Bibles for America Distributing Free study Bibles and Christian Books to Feed America A Feast to Meet All Our Need and to Be All Our Supply <p>“Every Christian also needs a daily salvation from sin, self, human weakness, and other negative things. On the positive side he also needs a bountiful supply of the Lord to nourish and strengthen him in order that he may grow up into Christ in all things. The way into the realization of this is simply by calling on the Lord. He is rich to all who call upon Him.”</p> <p class='footer'>From Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 2, by Witness Lee and Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 15). 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" alt="BECL2_small.jpg"></p> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 02:00:00 +0000 What You Have in Common with a Mirror and How It Affects Your Christian Life <p><img src="/media/2_cor_3_18_small.gif" alt="2_cor_3_18_small.gif"></p> <p>Why do we act like the people we’re around? To some extent, we realize this happens. We spend a lot of time with a certain friend and suddenly people are commenting on our similar mannerisms, speech, reactions, etc. Even our tastes and preferences may drift together. </p> <p>The reason this happens is simple: we’re mirrors. </p> <p>A mirror is made to reflect whatever it’s facing. As long as the mirror isn’t covered by anything, it reflects the object in front of it. It doesn’t try to or even want to; it just does. Whatever the object does, the mirror reflects. This ability to reflect is because of what the mirror is, its being. No amount of determination or strength will make it better or worse at its job. A mirror reflects what’s before it simply because of what it is.</p> <p>Human beings are similar. We reflect what we see. And for Christians, this has a very particular application.</p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 08:00:00 +0000 Sharing the Lord’s Rest by Faith <p>Mark 4:36-38—“And leaving the crowd, they took Him along, just as He was, in the boat; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a great windstorm, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already beginning to fill up. And He was in the stern, <strong>sleeping</strong> on the cushion. And they woke Him and said to Him, Teacher, does it not matter to You that we are perishing?”</p> <blockquote> <p>Note 1 on <strong>sleeping</strong> says: “The Slave-Savior was sleeping and resting in the boat, which was being beaten by the windstorm, while the disciples were threatened by the storm. This indicates that He was above the threatening windstorm and was not bothered by it. As long as the disciples had Him with them in their boat, they should, by faith in Him (<a href=";lvid=1219&amp;ol=on">v. 40</a>), have shared His rest and enjoyed His peace.”</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, 23 Sep 2015 02:00:00 +0000 What Do I Do When I Sin after Being Saved? <p><img src="/media/1%20John_1_9_small.gif" alt="1 John_1_9_small.gif"></p> <p>When we first repented to God <a href="">and received Jesus Christ as our Savior</a>, we were forgiven of all our sins. What peace flooded our hearts! And God’s Word assures us that <a href="">our salvation is for all eternity and can never be undone</a>. </p> <p>But although we’re saved, we know from our personal experience we’re not immune to sin. We still sin after salvation, despite our good intentions and efforts to avoid failure. What should we do when we sin after being saved? The Word of God tells us that we should confess our sins to the Lord. </p> <p>Confessing to God the sins that we commit <em>after</em> we’re saved is absolutely critical for our life as a Christian. In this post, we’ll cover why we need to confess our sins, what it means to confess, how to confess, and the results of confessing. </p> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Taking the Lord as Our Spiritual Nourishment <p>“When a baby is born, his most immediate need is to take some milk for nourishment. Without nourishment the new babe will not only fail to grow properly, but will soon become very weak and eventually even die. After we are saved and born again, our most immediate need also is that we learn how to take in the Lord as our spiritual milk and nourishment.”</p> <p class='footer'>From Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 3, by Witness Lee and Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 33). 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" alt="BECL3_small.jpg"></p> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 02:00:00 +0000 3 Major Steps in God’s Plan of Salvation after the Fall of Man <p><img src="/media/god_never_defeated_small.gif" alt="god_never_defeated_small.gif"></p> <p>We discussed previously how we were created by God for <a href="">His own purpose</a> and <a href="">plan</a> but became <a href="">fallen</a>, sinful, and unable to live in a way that fulfills God’s plan. The <a href="">consequences of the fall</a> of mankind are tragic, and we see the effect both in our own lives and everywhere we look today.