Bibles for America Distributing Free study Bibles and Christian Books to Feed America http://biblesforamerica.org Our Only Qualification <p><span style="font-size: 18px;">“Every time we come before God, our only qualification is that we have been redeemed, not that we have advanced in our Christian life.”</span> <p style="line-height: 1em;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">From The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 88). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can <a href="http://biblesforamerica.org/free-bible-and-christian-books/" 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>.</span></p></p> <p><img src="/media/GC_small.jpg" style="width: auto;" alt="GC_small.jpg"></img></p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/quote-of-the-week-the-glorious-church/ http://biblesforamerica.org/quote-of-the-week-the-glorious-church/ How to Maintain the Joy of Our Salvation <p><img src="/media/john_16_24_small.gif" alt="john_16_24_small.gif"></p> <p>When the love of the Lord Jesus first touched us and we repented and confessed His name, a previously unknown joy filled our hearts. What a joy it was to be forgiven and <a href="http://biblesforamerica.org/born-again/">born again</a>! God wants us to continue to be joyful in His wonderful salvation for our whole life. And this isn’t only for a select few; it’s normal for all God’s children, as we see in <a href="http://online.recoveryversion.org/bibleverses.asp?fvid=7238&amp;lvid=7238">1 Peter 1:8</a>: “You exult with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory.” </p> <p>We can <a href="http://biblesforamerica.org/can-you-lose-your-salvation/">never lose our eternal salvation</a>, but we have to admit that at times we lose the joy of our salvation. Let’s look at two reasons why that is, how we can recover our joy in the Lord, and what habits we can develop to have a joyful daily life.</p> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/how-to-maintain-the-joy-of-our-salvation/ http://biblesforamerica.org/how-to-maintain-the-joy-of-our-salvation/ The Meaning of Christ’s Redemption <p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Romans 3:24—“Being justified freely by His grace through the <strong>redemption</strong> which is in Christ Jesus.”</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">Note 3 on <strong>redemption</strong> says: “To redeem is to purchase back at a cost. We originally belonged to God but became lost through sin. The requirements of God’s holiness, righteousness, and glory were so great upon us that it was impossible for us to fulfill them. However, God paid the price for us through Christ, repossessing us at a tremendous cost. Christ died on the cross to redeem us (<a href="http://online.recoveryversion.org/getScripture.asp?vinfo=Gal3:13" target="_blank">Gal. 3:13</a>; <a href="http://online.recoveryversion.org/getScripture.asp?vinfo=Titus2:14" target="_blank">Titus 2:14</a>; <a href="http://online.recoveryversion.org/getScripture.asp?vinfo=1Pet2:24" target="_blank">1 Pet. 2:24</a>; <a href="http://online.recoveryversion.org/getScripture.asp?vinfo=1Pet3:18" target="_blank">3:18</a>); His blood obtained eternal redemption for us (<a href="http://online.recoveryversion.org/getScripture.asp?vinfo=1Pet1:18-19" target="_blank">1 Pet. 1:18-19</a>).”</span></p> <p style="line-height: 1em;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">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="http://biblesforamerica.org/free-bible-and-christian-books/" target="_blank">order your free copy here</a>.</span></p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/bible-quote-romans-3-24/ http://biblesforamerica.org/bible-quote-romans-3-24/ A Life-Changing Discovery: My Spirit <p><img src="/media/zech_12_1_small.gif" alt="zech_12_1_small.gif"></p> <p>It’s interesting how we can read the Bible, even repeatedly, and miss something important. For example, we probably remember that the Bible mentions the Holy Spirit many times, but what about the human spirit? It may surprise you to know that the human spirit is mentioned scores of times in both the Old and New Testaments. </p> <p>To see the place our human spirit occupies in God’s purpose and in our Christian life can be a life-changing discovery, enlightening our understanding and leading us into a real and living relationship with the Lord.</p> <p>In previous posts, we discussed how God created us as a three-part being with a <a href="http://biblesforamerica.org/the-three-parts-of-man-spirit-soul-and-body/">spirit, soul, and body</a>, and what <a href="http://biblesforamerica.org/difference-between-soul-and-spirit/">the difference between the soul and the spirit</a> is. This post will focus specifically on our spirit, the deepest part of our being and the key to all spiritual experience. </p> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/my-spirit-life-changing-discovery/ http://biblesforamerica.org/my-spirit-life-changing-discovery/ The Quenching of Our Spiritual Thirst <p><span style="font-size: 18px;">“Many times you are thirsty—not thirsty in your physical body, but thirsty in your spirit. When you come athirst to the Lord and contact Him, you have a certain sense within you. You feel refreshed, you feel watered.” </span> <p style="line-height: 1em;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">From The All-Inclusive Christ by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 38). