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December 25 2020 By dvirtue CHRISTMASTIDE 2020

There was man that made his appearance, a man sent forth by God; and his name was John. He came to bear witness: he was to be witness of the light; so that everyone might learn to believe through him. It was not that man who was the light; to be a witness of the light was the task appointed to him. Meanwhile, the true light which sheds its light upon every man was ever coming into the world. He was in the world, and it was through him that the world came into being.

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December 05 2020 By dvirtue A Friend like Aristarchus: The Plague and the Promise

(This site links to my profile on Aristarchus and his companionship with Paul: https://stpaulsfriends.blogspot.com/2020/01/aristarchusa-true-friend-and-co-worker.html)

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August 25 2020 By dvirtue LESSONS ON PRAYER

What does God most want of us? First things first: you know the first and greatest commandment: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." (Deuteronomy 6:5 and Matthew 22:37)

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July 01 2020 By dvirtue WHAT REALLY MATTERS

The Apostle Paul wrote that he was "convinced that He [the Lord] is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day" (2 Timothy 1:12). Likewise, I trust that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in me toward full sanctification. That is my assurance, my security. It is about His love and His power, not anything I can do. I have work to do, but as Jesus told His disciples, the work He requires is easy and the burden is light...

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April 11 2020 By virtueonline Meditational Thoughts for Holy Saturday

Since He is omniscient, lives in eternity, and is not limited by our space-time constraints, God knew even before His creation of the universe exactly what would happen to His Only Begotten Son on one special weekend outside Jerusalem-- and so from the beginning He made Saturday a Holy Sabbath Day of rest, silence, prayer, and waiting on God.

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April 07 2020 By virtueonline The Origin and Elimination of our Fear

(Written by Brian Stableford from his Sherlock/Mycroft Holmes pastiche story entitled "Art in the Blood", 2003).

The trained scientist in me totally understands and can identify with these words. I want to know the answers to all the hardest questions. I seek, and increasingly, I find. It gives me a sense of security, even a false sense of control. But then of course it all breaks down when a mysterious killing horror (like the COVID-19) breaks into my reality.

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December 27 2019 By virtueonline The Whiff of Creation

And while the censer later swung helped mask the odor, I wondered whether the fragrance also shielded our eyes from his hurts.

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November 25 2019 By virtueonline LATE HAVE I LOVED YOU - Aurelius Augustine

"He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not" (Isaiah 53:2b-3).

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June 21 2019 By virtueonline TRUST: FINDING THE BALANCE

So... I can trust no one... but does that lead me to live in fear and hiding? Must I become a hermit or constantly live with attitude of self-defense? Not at all. This is because there is one Person that I can completely trust, and that is our triune God.

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April 20 2019 By dvirtue EASTER OCTAVE, DAY SIX (Good Friday): "Was Ever Grief Like Mine?

I am going to bracket "The Sacrifice," with two other poems by Herbert that bear on the theme of the day. The first is titled "The Agony." Herbert was highly educated in the Greek and Latin classics and was elected Orator of Cambridge University, a post he gave up in order to enter the parish ministry where he served in the village of Bemerton, outside Salisbury.

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