Take a few minutes to consider the following testimonials from some members of CBS Canada classes.
God is amazing in His wisdom and plan for our lives. I have only begun to understand that. God has brought me through a refining fire these past few years and while I have wondered and doubted and questioned what exactly God has been doing He has given me moments of clarity. I've been allowed to see in part that what He has been doing and it is good. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:10-12
I moved here almost three years ago now. I left a place I was completely content and happy to stay at for the rest of my life. It was home. This was not. It has been a genuine 'valley' experience. A death of sorts and while there were times I felt abandoned by God His word says that He never leaves or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5).
The healing process for me began last fall when I met a new friend at a woman's retreat. I didn't know anyone at this retreat but this woman befriended me, encouraged me and prayed with me. Another thing she did was she invited me to attend a Community Bible Study class.
Well I couldn't imagine myself going to study the bible anywhere other than my own church. I had heard of other people doing such things and it never seemed right somehow. My way of thinking was that God would only work and bless bible study within the church setting. How could this ever be good or right? Those were my thoughts at first but this lady had become very dear to me. She had shown such love and grace and mercy. I could see God's wisdom in her words and if she vouched for this study how could I not check into it and see if maybe I was wrong.
I remember making the plans to go and driving to the location where the group met. I remember sitting in the parking lot and staring at the door. There was almost a fear or an apprehension. Could I actually go through those doors? Could I really study the bible with people I had never met before? Could God bless this? All random thoughts I had at the time.
Then I went through the door. I found my friend and received a big hello and a hug. I felt better and I realized I could do this. Now it's 1 year later and I am so glad that God led me to take that step. The growth and blessing for me from CBS has been immense. God has met me at CBS and I now have the knowledge that God not only CAN work anywhere He DOES work everywhere.
What have I learned? God is not confined to any one place or any one church. He does bless when His word is uplifted, studied and explained. He is able to reach us even when He has to reach through our fears and uncertainties. Thank God that He never stops loving us. To Him be the glory forever!
A New Member
in Nova Scotia
"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you."
I joined CBS last year when nothing was going right for me and I mean nothing! (emotionally, physically and financially). I started to read, understand and follow through on what God wants me to do, and I have seen nothing but God's love and grace upon me. I have come closer to Him and He has taken away and made easy all the things that were wearing me down!!! I have never experienced such joy, love and amazement!! He continues to take control of my life, and every single day is nothing but a miracle, and I wouldn't want it any other way. I have known and seen His unconditional and awesome love for me, and that is something that I am not willing to give up for anything.... nothing even remotely compares to what God has done in my life......I love him so much and I know He loves me because He did send Jesus to be my Saviour. I could go on and on but to sum it up...Loving God was the best and the smartest investment that I have ever made. My advice to everyone: try it and you will never regret it.....
An enthusiastic new member
I have been involved with CBS for about 5 years. I am a relatively new believer and was drawn to CBS to learn more and needed the structure to be in God’s Word. This year we studied the book of John. This study of the Gospel of John helped me to have a better understanding of Jesus and God’s love for me.
Before I started CBS, when I read the Bible, the words did not seem to “talk” to me, God’s words were just words, but as I have studied with CBS, and in particular through the John study, the words have come to life. This year I moved from a belief in God, to a place of actually trusting God. I have started to put into practice all that I studied all those years. I feel closer to God than ever.
This past year was the toughest period of my life. My work life was chaotic and stressful, I was feeling unappreciated and overworked, my home life seemed to be falling around me with my relationship with my husband on the edge. One thing happened after another and I was feeling overwhelmed. I had a dream one night after a particularly difficult discussion with my husband and I felt I could no longer bear it. He came to me, and wrapped His arms around me and I let loose all my emotions. When I woke, I was in tears and got up to pray. I asked God to take all my burdens because I could bear no more. I trusted Him for everything and because of that, I overcame work hurdles (there were more to come) and my relationship with my husband has never been stronger.
The support from the CBS group has really fostered my faith and without their prayers I don’t think I could have overcome this difficult time. Easter service this year meant more to me because of the study in John. I was really touched by Jesus’ sacrifice. It’s difficult to explain to someone who hasn’t had this experience. Before this happened to me I didn’t seem to understand what other Christians were talking about. It’s like not knowing you were thirsty until you had that drink of water.
A CBS member in a BC class
She talks about how the truths brought forth in her Genesis lesson on Noah greatly impacted her life and the life of her daughter.