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November 24 2007 By virtueonline THE KING'S ASSIZE

"It tells me that I am accountable. I am free to live my life just as I please, but at the end I shall have to give account to the one who gave me my life.

It tells me that judgment awaits everyone. There will be no exceptions. There will be no favoritism. There will be no excuses. It will be totally fair.

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November 17 2007 By virtueonline THE GOSPEL MIRACLES: The Feeding of the 5000

The multiplication of seed through sowing and harvest follows the laws of nature. Seed sown on good soil produces a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times. Natural too, is the multiplication of fish. Every season they spawn in the seas and in the rivers. C.S.

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November 04 2007 By virtueonline HEAVEN

In opposition to this view of reality is, what he calls, physicalism. This is the belief that only the physical has any meaning or truth. We must make a choice between two world views. Either this is a cosmos in which there is nothing but the physical, or this is a cosmos in which there are things beyond the physical. Physical science cannot answer this question because it is a metaphysical question.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote:

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October 29 2007 By virtueonline When Is It Sin? - Alan Medinger

In each situation Tom doesn't dwell on what has attracted him. The shirtless man is soon off the screen and forgotten. Tom gets caught up in the ballgame and his focus shifts away from the players' physiques. With the interaction of the two men, he thinks about it for a minute, tells himself this isn't good, and calls on Jesus as he has trained himself to do over the years. Intentionally he shifts his mind to other things and this too is soon forgotten.

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October 20 2007 By virtueonline THE GOSPEL MIRACLES - WALKING ON THE WATER

Every year, at Passover, the people of Israel remember their Exodus from slavery in Egypt. The climax of that story is the crossing of the Red Sea. “The Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

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October 10 2007 By virtueonline BUILDING THE CHURCH

That this is what the first generation of Christians understood is confirmed by St. Paul's understanding of his own commission: "For by the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 3:10,11)

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September 22 2007 By virtueonline THE GOSPEL MIRACLES: THE GADARENE DEMONIAC

The teaching of the Bible, and the ministry of Jesus, clearly demonstrates that we are part of a spiritual world which must be taken into account if there is to be holistic healing, and salvation. Yes, religious extremists can give spiritual healing a bad name, if physical and relational components are ignored. Similarly, atheistic therapists can give psychiatry and psychology a bad name, if the spiritual is ignored.

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September 15 2007 By virtueonline THE GOSPEL MIRACLES: THE STILLING OF THE STORM

This is the account of the physical miracle of the stilling of the storm. It is impossible to believe that a man could command the wind and the waves. In a celebrated incident in history, King Canute, eleventh century king of Denmark, Norway and England, despite his power and the flattery of his courtiers, demonstrated that he could not command the tide to stop rising. Yet Jesus had this calming effect on the wind and the waves.

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September 09 2007 By virtueonline THE GOSPEL MIRACLES: THE WIDOW'S SON

The first thing Jesus did was to respond to the needs of the mother. His heart went out to her, and he said, "Don't cry." Then he touched the coffin - an open woven basket - and commanded the young man to get up. "The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother."

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August 30 2007 By virtueonline THE GOSPEL MIRACLES: The Faith of the Centurion

Jesus does not dispute this. He accepts their testimony at face value. This centurion fulfilled his orders to garrison Capernaum, by befriending the locals, and providing for their religious needs. By going with them to his house Jesus was acknowledging his position as the legitimate military authority in his town.

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