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October 10 2017 By dvirtue BECOMING A NEW PERSON IN CHRIST: 2 Corinthians 5:17

The entire movement of Jesus is empowered by his presence. The wind of the Spirit is activated in our lives when we live as Jesus did every day of his life while on earth -- align his life to the Father's will and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish all things.

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October 03 2017 By dvirtue 12. TRANSFORMATION: What Does it Mean to be a mature Christian Disciple? -- 2 Peter 1:1-11

Who wouldn't want to be a person described in those terms: a person of faith, good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness and generous love? What would the world be like if we were all like that? What would the church be like if we were all like that? Peter is claiming that God has given Christians all that they need to become spiritually mature.

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September 27 2017 By dvirtue 11. PRAYER: What Does it Mean to be a Mature Christian Disciple? - Luke 11:1-13

Tim Keller in his book on prayer (Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, Penguin, 2014) relates the story of Flannery O'Connor, the famous writer from Milledgeville, Georgia. When she was twenty-one years old and studying writing in Iowa, she sought to deepen her prayer life. She began keeping a handwritten prayer journal.

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September 20 2017 By dvirtue SURVIVING HURRICANES

On Sunday I meditated on Psalm 77 which reminds us of the power of God over and through Nature as seen in the crossing of Israel through the Red Sea to escape slavery in Egypt.

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September 15 2017 By dvirtue KINDNESS/GOODNESS: What Does it Mean to be a Mature Christian Disciple? -- (Luke 6:37-45)

Jesus taught, "Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" (Luke 6:38). There is a reciprocity in the affairs of life. We get back what we put into life. The mature Christian disciple is like his teacher. Everyone who is fully trained by Jesus will be like him. Jesus did good by responding to the needs of those around him.

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September 05 2017 By dvirtue 10. HUMILITY: What Does It Mean to be a Mature Christian Disciple? - Philippians 2:1-13

Maturity brings humility. The older and wiser you get the more you realize how little you know and how far short of God's purpose you fall. Youth is full of hubris -- insolent pride. The mature Christian disciple can accept criticism because he acknowledges that he is a sinner in need of salvation. Atheism is ignorance of the gift of life and salvation. God "gives all people life and breath and everything else... For in him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:24,28).

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September 01 2017 By dvirtue 9. GENTLENESS: What Does it Mean to be a Mature Christian Disciple?

We see it in his relationship with children. "People were bringing little children to Jesus t have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he was indignant. He said to them, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these....And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them" (Mark 10:13-16). It is the most natural and loving thing to pick up a baby or little child.

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August 23 2017 By dvirtue The Way of the Cross

Along the way there were meals and museums, air bnb's and bistros, wine and beer and even a Starbucks (I don't like European coffee). Yet the overall theme was to find a faith that has withstood two millennia of wars and plagues, crusades and inquisitions, revolutions and reformations. Can Christianity withstand the next onslaught from whatever direction it comes?

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August 08 2017 By dvirtue 8. FAITHFULNESS: What does it Mean to be A Mature Christian Disciple? - Hebrews 11:1-19

Faithfulness is loyalty, someone who can be relied upon to fulfill his promises, someone you can trust to do his duty, who will not be persuaded to renege on his allegiance, to betray his friends, to give in to pressure or be tempted to change his mind or to abandon his principles or beliefs. Faithfulness is the character of God: "Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies (Ps 36:9).

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August 01 2017 By dvirtue 7. KINDNESS: What Does it Mean to be a Mature Christian Disciple? - Luke 6:37-45

Jesus taught, "Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" (Luke 6:38). There is a reciprocity in the affairs of life. We get back what we put into life. The mature Christian disciple is like his teacher. Everyone who is fully trained by Jesus will be like him. Jesus did good by responding to the needs of those around him.

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