My name is Bryan Niland. I am a Christian, a husband to Kesia, and a father of three girls! We worship and serve at Grace Community Church in Jacksonville, Fl.
I began this web site in 2019 by sharing select sentences and extracts from my daily readings of some of my favorite biblical writers like Charles Spurgeon, Matthew Henry, Thomas Watson etc. I was and am still mesmerized by their understanding of Scripture. I’ve learned so much from them and am grateful for their labor in the Word. To this day – I still enjoy them and love to learn from them – but in a lesser way.
One day in the course of my readings I came across an extract from one of John Newton’s works. I’ll quote it at length for you:
“Men teach us by many words; and if they would give us their full views of the subject, require us to read a whole volume, the life and substance of which is perhaps expressed with greater force and greater advantage in the Scripture by a single sentence—which is rather diluted than explained, by our feeble expositions. A volume may be easily written upon the grace of humility, and to show the evil and folly of a self-seeking spirit. But if the author should introduce this subject with our Savior’s words, “The Son of Man came not into the world to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many;” whoever was duly impressed with that short introduction, would have no great occasion to read the rest of the book!”
“The secret counsel of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He reveals His covenant to them” (Psalm 25:14) — not notionally, but experimentally. A few minutes of the Spirit’s teaching will furnish us with more real, useful and experimental knowledge — than toiling through whole folios of commentators and expositors! It will be our wisdom to deal less with the streams — and be more close in applying to the fountain-head. The Scripture itself, and the Spirit of God — are the best and the only sufficient expositors of Scripture. Whatever men have valuable in their writings — they got it from Scripture; and the Scripture is as open to us — as to any of them. There is nothing required but a teachable, humble spirit; and academic learning, as it is commonly called, is not necessary in order for this.
We learn more, and more effectually, by one minute’s communication with God through the medium of His written Word, than we could from an assembly of divines, or a library of books!
The New Testament is a plain book designed for plain people. The gospel is to be preached to the poor and simple, who are just as capable of receiving it as the educated — and in some sense more so. I therefore lay little stress upon any academic learning — which depends upon a knowledge of original Greek and Hebrew languages, or requires a larger degree of capacity and genius to be understood.”
“From a child, you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus!” 2 Timothy 3:15
– John Newton
After reading that – and really chewing on what was said – I came to the conclusion by God’s Grace that I paid more attention to the streams (books of godly men), than the fountain-head (Scripture). Thus I switched gears for my studies and this site. I determined to learn the Scriptures for myself by simply reading it slowly, and using concordances, Scripture cross-reference books, and other Scripture indexes to help me understand the Scriptures wholly Biblical. When needed (to make sure I’m not way out there and heretical) I certainly utilize the writings of other godly men to keep me in check, help with the difficult portions, and even to see what God has revealed to others besides me- but always in a subservient way to Scripture.
The content of my site is undertaken for the purpose of storing up my own mind with a more thorough knowledge of the Scriptures; but, also for the benefit of anyone the Lord may cause to visit.
The content is truly Wholly Biblical from the titles (besides M&E Sentences) to the content. They are taken right from Scripture.
Morning & Evening Sentences – A daily devotional series. I typically select a verse, than under it I provide another verse that’s been italicized, which either helps illustrate, and or further explain the first verse.
Wholly Biblical – These posts are like the morning and evening sentences – but are more practically geared, and larger in content. They will usually have a larger potion of Scripture with a running commentary or notes added (italicized). The commentary and notes are wholly biblical (taken from other parts of Scripture) and help explain, illustrate, instruct, and or apply the whole or parts of the main Scripture text.