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October 13 2016 By dvirtue SURVIVING HURRICANE MATTHEW

Last Wednesday we decided to evacuate to Valdosta, Georgia with a view to returning on Saturday. However we could not find accommodation for Friday night in the area. Viewing the slow progress of the storm it became apparent that returning to hold Sunday services was impracticable as most of our congregation had evacuated and we did not know whether the roads would be cleared enough to get to the Chapel. After that decision was made we had to find accommodation for the weekend.

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September 27 2016 By dvirtue How to Find Rest For Our Souls: Hebrews 4:1-11

God did not rest in order to recover from his work. God rested in order to enjoy what he had created. "God saw what he had made, and it was very good." (Genesis 1:31) The Sabbath was instituted to remind us that all of life is a gift from God, that it is good and to be enjoyed. One day a week was set aside to remember this in worship. Each day we need to set aside times for worship, prayer and the study of God's Word.

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September 26 2016 By dvirtue Some Ways to Pray the Lord's Prayer: Matthew 7: 1-14

The problem is not with the repetition that God has made a part of life: it's with us. We are consumers of novelties, especially in 21st century America, more than any other culture that has ever existed. As Christians, I find that many times we start shopping for God, ordering just those parts of God that we think will fit in with our lives.

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September 23 2016 By dvirtue What Does it mean to be Reverent? (Matthew 7:15-23)

The name of God represents his character, his person. It was regarded as so holy in Israel that it was rarely to be directly pronounced for fear of being irreverent. When it was used it was meant to carry with it the power of God. When the LORD gave Moses the blessing Aaron and the priests were to use he said, "Say to them: The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you: the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

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September 17 2016 By dvirtue Two Ancient Saints of Immense Charm

The emergency of human salvation may call for sharp warning and alarming exhortation but there is no sin in seeking for elegance of expression as we present the Lover of souls to those lost without him.

Of the many saints adept at attractive advocacy of the Savior, Augustine of Hippo and Bernard of Clairvaux are conspicuous. Their eloquence is inviting, their enthusiasm for Christ enlivening and enjoyable.

One delectable quote from each as an appetizer:

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September 13 2016 By dvirtue Thought for the day: Isaiah 5:8-30

3) The Bible reveals God's 'truth unchanged, unchanging', including his moral values (Ps. 119:8,9). The world feels free to make up the rules as it goes along (v. 20a) and to consider that one man's meat is another man's poison (v. 20b). Not so with the Word of God (Isa. 40:8).

4) The proper administration of justice, exactness in sentencing, making the punishment match the crime, is God's recipe for a sound and purged society (Deut. 19:18-21).

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September 13 2016 By dvirtue WHAT DO YOU WORSHIP?

"Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship." It is unconscious -- what we gradually slip into without ever being fully aware that's what you're doing! What do you think you worship? Give the highest value to? Respect and reverence the most? Privacy? Self-sufficiency? Freedom? Security? Comfort? Health? To be needed? Work? What is our default setting? Worship of self?

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September 06 2016 By dvirtue The Ultimate And The Intimate: (Exodus 20:1-3)

The first commandment lays out the way God wants us to think about him. "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me." (Exodus 20:1-3)

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August 31 2016 By dvirtue The Purpose of the Ten Commandments

How did Jesus view the commandments? In his introduction to his Sermon on the Mount he made himself clear. "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." (Matthew 5:17-20) Jesus is referring here to the entire Old Testament. When we are tempted to think that the Old Testament is outdated and no longer relevant to us we must remember these words of Jesus. True, the Old Testament is only a partial revelation.

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August 25 2016 By dvirtue Reports from Citizens of Heaven

When we read and hear of the stories of the saints of the church, we are hearing reports from citizens of heaven. Until our time of arrival there, we have opportunity to eavesdrop on these who have gone before. The writer to the Hebrews recognized the special value of their stories by including this great eleventh chapter. We can only imagine the taste of ambrosia and manna, but the stories are the stuff of real life.

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