Saturday, May 21, 2011

We're still here!

May 21, 2011 6:00 pm has come and gone, and we're still here and Jesus hasn't returned. My heart goes out to all of those poor people who love the Lord but believed a lie. If they had stayed in the WHOLE Word of God I don't think they would have been deceived. No man knows the hour of Christ's return. But we CAN know the season, and all things point to His return being near. Its just a shame that every time something like this happens, Christians and the truth of God's Word lose credibility. It does create an opportunity, however. I went to the pharmacy yesterday and the pharmacist said, "Good thing you're picking this up today because tomorrow the world's going to end!" Then she laughed. I commented that I felt bad for the poor people who had sold their homes and quit their jobs believing it was true. Then she said, "Where do they get this stuff?" Now THERE'S an invitation to talk about the return of Jesus! I kept it very simple and direct (I was so happy I had just completed teaching a 30 week study on the Book of Revelation!) but I gave her the truth. She listened to every word I said with great interest. I don't believe we would have been having that talk if it hadn't been for this crazy prediction. So I thanked God for the opportunity to share His Word on my way out of the store. Now I'm praying that the faith of those who are disappointed and embarrassed tonight will not be destroyed. Jesus didn't fail them, man did.

Everyone LOVES The Ruth Retreat

The following was written by a retreat facilitator describing my teaching ministry:

"Since 1992, in addition to serving as a guest speaker for various occasions including weekend retreats, Patty Bivens has taught a weekly Bible study Tuesday evenings in the city of Orange sponsored by Community Bible Study, an international, interdenominational group. Over 200 women attend this study drawn by her down-to-earth, easy to relate to, practical teaching which is frequently sprinkled with humor.

Patty says that while she enjoys teaching “line upon line and precept upon precept”, her favorite way to communicate God’s Word is through the use of drama, although not in the traditional sense of the word. She actually “becomes” the character, and the effect is like talking to a friend over a cup of coffee. Bible characters and events spring to life when the listener is able to relate on a personal level as they come “face to face” with Ruth, or other women from the Bible. Both new believer and old saint are able to understand scripture with new clarity. Patty even portrayed Ruth on the radio on the Helen Fabian Radio show and the response was amazing.

“Ruth” has grown into a full weekend retreat which Patty has added to her popular weekend presentations such as “The Shepherd and His Sheep”, “Fruits of the Spirit Not Religious Nuts”, “Worship In Spirit and In Truth”, "Here Comes the Bride", and many others.

She is available simply as a speaker or she is able to facilitate the entire retreat from start to finish including small group times, worship evenings, and a beautiful communion service that is truly unforgettable.

Patty's mission statement is to provide an oasis where women can be renewed, refreshed and restored so they can continue their journey through life's desert places.

You can’t surprise Patty with anything that has happened to you because she has been through or heard many stories of pain, rebellion and sin. Her riveting testimony is proof that she has made this journey herself and is well qualified to lead by experience."