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Washing in the Word

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bible Verses ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Eph 5:26 That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the
washing of the water in the word,
John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Words of Ministry ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In Greek the word rendered washing in verse 26 means laver.
In the Old Testament, the priests wash themselves from
earthly defilement in the laver (Exo. 30:18-21). Now the
washing of the water washes us from defilement. Therefore, we
are cleansed by the laver of the water in the Word.

…Day by day, morning and evening, we need to come to the
Bible and be cleansed by the laver of water in the Word. By
coming to the Word in this way, we are cleansed from the
defilement we have accumulated in our contact with the world.
Whenever you contact the world in the course of your human
living, you need to come to the Word to be cleansed.

One day Brother Nee was speaking about Bible reading. A
certain sister told him that she had a poor memory and forgot
everything she read in the Word. She asked Brother Nee what
was the purpose for her to go on reading the Bible. In his
answer, Brother Nee spoke of the way women in China wash rice
in a willow basket. They dip the basket in and out of the
water a number of times. Every time they take the basket out
of the water, all the water flows out of the basket.
Nevertheless, although the basket retains no water, both the
basket and the rice are washed. He then applied this
illustration to the reading of the Word. Although we may not
retain anything of what we read, we are washed by it
nonetheless, and we are cleansed. Let us be encouraged to
come to the Word again and again to be washed….


Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible
and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of
Ephesians, pp. 458-459. Both are published by Living Stream
Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 12/1/97)

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Message Date: 05/02/2011

April 27, 2011

Dear elders and responsible brothers of the churches in the USA and Canada,

We are happy to announce that the 2011 Summer College Training will be held in three locations of the country. The subject this year will be “A Man of God,” focusing on the epistles to Timothy.

The saints should attend the college training in their region according to where they live and/or go to school:

East Coast 


South, Southeast plus Virginia, New 

Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania

July 18-24, 2011 Athens, GA


Midwest states including Dakotas and 

over to West Virginia plus New York, New England, and Eastern Canada

July 18-24, 2011 Fairborn, OH
West Coast 


West coast and mountain states, Western 


July 11-17, 2011 Occidental, CA

All three sessions of the training are open to all college students and newly graduated high school seniors. Participants are required to attend this training full-time.

The goal of this seven-day training is to supply college students with a vision, equip them with truth, help them in their experience of life, perfect them in the preaching of the gospel, and develop their character so that they can become useful vessels for the building up of the Body of Christ. Moreover, this training affords them the opportunity to blend with their peers who love God, pursue Christ, and seek His kingdom.

The training imparts a healthy view to high school graduates as they transition into college, compelling them to live their college years to the Lord for His purpose. Over the past fifteen years, hundreds of college saints who participated in the training received extensive and lasting spiritual benefits. Our experience has been that the most benefit was reaped by the high school seniors. We ask you to strongly encourage them to attend. Many have eventually attended the FTTA and become young pillars in the church life.

The registration process will be online including online payment. All information and registration will be done through For questions about the training, please contact:

To register, all applicants need to fill out the registration form online and print out the page requiring signatures. Your signature on their application indicates that you approve of the applicant and that he/she is able to physically, psychologically, and spiritually handle all the regulations and schedule of the Summer College Training, as well as contribute positively to the atmosphere. Please be sure to include the information requested on the form so that if necessary we can contact you regarding the applicants from your locality.

We request that you announce and encourage the college students and high school seniors to attend the 2011 Summer College Training. Your specific petitions for these three training sessions are greatly appreciated. May the Lord continue to raise up generations of young people for His will and purpose in this age! Amen.