For at least 15 years, my mom encouraged me to join Bible Study Fellowship, International. I couldn't attend because the only classes were during the day when I was working. I honestly didn't understand why she was so insistent. I was a believer and I thought that was sufficient. I had a lot going on in my life and studying the Bible was not something I was doing, nor was it something I was willing to make time to do. In 2014, it was announced that an evening women's class would be offered in Rock Hill. I couldn't use my old excuse. I (grudgingly) agreed to attend to attend from September until December. I stayed the course and re-enrolled for the next year's study, Revelation.
The following year we studied John. Powerful.
And this year we are studying Romans. Eye-opening!
I used to be one of those people who was annoyed when people explained everyday situations in terms of what the Bible said. I used to think God was for Sunday, not the rest of the days of the week. I used to think the Bible was hard to read, hard to understand. I used to think the Bible was limited in its perspective because it was written so many years ago. I now know that it was me who was limited in perspective.
It was through Bible study that my latest publication, a devotional, was borne. In April (2017) I was talking with my nephew about Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, as some call it. The news was on and there was some political scandal as the headline. I started telling him how Jesus's death was somewhat political, that it was prophesied in the Old Testament, several times, so God intended for it to happen, but the actual events were a scandal and laws were bent in order for it to happen. My nephew, 23 years-old, looked at me with wide eyes, "Auntie Kim, I've just learned more about the Bible in these 10 minutes than I knew in my whole life." It was at that moment that I knew I needed to write the devotional that the Holy Spirit had placed on my heart.
BSF has given me a new perspective on life, God's perspective. I didn't want to go, I put it off for a LONG time, but now the class is offered walking distance from my house, in the evening, so I do believe God wants me to be there. I have learned so much, and I feel it is my duty to share this with everyone I know. Matthew 28:19 NIV "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." I don't think I'm qualified to baptize anyone, but I do think I'm qualified, and have a duty to share what I've learned about God's word.
I publish as Human Terms Publishing & Educational Services, LLC. I chose this name because so many people have told me in my years as an educator that I have a talent for explaining things in easy-to-understand ways, even Chemistry! Romans 6:19 ESV states, "I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification." I write in Human Terms explaining to others that which God has made clear to me.
I invite everyone reading this blog to read one of my books. I believe you will find a blessing in the pages. The most recent book is Turn North: A 30-Day Devotional and Journal. Also published in 2017 are A Girls' Guide to Abstinence and A Guys' Guide to Abstinence. The abstinence books are told from many perspectives: the Biology teacher, the parent, and young person who found out the hard way. There are nonfictional chapters as well as short stories that give perspective to the nonfictional points. Each of these books costs $6.99--very affordable for those on your Christmas list. Each fists nicely in a Christmas stocking, and each is appropriate for those on your prayer list. All are available on Amazon with Prime shipping. If you are in Rock Hill, message me, and I will bring you one from my stock.
Thank you for reading!
Eight days until Christmas!
Much Love to you!
Copyright Kimberly Griffith Massey, 2017
If you like this style of writing, you will enjoy Turn North: A 30-Day Devotional and Journal written by the author of this blog.