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can <a href="http://biblesforamerica.org/free-bible-and-christian-books/" 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>.</span></p></p> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/quotethe-all-inclusive-christ-3/ http://biblesforamerica.org/quotethe-all-inclusive-christ-3/ What Is the Church according to the Bible? <p><img src="/media/matt_16_18_small.gif" alt="matt_16_18_small.gif"></p> <p>People, even Christians, have many concepts about what the church is. But what is the church exactly? Is the church a building Christians go to on Sundays to worship? Is the church an organization of people who believe in Jesus Christ? To discover what God’s thought is concerning the church, we must come to the Bible.</p> <p>While we can’t cover this enormous matter in a single blog post, we’ll begin to look at what the church is according to God’s Word.</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/what-is-the-church-according-to-the-bible/ http://biblesforamerica.org/what-is-the-church-according-to-the-bible/ Adorned with God's Salvation <p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Luke 15:22—“But the father said to his slaves, Bring out quickly the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and <strong>sandals</strong> on his feet.”</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">Note 7 on <strong>sandals</strong> says: “Signifying the power of God’s salvation to separate the believers from the dirty earth. Both the ring and the sandals were signs of a free man. The adornment, consisting of the robe on the body, the ring on the hand, and the sandals on the feet, allowed the poor prodigal to match his rich father and qualified him to enter the father’s house and feast with the father. God’s salvation adorns us with Christ and the Spirit that we may enjoy the riches in His house.”</span></p> <p style="line-height: 1em;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">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="http://biblesforamerica.org/free-bible-and-christian-books/" target="_blank">order your free copy here</a>.</span></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/bible-quote-luke-15-22/ http://biblesforamerica.org/bible-quote-luke-15-22/ No Longer Enemies <p><img src="/media/rom_5_10_small.gif" alt="rom_5_10_small.gif"></p> <p><strong>Have you ever thought, “Why do I experience so much unrest? Why do I feel as if I’m not at peace with myself?”</strong></p> <p>Although you try different ways to find a solution, the inner peace you yearn for seems unattainable. We’ve all felt this disquiet within, regardless of our background, education, or social status. Why is that? The source of this feeling is rooted in a fundamental problem—we’re not at peace with God. And when we’re not at peace with God, it’s impossible for us to be at peace with ourselves.</p> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/no-longer-enemies/ http://biblesforamerica.org/no-longer-enemies/ Believing in the Lord in the Midst of Our Environment <p><span style="font-size: 18px;">“We must believe in the Lord in the midst of our environment. In all the situations within our set of circumstances, we must always exercise our heart to believe the Lord.”</span> <p style="line-height: 1em;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">From The Economy of God by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 66). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can <a href="http://biblesforamerica.org/free-bible-and-christian-books/" 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>.</span></p></p> <p><img src="/media/EOG_small.jpg" alt="EOG_small.jpg"></img></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/weekly-quote-the-economy-of-god-4/ http://biblesforamerica.org/weekly-quote-the-economy-of-god-4/ Do You Taste God in the Word? <p><img src="/media/1_pet_2_3_3_small.gif" alt="1_pet_2_3_3_small.gif"></p> <p>We need to eat food to sustain our physical life and to keep us healthy. But just because we <em>have</em> to eat doesn’t mean it’s a tedious chore. In fact, eating is an enjoyment to us, especially when the food is tasty.</p> <p>Similarly, the Bible tells us that God’s Word sustains us and keeps us spiritually healthy. But how do we feel about reading the Word of God? Is our time in God’s Word a dry, tedious duty we must fulfill? Or is it a time of enjoyment and nourishment? God desires that our time in His Word would be not a duty but a delight.</p> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 02:00:00 +0000 http://biblesforamerica.org/taste-god-in-the-word/ http://biblesforamerica.org/taste-god-in-the-word/