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Why We Need a Hidden Life with the Lord Jesus

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog) Usually, when we look at plants we focus on what’s visible above ground. We admire a beautiful rose on a rose bush, the majesty of a redwood tree, or the fruitfulness of an apple tree. But for any plant to grow and even thrive, it needs a healthy, extensive root system below ground. In the same way, developing a deep, spiritual “root system”...

What Is Transformation in the Bible?

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog) We all have things we’d like to change about ourselves. The vast quantities of books on self-improvement available today target our desire to be different or improve in some way. And when we read verses in the New Testament concerning how believers should live and conduct themselves, we want to live that way. But when we compare our daily life to...

What Is the Difference between the Soul and the Spirit?

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog) The terms soul and spirit have been discussed at length in philosophy and literature, and in the writings of various religions. They’re sometimes used interchangeably because people believe they’re the same thing. But what does the Bible say? Are they different? And why does knowing if they’re different matter? In this post...

6 Functions of the Living Word of God

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog) Have you ever thought of the Bible, the Word of God, as something that’s more than just black and white letters? Hebrews 4:12 says: “The word of God is living and operative.”The Bible, God’s word, is living. And because His word is living, it’s active and does many things, both for God and for us. In this post, we’ll look at some...

How to Build Up the Habit of Spending Time with the Lord Jesus in the Morning

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog) In a previous post, we saw that the best time of day to spend with the Lord Jesus is in the morning, before we get caught up in the busyness of our day. Now, we’ll look at some principles and practical tips that will help us build up this habit. Motivation is Key Establishing good habits requires motivation, whether positive or negative. For...

What’s the Best Time of Day to Spend with the Lord Jesus?

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog) Every morning when we wake up, we have a choice of how we begin our day. Let’s look at two possibilities: Scenario 1: The alarm goes off. You roll out of bed and start to get ready, already anxious about the day ahead. During a hurried breakfast, you catch up on the news, texts, and emails. Eventually, you rush out the door, preoccupied with your...

What Does It Mean to Be Blessed by God?

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog) We’ve all heard someone say, “I’ve been blessed by God,” usually in relation to success, health, family, wealth, or a job. We’ve even heard athletes say this after winning a big game. We all want to be under God’s blessing. The common understanding of what it means to be blessed by God is that He gives us good things. In this respect, we can say...

7 Tips to Build up a Habit of Reading the Bible Daily

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog.) In a previous post, we saw that the first step in understanding the Bible is to read it for ourselves, cover to cover. This is how we begin to acquire the building blocks of Scripture that are the foundation for our understanding of God’s Word. But how do we get started? What can we do to develop this healthy and necessary habit of...

The First Step in Understanding the Bible

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog.) The Bible is an incredible book filled with wisdom, poetry, history, and teachings. It contains mysterious prophecies, symbols, and figures, along with lengthy genealogies and detailed laws. Above all, it reveals who Christ is and God’s eternal purpose for mankind. As Christians, we may know that we should read the Bible, but we might feel...

3 Benefits of Reading the Bible Every Day

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog.) Daily Bible reading is an excellent habit that can benefit every Christian in many ways. We’ll discuss three main benefits in this post. We’re fed by the Word When we read the Bible, we’re fed by God’s Word and supplied for our Christian life. Jesus mentioned this in Matthew 4:4 when He said, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word...