August 28, 2009


Monday night I was at F.B.I.

Not the F.B.I. Like the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I've never been there. But my mom did work there. She was the assistant to J. Edgar Hoover himself as his personal secretary. She still has her own gun. Isn't that nifty? Well, I think it is pretty cool. Actually, she has done some really incredible things in her life. Plus, she raised some great kids. And now in her retirement she is a matriarch who loves her family and spends her time in service to others.

Oh, but I digress. This is not about that F.B.I. This is about Faith Bible Institute. Which we call F.B.I. This is such an amazing class that I just have to tell you all about it. I was hoping to do it before now, so that you could sign up for the Fall. But now you will just have to check it out and look forward to Spring enrollment.

Let me back up. Faith Bible Institute is a 36 credit College level Bible course that was written and is taught by John T. Yates from Monroe, Louisiana. It was started around 1985 and has become so popular that it is video taped and sent to satellite schools all around the world. Yes, I said WORLD!

Their motto is every word, every church, every Christian. It is 6 semesters over the course of 3 years. In order to keep their accreditation the course is only open to 18 years and older. But there are special exceptions made with a case by case consideration as to maturity and such of the student. My Kaitlin, and most of the young home school students we know, are able to start at 15. There are no exceptions for anyone younger than 15.

You do not have to be a member of a church to take the classes. As a matter of fact, about half of our class are not church members. Most of the members of our church have long since finished and graduated. Many of the church members who are taking it, are on their second and even third time through. Because yes, it is that good.

I can not begin to tell you how dynamic a teacher Brother Yates is. On the occasions when we missed a class and had to bring the video home, our little guys have sat for the entire 3 and 1/2 hour video mesmerized by every word.

He has an amazing testimony and teaches from his love for the Lord, unbelievable knowledge of the Bible and how it fits together with history and future prophecy. I have not seen his teaching, preaching or Bible know how matched by anyone else.

Nor his humility. He will move you to goose bumps and tears over and over. He will compel you to walk closer and deeper with the Lord.

Allen and I took this class years ago, when our church was first offering it. We had to drop out after a number of semesters because of family responsibilities. We were so excited last January when Brianna offered to babysit on Monday nights so we could start going again.

Kaitlin is in her final year. It has been a blessing to attend with her. In fact she convinced my parents to attend as well. My dad, who wanted to discuss nothing of Bible matters previously, is now working to convince my in laws to attend as well. My brother, Frank, who is a member of our church, is a student so we all get to learn together. Often we will go to dinner afterward.

There are exams. But if you choose not to take them, you have the option of auditing and taking the course for no credit. I will tell you, though, that the tests are not as intimidating as you might think. I would encourage you to take them and if you aren't happy with your grade just audit.

We have learned so much and enjoy doing our homework together and studying together at the dinner table. At the beginning of the semester you will receive a study guide that includes all the information you will need to know for the test. It doesn't get much easier than that. We always have a stack of study cards on the table. Even our youngest kids can shout out the answers to the questions by the time our final comes along.

Oh, and I guess I should tell you what it is. It is the Bible taught chronologically, verse by verse from beginning to end. Each class is actually comprised of three segments. The first hour is Old Testament. This semester we are starting with the Exodus. There is a short break before the second hour of New Testament. Which happens to be the second half of the Life of Christ. (We did the first half last semester.) The third segment is about 30 minutes and is usually theology. This is the only semester where he doesn't teach a theology class. Instead we are doing an in depth study into the book of Acts, the establishment of the church and the Great Commission.

I know what you are thinking. How do you make it through 3 1/2 hours. I am telling you. At the end of three and 1/2 hours you will walk out and say, "Where did the time go???" It is just that good.

At the start of each semester you will also receive a text book/notebook deal with blanks to fill in throughout the lectures. As well as a chart of daily homework assignments with reading from the Bible and Wilmington's Guide to the Bible.

Don't take my word for it. You can check out all the details and, I believe, even get a sample DVD by going to their website. You can contact them to find out how to locate a satellite school near you or how to establish a school in your area. I assure you. If you love the Lord. If you want to have a closer walk with Him. If you want to have a greater understanding of His word. You do not want to go one more semester without checking this out. What do you have to lose? You can sit in on a class and see what all the hype is without any obligation.

But watch out. You will be hooked!

Click on the button to read all about the country fair coming to my blog in September.


  1. Wow, that FBI sounds wonderful!!! I will definitely check in to it for the future. When I don't have a small clingon, that is! And how neat that you can take it with so much family! My kids and I go to Community Bible Study and I love that we do our homework together, too! We are studying
    I always wondered about your class and the tests you were studying for, and I should have asked sooner!
    And your mom was a gun toting FBI secretary! My boys will be so impressed with that!

    And I will miss you this fall! You are my most faithful commenter!

  2. Hey, Chica,

    Look for my email for more blog confusion. Me, technology, confused ... I know, it's shocking, isn't it?

    Not sure if I told you, but I brought this concept up to two of the chaplains at our church. I said at the very least, I was hoping for a more substantial Bible study. As of yet, I have not heard anything back, so I guess I shall have to follow up.

    Have a lovely Friday. See, by the time I read this and post it, you still have most of your Friday in front of you. How fun is that??


  3. That sounds like an awesome class. I will have to check it out. Thanks for the link too. I still need to click your county fair button too. Better do them both now.

  4. Sounds awesome! and your Mom sounds pretty awesome, too!

  5. Kat , I cant find the shirts :(

    Hey where did you find the fall bg lol, Iv been looking for one and ended up with what i have up now lol

  6. Kat,

    This sounds like an amazing class. I was telling my hubby that I would love to take a seminary class just to learn all there is to know about the Bible. I think it just enriches what we learn in church and study on our own.

    Looking forward to hearing more about what insight you gain from your class.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  7. Kat,
    I checked out the site for the Bible Institute. It really looks like a neat idea to have a church body do together. How long have you been taking these classes? I am always interested in learning more of the Word of God. I am going to look into it some more. Thanks for the info.

  8. Just read under your profile.."Domestic Goddess"...that's what I have been calling myself for years! LOL