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The God-shaped Vacuum and the Meaning of Life

22 Jul 2013

Have you ever felt unsatisfied, let down, or even empty after you got what you thought would make you happy? You’re not alone. If we’re honest with ourselves, we all have to admit that we’ve felt this way at some point in our lives.

It turns out there’s a good reason for this.

We not only have two parts—our outward body and our inward soul—we also have a third part: our human spirit. And this third part has everything to do with the meaning of life. The video below explains why we can feel inexplicably empty and the important role of our third part.

Receiving God into us to fill our spirit is the only thing that can satisfy our deepest longing and reveal the true meaning of life.

If you enjoyed this video, we encourage you to share it with others so they too can know what the meaning of life is.

This video is based on a gospel tract entitled “The Third Part” by Bibles for America. You can see and share all our gospel tracts here. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to...

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Quote of the Week: The Normal Christian Life

17 Jul 2013

“What do I mean when I say, ‘by the Blood’? I mean simply that I recognize my sins, that I confess that I have need of cleansing and of atonement, and that I come to God on the basis of the finished work of the Lord Jesus. I approach God through his merit alone, and never on the basis of my attainment.”

From The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 13). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here.

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How Can I Be Sure I'm Really Saved?

15 Jul 2013

After we believed in the Lord Jesus and received Him as our Savior, many of us have wondered to ourselves, “Am I really saved?” Sometimes we feel we’re definitely saved; other times, we’re plagued with doubts. If this continues to be our case, how can we walk forward in the Christian life?

In this post we’ll discuss three ways we can be sure we’re really saved.

The first way: the Bible says so

Here’s what 1 John 5:13 says, “I have written these things to you that you may know that you have eternal life, to you who believe into the name of the Son of God.”

This verse indicates that God wants us to know—not wish, hope, or feel—that we’re saved. How can we know? By the written words of the Bible we can know we’re really saved.

For example, Romans 10:13 says, “For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” If we’ve called upon the Lord by praying a prayer such as, “Lord Jesus, I believe You died for my sins and that You rose from the dead,” then according to God’s unchanging word in the Bible, we are definitely...

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Quote of the Week: Matthew 1:21, note 1

10 Jul 2013

Matthew 1:21—“And she will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.”

Note 1 on Jesus: “Jesus is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew name Joshua (Num. 13:16), which means Jehovah the Savior, or the salvation of Jehovah. Hence, Jesus is not only a man but Jehovah, and not only Jehovah but Jehovah becoming our salvation. Thus, He is our Savior. He is also our Joshua, the One who brings us into rest (Heb. 4:8; Matt. 11:28-29), which is Himself as the good land to us.”

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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Quote of the Week: The Economy of God

26 Jun 2013

“Through the incarnation of the Son, the unapproachable Father is now approachable to man. By this, man can see the Father, touch the Father, and commune with the Father through the Son.”

From The Economy of God by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 11). You can order your free copy here. You can also download a free PDF version here.

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Quote of the Week: The Normal Christian Life

19 Jun 2013

“The normal Christian life must begin with a very definite ‘knowing,’ which is not just knowing something about the truth nor understanding some important doctrine. It is not an intellectual knowledge at all, but an opening of the eyes of the heart to see what we have in Christ.”

From The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 47). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here.

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Quote of the Week: Matthew 1:1, note 1

12 Jun 2013

Matthew 1:1—“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

Note 1 on Jesus Christ“The first name and the last name (Rev. 22:21) in the New Testament is Jesus, proving that Jesus Christ is the subject and content of the New Testament.

The Bible is a book of life, and this life is a living person, the wonderful and all-inclusive Christ. The Old Testament gives a portrait, in types and prophecies, of this wonderful person as the Coming One. Now, in the New Testament, this wonderful person has come. The first page of the New Testament, in recommending this wonderful person to us, gives us His genealogy. This genealogy can be considered an abstract of the Old Testament, which in itself is the detailed genealogy of Christ. To understand the genealogy in Matthew, we need to trace the origin and history of every incident…” (To read the rest of this note, click here.)

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...

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Quote of the Week: The Economy of God

29 May 2013

“We have Christ as life within our spirit, but now we need Christ to spread into the inward parts of the soul and saturate them with Himself. This will transform our soul into His very image. The image of Christ will then be reflected in our thoughts. In whatever we think and consider, our renewed mind will express the glorious image of Christ.”

From The Economy of God by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 85). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here. You can also download a PDF version from the publisher here.

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Quote of the Week: The Normal Christian Life

22 May 2013

“We shall see that the Blood deals with what we have done, whereas the Cross deals with what we are. The Blood disposes of our sins, while the Cross strikes at the root of our capacity for sin.”

From The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 5). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here.

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Quote of the Week: The Economy of God

15 May 2013

“Real comfort comes from the indwelling Spirit of Jesus. When we fellowship with Jesus in this Spirit and when we live in this wonderful Spirit, we automatically have inward comfort. Regardless of the outward environment, there is inward rest and comfort.”

From The Economy of God by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 19). 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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