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First, as to what we want to accomplish by this web site: We wish to be in association with those who desire to form (or who have already in their heart formed) a covenant to seek for knowledge of the true God with sincerity of heart. (2_Chronicles_15:2) (Psalms 142:7b)We seek your support in our effort! Not your money, but your support. We sell nothing, advertise nothing, solicit no names for membership rolls. We don't seek monetary contributions, or collect your personal information to sell to advertisers. We want your support only by your directing others to the website.

How might persons who give their individual support to such a group effort refer to themselves? What might you call yourself, if you are a student of the bible? That is easy. It is a name recorded in God's own word: A "Christian." [(Acts 11:26 - Young's Literal Translation) ..."the disciples also were divinely called first in Antioch Christians."] Our desire then, is to be in association with other Christians. (Hebrews_10:24-25) We refer to those who use and support this effort and web site as "Bible students;" That in recognition we are not judges of who are sincere Christians. Actually, individual users might refer to themselves as a "Christian Bible Students." [Each person is the one and only human who can judge whether they are Christian. (Romans 2:15) We can't know (or judge) which of those around us are true Christians. (Matthew 7:15)] We might therefore substitute "A gathering of Bible Students" for "A gathering of Eagles." (Luke_17:37) Eagles see clearly far into the distance. Speaking spiritually, so do those trained by God's word the Bible. That is our desire and purpose for this association: to gain scriptural insight. (Proverbs_27:17) There is no clearer distinction or identification needed for those who follow Christ Jesus than "Christians," or "Christian Bible Students." The Bible itself calls Jesus's early followers Christians. That group Jesus formed is the group we strive to pattern our lives after, and to be in association with. We must also attempt to avoid being misled by false prophets. (Matthew 7:15-29)

Copyright restrictions : All rights are reserved. That said, the information may be freely copied and used for consideration of the Bible: As long as it is not used out of context; As long as it is not used for financial gain or for any commercial use; And as long as it is clearly represented as coming from the website. If you recognize the truth of the Bible, you should feel compelled to share that knowledge with others. (1_Peter_3:15 ; Luke_21:14-15) Our desire is to help any who choose to share the truth contained in the Bible. Print out pages of interest, along with the scriptural references, and share them with persons who might be interested. You might be surprised how many people love to talk about the Bible (if you are not preaching at them). Many don't have access to a computer. You can help such ones by printing out the material and sharing it with them. There is no benefit to people for us to preach at them. Simply share with others what is of interest to you. If it is interesting to you, many others will appreciate it as well. If what you share is truth, and they are among the sheep of our lord, they will love it. (John 10:10-18)

Contributions: We welcome your contribution of your effort in support of the site. Share it with others, and let us know where it fails scripturally. Print out sections along with scriptural references and talk with others about it. We should not become peddlers of the Good News. Jesus said "you received free, give free." (Matthew 10:8) The site is created upon that philosophy. Therefore, this web site will be maintained on that premise, and no monetary contribution is needed in support of it. The question then emerges: How do we spread knowledge of God's word without soliciting financial support to do so? It costs money to print materials or do advertising. That is where you can help. The web site is arranged so you can print out the material and share it with your neighbors. If you have scriptural additions or corrections, send them to us. It does seem a really good solution. We are left free of financial considerations to continue to develop scriptural support for the site, (Acts 6:1-4) and everyone can print out up to date materials for scriptural consideration, and can share it with their neighbors. Not having to worry about financial support for this effort is a real freedom to us, and a protection to those being helped. (The Bible does not change. Neither does the purpose of God outlined by it. Saying the site changes to reflect "up to date material" simply suggests we need continually to try and gain a better understanding of the Bible. There is no value of this site beyond consideration of the Bible. The study of the Bible has great value. (Matthew 13:44-46))

The web site draws on the power of computers as research and study tools. It is the best way to make use of the information here presented. Some, however, prefer to study from a book, and many don't have ready access to a computer. That is where you can lend support to the effort by printing out the information and sharing it with your friends and neighbors. (Matthew_10:7 ; Acts_10:34-36) Please forward any scripturally supported suggestions for improvements or corrections to:

