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Do You Know How to Exercise Your Spirit?

We know consistent physical exercise keeps our body fit and contributes to our overall well-being. And we also know mental exercise like reading and solving crossword puzzles helps our mind stay sharp. But did you know that as Christians, we need an additional kind of exercise? For a healthy Christian life, we need spiritual exercise. Our human spirit So what do we mean when we say spiritual...

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...

The Lord Becoming Our Enjoyment Through Calling on His Name

“The more we call on the Lord, the more He becomes our enjoyment. Through calling on Him He also becomes our peace, rest, comfort, and solution to all kinds of situations. This is not a mere doctrine or superficial teaching; this is a truth for our experience.”

How I Enjoy Singing to the Lord

A BfA staff member shares his experience of singing to the Lord. In my everyday Christian life I really enjoy praying to the Lord, calling on His name, and speaking about Him to others. All these things give me a way to contact the Lord Jesus throughout my day and enjoy His presence. But one of my favorite ways to touch the Lord is by singing to Him with my spirit. The apostle Paul wrote about...

Praying God’s Word—An Unexpected Experience

A BfA staff member talks about his experience of praying with the Word of God. In Ephesians 6, the apostle Paul tells us to receive the Word of God “by means of all prayer” (vv. 17-18). There are certainly many ways to understand and practice this charge, and probably all are profitable. If the content of our prayer mirrors the content of God’s speaking to us in His Word, we’re probably on the...

How to Maintain the Joy of Our Salvation

When the love of the Lord Jesus first touched us and we repented and confessed His name, a previously unknown joy filled our hearts. What a joy it was to be forgiven and born again! God wants us to continue to be joyful in His wonderful salvation for our whole life. And this isn’t only for a select few; it’s normal for all God’s children, as we see in 1 Peter 1:8: “You exult with joy that is...

What Does God Want from Us in Our Christian Life?

We Christians naturally want to please God and make Him happy. But what exactly makes God happy? To please God, we first need to know what He wants. Otherwise, we can spend a lot of time doing things we think He wants, but end up not pleasing Him. Let’s take a look at what we think God wants, and what God actually wants for our Christian life.

7 Ways to Have a New Beginning with the Lord

As Christians, we desire a closer relationship with God. Whatever our experience was last year, thank the Lord, we can freshly give ourselves to daily pursue Christ this year. At the beginning of this new year, we thought we’d share seven ways for us to have a new beginning with the Lord. The points below include inspiring and motivating quotes from well-known Bible teachers, preachers, Christian...

How Can We Maintain the Joy of Our Salvation? [with video]

When we first believe in Christ, receiving Him as our Savior, we experience great joy. But sometimes, over the course of our Christian life, that joy begins to fade. We wonder what happened, and if we’ll ever get that joy back. How can we maintain the joy of our salvation? Find out in this video, based on chapter 2 of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1, which you can read for free here...

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