A very timely reminder for me 😊

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  420. I have enjoyed and have been deeply inspired by the steadfastness of the prophets. I was most impressed with my LORD when I sawHIS LOVE for Elijah, when he was running scared of Jezebel and GOD came down and feed him and gave him rest. I believe the WORD of GOD that says he is not a respecter of persons so that strengthened my outlook in difficult times and situations. Also I’m encouraged to know that keeping my eyes focused on HIS promises is like Him Being there with me and for me. as HE was with the Prophets. HE will provide a way out. HE has a plan.

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  421. I look forward to myBSF group every week, we tend to take a lot of things for granted, God sacrificed his only son to save us from sin, I now aware of how much God loves his people, how compassionate and willing he is to forgive us if we just ask, just trust and believe, and that he expects us to share his word, love and care for others. God continues to bless me abundantly even though I am far from perfect, I pray he will never turn away his face in anger when I fall, I am a work in progress.🙏❤️

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  422. Hollie,

    I will admit that I was not equipped to be a GL for the Kingdom Divided Lesson. As my woman struggled to get through the verses, I felt God equipping me with compassion and understanding for the struggle we were all feeling. In the end we all found that God showed us each something that we took away from learning about God and His people. I believe God showed us the sin in our lives that we need to forever turn from. Bible Study Fellowship lessons take courage to stick to God’s lessons for our lives. It’s a perfect discipline to be in God’s word regularly. As we reflect, we seek Him and will forever follow His plan for us. Thank you BSF for the Truthful study that you provide to all.

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  423. I always enjoy your teaching.

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  424. Powerful! Thank you

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  425. I have been in BSF 5 times over a few years and I have enjoyed and learned from each one.
    Thanks.
    Fred

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  426. I loved this particular blog, just as I have loved the prophets this year. My only wish would have been that we spent the whole year on prophets. I feel that we still missed so much. Throughout teach year of BSF I have continued to grow. I now minister to a man in the hospital who has been paralyzed from the waist down for 30 years. I didn’t feel that I was equipped, but through the study of the prophets, I found the courage to step out in faith. Now I find that I am receiving as much as I am giving, and I have been truly blessed by this relationship. All due to searching for and listening to God’s direction for my life. Thank you for your story and your continuing efforts.

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  427. I have been inspired by your words and can say amen to it all. Sometimes I forget that God is leading not me and I am just an instrument . I have often said here am I send me as I struggle to uncover God’s will and calling for me.

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  428. Thank you for your faithfulness to our loving God. You are a good example to me. Theirs no one single adjective to describe the character of our loving God. Indeed He is Almighty and amazing God. He knows everyone of us and he knows everything about us. Divided Kingdom strengthen my knowledge about how the Lord deals with His children in every circumstances of their live. I learned to trust God more and obey and love Him more regardless of my circumstances. Our God knows what is best for us. Yes, while God is forgiving He is also a just God. He discipline whom He loves. Thank you for your life andGd bless.

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  429. Thank you, Hollie. Many times I have said “I want out”. God faithfully stood with me and encouraged me.

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  430. Thank you for sharing this, it always humbles me to the Fact that God is in charge and my faith in him son, and my trying to abide in his work comforts and gives me peace in hard times. Thank you Lord Jesus, Amen

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  431. I didn’t want to read another blog but I sure am glad I did. I needed to hear your words during this time of feeling very inadequate for my position. I work with a group that would consider me “low capacity.” I want to quit but I know the God who placed me there will have to be the one to retire me. And so I persevere, looking to Him to provide the capacity so I can be enough.

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  432. Thank you for your faithfulness and encouragement.

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  433. After going through my quiet time, I opened my email box and found your article. Hereunder is my reflection:

    I have committed to go where He leads and acted as He directs. But as I ponder upon His call, I felt overwhelmed. This begged the following questions: How far will I go? Am I willing to let God disrupt my ordinary life to pursue His extraordinary purpose? And Isaiah 46:4 answered my ‘doubts.’ He offers hope. He promises to sustain and carry me through my journey. Praise be to God!