</p> <p>But God can never be defeated! And though frustrated, God’s plan cannot be derailed. In His wisdom, God took three tremendous steps to carry out <strong>His original plan of imparting His eternal life into us</strong> so we could share His life and express Him. </p> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Jesus Satisfies Our Spiritual Hunger <p>Matthew 14:15-16—“Now when evening fell, the disciples came to Him, saying, This place is deserted and the hour is already late. Send the crowds away that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves. But Jesus said to them, They do not need to go away. You give them something to <strong>eat</strong>.”</p> <blockquote> <p>Note 2 on <strong>eat</strong> says: “In this record of the miracle, the Holy Spirit’s intention in His inspiration is to show that what the followers of the heavenly King actually need is the proper food to satisfy their hunger. The disciples of Christ did not know this, nor did the crowds who followed. The heavenly King knew this and did something in a miraculous way to impress them with their real need and His provision for that need. All that they needed was His resurrection life, which would satisfy their spiritual hunger, as signified in this miracle.</p> <p>What the heavenly King did indicates strongly and clearly that He provides for the necessities of His followers while they follow Him in this rejecting world. This corresponds with His word in the heavenly constitution saying that the kingdom people need not be anxious about what they will eat (<a href=";lvid=171&amp;ol=on">6:31-33</a>).”</p> </blockquote> <p>Cross-reference “a” on <strong>give</strong> directs us to these verses:</p> Wed, 09 Sep 2015 02:00:00 +0000 What Is the Heart in the Bible? <p><img src="/media/heart_small.gif" alt="heart_small.gif"></p> <p>As human beings we, of course, have a physical heart. But we’re all aware that we also have something within us we recognize as an intangible heart. </p> <p>But what exactly is this intangible heart? We’ve heard the word <em>heart</em> used since we were young, in everyday language, in literature, in music, and in other contexts. And most of us probably have a general definition of the heart, thinking of it as something inside us that feels emotions like love, affection, compassion, or sorrow.</p> <p>The definition of the heart in the Bible isn’t given in one verse; it’s spread throughout many verses and can be easy to miss. Since the Bible refers to the heart hundreds of times, it must be significant to God and to us. So what does the Word of God say about our heart? And what is its importance to God and to us?</p> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 02:00:00 +0000 The Way to Enjoy the Lord’s Presence and All His Riches <p>“Do you want to enjoy the Lord’s presence with all His riches? The best way to experience His presence with all His riches is to call on His name. Call on Him while you are driving on the freeway or while you are at work. Anywhere and anytime you may call. The Lord is near and rich to you.”</p> <p class='footer'>From Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1, by Witness Lee and Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 35). 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/BECL1_small.jpg" alt="BECL1_small.jpg"></p> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 02:00:00 +0000 How to Read the Bible <p><img src="/media/how_to_read_the_bible_small.jpg" alt="how_to_read_the_bible_small.jpg"></p> <p><em>This is the second post in a special two-part series on reading the Bible. In these posts, we include helpful excerpts from books by Watchman Nee and Witness Lee that provide insight about reading the Bible. BfA <a href="" target="_blank">gives away some of the referenced books</a> for free. The others can be <a href="" target="_blank">read for free online</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">purchased</a> from the publisher’s website.</em></p> <p>We’ve received two precious gifts from God—His Word and His Spirit. The Word reveals God to us so that we can know Him, and the Spirit transmits God to us so that we can possess Him. The Spirit without the Word is intangible, while the Word without the Spirit is mere letter. God’s Word makes the intangible Spirit substantial to us, and God’s Spirit makes the Word of God living to us. The Bible makes known to us the things of the Spirit, and the Spirit makes real to us the things in the Bible. The Word of God and the Spirit of God are one.</p> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:00:00 +0000