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May 01 2017 By dvirtue The Lull: John 21: 1-19

In spite of the Lord's former appearance to Peter after the resurrection Peter still has much to learn about himself, his Lord, and the divine purpose for him.

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April 26 2017 By dvirtue WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? - 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

There is more for Christ to do that has consequences for each one of us and the whole of creation. Christ is described as the "first fruits of those who have fallen asleep." The first fruits were the first sheaf of the harvest which was brought to the temple and offered to God. The first fruits were a sign of the harvest to come. What was true for Christ would be true for those who follow him. Jesus is the forerunner of all those who have died in Christ and will die in the future.

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April 19 2017 By dvirtue How can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? - 1 Corinthians 15:12-19

The Apostle Paul argues in 1 Corinthians 15 that the resurrection of the dead is essential to the Christian faith. He argues, first of all, from the premise that Jesus the Christ was seen by hundreds of people who are still living and can attest to their experience of him. He was seen, not as a ghost, but as a solid, bodily presence who could be touched and who could share a meal with them.

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April 17 2017 By dvirtue Christ's resurrection was a miracle not fake news

'Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him,' Ernest Hemingway once quipped. 'You reject everything that is not or can't be completely true.' The US President called for an ACD in his unique tongue of Trump-speak. At his first press conference as President-elect, the term "fake news" burst from the media echo chamber and became a mainstream meme. 'You are fake news!' he said, pointing at CNN's Jim Acosta.

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April 11 2017 By dvirtue THE MAIN THING: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“Now let me remind, of what the Gospel really is, for it has not changed – it is the same Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then and still do now, for your faith is squarely built upon this wonderful message, and it is this Good News that saves you if you still firmly believe it, unless of course you never really believed it in the first place.

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April 06 2017 By dvirtue QUESTIONS JESUS ASKED: My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? - Matthew 27:46

“Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
(Isaiah 53:4-6)

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March 28 2017 By dvirtue QUESTIONS JESUS ASKED: What Can Suffering Teach Me? - -- Hebrews 5:7,8

Jesus was not in denial about being human and having to suffer and to die. But that did not mean that he was immune to what it entailed. To the contrary he "offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears" as he suffered the anxiety of contemplating his own gruesome dying. In that respect he was dealing with what we all must deal with in our humanity.

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March 24 2017 By dvirtue THE SONG OF MARY: MAGNIFICAT - Luke 1:46-55

The Bible is full of praise and thanksgiving. Biblical religion is a religion of rejoicing, of music and son. "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4) It is noteworthy that Christianity has produced so much music. Christmas, in particular, is the season for so much beautiful music as we celebrate the coming of the Messiah and the hope he brings.

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March 15 2017 By dvirtue QUESTIONS JESUS ASKED: For Which of These Good Works do you Stone me? --- John 10:31-42

The modern secular world wants to kill Jesus for claiming to be God. For anyone to claim divine authority is regarded as egotistical and an affront to the desire to be one's own authority -- to be autonomous and to create one's own identity apart from any constraints. They want to kill any unique claim to be God. They want to shame anyone who claims to speak for God. They want to eliminate God from the universe. They want to delete God from conversation except as a vulgar exclamation.

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March 08 2017 By dvirtue QUESTIONS JESUS ASKED: Do You Want to Go Away As Well? -- John 6:67

There are many who would like to think of themselves as disciples/followers of Christ but who cannot accept the full teaching of Christ.

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