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  434. My 16 years with BSF have blessed me beyond measure as I learned to trust Jesus no matter how tough my situation. I grew so much being a Group Leader and sharing God’s Word with others, and then being Treasurer. What a privilege to serve Him. Trusting Jesus that is all no matter how much Satan tries to create doubt. God will keep us.

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  435. Praise God! Thank you for such an encouraging message. I can certainly relate, the focus is on what Jesus has done not on what we have done.

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  436. This year’s study was able to identify for me how God never fails is even though we fail Him over and over again. The lesson on Lamentations was particularly important as we see every day how corrupted our society has become. It’s so scary. But hope abides in us all of us if we remain steadfast and trust in the salvation Jesus Christ won for us. Praise Him!

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  437. Thank you BSF. The study of the prophets surely made a big difference in my life. I’m looking forward to the study of John next season. Truly God calls, encourages and sustains. We just have to surrender and trust His plan. He will never leave us.

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  438. I was just asked to pray about being in leadership in my local class. I have been in leadership before as a CA and a CS while I was in the USAF both in the states and in Europe (England and Germany). Rosemary Jensen was the ED then. The need this time is in the children’s program which I didn’t think God was calling me too. As I was praying today your blog came through and reading it and God’s timing I was reminded that here am I, use me. Thanks and God bless you.

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  439. The study of Matthew showed me the person and deity of Jesus. I was truly humbled to finally ‘see’ him. It destroyed me in the best way. With the latest study I have found the goodness and faithfulness of God in all circumstances and had a revelation of the prophets who were called by him. Again I am humbled. Thank you for your wonderful teaching. It has changed me at the core.

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  440. A great study to grow my faith to persevere & march forward in my role to serve God

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  441. Thank you for your Service.
    Thank you to my group leader.
    BSF has been very special to so many. I love it. When we break for summer, it always leaves a hole in my heart and look forward to each new year.

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  442. I was as asked 2 yrs ago to be a GL and declined; when asked again last year, and after prayers, I felt God’s calling to serve Him. After a routine mammogram in August 2022, right before the start of our study of Divided Kingdom, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
    I felt Satan was attacking my
    confidence and determination to serve the Lord. I went through ups and downs throughout surgery and radiation. God has been faithful and merciful to me. He walked me through self doubts and feelings of unworthiness to serve. I learn to focus on Him and His words and always find comfort and guidance.
    I do concur that God stretches the limits of our faith.

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  443. This doesn’t apply to this blog which I do appreciate, but I have a question. Is it posse to receive printed copies of the weekly lectures? I’ve found it difficult to keep up with the speaker when taking notes and have to backtrack.

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    • Hi Peggy! Each BSF class has a Teaching Leader that writes their own lecture or uses shared lectures within a region. Please contact your class directly with this question. Thank you!

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  444. Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised. All my live He has led me, for He is faithful. He picks me up when I fall. Forever grateful.
    Jason Chong

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  445. I am new to BSF my first year, but I must say I have truly enjoyed it. I have learned how to study the scriptures and discuss, I am so looking forward to studying John.

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  446. Thank you Hollie,

    You have had several words this year that have spoken volumes to me.

    Laura

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  447. I have been so thankful that my daughter told me about BSF.. it has been wonderful digging in the Words of the Old Testament and new seeing Gods great Love and Grace… I know Jesus us always with us and I’m thankful he has opened my mine and heart to see and receive !!!

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  448. What a great message. I have thoroughly enjoyed (and learned from) the minor prophets. I am in a position where God is using me to help those less fortunate… those who are homeless…. those who are living without Christ in their lives. I am in awe of the bravery of the prophets… the boldness with which they spoke to their contemporaries. I WANT to be like them. I WANT to tell the people I work with about the Jesus I love. I have gained a lot of confidence after studying God’s “Spokesmen”, and look forward to stretching and growing in being not only God’s hands and feet, but His “spokesgirl”.

