December 20th, 2014

Not Just A Big Kid

     Since Jesus was literate, why didn’t He write the New Testament?  And why doesn’t anyone discuss the fundamental differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament?  How did God talk to Adam and Eve and tell them not to eat the apple when they had never ever spoken any language and wouldn’t have known the words of ‘don’t eat the apple’ or anything else?

Sincerely,
Linguist

Dear Linguist,

When God made Adam and Eve, they were fully-grown adults with a fully-functioning language.  On the same day that Adam was “born”, Adam named all the beasts of the field (Gen 2:20).  Adam and Eve were fully capable of understanding language.  Just like everything else that was originally created, Adam and Eve were fully-formed and mature at inception.  On a separate note, God warned them to not eat the ‘fruit’ of the tree of knowledge of good and evil… it wasn’t an apple (Gen 3:6).

As far as why Jesus never wrote part of the New Testament, anything we say would be purely speculation.  It wasn’t a matter of literacy; it was a matter of God’s wisdom that He didn’t have Jesus write the New Testament.

And lastly, we recommend you read the post, “Two Covenants, One God”.

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December 20th, 2014

Decently And In Order

     Are there different things a church can do when they are assembled together versus not in an official assembly?

Sincerely,
Events Planner

Dear Events Planner,

Whenever the local church functions as a group, they have only three things that they are authorized to do: teach the saved, preach to the lost, and care for needy Christians (read “Purpose Driven Church” for specifics on the work of the church).  This is true in the worship service, and it is also true with any other group decision and action.  The local church is the pillar and ground of the truth every day of the week (1 Tim 3:15).

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December 19th, 2014

Day 253 – Psalm 145

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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December 19th, 2014

Psalm 110

     How does Psalm 110:3 relate to everyday life?

Sincerely,
Applying Myself

Dear Applying Myself,

Psalm 110 is a Messianic Psalm, which means that it is a psalm that prophesies about Jesus.  Ps 110:1 is quoted by Jesus in Mk 12:36 as referring to Him, and Heb 5:6 quotes Ps 110:4 and says that it is talking about Jesus.  Therefore, we can conclude that the 110th Psalm is about Jesus.  Ps 110:3 says that Jesus’ people will willingly serve Him and give their youthful strength to the cause of Christ.  As Christians, this should be our character, to always serve God willingly and place Christ first in our lives.

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December 18th, 2014

Day 252 – Psalm 144

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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December 18th, 2014

It’s A Wonderful Life

     What does the Bible say about what people are supposed to achieve in life?

Sincerely,
Successful?

Dear Successful,

There is only one thing that is important in life – the salvation of your soul.  If someone achieves greatness, riches, and power, but loses his soul on the Judgment Day, he has lost everything (Mk 8:36-37).  Everything that we do in this life should stem from our love of God and our love for our fellow man – these are the two greatest commands (Matt 22:36-40).

Whether rich or poor, strong or weak, single or with a large family, the quality of our life will be measured by our level of faith and commitment to God’s Word.  It isn’t so much about what you achieve as it is about what kind of person you become.  We should strive to imitate Christ and purify our hearts (1 Cor 11:1, Jas 4:8).  The person that does this can die having succeeded in life.

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