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We are dedicated to the research and teaching of God’s wonderful Word. What makes us different? Read a few articles and find out. Key ingredients on this site are both reason and a deep respect for the integrity of the Scriptures. You won’t find any unfounded tradition here, just straight Bible.

The core series of our postings is the section on the gift of righteousness: “No More Conscience of Sins” (The best place to start for this series), “What is the Story with 1 John 1:9?” (Part 1 & Part 2), “Two Natures?” (Part 1 & Part 2), “Who is the Old Man and What is He Doing?,”  and “Romans on Righteousness” (Part 1Part 2, & Part 3).

Some other postings are designed to correct common misconceptions. These include “Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword?,” Creation, Science, and Genesis 1,” “Luke 15 and the Prodigal Son” and others.

There are also articles such as “What About Tithing? and “The Right to Your Own Opinion that are designed to make clear what God”s Word says about certain practical matters of Christian living.

I trust that the fundamental principles laid out in our “How to Research the Bible section will be helpful.

Those of you who are familiar with our site, recognize that it has dramatically changed. The old site was crashing. We had to substitute in a new one. All the articles were copied over, but unfortunately, we lost hundreds of valuable comments. The old site was initiated in March of 2009, and some of the articles date back to about that time even though they all now register as having been published in June of 2011 or later.

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A Camel Through the Eye of a Needle

A Camel Through the Eye of a Needle             In several records Jesus made the following statement: Mark 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.             There have been wealthy people who have been disturbed by this. They have wondered if (or feared that) they might need to give up their wealth to attain eternal life. Nothing could be further from the truth. Salvation is a free gift. Romans 6: 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Ephesians 2: 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Salvation is dependent only on confessing the Lord Jesus and believing God raised him from the dead. (And even the “confessing” thing is not something to do, but only a matter of what you believe. See our posting, “The Confession of Romans 10:9 & 10.”) Romans 10: 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart...

Ken Brown - avatar Ken Brown Comments(1) 12 Mar 2014 Hits:2677 Biblical Considerations

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Good Friday?

          I was doing some work at a store recently when the proprietor said, “Good Friday, I wonder why they call it GOOD Friday. Have you ever thought about that?” I said, “Yes, I have, and I wonder why they call it Friday.” She asked what I meant by that, and I told her Jesus could not possibly have been crucified on Friday and resurrected on Sunday morning. Matthew 12:40 is very clear:   Mathew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.             Even if we were to count any part of a day as a day and any part of a night as a night, there are not three days and three nights between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. I suppose the idea of Friday comes from the fact that the next day was a Sabbath.   John 19: 31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that...

Ken Brown - avatar Ken Brown Comments(2) 30 Mar 2013 Hits:1851 Biblical Considerations

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Division’s Purpose?

    Does God have two wills, a revealed will (revealed in His written word) and a secret will? I have heard this presented. Does He secretly want certain bad things to happen so that He can use those situations to bring about some greater good? Did God sanction Joseph’s brothers selling him into slavery so that God could deliver the children of Israel? Or was their doing so purely evil, and God had nothing to do with it even though He was able to use the situation to bring about Israel’s deliverance. I vote for the latter. Our God is all good. He doesn’t bring to pass evil so He can bring to pass a greater good. A verse in 1 Corinthians, however, would seem to indicate otherwise. 1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies [rendered as “factions” or some such in most versions] among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. Are there divisions in the church so that those who are approved may be made manifest among us? Is this God’s “secret will”? I don’t think so. His will is clearly stated numerous times.   Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not...

Ken Brown - avatar Ken Brown Comments(1) 29 Mar 2012 Hits:2539 Biblical Considerations

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And I Partly Believe It

  A curious phrase appears in 1 Corinthians 11. In verse 18 the Apostle Paul states that he has heard that there are divisions in the Corinthian church and then he says he partly believes it. 1Corinthians 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. Really? He PARTLY believed it? It is utterly obvious that he absolutely believed there were divisions among them. Much of this epistle to the Corinthians is dedicated to addressing their divisions and divisive practices. He goes directly from the statement above to again addressing their divisions. 1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies [rendered as “factions” or some such in most versions] among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. [By the way, the wording in this verse in the King James Version and every other version I checked indicates that there is a Godly purpose for divisions (or heresies). It is in order that those who are approved (or not) may be made manifest. This is simply not true, and I will address this in a future posting.] If indeed, the apostle wrote by revelation as...

