A Salute to Our Country's Service Members
As Memorial Day approaches, we at BfA would like to take this time to honor our country’s military service members with this salute.
Why we remember
In the bleakest hours of the American Revolution, facing a brutal winter and the waning enthusiasm of his army, General George Washington read to his men the patriotic words written by Thomas Paine in the tract, The American Crisis:
“These are the times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
General Washington was able to revive his men, using these words to reach into their weary souls and light an ember of hope. This hope continued to burn as the brave soldiers crossed the icy Delaware River with a renewed will to live, persevere, and fight for victory.
Truth and Love
2 John 3—“Grace, mercy, peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.”
Note 2 on truth says: “Truth here denotes the divine reality of the gospel, as defined in note 15, especially concerning the person of Christ, who expressed God and accomplished God’s purpose; love is the believers’ expression in loving one another through receiving and knowing the truth. These two matters are the basic structure of this Epistle. In them grace, mercy, and peace will be with us. The apostle greeted and blessed the believers with grace, mercy, and peace, based on the fact that these two crucial things existed among the believers. When we walk in the truth (v. 4) and love one another (v. 5), we will enjoy the divine grace, mercy, and peace.”
The verse and note are from the Recovery Version, published by Living Stream Ministry. The Recovery Version outlines, footnotes, and cross-references were all prepared by Witness Lee. Bibles for America gives away the New Testament Recovery Version for free. You can order...
What Is Calling On the Name of the Lord?
In this post we’ll discuss a practice by God’s people seen throughout the entire Bible: the practice of calling on the name of the Lord. Let’s see what it is to call on the name of the Lord and how this practice can benefit us.
Calling on the name of the Lord means out loud
All Christians have at some point prayed to God. God hears these prayers, whether they’re silent, quiet, or loud. But the practice of calling, which is a form of praying, is definitely audible. In the Bible, the Hebrew word for call means to call out to, to cry unto, and the Greek word means to invoke a person, to call a person by name.
The Cleansing Blood of Jesus
“‘The blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from every sin.’ It is not exactly ‘all sin’ in the general sense, but every sin, every item. What does it mean? Oh, it is a marvelous thing! God is in the light, and as we walk in the light with him everything is exposed and open to that light, so that God can see it all—and yet the Blood is able to cleanse from every sin. What a cleansing!”
From The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 17). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here.
What Kind of Person Can Be Saved?
We sometimes receive questions from our readers, and while we can’t always answer each one, we thought our response to one reader’s inquiry on what kind of person can be saved might be helpful to many others. Below is our response, still in letter form.
Thank you for the question you sent in response to the post “How Can I Be Sure I’m Really Saved?” on our blog. You were concerned that you were not the kind of person that could be saved.
Faith Replacing the Law
Galatians 1:23—“But they only heard this: He who was formerly persecuting us is now announcing as the gospel the faith which formerly he ravaged.”
Note 2 on faith says: “The faith here and in all the verses of reference 23b implies our believing in Christ, taking His person and His redemptive work as the object of our faith. The faith, replacing the law, by which God dealt with people in the Old Testament, became the principle by which God deals with people in the New Testament. This faith characterizes the believers in Christ and distinguishes them from the keepers of law. This is the main emphasis of this book. The law of the Old Testament stresses letters and ordinances, whereas the faith of the New Testament emphasizes the Spirit and life.”
Cross-reference “b” on faith directs us to the following verses:
3 Benefits of Reading the Bible Every Day
Daily Bible reading is an excellent habit that can benefit every Christian in many ways. We’ll discuss three main benefits in this post.
We’re fed by the Word
When we read the Bible, we’re fed by God’s Word and supplied for our Christian life. Jesus mentioned this in Matthew 4:4 when He said,
“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.”
Other verses in the Bible also make it clear that God’s Word is nourishment to us. For example, 1 Peter 2:2 says,
“As newborn babes, long for the guileless milk of the word in order that by it you may grow unto salvation.”
And in the Old Testament, Jeremiah 15:16 says,
“Your words were found and I ate them, and Your word became to me the gladness and joy of my heart.”
Our Only Qualification
“Every time we come before God, our only qualification is that we have been redeemed, not that we have advanced in our Christian life.”
From The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 88). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here. You can also download a free PDF version here.
How to Maintain the Joy of Our Salvation
When the love of the Lord Jesus first touched us and we repented and confessed His name, a previously unknown joy filled our hearts. What a joy it was to be forgiven and born again! God wants us to continue to be joyful in His wonderful salvation for our whole life. And this isn’t only for a select few; it’s normal for all God’s children, as we see in 1 Peter 1:8: “You exult with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory.”
We can never lose our eternal salvation, but we have to admit that at times we lose the joy of our salvation. Let’s look at two reasons why that is, how we can recover our joy in the Lord, and what habits we can develop to have a joyful daily life.
The Meaning of Christ’s Redemption
Romans 3:24—“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.”
Note 3 on redemption says: “To redeem is to purchase back at a cost. We originally belonged to God but became lost through sin. The requirements of God’s holiness, righteousness, and glory were so great upon us that it was impossible for us to fulfill them. However, God paid the price for us through Christ, repossessing us at a tremendous cost. Christ died on the cross to redeem us (Gal. 3:13; Titus 2:14; 1 Pet. 2:24; 3:18); His blood obtained eternal redemption for us (1 Pet. 1:18-19).”
The verse and note are from the Recovery Version, published by Living Stream Ministry. The Recovery Version outlines, footnotes, and cross-references were all prepared by Witness Lee. Bibles for America gives away the New Testament Recovery Version for free. You can order your free copy here.