Bibles for America Weekly Blog

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Quote of the Week: Luke 15:17-20 [with video]

22 Oct 2013

“But when he came to himself, he said, How many of my father’s hired servants abound in bread, but I am perishing here in famine! I will rise up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants. And he rose up and came to his own father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion, and he ran and fell on his neck and kissed him affectionately.”

This story of the father’s forgiving heart for his prodigal son reveals with what loving eagerness our God receives a repentant sinner. Watch the new gospel video below based on these verses in Luke 15 and the BfA gospel tract entitled “Lost and Found” to see more about our Father’s loving heart.

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Who Can Solve the Problem of Death?

20 Oct 2013

On September 30th, a startling question appeared in large letters across the cover of Time magazine:

“Can Google Solve Death?”

Google has solved a lot of problems by producing a multitude of innovative tools we use all the time. You can’t help but be impressed by Google’s imagination, inventiveness, and capability. But solve death? That would truly be an amazing achievement.

Time explains what it actually means in the statement below the question, in smaller print: “The search giant is launching a venture to extend the human life span.”

Solving death and extending the human life span aren’t quite the same thing. With the increase of knowledge and technology, scientists have indeed made great strides in the fields of medicine and health that help us live longer. Certain diseases have actually been eradicated. But no one in the history of mankind has been able to “solve” the problem of death. It persists, touching the very core of our human existence.

This magazine cover struck us at Bibles for America because we just developed a new gospel tract titled “Freed from the Fear of Death,” addressing this relentless problem of death. We’d like to share the content...

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Find Love in God’s Word

08 Oct 2013

Here at Bibles for America, we appreciate that whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in God’s Word.

We created this video to highlight one of the precious items you can find in God’s Word: love.

Watch it, enjoy it, and share it with your friends!

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Bibles for America Hits the Road to Give Away Bibles in California

06 Oct 2013

Besides making it easy for people to order our free Christian books and Bibles through the Internet, we also like to get out and visit people in person. This past September, we took a one-week road trip to visit cities in the Bay Area and Central California. Along the way, we gave away 280 Bibles and Christian books in five cities: San Luis Obispo, Salinas, Berkeley, Merced, and Fresno.

Nancy and Stacey, two BfA staff members, got to meet many people from different backgrounds and age groups on the trip, talking with them about God, the Bible, and the Christian life. They describe some of their experience below.

Nancy in San Luis Obispo

“During the first leg of the trip, we were at the San Luis Obispo farmers market. It was marvelous to see the faces of people, both believers and unbelievers, who were hungry for the Word of God.

A college student came and browsed through the different items we were offering. I asked him if he was interested in receiving a free study Bible and he replied that...

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We Can Taste God

29 Sep 2013

Most people are familiar with phrases like worship God, adore God, and serve God.

But taste God? If you were to ask the average person to put a verb before God, most likely taste wouldn’t come to mind. The usual concept about God just doesn’t involve tasting Him. And yet, many verses in the Bible show us that God can actually be tasted!

Why do we need to taste God?

There are at least two good reasons why tasting God is important to us as Christians.

First, God wants us to taste Him. He doesn’t want us to know Him just mentally in our head. He wants us to taste His sweetness in our heart. Here are two verses showing that God’s people have tasted Him:

• Psalms 119:103:

“How sweet are Your words to my taste!
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

• 1 Peter 2:2-3:

“As newborn babes, long for the guileless milk of the word in order that by it you may grow unto salvation, if you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

Sweet and good—this is what God tastes like in His Word.

Second, whether or not we taste God...

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Quote of the Week: Jude 20, note 2

27 Aug 2013

Jude 20—“But you, beloved, building up yourselves upon your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.”

Note 2 on faith: “Objective faith, referring to the precious things of the New Testament in which we believe for our salvation in Christ (see note 33). On the foundation of this holy faith, and in the sphere of it, by praying in the Holy Spirit, we build up ourselves. The truth of the faith in our apprehension and the Holy Spirit enjoyed through our prayer are necessary for our building up. Both the faith and the Spirit are holy.”

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.

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How Come I’m Not As Happy As When I First Got Saved?

25 Aug 2013

We have a wonderful, loving God who wants us to be full of joy in His salvation. Many of us experienced previously unknown joy welling up in our hearts when we were first touched by the love of the Lord Jesus, repented, and confessed His name. God wants us to continue to experience joy in our salvation throughout our Christian lives. As believers it’s normal for us to “exult with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory,” as it says in 1 Peter 1:8.

However, although we can never lose our eternal salvation, we may at times lose the joy of our salvation. In this post, we’ll look at the reasons we lose our joy of salvation, how we can recover our joy, and how we can have a joyful daily life.

Why we lose our Joy: two reasons

The First Reason

Sin is the first and foremost matter that interrupts our fellowship with God and, as a result, spoils our happiness. Isaiah 59:2 says, “Your iniquities have become a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does...

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Quote of the Week: The Glorious Church

13 Aug 2013

“The work of Christ not only involved the shedding of His blood to redeem us from sins, but also the flowing out of water, typifying the imparting of His life to us. This aspect is apart from sin and redemption. The blood deals with our sins, while the water causes us to receive His life. This is what His wounded side speaks to us.”

From The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 37). 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.

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Quote of the Week: John 10:28, note 1

31 Jul 2013

John 10:28—“And I give to them eternal life, and they shall by no means perish forever, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.”

Note 1 on eternal life: “Eternal life (see note 151 in ch. 3) is for the believers’ living. The Father’s hand, by which He chooses in His love according to His purpose (17:23; 6:38-39), and the Son’s hand, by which He saves by His grace for the fulfillment of the Father’s purpose (1:14; 6:37), both of which have the keeping power, are for the believers’ protection. Eternal life will never run out, and the hands of the Father and the Son will never fail. Hence, the believers are eternally secure and will never perish.”

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.

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Can I Lose My Salvation?

29 Jul 2013

Have you ever asked yourself questions like these: Can I lose my salvation? What if I do something wrong? What if I sin? Can I be “unsaved?” Have I already lost my salvation?

If we’re hounded by fears that we’ve lost our salvation or that we might lose it someday, it’s nearly impossible for us to progress in our Christian life.

In a previous post, we discussed how we can be sure we’re really saved.

In this post, we’ll cover five points addressing how secure our salvation is and whether we can lose it.

1. God never changes; whatever God does is forever.

As a starting point, we need to see that God isn’t a changing God. Ecclesiastes 3:14 says, “I know that whatever God does, it will be forever.” So, our salvation in Christ is irreversible and cannot be undone. It’s solidly founded on the unchanging nature and person of God Himself, “with whom is no variation” (James 1:17).

Takeaway: Our salvation is secure because God never changes.

2. We did not initiate our salvation; God did, and His calling us is irreversible.

Ephesians 1:4-5 says that God chose us...

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