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June 30 2015 By dvirtue THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR OF SALVATION: Rev. 19:11-16; 21:24-26

We see the affairs of the world from a human point of view. St. John here sees what is going on from a heavenly perspective. He describes what is happening in the world as God sees it.

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June 24 2015 By dvirtue THE STRENGTH OF WEAKNESS: 2 Corinthians 11 & 12

"Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
Or the strong man boast of his strength
Or the rich man boast of his riches,
But let who boasts boast about this:
That he understands and knows me,
That I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
For in these I delight,"
declares the Lord." (Jeremiah 9:23,24)

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June 22 2015 By dvirtue HE CAME TO JESUS BY NIGHT: (John 3: 1 - 15)

Jesus was a controversial individual. Evidently the ruling body had been discussing him with deep concern, suspicion, and disapproval. For Nicodemus this was to be a searching rendezvous. In a courteous fashion he intended to probe the motivation of Jesus whilst at the same time Jesus actually probed the mind of his inquisitor in an uncomfortably profound manner. No one who approaches Jesus is a blank before him and certainly does not remain enigmatic.

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June 19 2015 By dvirtue THE WAR OF THE MIND: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Christians have had to defend their faith against false teaching and rival philosophies and religions in every generation. There are deep-seated strongholds of atheism, secularism, moral relativism, and pluralism that seek to extend their influence throughout the world. Islam and Hinduism are militant forms of false religions that compete for the minds and hearts of this generation. The idols of material success, and the desire for fame and notoriety are powerful seductions.

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June 11 2015 By dvirtue GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

The basis for cheerful giving is the grace of God: "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift" -- the gift of a Savior, the gift of life, the gift of eternal life, the gift of God's love, the gift of all God's blessings. We give to meet the needs of God's people but also to overflow in our thanks to God. There are not enough words to describe all the ways we are thankful to God.

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June 03 2015 By dvirtue The Generosity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 Corinthians 8:9

He is telling us that we should give as we love. We know how much our Lord Jesus Christ loved by knowing how much he gave. As Jesus said of the woman who poured her precious perfume upon his head when it might have been sold for much and the money given to the poor, or she could have kept the perfume for herself: "She gave much because she loved much". Jesus gives as he loves us and we should measure our love by our giving. Jesus gave all he had, even when it cost him his life.

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May 27 2015 By dvirtue CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7

This is a far cry from the easy believism of being a Christian in our culture. It does not require much for us to profess faith in Christ in our neighborhoods. Nobody cares what we do with our Sunday mornings as long as it does not infringe upon their freedom to do what they want to do. Christian faith is met with indifference rather than hostility. We are more likely to be mocked or patronized than persecuted.

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May 22 2015 By dvirtue Sow Selflessness and Reap Eternal Life

James 4:1 says, "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?" (NIV) Every trouble starts because of our self-centeredness.

It's very easy for selfishness to creep into relationships. When you start a relationship, you work really hard at being unselfish. But as time goes on, selfishness begins to creep in. We put more energy into building relationships than into maintaining them.

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May 14 2015 By dvirtue THE AUTHENTIC CHRISTIAN: 2 Corinthians 6:3-10

He spent the rest of his life teaching and writing about the missionary task of proclaiming the Gospel in the secular West. His personal life and writings commend the Gospel, as did that of St. Paul in his day. When Paul was called upon to prove the authenticity of his Christian faith he provided a remarkable check-list of three characteristics.

First, the authentic Christian is a person who endures hardship and opposition with grace.

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May 07 2015 By dvirtue RECONCILIATION: 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

This is the message St. Paul is expounding in 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. He described the Gospel in terms of God's work of reconciliation. Reconciliation is a diplomatic and political term referring to harmony established between enemies by peace treaties. It is also a personal relational term referring to harmony between people alienated from one another by an offense. It results in the restoration of a friendly relationship.

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