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.
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.
We believers have an unspeakable blessing—we have God’s presence all the time!
In the New Testament, we find several names for our Lord Jesus. One is Emmanuel, which means God with us. A staff member at Bibles for America was enjoying the Lord as Emmanuel so much that he overflowed in song. He based his song on three verses in Matthew and set it to the tune of the American folk song “Shenandoah.” We hope you enjoy the marvelous fact that God is with us as you hear our staff singing the song.
“Emmanuel—His name men calleth,
God with us—with them He dwelleth;
I’m in their midst—where saints assembleth,
‘Behold, I am with thee’—
‘til this age hath ended.”
A graceful sweep of white pillars gives shape to the World War II memorial in Washington, DC. At its center stands Freedom Wall, holding a field of 4,048 sculpted gold stars. Each star represents 100 Americans who died in the war; together they commemorate the more than 400,000 Americans who lost their lives. In front of the wall, engraved in granite, are the words, “HERE WE MARK THE PRICE OF FREEDOM.”
These symbolic stars are reminiscent of the gold stars displayed by families of fallen service men and women during the Second World War. The gold stars on Freedom Wall vividly bear witness to the fact that the ultimate price for freedom is paid both by those who serve and by their families.
It’s been a wonderful year here at BfA! We’ve given away over 500,000 free Bibles and Christian books, and more than 650,000 of you have come to read these blog posts.
Since so many have been visiting the blog this year, we wanted to give you a chance to read our top 10 most visited posts. We hope they’re an enjoyable and encouraging way for you to close out 2016!
As Memorial Day approaches, we at BfA would like to take this time to honor our country’s military service members with this salute.
Why we remember
In the bleakest hours of the American Revolution, facing a brutal winter and the waning enthusiasm of his army, General George Washington read to his men the patriotic words written by Thomas Paine in the tract, The American Crisis:
“These are the times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
General Washington was able to revive his men, using these words to reach into their weary souls and light an ember of hope. This hope continued to burn as the brave soldiers crossed the icy Delaware River with a renewed will to live, persevere, and fight for victory.
As the year ends, it’s a spiritually healthy practice for us to spend time before the Lord for prayerful reflection, giving thanks, and offering fresh consecration to Him. Besides thanking the Lord, item after item, for the many outward and material ways He’s met our needs, we can also ponder on and thank Him even more for the wonderful inward and eternal matters we have enjoyed as believers. These are the most real and lasting blessings in the universe, seen not with our physical eyes but with the inward eyes of our heart.
When we have a special time with the Lord like this, beyond our usual daily time with Him, our hearts become open and tender, and we give Him another opportunity to speak to us. Below are just a few things we can prayerfully consider to enrich our thanking and praising the Lord Jesus at the end of this year.
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.
Every year, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, America pauses to honor our nation’s veterans. The date for Veterans Day is deliberate; it marks the armistice signed in 1918 for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. It is a day to honor the veterans of all wars, but especially to honor those still living.
Sadly, the “war to end all wars,” as World War I was known, didn’t accomplish that goal, and our nation has continued to require the military service of men and women in every generation since then.
On July 4, 1776, Congress officially approved the Declaration of Independence. In response to this momentous declaration of the united colonies’ separation from Great Britain, John Adams wrote these insightful words in a letter to his wife concerning the remembrance of this day, now known as Independence Day: