Giving Thanks to God—Then and Now

As Americans, and as Christians, we have much to be thankful for. Thanksgiving Day is a time to consider the things we’ve been blessed with and to give thanks for them. But why does such a day exist? Where did it come from? And to whom should we offer thanks? A look at the experience of the ones on whom this holiday is based can shed light on the meaning of this day we celebrate each year.


Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus? For 2000 years people have asked this question of questions. Many people have some idea, but who is He, really?

Who is Jesus

BfA has a two-minute video presenting who Jesus is to help you introduce Him to people you know. We hope you enjoy it, and we encourage you to join us in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ by sharing this video!

The Indispensable Requirement

Corinthians 2:9—“But as it is written, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard and which have not come up in man’s heart; things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’”

Note 3 on love Him says: “To realize and participate in the deep and hidden things God has ordained and prepared for us requires us not only to believe in Him but also to love Him. To fear God, to worship God, and to believe in God (that is, to receive God) are all inadequate; to love Him is the indispensable requirement. To love God means to set our entire being—spirit, soul, and body, with the heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30)—absolutely on Him, that is, to let our entire being be occupied by Him and lost in Him, so that He becomes everything to us and we are one with Him practically in our daily life. In this way we have the closest and most intimate fellowship with God, and we are able to enter into His heart and apprehend all its secrets (Psa. 73:25; 25:14). Thus, we not only realize but also experience, enjoy, and fully…

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Catching the Divine Fire in the Word of God

2 Timothy 3:16—“All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

Note 2 on God-breathed says: “This indicates that the Scripture, the word of God, is the breathing out of God. God’s speaking is God’s breathing out. Hence, His word is spirit (John 6:63), or breath. Thus, the Scripture is the embodiment of God as the Spirit. The Spirit is therefore the very essence, the substance, of the Scripture, just as phosphorus is the essential substance in matches. We must strike the Spirit of the Scripture with our spirit to catch the divine fire.


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 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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