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There are 261 weekdays in a year, and there are 260 chapters in the New Testament. By reading one chapter, Monday through Friday, you will read the whole New Testament by the end of the year. The Daily Cup series is to help with that goal.
"The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup." -- Psalm 16:5
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If a denomination is not "the church" that Christ built, then can it just be viewed as another human organization? I mean, if they are selling something, can I buy it? If they have a pre-school, can I send my kids there? If they host a basketball league, can I play ball? Thanks!
Dear Consumer Awareness,
This is an issue that brethren are squarely divided over (and for good reason); it is a tricky question. One point of view is exactly as you expressed – these churches aren’t the Lord’s church and are just like any other human organization.
On the other hand, the thought is that we don’t want to support false teachers. The Bible is clear that false teachers shouldn’t be supported – we shouldn’t even give them a greeting (2 Jn 1:10). The issue is very similar to the issue of eating meat sacrificed in an idol’s temple that Paul discusses in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8. We must all obey our conscience in such matters and be careful to not be judgmental of others’ choices.
Hi. Is it possible for a couple with different religions to have a sound relationship? And is this against God? I really love my boyfriend, but he doesn't really have a strong faith in God, if he even believes in God. Part of me feels like I should leave him, but the other part wants to stay. What do I do? Hope this doesn't sound too ridiculous.
Confused In Love
Dear Confused In Love,
Our religious views dictate how we live our lives. One’s belief in God (or lack of belief) effects their ethics, how they manage finances, how they raise children, how they treat their spouse, how much effort they will put into marriage (and when they will feel justified in getting a divorce), and a plethora of other aspects in life. In short, your religious views guide the very essence of who you are.
God designed christians to only marry other people who are “in the Lord” (1 Cor 7:39). A marriage to an unbeliever leaves you unequally yoked because you won’t be building your marriage off of equal vows (2 Cor 6:14). You will make your vows before God, and he will merely make his vows before man. We could never, ever recommend that a christian marry an unbeliever… it would simply set you up for heartache and failure.
I was looking into your archives, and I noticed something about Jews keeping the Sabbath holy, not christians. Can you explain that according to Scripture, since we are spiritual Israel?
Dear On Sabbatical,
Christianity is the spiritual Israel (Gal 6:15-16). Christianity has replaced Judaism and the Old Testament law. Physical Israel was merely a shadow of that which was to come (Heb 10:1). The law to obey the Sabbath was a part of the Old Testament law (Ex 20:8). The Old Testament law has been replaced by a better covenant (Heb 8:4-7). God tells us that when Christ died for our sins, He nailed the Old Law to the cross (Col 2:14). Under the new law (the New Testament), we are told to no longer regard the Sabbath as holy (Col 2:16-17). The things written in the Old Testament are a great example to christians (1 Cor 10:11), but they are no longer binding. The Old Testament was a tutor to lead mankind to Christ, but now that Christ is here, we are no longer under that tutor (Gal 3:24-25).
I am having issues with some people. They are making me sin. They are making me sin by making me use bad words. What should I do? Should I keep trying to get along or stay away from that person?
Dear Foul Friends,
No one can make you sin, but on the other hand, the wrong type of people can definitely lead to greater temptations. 1 Cor 15:33 says that bad company corrupts good morals. If you feel that this person is that type of influence, then yes, it may be best to give some distance.