(A Balanced Faith)
REDEMPTION  WAY   about Heaven; salvation (gospel);  eternal life; blessing; our course; judgments; the Lord's sacrifice, reign, kingdom, glory and purposes; etc.

CHURCH  TRUTH  about baptism; the  gathering  of believers;  the collective  testimony; obedience; a Godly path;  the Lord's glory  and honor; etc. 

SPIRITUAL  LIFE   about worship; the love of God; devotion; maturity in faith; trials; peace and joy; holiness; communion; charity; service;  the Lord's glory and praise; etc.

GENERAL MINISTRY  about the Creator-God; Trinity; Bible overview; God's plan; Bible subjects;  the OT & NT; Christianity; sects and cults;  God's honor; etc.

SPECIAL THOUGHTS  about life; some viewpoints;  letters; information; etc.

SOURCES & LINKS  recommended

THE SITE MANAGER  about this ministry and the foundation; & e-mail: 


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Bible  Counsel
                                       Established 2000 A.D.
Holding forth the Word of life  - Phil. 2:16
Holding fast the 
faithful  Word   - Titus 1:9
  See thoughts about God's recovery of church truth for His testimony and our pathway as believers, from that revival of 1827 AD shown herein 
at Christian Pathway page, and also the Christian Assembly page.  
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          March Edition, 2018        or                 Scriptural  Newsletter   

INDEX Of Subjects
F1 -God's Ways  (Plan For Man)
F2 -Gospel Message
F3 -New Believers
F4 -Christian Assembly
F5 -History & Records
F6 -Bible Truth Publishers
F7 -Trials & Blessings
F8- Word Of God (a Bible study method)
F9 -Practical Subjects
F10 -Christian Pathway (Gatherings)
F11 -Sects & Cults
F12 -Conditions & Comments
F13 -Center Circle
F14 -Bible Fundamentals (Fundamentals Of Faith;  Readings)
F15 -Worship & Devotion 

WELCOME HERE FRIENDS!   It is hoped you will find this site to be very helpful.  All questions and comments are welcome and held confidential (e-mail:    This web site is non-sectarian ministry to encourage the reading of God's Word, and for serious seeking after truth. It values God's work of revival in the early 1800's, with which it is associated, and urges readers to learn about it (see Church Truth page and Feature pages above). It is always the desire and hope here to obey and honor our Lord, and encourage and seek the spiritual welfare of all people.  No thought here is to condemn personal faith, for each one must look to God in their personal life, but speaks to spiritual life and the holy gospel truth by Bible-only, and what the collective testimony ought to be in this world

Everyone may participate in the ministry of this web site, by telling their friends to visit here. We hope all will find some ministry to help, and perhaps a nice challenge for their faith. Surely "the time is short", as God says, and surely we need to also "be about (our) Father's business".  See the message and testimony at Site Manager Page.  The writer does not have all answers, but will be glad to share what has been learned over many years.  Questions and contrary views in a helpful way are appreciated.

Papers and comments here are changed periodically, and are personal convictions.  Serious seekers after church testimony might well see Christian Assembly page: F4.    There are many pages for help and encouragement --- SEE INDEX ABOVE FOR A BIBLE STUDY --F8.   The manager may not have answers for all questions, but is glad to share what he has and be of some help. He is not perfect and revisions and updates seem needed at times to clarify thoughts, so one might note the revision date on any papers they wish to copy (set your print margins at .25). Any copies made should not be altered or taken out of context.

A true and faithful believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, will walk with Him and talk with Him daily, until that day when one can see Him and be with Him forever in the Father's house.  - RLD, 12/09


Is there any hope that the plea of the Apostles in Philippians 2:2 and 3 John 4 will be realized among us in this age? What do the following verses mean to us? See John 17:11 & 21-23; Acts 2:41-42; Romans 12:4-5; I Corinthians 1:2-13; I Corinthians 12:12-25; Ephesians 2:19-22; all of Ephesians 4; etc. We can and should allow for individual conscience before God, but surely we must speak of truth and unity among all assemblies universal, for the good of ALL saints and the glory of God as He shows us and expects. Do we want to obey and honor God as of "one accord"?  Do we value Scripture? This is not speaking about mergers, but obedience to God for "unity of the faith" worldwide.

