Sadly, we’ve seen how traumatic events leave fear, anxiety, and heartbreak in their devastating wake. And even as the work of recovery begins, the previously comfortable sense of security is replaced by a lingering disquiet.
The bombing and subsequent events this April affected the people of Boston as a whole. Though they were shaken, their rising up to stand together in this crisis has been inspiring to the nation.
Yet as the city works toward recovery and survivors continue to heal physically, the inner wounds inflicted on the hearts and souls of the victims, their families and friends, and the residents of the area will take a long time to heal.
We would like to join in the process of healing. God’s Word provides the deep comfort, hope, and peace that heals the inward wounds of every person.
Beginning today, May 13, subway platforms and trains will display offers for a free study Bible from BfA on the two most heavily traveled subway lines (the “T”) of the Boston area. For the next eight weeks, as many as 400,000 riders a day will see ads like this one:
Several of the displays will include words from the...
“God makes it quite clear in his Word that he has only one answer to every human need—his Son, Jesus Christ. In all his dealings with us he works by taking us out of the way and substituting Christ in our place. The Son of God died instead of us for our forgiveness: he lives instead of us for our deliverance.”
From The Normal Christian Life, by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 2). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here.
New two-book set!
We here at Bibles for America are excited to announce a special new offer. Starting today, for the first time ever, we’re offering a free set of The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee and The Economy of God by Witness Lee!
Our mission at BfA is to make freely available the things that we personally have benefitted from and that we know will guide others in their Christian journey. That’s why we offer free books by Watchman Nee and Witness Lee and the New Testament Recovery Version.
We can tell you from firsthand experience that the two books in this set have helped us tremendously, and we want you to be helped by them too.
What’s special about this two-book set?
For decades, the two books in our new offering have been helping Christians to grow in their faith and in their understanding of the deep yet practical truths in the Bible.
The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee has sold over one million copies and is widely hailed as a top Christian classic. As the title indicates, the book shows from the Bible what the “normal,” or healthy, Christian life looks like, and how...
2 Timothy 3:16—“All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
Note 2 on God-breathed: “This indicates that the Scripture, the word of God, is the breathing out of God. God’s speaking is God’s breathing out. Hence, His word is spirit (John 6:63), or breath. Thus, the Scripture is the embodiment of God as the Spirit. The Spirit is therefore the very essence, the substance, of the Scripture, just as phosphorus is the essential substance in matches. We must strike the Spirit of the Scripture with our spirit to catch the divine fire.
As the embodiment of God the Spirit, the Scripture (God’s word) is also the embodiment of Christ. Christ is God’s living Word (Rev. 19:13), and the Scripture is God’s written word (Matt. 4:4).”
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...
John 5:39—“You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that testify concerning Me.”
Note 1 on search the Scriptures: “To ‘search the Scriptures’ may be separated from ‘come to Me’ (v. 40). The Jewish religionists searched the Scriptures but were not willing to come to the Lord. These two should go together; because the Scriptures testify concerning the Lord, they should not be separated from the Lord. We may contact the Scriptures, yet not contact the Lord. Only the Lord can give life.”
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.
We, like the rest of the nation, are shocked and appalled by the news of the bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday. We are praying for the entire city of Boston, and especially for the friends and families of the victims.
When a tragic event such as this occurs, feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear, and despair may overtake us. But we must remember that the acts of evil persons do not negate the fact that God is real. While we are grieving, God also grieves, and He wants to comfort those who suffer. He wants to be our rock, our hope, our father, even our home. We pray that in the midst of this violence, many would find Him as the One they need.
Matthew 4:4—“But He answered and said, It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.’”
Note 3 on bread: “this word indicates that the Lord Jesus took the word of God in the Scriptures as His bread and lived on it.”
Note 4 on word: “Gk. rhema, the instant word, differing from logos, the constant word. In this temptation all the words quoted by the Lord from Deuteronomy were logos, the constant word in the Scriptures. But when He quoted them, they became rhema, the instant word applied to His situation.”
Welcome to the new Bibles for America Blog!
Each one of us here at BfA has been touched personally by the truths in the Bible and books we give away every day. And they continue to help us in our Christian life. That’s why we want to share the help we’ve received with all of America.
Since 2000 we’ve been giving away free copies of the New Testament Recovery Version and Christian books by Watchman Nee and Witness Lee. And we love doing it! Along the way, we’ve met a lot of people and heard from recipients of our free material.
The Bible is unlike any other book.
God has chosen to communicate with mankind throughout the ages through this book of books. As God’s own speaking, the Bible opens up God’s heart to us and reveals to us more of who He is. If we want to know Him, His plan for mankind, and His purpose for us as believers, we must read it and understand it.
But the Bible is not always easy to understand. That’s why the study notes, outlines, cross-references, and other features in the Recovery Version of the Bible are invaluable. They really help us to grasp the significance and meaning of God’s speaking in His Word.
Of course, it is helpful to remember that our studying of God’s Word is for so much more than just doctrinal knowledge. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” By devoting time to study the Word and accompanying our study with prayer, we let the word of Christ dwell in us richly and allow Christ to minister Himself in so many aspects to us through His Word. These riches of Christ become our nourishment for our growth in the life of Christ. This is...
This Bible study uses verses and footnotes from the New Testament Recovery Version. You can find more study topics here.
The word regeneration means “new birth.” Thus, to be regenerated is to be born again, to experience a new birth.
But what is this new birth? Is it merely a religious conversion? Is it to have a change in life through self-improvement, or to experience a new beginning by “turning over a new leaf”?
The New Testament has much to say about the new birth. It shows us clearly what it means to be regenerated, how we can be regenerated, and the result of being regenerated.
The Meaning of Regeneration:
- To be born again is not self-improvement; it is to be born of God with a new life, the life of God: John 1:12–13 and note 132; John 3:1–6 and notes 21, 31, and 62.
- To be born again is to be born of both water and the Spirit of God: John 3:5 and note 52.
- Regeneration is the greatest wonder, the greatest miracle, in the universe: 1 John 2:29 and note 297.
How We Can Be Regenerated:
- We are regenerated by the living and abiding word of God as...