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  449. Thank you Holly for those words of encouragement. My pray is that God will continue to bless you and keep you in His care and may our Lord God continue to build BSF with a firm foundation through your Administration. We are so thankful for all our past leaders and Ms. Audrey Johnson who started BSF. May God bless your team and as you grow may we also grow more closer to our Lord! In Jesus name, I pray! Amen! Love always through Christ Jesus!

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  450. I have enjoyed reading the Books of the Prophets, because I never realize how much of the Old Testament points to the coming of Jesus! Also, how the people turned away from God as they have in this present time.

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  451. Thank you Hollie for faithfully encouraging and leading our class through this year’s study of the prophets and their faithfulness in delivering God’s words of warning and hope, judgement and grace. Those powerful words still speak to our broken world and remind us that in Christ alone our Hope is found!

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  452. I was not encouraged when I found out who we were studying this year at BSF. I have never took the time to spend reading the Old Testament. But I can honestly say I really enjoyed what we’ve been studying. Once you get past all the kings and their unique names I really learned a lot! Looking forward to John as that is what I started BSF with and this year or next my sister is going to start!

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  453. Thank you so much Mrs. Hollie, I’m more trusting God’s word than ever before, and it’s because of my BSF classes on zoom!!

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  454. I believe in my father. He may send me.

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  455. Great summary of !! I needed to read this about your role and difficult time, I’m really struggling with a position that I have as a volunteer with teens, so thank you!!! I’m inspired to surrender, Gods call does stretch our faith for sure!! ! ❤️❤️❤️

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  456. Awesome word

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  457. Hi Hollie,
    Thank you for your encouragement to press in and believe our loving Heavenly Father at His Word through troubles.
    I have struggled physically in many surprising ways much
    of this year, yet The
    Lord has given me the
    strength and fortitude to
    continue to trust Him through it, to continue to grow in wisdom and knowledge of my gracious benevolent God no matter what condition I find myself in.
    Grace strength!
    Laura🌺

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  458. I am not sure if my request for next year study was received. If not I’d like to be included

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  459. May God continue to bless you.
    To God be the glory!

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  460. In this world, we will have a lots troubles, Jesus told us over two thousand years ago , but take heart, he had overcome the world! Thought His Spirit, we are able to overcome this horrible world too ! Amen

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  461. Holly thank you for listening to GOD’S words and making the commitmen to lead. This year has been a difficult study, but so enlightening. I’ve read the Old Testament many times, but this year has brought what I was missing to life. Your Sister in Christ Jesus.

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  462. Excellent study of Kingdom Divided. Learned a lot about God and His way of dealing with His disobedient children in the Old Testament .

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  463. Excellent advice and a reminder that I needed today. Thank you Hollie and all BSF teachers for your encouragement, caring leadership.

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  464. Thank you for the words of encouragement Hollie. And, all that you do to support BSF.
    IHPN, Pam

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  465. Hollie,

    I have been asked to be on the ballot for president of the our District Women’s Church group. I feel inadequate and too old, but after reading your blog I know that if God wants me to serve in that capacity He will provide exactly what I need. He has always done that in the past so why do I doubt?

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  466. Thank you so much I needed to hear these words right now I’m in a transition period after y husbands death s d am left wondering what do you wsnt me to do now , Lord?

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  467. Through the study of the prophet God has taught me that he is always faithful. When we walk in this life we have heartache and difficulty but we are never in the fire alone he is there walking with us if only we ask. This has been a hard year for me. I lost my husband of 40 years suddenly but thank God he has comforted thru it all. He is my joy in this life as he will be in the next

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  468. Hollie,
    I have learned much about being obedient to the job(group leader) even as I was often overwhelmed by the material. Same stubborn and unfaithful people continued to go in the wrong direction away from God. And yet the message of hope persisted. It was wonderful that the last scripture verse in the study(from Romans 15:4)talked about “endurance taught in the scriptures and the encouragement they provide” resulting in hope.

