October 21st, 2014

Day 210 – Job 19

5 minutes a day
5 days a week
All the Books of Wisdom in a year

This year we are going to look at the books of Wisdom. All of the Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Job, and even the book of Lamentations! By reading one chapter, Monday through Friday, you will read them all by the end of the year. The Daily Cup series is a series of short videos for each chapter to help aid with understanding these important books.

Happy Studying!

“The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup.” — Psalm 16:5

Click here for a pdf of the study schedule – CLICK HERE

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October 21st, 2014

Amazing Acts

The five miracles that the Scripture speaks of are: multiplying of the fish, turning water into wine, walking on water, raising the dead, and healing the sick.  Now, if a person could preform one of these miracles, should they be able to do all of them?  I know they can’t today… but in the first century.  What were miracles for, and when did they stop?  Thanks for the answers.

Sincerely,
Stumped By Supernatural

Dear Stumped By Supernatural,

The Scriptures also talk about the miraculous ability to speak in different languages (Acts 2:4-6), prophetic wisdom and supernatural recall of events (Jhn 14:26), and a host of other things.  Not everyone could perform every type of miracle.  In fact, Paul specifically said that in the first century church, different people had different miraculous abilities (1 Cor 12:28-30).  The gifts of the Holy Spirit were given to the apostles (Acts 2:1-4), and the apostles were able to pass on these gifts to others by laying their hands on them (Acts 8:18).  The apostles were the only ones with the ability to pass on the gifts.  Therefore, when the last person that the last living apostle laid hands on died… the gifts ceased to exist.  God intended for this to happen.

Miracles were needed to prove that Jesus and His apostles were sent from God (Acts 14:3, Acts 2:22, Jhn 9:16).  Miracles were used as a proof that what the disciples said was truly God’s Word (Acts 8:6).  Now that we have the perfect and complete Bible, we no longer need those miracles – which was Paul’s point in 1 Corinthians.  When the “perfect” of 1 Cor 13:8-10 happened, the church no longer needed miracles to further the message of Christ.  After the Bible was completed, the church was able to fully see God’s message of salvation (1 Cor 13:12) without further need of prophecies and miracles.

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October 20th, 2014

Day 209 – Job 18

5 minutes a day
5 days a week
All the Books of Wisdom in a year

This year we are going to look at the books of Wisdom. All of the Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Job, and even the book of Lamentations! By reading one chapter, Monday through Friday, you will read them all by the end of the year. The Daily Cup series is a series of short videos for each chapter to help aid with understanding these important books.

Happy Studying!

“The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup.” — Psalm 16:5

Click here for a pdf of the study schedule – CLICK HERE

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October 20th, 2014

Promise Keepers

    Will God release you from a promise you made Him and give you forgiveness for failing to keep the promise?

Sincerely,
Regretful

Dear Regretful,

Jesus tells us that our word is binding and that our ‘yes’ should mean ‘yes’ and our ‘no’ should mean ‘no’ (Matt 5:37).  We are warned that we should perform our vows to the Lord (Ps 76:11).  Eccl 5:4-5 makes it clear that if we make a promise before God – we need to stick with it.  Can you be forgiven if you made a promise and then failed? Yes (1 Jn 1:9), but if you made a promise to God and now simply want out of it because it is more difficult than you thought it would be… that’s a different story.  God takes our promises seriously, and we need to as well.

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October 19th, 2014

Sight From Beyond?

When family members have passed, can they hear us or see us from heaven?  Do they remember us?

Sincerely,
Still Here

Dear Still Here,

Within Hades, there are two areas where people wait for the final judgment. All of the faithful who die wait in the good part of Hades called ‘Paradise’ (2 Cor 12:4, Lk 23:43). All of the wicked who die wait in a part of Hades known only as ‘torments’ (Lk 16:23). We cannot say with entire certainty whether people can look down on the affairs of Earth while in Hades, but the story of the rich man and Lazarus implies that they can’t. When the rich man died, he was in the ‘torments’ of Hades. He then began to inquire about his brothers in a way that leads us to believe he couldn’t see what was going on in their lives (Lk 16:27-31).  However, the rich man remembered remembered his brothers, even though he couldn’t see what they were doing.

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October 19th, 2014

Satan’s Sealed Fate

     There’s a gal at work who is praying for Satan’s salvation.  I told her that this is a lost cause; however, I could not provide biblical reference to his eternal fallen nature.  Will you please provide me with a biblical reference to study and pray over to help her in this area?  Thanks and God Bless!

Sincerely,
Rootin’ For The Good Guys

Dear Rootin’ For The Good Guys,

The Bible makes it clear that the devil’s fate is already sealed.  Matt 25:41 says that the eternal fires of hell are prepared for the devil and his angels… which humans join them is still up for grabs (Matt 7:13-14).  Rev 20:10 says the same thing.  Satan has already chosen his path, and he either has no opportunity or no desire to change course.

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