Murray Cummings
454 Joe Williams Road
Albany, KY.       42602

This site represents an ongoing Bible study, and will be updated to reflect that effort. Regarding "truth," Jesus said: "You received free, give free." (Matthew_10:7-8) All students of the Bible are encouraged to contribute effort to the project. The attempt is to connect all the assertions we make made directly to the Bible. Any suggestions for the website should follow that pattern. If you disagree with something, or feel the need for something to be added to the site; provide clear scriptural support and we will add/change it. If you just strongly feel something is important, but have no scriptural support, that is your opinion. You will have opportunity to present it before the judgment seat of the Christ; As can be said for us all regarding our own respective personal beliefs. For this Bible study site, the only opinion we care about is God's, as clearly presented through the Bible. Any suggestions for the site must be documented scripturally to be considered. Further, it needs to be in harmony with all scripture* [with the theme of the Bible]. (2_Timothy 3:16) All that said, we appreciate your support!

*As an example to help appreciate the need for scriptural harmony: In a discussion on a point of disagreement some 35 years ago between a preacher of an alliance church and one of his members, the preacher decided he could help settle the issue with an illustration. Drawing a line down the center of a sheet of paper, on one side of the line the preacher put the scriptures that seemed to support his understanding. On the other side, he placed the scriptures his parishioner looked up that seemed to disagree with his belief. Soon, the preacher had 6 or 8 scriptures on each side of his sheet of paper. He then covered one side of the sheet and said: "do you see what it says here?" The parishioner agreed that he did. The preacher said: "Just don't worry about what it says on the other side!" (Isaiah_44:14-17) He would select the scriptures he liked, and disregard those he did not. By doing that, one can make the Bible say anything they wish it to say. We are not interested in such thinking! [Additional study revealed it was not any disunity in the Bible, but a lack of Bible knowledge and understanding by these two men that caused their disagreement.] You might not get an immediate clarification of any such matter, but with time and a better understanding of the Bible, you will get an "accurate" understanding. It is OK not to know what the Bible says about some point; but we must not rush ahead to say what we are not absolutely clear the Bible does say. We are therefore determined that our understanding of "truth," as presented on this site, must be supported by the Bible and in harmony with all scripture. If we are not convinced the Bible clearly teaches it, we will not assert it as a Bible teaching. (2_Timothy_3:16-17) No exceptions! Please do not, for example, quote the scripture saying we need to believe on the name of the lord Jesus and be saved, and then presume to assert nothing else is needed. Of course we need to believe in Jesus Christ, and we know there is no other name under heaven by which men must get saved. (Acts 4:12) Jesus also taught: "he that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved." (Mat_10:22) He further taught about becoming mature students of the Bible, eating meat instead of the milk (of new students). (1_Corinthians_3:1-2) Clearly, effort is needed to "remain" on the path Jesus (walked and) taught. (Matthew 7:13-14) Simply stated, if you have an understanding of some scriptural point while you know of certain scriptures (or someone brings them to your attention) that seem to disagree with your understanding; then your understanding is probably wrong. The Bible is never wrong, nor can parts of it be ignored. That is what it means to be noble minded: Being ever-ready to place faith in the Bible, come what may.

Contact us: Please forward all sincere Bible based suggestions for additions or corrections for the site to:

Murray Cummings
454 Joe Williams Road             (Snail mail is actually preferred.)
Albany, KY 42602

The site will be maintained as long as Bible knowledge directs, and health and finances allow. Our hope is to be among the many who will have opportunity to be are being benefited by the second coming of Jesus (as King of his kingdom). We therefore hope to be found a very long time in service to our Creator. (John 11:25-26. . .He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life; 26 and everyone that is living and exercises faith in me will never die at all. Do YOU believe this?. . .) We hope to be among that group Jesus mentioned who "will never die at all." Do you believe in this? We join in the hope of our Creator when He stated He did not desire any to be lost, but for all to attain to life. (2 Peter 3:9) That might be the only place our Creator needs hope: In regard to our choosing to accept the gift of life. Jehovah causes to become what ever he chooses, so mostly hope is not needed by him. Regarding us however, He gave us freedom of choice to become his friends. With that gift of freedom comes the responsibility as to whether we will choose life. (Deuteronomy_30:19) We hope you life, just the same as we hope it for ourselves. To obtain it, we must gain faith based on knowledge of the teachings of our Savior. As Jesus himself said:

(John 17:3-5) "This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ. 4 I have glorified you on the earth, having finished the work you have given me to do. 5 So now you, Father, glorify me alongside yourself with the glory that I had alongside you before the world was."