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  469. Thanking God for BSF

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  470. With the world turning away from God . I feel comforted in hearing and reading the word of God

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  471. Hi Ms. Hollie,

    Psalm 27 is one of my favourite Psalm.

    I am growing in the Lord. I know it. Many things I read in the Bible and many things answer and say about what I am seeking.

    Yes, the Lord is close to me and He wants me to grow and know Him more and more.

    Thank you for your notes Hollie. Very helpful. Amen.

    PS BSF is very deep in studying the Word of God to know who He is. Thank you so much.

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  472. This was helpful and encouraging. Thank you

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  473. BSF has been life changing for me I recommend it to all people that will listen Thank you for your time you spend.

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  474. I have been called to speak to several area groups of women. I have recently been in a lot of physical pain. Your blog gave me comfort. Each time I speak, I have to completely rely on God to give me strength. His strength is made perfect in weakness because I know I can’t do it alone. Praise God! He has been there each time I speak. No pain the entire time I speak! Even though the pain returns, I know He is with me.

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  475. The BSF blogs, articles, videos are some of the best I’ve used. Also, the organization stays so true to scripture. I’ve told more than one person that your Bible Study system of questions, lecture, group discussion and notes is the best I know and I have done many. Thank you and the Lord! I hope I’m never without BSF!

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  476. Before we started “Kingdom Divided,” all I really knew of the Old Testament was what I saw in old Charlton Heston movies. Cynically, I asked myself, “why do I need to spend this much time getting to know the OT in such detail?”
    Boy was I wrong and sooo pleased that I was!

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  477. Thank you for your leadership and your testimony. May the LORD continue to strengthen you and bless you. It makes me want to continue in the studies of BSF!

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  478. The study this year has inspired and challenged me to dive into the Word with action steps to follow as I connect with people within my community. The most recent lesson in Lamentations, although pulled at my emotions, the enhanced understanding of “Compassion” to be present within my lifestyle as an extension of God’s Love, Grace, Mercy, and Forgiveness. I seek to extend the same compassion to others as an extension of God’s love within me.

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  479. Thank you Hollie, for the true example in your life, of what it is like to follow Jesus in what He calls us too do.
    Thank you for this study this year, this is my 20 plus year in BSF, and I am so Thank ful to have study the Old Testament, yes it was hard to understand at times, but I have a new appreciation for the Word of God, plus the Old Testament now. And there are times where the Lord has used this book this year, that have given direction & clarity for my life and this week as we have finished Lamentations to allow the lament of Jeremiah, I richly appreciate.
    Thank you BSF, & Praise to our Lord for His faithfulness & mercy!

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  480. This years study has been phenomenal! I have been inspired so much in the lives of the OT prophets, their struggles and triumphs and God’s grace in their lives. Thank you for this wonderful study.

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  481. Hollie, this has been an incredibly difficult year for me as well. Thank you for speaking from your heart. God’s word brings both comfort and courage.

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  482. God kept knocking on my door to attend BSF and I used a variety of excuses not to attend. But I finally couldn’t resist the call any longer and my life, my soul, has been renewed by studying His word with Godly sisters in Christ, and an excellent study developed by BSF. My spirit is joyful and I abide closer to God than ever before. Studying the prophets, their perils and the strength of their faith has been a real “ eye opener”, even having been a faithful church attender all my life. BSF is my abundant blessing!

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  483. Powerful! trusting God for guidance all the way, even in the dark moments, He remain the light. None of us and even all together we can not establish anything sensible and sustainable except by his Spirit, his character, his word. Thanks for your powerful testimony and great leadership of service madam Hollie Roberts.

