Bibles for America Distributing Free study Bibles and Christian Books to Feed America The Helmet of Salvation <p>Ephesians 6:17—“And receive the <strong>helmet</strong> of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which Spirit is the word of God.”</p> <blockquote> <p>Note 1 on <strong>helmet</strong> says: “Receiving the helmet of salvation is for covering our mind, our mentality, against the negative thoughts shot in by the evil one. Such a helmet, such a covering, is God’s salvation. Satan injects threats, worries, anxieties, and other weakening thoughts into our mind. God’s salvation is the covering that we take up against all these. Such a salvation is the saving Christ whom we experience in our daily life (<a href=";lvid=3615">John 16:33</a>).”</p> </blockquote> <p>Cross-reference “a” on <strong>helmet</strong> directs us to these verses:</p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:00:00 +0000 Fourth of July: Thanking God for Our Freedoms <p><img src="/media/american_flag_2_small.jpg" alt="american_flag_2_small.jpg"></p> <p>On July 4, 1776, Congress officially approved the Declaration of Independence. In response to this momentous declaration of the united colonies’ separation from Great Britain, John Adams wrote these insightful words in a letter to his wife concerning the remembrance of this day, now known as Independence Day:</p> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000 Being Nourished by the Word <p>“The Word is not only for us to study or learn, but even more for us to taste. The way the Lord nourishes His Body is by His Word. If we desire to enjoy the Lord and be nourished by the Lord, we must come to the Word and taste the Lord.”</p> <p class='footer'>From Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 3, by Witness Lee and Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 34). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can <a href="" target="_blank">order your free copy here</a>. You can also <a href="" target="_blank">download a free PDF version here</a>.</p> <p><img src="/media/BECL3_small.jpg" style="width: auto;" alt="/media/BECL3_small.jpg"></p> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 02:00:00 +0000 The Three Parts of Man—Spirit, Soul, and Body <p><img src="/media/spirit_soul_body_small.gif" alt="spirit_soul_body_small.gif"></p> <p>We human beings are complicated. Every one of us is unique, with different backgrounds and personalities. But with respect to how God created us, we’re actually all the same. The Bible tells us in <a href=";lvid=6500">1 Thessalonians 5:23</a> that we were all created with three basic parts: a spirit, a soul, and a body:</p> <blockquote> <p>“And the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly, and may <strong>your spirit and soul and body</strong> be preserved complete, without blame, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”</p> </blockquote> <p>This simple diagram illustrates these parts, showing the body as our outer part, which can be seen, the soul as our inward part, and our spirit as our innermost, hidden part. </p> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 02:00:00 +0000 Looking Away unto Jesus <p>Hebrews 12:2—“Looking away unto <strong>Jesus</strong>, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down on the right hand of the throne of God.”</p> <blockquote> <p>Note 2 on <strong>Jesus</strong> says: “The wonderful Jesus, who is enthroned in heaven and crowned with glory and honor (<a href=";lvid=6842">2:9</a>), is the greatest attraction in the universe. He is like an immense magnet, drawing all His seekers to Him. It is by being attracted by His charming beauty that we look away from all things other than Him. Without such a charming object, how could we look away from so many distracting things on this earth?”</p> </blockquote> <p class='footer'>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 <a href="" target="_blank">order your free copy here</a>.</p> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 02:00:00 +0000 What Philippians 4:6 Teaches Us about How to Deal with Anxiety as Christians <p><img src="/media/philippians_4_6_small.gif" alt="philippians_4_6_small.gif"></p> <p>In <a href=";lvid=6304">Philippians 4:6</a>, we’re given a seemingly impossible command:</p> <blockquote> <p>“In nothing be anxious.”</p> </blockquote> <p>Each of us has a long list of anxiety-inducing circumstances—relationship issues, financial woes, naughty children, pressure at work, no work, and so on. And in addition to our personal life, the world today seems to manufacture large-scale anxiety-inducing events—economic uncertainty, war, social upheaval—delivered to us on a conveyor belt of 24-hour news coverage. Is God’s command outdated or unreasonable, given so many difficulties?</p> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 02:00:00 +0000 Brought into Full Deliverance and Fellowship with the Lord <p>“Many Christians are discovering that simply to breathe His name, ‘O Lord,’ when they are tempted or distressed or just ‘out of it’ brings them into a real touch and fellowship with the Lord and into full deliverance from self, sin, and the world. When we cry in this way to the Lord from deep within, we have a deep inner sense of Christ and His life flowing and moving within us.”</p> <p class='footer'>From Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 2, by Witness Lee and Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., pp. 16–17). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can <a href="" target="_blank">order your free copy here</a>. You can also download a free PDF version <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img src="/media/BECL2_small.jpg" style="width: auto;" alt="BECL2_small.jpg"></p> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 02:00:00 +0000 How to Eat the Word of God <p><img src="/media/the_word_and_the_spirit_small.gif" alt="the_word_and_the_spirit_small.gif"></p> <p>When it comes to the Bible, we’re familiar with words like “read” and “study.” But we might not be accustomed to the word “eat.” </p> <p>“Eating the Bible” may sound strange to us, yet God gave us <a href="">His Word to be our spiritual food</a>. So though we may read and study God’s Word, if we don’t eat it as food, we’ll be spiritually hungry and, as a result, weak in our Christian life.</p> <p>In this post we’ll discuss the necessary and enjoyable practice of eating the Word of God. </p> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 02:00:00 +0000 Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who Is Theirs and Ours <p>1 Corinthians 1:2—“To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, the called saints, with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, who is <strong>theirs and ours</strong>.”</p> <blockquote> <p>Note 9 on <strong>theirs and ours</strong> says: “Christ as the all-inclusive One belongs to all believers. He is our allotted portion given to us by God (<a href=";lvid=6333">Col. 1:12</a>). The apostle added this special phrase at the end of this verse to stress the crucial fact that Christ is the unique center of all believers in whatever place or situation. In this Epistle the apostle’s intention was to solve the problems among the saints in Corinth. For all the problems, especially the matter of division, the only solution is the all-inclusive Christ. We have all been called into the fellowship of, the participation in, Him (<a href=";lvid=5228">v. 9</a>). All believers should be focused on Him, not being distracted by any gifted person, any overstressed doctrine, or any particular practice.” </p> </blockquote> <p>Cross-reference “f” on <strong>theirs and ours</strong> directs us to these verses:</p> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 02:00:00 +0000 An Unknown God <p><img src="/media/acts_17_23_small.gif" alt="acts_17_23_small.gif"></p> <p><strong>Athens, around A.D. 50—leading city of ancient Greece and center of one of the greatest cultures the world has ever known. Yet in this city famous for learning and philosophy stood an altar bearing the inscription, “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.”</strong></p> <p>Within every human being persists a desire to worship something. But without knowing what we are to worship, we may worship the wrong object, construct an object to worship, or like the Athenians, simply conclude that we worship someone, even though we don’t know who it is we worship.</p> <p>One day Paul, a man sent by God to speak the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, came to Athens. He spoke to the Athenians to tell them that God is a knowable God.</p> Sun, 31 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000