Bibles for America Distributing Free study Bibles and Christian Books to Feed America http://biblesforamerica.org The Big Question <p><img src="/media/the_big_question_small.gif" alt="the_big_question_small.gif"></p> <p><strong>A professor at a world-renowned American university regularly inquired at the beginning of his course, “If you could ask God one question, what would it be?” Students routinely answered that they&rsquo;d ask for money or material things. But on one occasion a student responded, &ldquo;I&rsquo;d ask God, What’s the purpose of my life?” This was right after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.</strong></p> <p>In the wake of cataclysmic events such as 9/11, horrific campus violence, huge earthquakes, killer hurricanes, devastating tsunamis, and unprecedented economic collapse, questions about life that lie deep down in us make their way to the surface.</p> <p>Eventually the trauma subsides, and life, as it must, goes on. We’re occupied with the usual college pursuits of studies, sports, a busy social life, and a plethora of campus activities. But in moments of quiet reflection, if we’re honest with ourselves, the big question haunts us—What is the meaning of my life?</p> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/the-big-question/ http://biblesforamerica.org/the-big-question/ The Love of the Divine Trinity <p>Luke 15:3-4—“And He told them this <strong>parable</strong>, saying, Which man of you, who has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?”</p> <blockquote> <p>Note 1 on <strong>parable</strong> says: “In answering the self-righteous Pharisees and scribes, who condemned Him for eating with sinners, the Savior spoke three parables, unveiling and depicting how the Divine Trinity works to bring sinners back, through the Son by the Spirit, to the Father. The Son came in His humanity as the Shepherd to find the sinner as a lost sheep and bring him back home (<a href="http://online.recoveryversion.org/bibleverses.asp?fvid=2448&amp;lvid=2451&amp;ol=on">vv. 4-7</a>). The Spirit seeks the sinner as a woman carefully seeks a lost coin until she finds it (<a href="http://online.recoveryversion.org/bibleverses.asp?fvid=2452&amp;lvid=2454&amp;ol=on">vv. 8-10</a>). And the Father receives the repenting and returned sinner as the ‘certain man’ here receives his prodigal son (<a href="http://online.recoveryversion.org/bibleverses.asp?fvid=2455&amp;lvid=2476&amp;ol=on">vv. 11-32</a>). The entire Divine Trinity treasures the sinner and participates in bringing him back to God. All three parables stress the love of the Divine Trinity more than the fallen condition and repentance of the penitent sinner. The divine love is fully expressed in the Son’s... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/the-love-of-the-divine-trinity/ http://biblesforamerica.org/the-love-of-the-divine-trinity/ What Does God Want? <p><img src="/media/ephesians_1_9_small.gif" alt="ephesians_1_9_small.gif"></p> <p>When we believed in Jesus Christ, <a href="http://biblesforamerica.org/what-happens-when-person-gets-saved/">we were forgiven by God and delivered from eternal judgment</a>. Not only so, we were also <a href="http://biblesforamerica.org/born-again/">born again</a>, regenerated with the life of God in our spirit. We thank the Lord for these wonderful realities! What tremendous mercy God had on us!</p> <p>But let’s take a moment to ask, Why? Why did God save us? Why did He regenerate us? Going back even further, why did God create us to begin with?</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/what-does-god-want/ http://biblesforamerica.org/what-does-god-want/ Standing upon the Victory of Christ <p>“The starting point of spiritual warfare is standing upon the victory of Christ; it is seeing that Christ has already overcome. It is not dealing with Satan, but trusting in the Lord. It is not hoping that we will win the victory, because the victory has already been won.”</p> <p class='footer'>From The Glorious Church, by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 61). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can <a href="http://biblesforamerica.org/order/" target="_blank">order your free copy here</a>. You can also <a href="http://www.mass.ministrybooks.org/Download.aspx" target="_blank">download a free PDF version here</a>.</p> <p><img src="/media/GC_small.jpg" alt="GC_small.jpg"></p> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/standing-upon-the-victory-of-christ/ http://biblesforamerica.org/standing-upon-the-victory-of-christ/ The History of the Bible, Part 3—Interpretation <p><img src="/media/history_interpretation_small.jpg" alt="history_interpretation_small.jpg"></p> <h2>Interpretation: Unlocking the Bible’s Full Meaning</h2> <p>By the step of transmission, God’s breath, from its intangible reality, was received and recorded as written text, readable and knowable by mankind. The next step, Bible translation, involved the process of freeing the written manuscripts from the confines of their ancient tongues and rendering them into modern languages.</p> <p>The capstone of receiving and translating the Bible is understanding the intended meaning of its the contents. The Bible may be translated into our language but for us to understand what we’re reading, we need the proper interpretation.</p> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/the-history-of-the-bible-3-interpretation/ http://biblesforamerica.org/the-history-of-the-bible-3-interpretation/ Our Heavenly Father Knows <p>Matthew 6:31-32—“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed? For all these things the Gentiles are anxiously seeking. For your <strong>heavenly Father</strong> knows that you need all these things.”</p> <blockquote> <p>Note 1 on <strong>heavenly Father</strong> says: “The kingdom people have the divine life of their heavenly Father as their strength to keep the new law of the kingdom. They also have their heavenly Father as the One who cares for their material needs, so that they do not need to be anxious about it. Their heavenly Father is the source of their strength and supply. Hence, they need not be weak or wanting.”</p> </blockquote> <p>Cross-reference “a” on <strong>need</strong> directs us to this verse:</p> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/our-heavenly-father-knows/ http://biblesforamerica.org/our-heavenly-father-knows/ The History of the Bible, Part 2—Translation <p><img src="/media/history_translation_small.jpg" alt="history_translation_small.jpg"></p> <p>This is the second post in a special, three-part series on the history of the Bible. Where did the Bible come from? How did it come to be in English and so many other languages? Knowing the history of this most precious Book will increase our appreciation of the written Word of God and its availability to us today, and will motivate us to treasure the Bible and read it regularly.</p> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/the-history-of-the-bible-2-translation/ http://biblesforamerica.org/the-history-of-the-bible-2-translation/ Looking unto Jesus to Transcend Our Circumstances <p>“When you cannot endure a difficult situation and the suppression is beyond your strength, turn to your spirit and look unto Jesus. You will rise far above it, transcendent and victorious. Everything will be under your feet.”</p> <p class='footer'>From The Economy of God, by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 106). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can <a href="http://biblesforamerica.org/order/" target="_blank">order your free copy here</a>. You can also <a href="http://www.mass.ministrybooks.org/Download.aspx" target="_blank">download a free PDF version here</a>.</p> <p><img src="/media/EOG_small.jpg" alt="/media/EOG_small.jpg"></p> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/looking-unto-jesus-to-transcend-our-circumstances/ http://biblesforamerica.org/looking-unto-jesus-to-transcend-our-circumstances/ The History of the Bible, Part 1—Transmission <p><img src="/media/history_transmission_small.jpg" alt="history_transmission_small.jpg"></p> <p>This is the first post in a special, three-part series on the history of the Bible. Where did the Bible come from? How did it come to be in English and so many other languages? Knowing the history of this most precious Book will increase our appreciation of the written Word of God and its availability to us today, and will motivate us to treasure the Bible and read it regularly.</p> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/the-history-of-the-bible-1-transmission/ http://biblesforamerica.org/the-history-of-the-bible-1-transmission/ 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="http://online.recoveryversion.org/bibleverses.asp?fvid=3615&amp;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 http://biblesforamerica.org/the-helmet-of-salvation/ http://biblesforamerica.org/the-helmet-of-salvation/