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  484. God calls…..it is our choice to answer. Scared or not

    Thank you for sharing and your obedience even though you were scared,

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  485. One of the reasons I joined BSF was because we only have one vehicle and it was too hard to make in person classes. It has been my privilege to be in 2 BSF groups this year. My dear friend asked me to join her BSF class but the time zones caused me to miss too many meetings. With the help of BSF I found a local group that meets at a time friendly for me. Both groups have such awesome Christian ladies and I have learned so very much from both. I am so very blessed to have been able to join my local group. This group of ladies have been an overwhelming blessing to me from day one. I speak by phone and text several times during the week with my leader. We have such a connection both spiritually and personally. Every single class I feel like I have taken more than I have given in class. I believe the Lord put me in touch with this group because of all our connections. I still am in touch with my first class leader and know that our prayers for each other and other group members continue. I’ve asked several of my family and friends to join BSF even if they are in brick and mortar classes. BSF means to so much to me.

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  486. Thank you for this encouraging message. It gave me courage to step out on my faith in God to be faithful to God when he calls me to serve. The various prophetic books were encouraging. It help me to see that I am worthy in his sight to be used for his Will. Even though my life may be difficult he will always be with me. He sees, hears and responds to me. I believe, trust and hope in my heart for him. Thank God for his love, sacrifice, forgiveness, restoration and for our salvation.

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  487. Your prayer “Lord I know that I am not enough, but I know that you are” is just the answer to my challenge. I’m about to embark on my first time of teaching a Bible study for men at Sojourner Truth Ministries and it’s the book of John. I’m in my 5th year of BSF and have loved and struggled through most lessons, but God has placed it on my heart to do this study; my wife is a group leader and has encouraged me. I’m sure I will use that payer. Thank you for all you do for BSF.

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  488. I have learned so much this year about God’s promises to those He called upon. I am only 3-4 years in my beliefs in Jesus promises. Too often I question that I am worthy of His love and forgiveness of my past sins and life. I love my Lord and Savior with all my heart.

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  489. Thank you Hollie. This so addressed my situation and your words are an encouragement.

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  490. Thanks for this inspiring blog. Lots to think about. We need to surrender all and depend on God for all things as He leads us.

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  491. Thank you for that encouragement! Well spoken truth. God’s character shines so vividly in all these Prophets lives and callings. Such beautiful human vulnerability that makes us surrender to His call. I’ve so loved this year!! Thank you!!

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  492. Through this study I have found that God want’s to have a close relationship with Him and to listen and obey. He knows that I am human and will make mistakes, but I just need to repent. No matter the season of my life I need to always trust Him and put Him FIRST. For He is my HOPE come what may; He is forever present.

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  493. Your words are both wise and a great reminder of some of the prophets we have studied this year and their struggles and strong faith! Praise God!🙏🙏

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  494. Thank you for taking the time to write this. It was very encouraging!

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  495. Very encouraging, Hollie. Thank you. I’m hoping to serve the Lord in BSF until the day I die. I’m almost 84, but am still able to be a CL in the Student Program. ‘Was formerly a GL & TL. PRAISE & THANK God!!! What a privilege to trust Him for ALL, for His glory and purpose.

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  496. Thank you for your leader ship! You have provided inspiration.

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  497. This was a timely word for me as I seek God’s wisdom in different areas of responsibility in my life and His calling on my future. Thank you.

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  498. Thank you for sharing Hollie! The encouragement through you and the prophets of old have truly given me a hope and stronger desire to serve and continue growing and loving through the Words of God. May He continue pouring into you and blessing you and yours!!!
    In His love,

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  499. I feel we are living in the same era after so many centuries. All are running through the broad way and very few are in the narrow way. Selfishness, self righteousness, and high goals and ambitions of live , people have no time for family , friends , and God . All are having a marathon run. How to evangelize I don’t know . And nobody is interested to hear because they don’t believe, including my own family . So I pray for the unbelievers to have a discerning spirit and choose the right path for their spiritual life .

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  500. Dear Hollie,

    I have been approached re leading an online BSF study. Just this morning I was ready to say “no” because I felt my plate was full. After reading your blog, I sense the Lord telling me otherwise. I am still reluctant, but will continue to pray.

    Thank you for you ministry.
    Mary-Alice

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  501. God has sustained me through a broken hip, injured shoulder with His strength, help, BSF and so much more. His grace is sufficient. Jeremiah 41:10 is my “go to verse”.