Surely the saints of God ought to endeavor to "keep the unity of the Spirit" (Eph.4:3), but man's spirit of independence among us is limiting this. Many papers have been written by this writer about Christian unity and church truth, having seen how greatly neglected these subjects are, but the responses over the years have shown a sad condition among the saints in the world. Most dear saints seem to have something like a spiritual myopia, and cannot see beyond their own familiar gathering of believers, and some others think the way of God is to merge together all the diverse opinions and religious ideas in the world, which surely pollutes the holy places (see the lessons in Malachi, and in Matt. 21:12-13, Mk.12:38-40).

The subjects of unity and church truth usually find no response from Christians, and the few who do respond often defend independency or have only a curiosity about the church, and then fall away when the subject suggests giving up traditional ways for the scriptural order. What is the cause and what is the cure? Could it be a need for faithfulness to hold "all the counsel of God" as the Apostle Paul said?

1. Is there widespread ignorance of the Scripture and the mind of God for His testimony in the world?  Yes, and the remedy seems rather plain, since we all know we have a responsibility to read the Word and obey --"rightly dividing the Word of Truth" (2 Tim. 2:15).

2. Is the cause apathy? Yes, along with some rebellion, and it is the deceit of Satan and worldly flesh that makes some indifferent to the church in godliness worldwide.  What would be the cure for that as per the Word of God? Faithful saints know the answer is obedience and faithfulness.

3. Are there hindrances due to family and friends, familiarity with traditions and routines, enjoyment of certain programs, ceremonies, rituals, entertainment and activities? Do we need to speak here of a remedy for this very obvious failure?

4. Could it be that many saints of God are more interested in pleasing people and self, than pleasing God?

5. Should saints of God merge and embrace every so-called Christian gathering, allowing evil ways and dishonor to God as is widely practiced? Many of us do not think so!

If Christians pray earnestly for truth, and ask a few questions in sincerity, they might find the way God has given, rather than suppose God likes all man's ideas. The apostle, Paul, said as soon as he was saved: "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" That is surely an important question. Did the Lord then say: Go join a group of your choice and start doing some ideas you like?  No, Paul was shut up to the Lord a good while in prayer and dependence, and he was taught of the Lord.  Could Christians today care to start over again---join no sect of men, and rather seek only the scriptural path with others?  

The saints of God are not as the Apostles today, and we are not told to look for special revelations. We have the full Word of God and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to teach it to us. If we don't study the Word we will not receive it, and it is doubtful we can plead ignorance in a day to come. Some divisions among Christians are caused by personality clashes, and that must be resolved within a gathering and not cause division of God's testimony (note Matt. 18:15-17). 

Many believers only know the simple gospel message of salvation, and the trend seems to be for some believers to consider themselves gifted as a teacher, and well suited to challenge the elders, and go forth in their own way with their own practices. These thus reject sound counsel of the Word.

Over 190 years ago during the great revival of the 1800's, church truth was recovered and restored by God from the sects and systems that prevailed after the Protestant Revival --- restoration notably by that fellowship which was established in 1827 AD called "the brethren movement". Some believers say we should only be concerned about what we have and like doing today, not what brethren did in the past. This mind shows little understanding of church history, and no appreciation of the "one body in Christ", and is supporting the concept of sectarianism. If one ignores that good revival, we then must ask: on what ground would that one bring about an expression of the "one body" and the unity of saints with "no schism"        (Psa.133:1 and 1 Cor. 12:25, etc.); and follow the Bible verses shown herein?  

If some should even consider that such a thing as "unity of the Faith" is important, would they suggest only a merger of all the diverse religious ideas and traditions? Are mergers and amalgamations the answer to the scriptural instruction regarding unity, or is the Bible order the answer?  Those who do not value this might choose another path in this world.

Well, much more could be said on this, but let us remember: "the time is short", and the Lord said: "behold, I come quickly"; and let us be mindful of God's testimony in the world and our responsibilities toward it. We will all be held accountable for sure. This writer would be pleased to help, and respond to any questions. It is recommended that one also contact Bible Truth Publishers, Addison, IL -USA about this need.  

- RLD, 2004; add: 02/18 - from Christian Counsel Collection at 
       A Bit Of Challenge For Christians
Some questions to consider by all true Christian believers in the world. Must we be satisfied with various sects and a limited unity among saints of God? Will we be thus limited in heaven?