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Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray

Monday, 02 March 2020 13:17

Biblical Index

The Bible references should appear in Biblical order. Once finding a verse of interest, clicking the article title adjacent to the Bible reference will take you directly to the page of the article using the verse(s). Mouse over the referance to read the verse. Clicking the reference will open an new window for the verse on the website by Faithlife the makers of Logos Bible Software. Any reference may be included if it is found in any Bible and used in an Article. Extra Biblical references are at the bottom of the list.

Last upadate date: 11/17/2020


Saturday, 22 February 2020 19:18


I started to share my Bible studying with others to encourage their walk with God. You can find Bible based studies here. is only a website and is not a church with a congregation.

What’s in a name: I decided years ago, if I were to plant a church, I would call it Basic Church.  When I started this web site instead, I gave it the name Basic Church as best I could.  I had put off getting the domain name too long and somebody else got it. was as close as I could get in a domain name.  So I am using that middle “C” twice and it looks like “basic hurch”.  Oh Well.  When I think of "Basic Church" I think of being Bible centered and not overly focused on any certain doctrines.

About Me: I have a studied engineering and worked in electronics, oil, construction and I have been a credentialed minister. I have spent years of Bible study.  By years of Bible study, I mean that has been my primary occupation.  It is what I do.  That being said, the focus of this website is the Bible and Christianity.  I am providing Bible studies that have been researched out and are useful to ministers and teachers.  There is lighter material of interest to Christians in general well as.

I was blessed to attend a church for almost a decade that had several full time Bible translators in attendance. Not everyone gets access to such scholars for so many years as I did. I was able to pick their brains on a regular basis and was able to learn a lot from them. I learned what resources to use and which to avoid in my studies. My studies are now the product of what I learned about how to study the Bible and accessing the original languages in a careful and patient manner. I use an extensive digital library in my studies to dig out details that help a person understand the Bible better.

I take the Bible literally except where the text indicates a figurative sense.  The Book of Revelation would not be my favorite book, but I do love biblical poetry.  I go with the results of my own careful study rather than adhering to any certain dogma, but my theology is not different from what is commonly found within evangelical circles. 

Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, 20 February 2020 19:00

Cared For By God

“He found him in a desert land,
And in the howling waste of a wilderness;
He encircled him, He cared for him,
He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
“Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
That hovers over its young,
He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions.
“The LORD alone guided him,
And there was no foreign god with him.
Deuteronomy 32:10–12 (NASB95)

Thursday, 06 February 2020 16:00

Do The Old Testament People Miss Out On Heaven?

Can Old Testament people miss out on heaven because they don't know Jesus? Christians understand there is only one way for salvation and entrance into heaven and that is through Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12, clearly states

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Thursday, 13 February 2020 16:00

But By The Grace Of God I Am What I Am

We all have sinned. We, everyone, since early in life has had a sinful past and need the grace of God. Many of us come from good homes and quickly became fairly decent people. Others of us came from rather crazy homes and grew up with a street like mentality and were not decent people at all. Yet some how God has reached out to us and we have found our way into His loving arms as everyone needs to do sometime while living on earth, but with a past.

Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:00

Basket Cases In The Bible

There are two basket cases in the Bible. A person might be thinking of King Nebuchadnezzar who ate grass like an animal for a time (Daniel 4:33-34) or of the demon possessed in the New Testament but this article looks at two literal cases where baskets were used to save lives.

Thursday, 16 January 2020 16:02

Understanding John 3:16 In Its Context

The context goes back to John 1 and even to Genesis 3. The general context that requires most of our attention is John 3:1-21. If you want to shorten it a bit the immediate context for understanding John 3:16 is John 3:11-21 but that leaves out the important John 3:31-36, Yet the true context of these verse must include the fallen nature of Humanity from Genesis 3 because that is the cause of our need of salvation in the first place.

Thursday, 16 January 2020 16:00

What Does “John 3:16” Mean?

The pitcher throws the ball and the batter swings. The ball pops into the air and flies into the stands behind third base. The cameras follow the foul ball as a hard-core fan leaps up and catches his prize. While in the corner of the camera frame someone holds up a sign, “John 3:16.”

What does that mean to the masses watching the game? For the Christian who knows their Bible, it brings to mind the very core of the faith they hold dear.

Thursday, 09 January 2020 16:01

What Happens To Our Sins?

What happens to our sins when they are forgiven? The Bible uses several ways to explain the separation of our sins from ourselves to relieve us of their burden.

The work Christ accomplished on the cross was prefigured in the Old Testament law through ritual cleansings. Lev 14:31, Lev 16:30 and Num 8:21 talks of cleansing a person of their sins through atonement. Psalm 51:2 says, “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin.” Here the cleansing is accomplished by a thorough washing.

Thursday, 19 December 2019 16:00

The Life Of King David Bible Quiz (Part 4)

1. T F David’s friend Jonathan died the same day Saul died.
2. T F David rejoiced when his enemy Saul was slain.
3. T F David avenged Saul’s death.

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