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Learning the Secret from the Bible of Being Content in All Things

We all go through high and low points in our lives. But when faced with the lows—the puzzling and difficult situations—what do we do? How do we react? Do we wish things were different? In Philippians 4:11-12 Paul makes a remarkable claim: “I have learned, in whatever circumstances I am, to be content. I know also how to be abased, and I know how to abound. In everything and in all things I have...

God’s Far-reaching Mercy

As believers, we’ve heard the words mercy and grace many times. And even more, we’ve been the recipients of God’s mercy and grace. But have we stopped to really think about the difference between the two? Have we considered just how merciful our God is to us and why? Mercy is what’s extended to someone in a helpless state, without a glimmer of hope. This was surely our case as sinners. God had...

Death Versus Life and Peace in Romans 8:6

In Romans 8:6 Paul draws a stark contrast between two things: “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace.” Death, or life and peace—it all depends on where the mind is set. We surely prefer life and peace, but since life and peace result from the mind set on the spirit, how do we do that? What is the spirit? What is the flesh? What is death in our...

How Do We Live Our Christian Life?

It’s common for us believers to think we should be right in our conduct, be kind, do good works, and live up to the words in the Bible. We might feel pretty satisfied at the end of the day if we’ve conducted ourselves fairly well and avoided any major failures in our Christian life. But does that satisfy God? Does God desire Christians simply to be people with biblical values living an upstanding...

Lessons on How to Pray to God from Matthew 20

Prayer is a great matter in the Bible, and praying to God is one of the most precious privileges we have as believers. Many, unsure of how to pray to God, have questions like: How do I pray to God correctly? What should I say when I pray? Or, How can I pray to God effectively? It’s very understandable to have these kinds of questions, especially when we’re first saved and are just beginning to...

How I Learned to Touch the Lord in a Simple Way

We hope you enjoy this BfA staff member’s testimony of learning how to touch the Lord. As a child, the Bible was a mysterious book to me because I didn’t have much exposure to it. I think we had a family Bible somewhere in the house, but I can’t remember ever picking it up and reading it. All I knew about the Bible was that it was a book religious people referred to, and like most Americans, I...

“Once It Was the Blessing; Now It Is the Lord”—A Classic Hymn

In our post on the benefits of singing to the Lord in our daily life, we pointed out that God’s people throughout the ages have praised, worshipped, and expressed their deepest sentiments to God in songs and hymns. As a result we believers today have a rich heritage of classic hymns to encourage and inspire us in our Christian life. In this post we’d like to share with you a hymn by A. B. Simpson...

What Is God’s Complete Salvation in the Bible?

Have you ever wondered whether God’s salvation is only to save us from eternal perdition? Wonderful as that is, if that’s all, then what’s the meaning of the rest of our lives on earth? The Bible tells us that God’s salvation includes much more than we might have thought. It’s a complete salvation.

Christ Is the Reality of Every Positive Thing

It’s not unusual for us to encounter difficulties in our relationships with others—our spouse, our child, a classmate, or a coworker, for instance. Perhaps we’ve asked the Lord to help us navigate the situation by praying, “Lord, grant me wisdom to deal with my son,” or “Lord, help me be patient with this person.” But in spite of our prayers, we still struggle. Why doesn’t the Lord give us wisdom...

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