Ken Brown - avatar Ken Brown Comments(4) 10 Feb 2012 Hits:2623 Biblical Considerations

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"Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword?" -- The Sequel

“Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword?” – The Sequel   In our posting, “Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword?” I pointed out that Jesus’ words were “Take” or “draw” the sword, a one-time act, not “live by the sword,” indicating a lifestyle. He was speaking of the particular circumstance he and his disciples were in at the moment, not pronouncing a truism for all time and all people. Someone has pointed out to me, however, that there is a similar statement in Genesis. Gen. 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. This is part of God’s pronouncement to Noah shortly after he came out of the ark. God told Noah, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you,” (Genesis 9:3) but God went on to say there would be a penalty for anyone who killed a man, namely, what we just read above. The problem I have is like with our discussion on “live by the sword, die by the sword.” What on the surface it seems to be saying is simply not always true. There are plenty of unsolved murder cases and parts of the...

Ken Brown - avatar Ken Brown Comments(1) 20 Dec 2011 Hits:3901 Biblical Considerations

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My Brother's Keeper

On a number of occasions, our current U.S. president, Barack Obama, in his push for “social justice” has declared, “It’s like the Bible says, ‘I am my brother’s keeper.’” Really? I can read in the Bible that as believers we are to be kind and compassionate and forgiving one toward another, esteeming others better than ourselves. We are to weep with them that weep and rejoice with them that rejoice. The Apostle Paul commended certain churches for giving unto his necessity. Jesus spoke of feeding the poor and giving drink to the thirsty (though I hardly think he had a gargantuan government program in mind to do so). We are to pray for one another and take care to not offend the weak. There are many things we are told to do in our relations with one another, but where does this “brothers keeper” phraseology come from and what does it mean? Galatians tells us to bear one another’s burdens. Galatians 6: 2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. But the record goes on to say that every man shall bear his own burden. Galatians 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have...

Ken Brown - avatar Ken Brown Comments(2) 06 Nov 2011 Hits:2946 Biblical Considerations

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A Misplaced Chapter Division

Serious Bible students know that context is crucial for correct interpretation of a passage. We also know that the chapter and verse divisions were not in the original texts given by divine revelation. The chapter divisions were instituted by about 1250 AD and the verses by about 1550 AD. It is all too easy, however, to be subtlely affected by them. We start a teaching in Ephesians 2:1 or conclude it with the last verse of chapter 5. Since the divisions are usually reasonable with respect to changes in subject matter, this practice is usually not inappropriate. We need to be ever vigilant, however, to not be influenced by these divisions, assuming that the beginning of a chapter is the beginning of a new thought. Some times the divisions are a flat-out misleading mistake. A case in point occurs in 1 Samuel. 1 Samuel 4:1 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek. The reasonable inference here is that the word of Samuel had something to do with Israel going out against the Philistines. The next verse, however, shows us that the campaign was...

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How Did Methuselah Die?

How Did Methuselah Die? We recently went through the so and so begat so and so list in Genesis 5 at one of our fellowship gatherings. It was exciting. I’m not kidding. It was fascinating. By adding the years from the beginning of Adam through Noah and the flood, some interesting facts emerge. The years can be documented through the ages of individuals when their sons were born. Adam was 130 when Seth was born. Seth was 105 when Enos was born. Thus Enos was born in the year 235 A.H. (Anno Homoni, in the year of man). Adam lived 930 years. [Yes, I believe this is literally true. He wasn’t the product of evolution. God made him. He must have started out as a perfect specimen of what mankind was meant to be. Humans have devolved since then, not gotten better. Starting with perfection leaves no room for improvement.] He knew his son, of course, and more than likely his grandson, and great-grandson, and well actually, could very well have known his great-great-great-great-great-great grandson, Lamech, who was born 56 years before Adam’s death. Noah was the first in the recorded lineage to have been born after Adam’s death. Lamech, Noah’s father, apparently...

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It’s The Lord’s Prayer, not Yours

It’s The Lord’s Prayer, not Yours   For those of you who have frequented Christian church services of almost any variety, you are familiar with the routine: “Let us pray the prayer the Lord taught us. Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name….” The tiny little inconvenient detail is that our Lord Jesus Christ never taught us any such thing. He did not teach us to pray this prayer. This practice is contrary to what he taught. Let’s take a look at what he taught regarding this matter. The record is in Matthew 6 (and also in Luke 11). Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts [used metaphorically here for “sins” as in...

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Faith as a Grain of Mustard Seed

“Great faith” and “little faith” are spoken of in the book of Matthew. The records seem very clear about great faith being good and little faith being bad until we get to the reference to faith as a grain of mustard seed. Matthew 6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Matthew 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. Matthew 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we...

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Ken Brown received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics in 1971 and earned his Bachelor of Theology degree in 1974. He was ordained in 1975 and served many years in full time Christian ministry. He has worked as a Biblical research editor for an internationally published Christian magazine and has served as senior faculty for a variety of college level Biblical research oriented classes.

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