(John 6:35-40) . . .'Jesus said to them: "I am the bread of life. He that comes to me will not get hungry at all, and he that exercises faith in me will never get thirsty at all. 36 But I have said to you, you have even seen me and yet do not believe. 37 Everything the Father gives me will come to me, and the one that comes to me I will by no means drive away; 38 because I have come down from heaven to do, not my will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 This is the will of him that sent me, that I should lose nothing out of all that he has given me but that I should resurrect it at the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone that beholds the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him at the last day."'

In this scripture, Jesus said he would at the last day, resurrect those who had previously died in faith. Does that contradict our stated hope of never having to die? Not at all. Everyone Jesus was talking to when he uttered those words died long before our day, and hence before his second coming. They would, therefore, every one of them, need the resurrection hope. Jesus also said those who exercised faith, and were alive in the last day, would never die at all. (John 11:24-26 ; Job 33:24) This is an example of the importance of learning and understanding some little history as you study the Bible. Where we live in time impacts what our hope is. Jesus promise of some who would "never die at all" only applies to those alive at his second coming. Hopefully, that is a promise to us in our day! It is wonderful to know!

We solicit your support in Jesus work, but in any case, we will continue it to the best of our ability. It has been hard to know what to do about finances and begging contributions. On the one hand, we want to promote the work of the lord and seeking financial contributions seems it could help in some ways. On the other hand, it produces a distraction for us at best. There is the very real danger of being overcome by concerns for money. We have, therefore, decided to avoid the entanglements of financial contributions, so as to avoid that division of our interest. (Acts 6:1-4) We believe and we pray, our effort is born of love for God and our fellowman. You can support the effort by printing and sharing the scriptural information presented here.

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This site exists to promote knowledge of, and faith in, Christ Jesus. The primary focus is to gain knowledge of how Bible truth impacts us today. We wish to recognize those scriptures which are speaking specifically to us in our day. The hope the Bible affords us is different depending on where we live in the Bible's revealed stream of time. It is important to realize where we are in the six thousand years of mankind's Bible recorded history; Because we recognize God has been gradually revealing his sacred secret: (Romans 16:25-27) The secret of how Jehovah would raise [has raised actually, in our day] up the Christ to restore perfection to his creation.

As mentioned, those who lived in the day of Jesus's preaching had a resurrection from the dead as their only hope. (John 11:24-25) Those alive at his second coming, however, have the hope of never dying at all. Through faith in Jesus, such individuals sidestep the need for a physical resurrection, by never having to die. (John 11:26) By faith in Jesus, and by their good fortune in being alive at his revelation as King, they avoid their appointment to death. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 ; Job 33:24) We believe that is most significant for those hoping in Jesus during our day: Their recognizing the second coming of the Christ. This site is produced in an effort to understand and reveal what the Bible foretells regarding that event. We seek your interest and support, along with your faith in our lord Christ. It seems when men who are seeking to find truth through the teachings of Jesus fall short, it is usually becasue of a return to the apostasy of the Dark Ages. History shows it is usually love for money and/or power that turns them back. We want to carefully avoid that happening to us. The site is intended to be an unfolding act of loving kindness generated from the love of God and neighbor. (Mat. 22:34-40) Whether we individually give of ourselves to help others learn "truth" is no doubt part of what will judge us. Of course, our motives may not be what we imagine they are. (1 Corinthians 4:4) That is what we all look into the mirror of the Bible to find out about ourselves: (James 1:22-25) What are our motives? The Bible is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) It is not to help us judge our neighbor, however, but for each of us to judge and correct our own heart. We welcome your support in promoting the site and that effort. Please support the work of our lord (Matthew 24:14) by printing pages from the site, along with supporting scriptures, and then talking about those scriptures with others. The website material is just a vehicle to promote consideration of the referenced scriptures. That is our design. If we are scripturally wrong on some point, we want to learn better and then to pass that knowledge on. While avoiding becoming judgmental and hateful, you can join Jesus in preaching the good news of his kingdom throughout the earth. (Matthew 24:14) That is the opportunity afforded mankind through the Bible. This website is an effort to help you join with others in doing so. Exert yourself every day to depend more and more on your Bible, and less and less on this website, as you slave to speak truth with others.

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