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  502. I am still seeking more understanding of God’s Word and your introduction has me fired up and ready to go..

    THANKS

    JANIE JOHNSON

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  503. I really do hope & pray, that I can join BSF, to join a wonderful group of ladies. And to study the book of John. I will need someone to pick me up & bring me home.

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    • Teresa, we would love to have you! Once you register for a class here: https://join.bsfinternational.org/ You can ask your group leader or class administrator for additional help. Also – if you click “international” when you go to https://join.bsfinternational.org/ you can join an online group and enjoy BSF from your home! We will be praying for your group next year!

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  504. “Lord, I know that I am not enough, but You are.”
    WOW! What a great daily prayer.

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  505. GOD, Send Me I Will Go!
    I remember saying those very words and knew nothing of the
    THIS GOD I HAVE FOUND HERE IN BSF STUDY!!
    THANK YOU BSF!
    THANK YOU FATHER GOD!
    HE HEARD MY CRY AND SAW MY TEARS!!!

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  506. Thank you so much for this blog Hollie. I question my leadership abilities this year as a Group Leader. You gave me such good words to repeat over and over to myself – “That is not yours to judge. You are simply asked to be faithful to God’s call and trust that He will work in you and through you.” As I go into the Study of John next year, I need to continually remind myself, that it is NOT about me, but it is all about what God called me to do. Jesus take the wheel!

    I appreciate you! Hugs!

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  507. Thank You for this overview of where we have been and where we are going. WE are pilgrims on a journey, and you have gently weaved your own testimony of discipleship into the Biblical frame to encourage all who read your post.

    Again, thank you. You invite us into this walk of faith- with its many blessings, not just for the here and now, but for the generations to come.

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  508. Thank you Hollie for these words of encouragement. Just reading the manual for becoming a new online group leader, the job seems overwhelming. At the age of 76 and not knowing a lot of technology I know it will be a challenge. I also know I serve a faithful God that knows my weaknesses and still has called me for such an important job. I love the Lord and feel so privileged to share His Word with other ladies. I’m praying for a blessed year with BSF. 🙏

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  509. Take time to lament
    Time between pain and hope
    Waiting from anticipation to finishing job.
    Purpose for study Lamentation
    Preferably in Hebrew if possible
    Any help from BSF to direct us to experience lamenting because godly sorrow leads to salvation 😇

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  510. I really felt I should read this blog this morning as I have woken up again with numerous medical and sad family pressures burdening me down. So much so that I was seriously considering quitting my bsf role. Gods word, through Hollies shared experience, has changed my perspective and I will continue the work God has asked me to do for him.

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  511. I truly have been amazed at the stories of the prophets ability to withstand so much
    trust in God and continued keeping in touch with God all their life. IT is difficult to
    understand God and keep hope in the forefront when our world is repeating the same
    evil practices as done in Bible days. This study gives us all so many ways of
    sharing with each other and means of supporting one another realizing the many
    temptations that confront us all. God bless you for making this a growing year.

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  512. Throughout the year I have been dealing with a medical issue that has challenged me in many ways. I can say my BSF journey this year has given me comfort and confidence that God knows my situation and will provide what I need and when the time is right. My brother’s and each weekly gathering have been the support I have needed. Blessings form His Word.

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  513. Every Christian, no matter who they are or what they do, are called to minister to others and make disciples. You could be a nurse, a business owner, a dog groomer, an athlete, or some crazy combination of the four, and you would still have the call by God to serve those around you and tell others about Jesus. That’s the purest definition of ministry.

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  514. Hollie, I understand what you are saying about life becoming difficult. I remember feeling that Satan had taken notice of what I was doing and was trying to stop me. With prayerful support of my friends, God over came and I succeeded in becoming a Stephen Minister.

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  515. Thank you for such encouragement. You are doing a wonderful, God-glorifying job!!!

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  516. I want to return to BSF after my absence due to medical reasons. What do I need to do?

    Thanks!

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