“What God is, is love, and what God does is righteousness. Since we have the life of God in us, we can be what God is and do what God does. Even as God can be love and do righteousness, so also we, because of the life of God in us, can be the love that God is and do the righteousness that God does. This means that we can love as God loves and be righteous as God is righteous.”
Hebrews 12:2—“Looking away unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down on the right hand of the throne of God.”
Note 2 on Jesus says: “The wonderful Jesus, who is enthroned in heaven and crowned with glory and honor (2:9), is the greatest attraction in the universe. He is like an immense magnet, drawing all His seekers to Him. It is by being attracted by His charming beauty that we look away from all things other than Him. Without such a charming object, how could we look away from so many distracting things on this earth?”
In 2016 we launched the Bibles for America Podcast, recognizing that people consume content in different ways. Some prefer reading articles and others prefer hearing audio, and some enjoy doing both. We’ve taken posts from our blog, and produced them as podcast episodes.
The wonderful thing about the BfA Podcast is how easy it is to use. You can play episodes in your car, while exercising, or with a group of friends at home. You can listen right now on the the podcast page of our website or you can subscribe on iTunes, which will allows you to sync across all of your devices and listen on your phone, tablet, or laptop. Additionally, podcast episodes are available on the Bibles for America Youtube channel, as well as SoundCloud and other free podcast apps. Episodes are downloadable so you can listen to them anytime, even without Internet access.
All in all, we’ve produced over 160 episodes. We’ve recapped the 10 most popular episodes to date here and hope you enjoy listening to them. Click on the “play” button to listen to the episodes below.
“All the worry and fret of God’s children would end if their eyes were opened to see the greatness of the treasure hid in their hearts. Do you know, there are resources enough in your own heart to meet the demand of every circumstance in which you will ever find yourself? Do you know there is power enough there to move the city in which you live? Do you know there is power enough to shake the universe? Let me tell you once more—I say it with the utmost reverence: You who have been born again of the Spirit of God—you carry God in your heart!”
We’ve had another wonderful year at Bibles for America: we gave away 70,000 Bibles and 105,000 Christian books; over 70,000 e-books were downloaded from our site; and the blog had 675,000 visits. Thank the Lord for the spread of His Word!
If you haven’t seen them yet, we hope you’ll enjoy reading the top five posts for 2017 and that they’ll encourage you in your Christian life as you to close out the year.
1 Corinthians 1:2—“To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, the called saints, with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, who is theirs and ours.”
Note 9 on theirs and ours says: “Christ as the all-inclusive One belongs to all believers. He is our allotted portion given to us by God (Col. 1:12). The apostle added this special phrase at the end of this verse to stress the crucial fact that Christ is the unique center of all believers in whatever place or situation. In this Epistle the apostle’s intention was to solve the problems among the saints in Corinth. For all the problems, especially the matter of division, the only solution is the all-inclusive Christ. We have all been called into the fellowship of, the participation in, Him (v. 9). All believers should be focused on Him, not being distracted by any gifted person, any overstressed doctrine, or any particular practice.”
Cross-reference “f” on theirs and ours directs us to these verses:
“When we pursue more urgently the working of the Holy Spirit within us and give diligence in obeying the teaching of the Holy Spirit within us as the anointing, the Holy Spirit can then expand His ground extensively; thus, life within us will grow to a great extent.”
Have you ever stopped to think about the deeper meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ? Although many people, even unbelievers, have heard the story of Jesus’ birth, its real significance may be missed because of that familiarity with the “story” aspect.
The birth of Jesus Christ—a momentous event
The birth of Christ was not the ordinary birth of an ordinary man. It was the birth of the most unique Person in history. The birth of Jesus Christ was the incarnation of God Himself. In other words, the very God became a man. The significance of this is profound and will take all eternity for us to appreciate. The conception and birth of Jesus Christ was the mingling of God with humanity. Such a thing had never occurred before.
“The starting point of spiritual warfare is standing upon the victory of Christ; it is seeing that Christ has already overcome. It is not dealing with Satan, but trusting in the Lord. It is not hoping that we will win the victory, because the victory has already been won.”
Romans 8:16—“The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.”
Note 2 on our spirit says: “This reveals that the Spirit of God today, the all-inclusive Spirit of the Triune God, dwells in our regenerated human spirit and works in our spirit. These two spirits are one; they live together, work together, and exist together as one mingled spirit (1 Cor. 6:17). See John 3:6; 4:24; and notes there.”
Cross-reference “b” on spirit directs us to these verses: