Bibles for America Distributing Free study Bibles and Christian Books to Feed America Finding the Power Supply for Our Christian Life <p><img src="/media/philippians_4_13_small.gif" alt="philippians_4_13_small.gif"></p> <p>Many of us have experienced glancing at our cell phone to see that the battery is in the red zone. It has so little power left, it may run out while we’re on an important call or cause us to miss an important email. </p> <p>All too often our Christian life can look like this. The unending demands of day-to-day life, family, work, and financial woes wear us out. Furthermore, our sins and failures deflate us, and we feel powerless to follow the Lord. We barely have enough “juice” to deal with everything. It seems like we’re perpetually in a state of “low battery” and on the verge of completely running out.</p> <p>Feeling drained and weakened indicates we’re in need of power in our spiritual life. But what is the power we need? And how do we get it?</p> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:00:00 +0000 Living Letters of Christ <p>2 Corinthians 3:3—“Since you are being manifested that you are a letter of Christ ministered by us, inscribed not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tablets of stone but in tablets of <strong>hearts</strong> of flesh.”</p> <blockquote> <p>Note 4 on <strong>hearts</strong> says: “Our heart, composed of our conscience (the leading part of our spirit), our mind, our emotion, and our will, is the tablet in which the living letters of Christ are written with the living Spirit of God. This implies that Christ is written into every part of our inner being with the Spirit of the living God to make us His living letters, that He may be expressed and read by others in us.”</p> </blockquote> <p>Cross-reference “d” on <strong>hearts</strong> directs us to these verses:</p> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:00:00 +0000 Why Does God Want Earthen Vessels? <p><img src="/media/2_Cor_4_7_small.gif" alt="2_Cor_4_7_small.gif"></p> <p>In <a href=";lvid=5722">2 Corinthians 4:7</a>, the apostle Paul refers to human beings in a very particular way—earthen vessels: </p> <blockquote> <p>“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not out of us.”</p> </blockquote> <p>This verse not only says we’re vessels, but earthen vessels. Perhaps we’d rather be heavenly angels, not lowly jars made out of clay. Why did God make us this way?</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:00:00 +0000 Christ as Our Forbearance <p>“If we live Christ as our forbearance, it will not be possible for us to be anxious. Anxiety is an impossibility for those who have Christ as their forbearance. Do you know why we are anxious and why we worry? We are anxious and worried because we do not live Christ. The words live Christ may merely be a doctrinal term, a way of speaking, not our actual living in a practical way. But when we live Christ day by day, anxiety has no ground within us.”</p> <p class='footer'>From A Life Full of Forbearance but without Anxiety, by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 59). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can <a href="" target="_blank">order your free copy here</a>.</p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 02:00:00 +0000 The Word of the Cross <p><img src="/media/1_cor_1_18_small.gif" alt="1_cor_1_18_small.gif"></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;"><strong>“For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (<a href=";lvid=5237" target="_blank">1 Corinthians 1:18</a>)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Written nearly 2,000 years ago, these words in the Bible address the attitude of certain Greeks in Corinth who prided themselves on their philosophy. They ardently pursued wisdom in an attempt to understand the universe and mankind. Yet, although their philosophy had not answered the questions concerning the problems of human nature or the meaning of mankind’s existence, these wisdom seekers rejected the word concerning Jesus Christ and His crucifixion, dismissing it as foolishness.</p> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 02:00:00 +0000 Grace and Reality <p>John 1:17—“For the <strong>law</strong> was given through Moses; <strong>grace</strong> and <strong>reality</strong> came through Jesus Christ.”</p> <blockquote> <p>Note 1 on <strong>law</strong>, <strong>grace</strong>, and <strong>reality</strong> says: “The law makes demands on man according to what God is; grace supplies man with what God is to meet what God demands. The law, at most, was only a testimony of what God is (<a href=";lvid=10175&amp;ol=on">Exo. 25:21</a>), but reality is the realization of what God is. No man can partake of God through the law, but grace enables man to enjoy God. Reality is God realized by man, and grace is God enjoyed by man.”</p> </blockquote> <p>Cross-reference “a” on <strong>grace</strong> directs us to this verse:</p> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 02:00:00 +0000 What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden—the Consequences of Adam and Eve’s Choice <p><img src="/media/1_pet_3_18_small.gif" alt="1_pet_3_18_small.gif"></p> <p>In a <a href="">previous post</a>, we saw that God warned Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in order to protect them. That tree represented Satan, the enemy of God and the source of death. Sadly, Adam and Eve disobeyed God. This was serious enough, but by eating the fruit of that tree they were also corrupted with Satan’s evil nature. </p> <p>In this post, we’ll see the consequences of their action and what God did, and is doing today, to recover the humanity He created <a href="">for His purpose</a>. </p> Sun, 05 Apr 2015 14:00:00 +0000 God’s Satisfaction and Rest <p>“After God has what He desires, He rests. What then brought rest to God? What was it that gave Him such satisfaction? During the six days of creation there were light, air, grass, herbs, and trees; there were the sun, the moon, and the stars; there were fish, birds, cattle, creeping things, and beasts. But in all these God did not find rest. Finally there was man, and God rested from all His work.”</p> <p class='footer'>From The Glorious Church, by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., pp. 22-23). 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/GC_small.jpg" alt="GC_small.jpg"></p> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:00:00 +0000 What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden? <p><img src="/media/God_wanted_man_small.gif" alt="God_wanted_man_small.gif"></p> <p>Most of us are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. (If you’d like a refresher, you can read it <a href=";lvid=8027">here</a>.) The disobedience of Adam and Eve is usually what gets our attention in this story, and this makes sense. Disobeying God is a serious matter. </p> <p>But have you ever wondered what was so bad about eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? How could doing that lead to the fall of all mankind? And when God told Adam and Eve not to eat of that tree, was He testing them, just to see whether they would obey Him?</p> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000 Eternal Life in Christ Jesus Our Lord <p>Romans 6:23—“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is <strong>eternal life</strong> in Christ Jesus our Lord.”</p> <blockquote> <p>Note 3 on <strong>eternal life</strong> says: “Eternal life is the very life of the Triune God Himself. This life has been imparted into us on the basis of our having been justified by God, and it is now spreading throughout our being through sanctification and transformation. This will result in our being conformed to the Lord’s image and our being brought into the Lord’s glory, that we may be made suitable to have a part in the manifestation of His glory (<a href=";lvid=6377">Col. 3:4</a>).”</p> </blockquote> <p>Cross-reference “b” on <strong>eternal life</strong> leads us to these verses:</p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:00:00 +0000