NorCal College Retreat Fall 2015

Place: Alliance Redwoods
Conference dates: October 23-25
Registration cost: $117
Registration deadline: October 11
Late registration fee: $30
Late registration cut-off date: October 18
Cancellations after October 18 are subject to a $30 fee (Day-of cancellations are non-refundable)

Please contact admin@DeAnzaChristians.org for questions or registration.

The God-shaped Vacuum and the Meaning of Life

Have you ever felt unsatisfied, let down, or even empty after you got what you thought would make you happy? You’re not alone. If we’re honest with ourselves, we all have to admit that we’ve felt this way at some point in our lives.

It turns out there’s a good reason for this.

We not only have two parts—our outward body and our inward soul—we also have a third part: our human spirit. And this third part has everything to do with the meaning of life. The video below explains why we can feel inexplicably empty and the important role of our third part.

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Receiving God into us to fill our spirit is the only thing that can satisfy our deepest longing and reveal the true meaning of life.

If you enjoyed this video, we encourage you to share it with others so they too can know what the meaning of life is.

This video is based on a gospel tract entitled “The Third Part” by Bibles for America. You can see and share all our gospel tracts here. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to see more helpful videos from BfA.

What Do I Do When I Sin after Being Saved?

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When we first repented to God and received Jesus Christ as our Savior, we were forgiven of all our sins. What peace flooded our hearts! And God’s Word assures us that our salvation is for all eternity and can never be undone.

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.

Confessing to God the sins that we commit after 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.

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How to Read the Bible

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 gives away some of the referenced books for free. The others can be read for free online or purchased from the publisher’s website.

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.

Second Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed,” clearly indicating that God’s Word is His Spirit exhaled. Thus, the logical way for us to take in God’s Word is to breathe in the Spirit who is incorporated in the breathed-out Word. Since the Word is embodied in the Spirit and the Spirit is received through the Word, the most basic and important thing in our reading of the Bible is to exercise our regenerated spirit to contact the Spirit in the Word.

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Why read the Bible?

This is the first 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 gives away some of the referenced books for free. The others can be read for free online or purchased from the publisher’s website.

The Benefits of Reading the Bible

The Bible is the foundation of Western civilization—morally, politically, literarily. Even the secular world recognizes the Bible as the most influential book in the world. It is the highest in its record of the origin of mankind, human history, and prophecies and in its wisdom, profoundness, ethics, and morality.

While these qualities are compelling enough reasons to read the Bible, they cannot compare with the amazing fact that God Himself is embodied and expressed in His Word. But God does not want His words to remain confined in a book, and He tells us so in the Word:

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The Perfectness of the Lord’s Power

2 Corinthians 12:9—“And He has said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My poweris perfected in weakness. Most gladly therefore I will rather boast in my weaknesses that the power of Christ might tabernacle over me.”

Note 2 on power says: “For the sufficiency of the Lord’s grace to be magnified, our sufferings are required; for the perfectness of the Lord’s power to be shown forth, our weakness is needed. Hence, the apostle would most gladly boast in his weaknesses that the power of Christ might tabernacle over him. Grace is the supply, and power is the strength, the ability, of grace. Both are the resurrected Christ, who is now the life-giving Spirit dwelling in us (1 Cor. 15:45Gal. 2:20) for our enjoyment.”

Cross-reference “b” on power directs us to these verses:

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De Anza Campus Center Map

Campus center map with conference rooms(.pdf)

Campus map

Spring 2015 Bible Study

  • Every Tuesday 11:30am~1:20pm
  • Room: One of El Clemente, Don Bautista, and Santa Cruz (see the schedule below)
  • (cafeteria upper level near conference rooms; see map.)

*lunch is served; welcome both Chinese speakers and English speakers.

Bible Study Schedule

Winter 2015 Bible Study

  • Every Tuesday 11:30am~1:20pm
  • Room: Don Bautista
  • (cafeteria upper level near conference rooms; see map.)

*lunch is served; welcome both Chinese speakers and English speakers.

Bible Study Schedule

Fall 2014 Bible Study

  • Every Tuesday 11:30am~1:20pm
  • Room: Don Bautista
  • (cafeteria upper level near conference rooms; see map.)

*lunch is served; welcome both Chinese speakers and English speakers.

Bible Study Schedule

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