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September 30 2015 By dvirtue A Case Study in Death and Resurrection: Acts 9:32-43

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." (John 11:25) How is that possible? Jesus died and was raised from the dead so that we might share in his victory over death. "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead, through the glory of the Father, we too may have new life.

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September 27 2015 By dvirtue A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: Acts 9

The first stage we may call the stage of defense. Saul was educated in the best Jewish and Greek schools of his day. He was a Pharisee and a Roman citizen. His family must have been of some wealth and position. He demonstrated a cruel zeal to eliminate the followers of Jesus. His revered teacher, Gamaliel, counseled leaving the Christians alone but Saul had Stephen stoned to death, and pursued a vendetta beyond Jerusalem. What caused this fanaticism?

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September 23 2015 By dvirtue What is Your View on Aging?

Youth is not a period of time. It is a state of mind, a result of the will, a quality of the imagination, a victory of courage over timidity, of the taste of adventure over the love of comfort. A man doesn't grow old because he has lived a certain number of years. A man grows old when he deserts his ideal. The years may wrinkle his skin, but deserting his ideal wrinkles his soul.

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September 18 2015 By dvirtue The Difference Between Being A Christian In Name Only (Cino) And A Real Christian: Acts 8:4-40

In Acts 8 Philip escapes from persecution in Jerusalem and went to Samaria where he preached the word of the Gospel of Christ and prayed for those possessed by evil spirits, and those who were crippled. He brought healing and joy wherever he went. One of his converts was a local celebrity, Simon, a sorcerer, who had quite a following. Simon, we are told, believed, was baptized and followed Philip everywhere. He jumped onto the bandwagon of this new movement.

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September 10 2015 By dvirtue Be Full of The Spirit or Resist The Holy Spirit?: Acts 6:1-8:3

Stephen is described as (2) being full of the Holy Spirit. Those who observed him noted that he was able to do great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. He manifested the power of the Spirit. He was effective in his ministry and showed the confidence of one who was guided by the Spirit. To be filled with the Spirit means being filled to overflowing so that you reach out to others in the love and joy of Christ. "May the

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August 25 2015 By dvirtue THE SCANDAL OF CHRISTIANITY: Acts 4:1-31

"Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.

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August 21 2015 By dvirtue SPIRITUAL DRINK: 1 Cor. 1 -- 13

"This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations beginning at Jerusalem" (Luke 24: 46-47).

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August 21 2015 By dvirtue Who Is Crippled and How Can They Be Healed? Acts 3

The apostles, men like us, human beings, are on their way to worship when they encounter the man crippled from birth. Who do you encounter at worship and how do you respond?

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July 28 2015 By dvirtue The Première of The Holy Spirit: Acts 2

Acts contains at least nineteen significant Christian speeches. There are eight by Peter. They are not verbatim speeches. They are too short to be complete. This speech would have taken only three minutes to deliver. Luke says at the end of his account of this sermon that Peter went on exhorting the crowd "with many other words" (v.40), so this is a summary. If this is the first Christian sermon that has been recorded for us, what can we learn from it?

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July 22 2015 By dvirtue WHAT IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY?: Acts 1

Despite all his instruction the apostles had preconceived ideas of what the kingdom of God would look like. They asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" In other words they hoped that he would throw out the Roman authorities so that they could introduce their own political agenda. They were still thinking that the Gospel of Jesus was about a social, economic and political revolution, the building of the kingdom of God on earth.

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