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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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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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