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February 09 2004 By virtueonline DEVOTIONAL - BIBLICAL PRAYER - HANNAH

If you do not identify with such a person, you may know someone
who does. Such a person was Hannah, the wife of Elkanah, whose story is
told in 1 Samuel 1 and 2. Her husband loved her very much, but she was
barren, unable to bear him any children. We are told that "the LORD had
closed her womb." Because of her childlessness, Elkanah had taken a
second wife, Peninnah who bore him children. Peninnah was mean to

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January 09 2004 By virtueonline DEVOTIONAL - Being on the Way: The Normal Christian Life

A number of times in these articles I have addressed the question as to
how we can live with relative peace within the context of two truths
that seem to crash headlong into each other—the truth that God calls us
to live a holy life and the truth that we keep on sinning. Most recently
I touched on this in the article “Who Is I? And Who Is Me?” (October
2003). This is a critical issue for most of us because if we find

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January 06 2004 By virtueonline DEVOTIONAL - CONTINUITY AND SURPRISE

My parents were not much interested in their antecedents. When I
Asked them questions about the family they gave vague answers that
obscured rather than illuminated. It made me wonder whether I was
descended from a long line of undesirables! But I doubt whether they
were that interesting.

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