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Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray

Thursday, 10 March 2022 15:55

Does Job Fear God For Nothing?

One time God and Satan were having a discussion about a man named Job who served God devoutly. In fact, God says there is no one like Job, blameless, upright, God fearing, and avoiding evil.[1] Satan asked God, “Does Job fear God for nothing?”[2] The question asserts that Job only serves and honors God because of all the blessings he receives from God.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 20:17

A False Sense of Safety: Take Heed

 The lines across the road marking a crosswalk invite people into a zone of safe passage. But I do not see safety. I see the crosswalk offering little more than a false sense of safety, after all it offers no barrier to harm but only a hope that cars will stop and wait for a person to cross. People feel safer than they really are within the crosswalk zone.

Thursday, 19 November 2020 12:47

What Does Genesis 2:24 Mean for Newlyweds?

This article examines Genesis 2:24 with a view to what it means to newlyweds today. It investigates each clause so one can appreciate the verse and apply it to their lives and marriage.

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

Genesis 2:24 (NASB95)[1]

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 13:07

Becoming the Christian God Wants You to Be

I discovered several valuable lessons about living a Christian life as I studied about the adoption of the new Christian by God upon salvation. It left me wanting to learn more about the unity of believers and how it related to the lessons I had learned. Christian virtues came next and then a study about forgiving one another. I realized I had a series developing on a theme of Christian growth. I had not planned a series, but one topic led to the next. The series seemed complete after a studying of contentment through the peace of God.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 13:07

A Study of the Introduction of First John

People routinely recommend the book of First John to those new to the Bible or new to Christianity as the starting place to read in the Bible. Yet many people find the first four verses difficult to understand. There are so many things going on in these verses that go unnoticed by many students of the Bible. In this solemn, yet emphatic but stately opening, one may read these verses without understanding the reasoning behind many of the things said or the effect they had on the original readers of the epistle because of their cultural distance from the New Testament.

Friday, 09 October 2020 20:15

The Art of Contentment

Are you content in your life? What is it to be truly content anyway? Look to Job and Paul in the bible as examples of content people. From these two men we can learn how we ourselves can become content also. We to can practice true contentment.

Monday, 21 September 2020 05:49

A Grateful Heart is a Forgiving Heart

I have heard people say, “I do not have to forgive someone if they have not asked me for forgiveness.” But as I have studied forgiveness as it relates to our fellow human, I have found this statement is unfounded. It has no basis in scripture.

Monday, 28 September 2020 12:41

Basichurch Quiz: Paul 1

T  F  1) Paul mostly liked to preach to people in Israel.

T  F  2) Paul had a rather nice and easy life preaching the gospel.

T  F  3) The city of Antioch was the first place they called the followers of Jesus “Christians.”

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 16:15

What is a Bible Translation?

What is a bible translation and what should you expect from your bible? This article discusses the various translation philosophies and what to look for and the pitfalls to avoid in choosing a bible translation.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020 20:49

Recommended Bible Study Resources Introduction

I like to get it right when I study the Bible. That is really important. So I spend the time to research it out. I check to see if there are textual issues that could affect the meaning. I patiently wade through the lexicons to learn the meaning of the original language words. Sometimes I look in the grammars at things I do not understand to be sure I am understanding the passage correctly. Figures of speech come in here also. If I have questions that are not resolved at this point, I check the commentaries, journals, and other relevant resources. I feel that you have got to have the tools to do your work. Guidance on the right tools to get can save a lot of time and money. These recommendations a not for everyone, they are for those who like to get their Bible study done right. I have started with some resources for those doing in depth work. I hope you people will pickup some good working habits from this. I will list other resources that are helpful for the average person with some tips on how to not say more than you know, wich is done too often.

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