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September 18 2004 By virtueonline The Armor of God: The Sword of the Spirit

Arthur came to London with his foster brother Kay to take part in a tournament. Kay forgot to take his sword to the grounds and Arthur raced back to their lodgings to get his sword but found them locked up. On his way back he noticed the sword in the stone and attempted to remove it. It came free easily and he took it to the tournament. It was recognized and he was proclaimed King. One day he saw the Lady of the Lake holding aloft a sword and he rowed out to her.

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September 14 2004 By virtueonline The Armor of God. The Helmet of Salvation

At times it seemed that Marxist-Leninism would win. The propaganda war was intense. The United States suffered a disastrous military defeat in Vietnam which impacted morale at the highest levels of government in Washington. When President Reagan took office we were up against the ropes, embarrassed by the Embassy takeover in Tehran and our personnel being held hostage, and facing big decisions about rearmament.

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September 04 2004 By virtueonline Admirers and Followers

Why this lowliness and humiliation? If Jesus came with earthly, worldly, and material advantages he would have attracted people for the wrong reasons. If he had been an object of admiration, then people could have discounted his message. They could have said that it is all right for him to make all the claims about God that he does because he is in possession of favorable circumstances. If only we had the advantages that he had, we could become as perfect as he was.

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August 28 2004 By virtueonline THE ARMOR OF GOD: The Shield of Faith

The Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066 was one of the most famous battles fought in England. Upon the death of King Edward the Confessor, the royal council, following the dying king’s request, named Harold, earl of Wessex, king. William, Duke of Normandy had been designated Edward’s successor, and had secured Harold’s agreement to his accession to the throne of England. On hearing of Harold’s action he gathered an army of 15,000 men to enforce his rival claim.

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August 13 2004 By virtueonline THE ARMOR OF GOD. The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

St. Paul urges us: “Stand firm then … with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6:15)

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August 08 2004 By virtueonline Continuity and Surprise

My parents were not much interested in their antecedents. When I Asked them questions about the family they gave vague answers that obscured rather than illuminated. It made me wonder whether I was descended from a long line of undesirables! But I doubt whether they were that interesting.

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August 08 2004 By virtueonline Being on the Way: The Normal Christian Life

You probably know people who live at either of the extremes; those who with an attitude of, "Well, we all sin," seem to live in a permanent state of cheap grace, and those who seem to live in a state of perpetual self-condemnation show little of the joy of knowing Jesus. I suspect most of us don't dwell constantly at one extreme or the other, but rather, we bounce back and forth between the two.

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August 08 2004 By virtueonline Biblical Prayer - Jacob

Jacob is returning home after twenty years in Mesopotamia. He left in a hurry after stealing his brother Esau's birthright and his father Isaac's blessing. He fled from his father-in-law Laban, whom he has deceived. He arrives on the borders of his family's land, and sent messengers to Esau to announce his arrival. He hears that Esau is coming to meet him with 400 men. Jacob is in great fear of his brother.

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August 08 2004 By virtueonline Biblical Prayer - Hannah

If you do not identify with such a person, you may know someone who does. Such a person was Hannah, the wife of Elkanah, whose story is told in 1 Samuel 1 and 2. Her husband loved her very much, but she was barren, unable to bear him any children. We are told that "the LORD had closed her womb." Because of her childlessness, Elkanah had taken a second wife, Peninnah who bore him children. Peninnah was mean to Hannah.

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August 08 2004 By virtueonline Biblical Prayer - Daniel

Daniel, with other members of the royal family and the nobility of Judah, was carried into exile by King Nebuchadnezzar, in 605 B.C., had risen to leading government posts on the basis of his intelligence and wisdom. In 586 B.C. Jerusalem was finally destroyed by the Babylonians, and Jeremiah had departed to Egypt with the remnant of the surviving leadership. His prophecies had been written down and somehow Daniel obtained a copy.

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