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May 31 2017 By dvirtue THE NEW WINE OF THE SPIRIT: Acts 2:1-21

In 1967 an oilman in Texas, Keith Miller, experienced a profound spiritual awakening. He wrote about it in a bestselling book entitled, The Taste of New Wine, which went on to sell two million copies. What does this description of the work of the Spirit have to say to us today?

When St. Augustine wrote in 400 A.D. about his own conversion to Christ he entitled it Confessions. He began it with his famous prayer:

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May 24 2017 By dvirtue WITH THE ASCENDED CHRIST IN HEAVEN: Colossians 3:1-5

"So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ -- that's where the action is. See things from his perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life -- even though invisible to spectators -- is with Christ in God.

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May 09 2017 By dvirtue What Does Our Resurrection Body Look Like? - 1 Corinthians 15:35-49

First, the analogy from nature. A plant has to die before it can be reborn. It lives out its normal cycle and withers and perishes but its seed enters the earth and produces new life. The seed contains that genetic structure of its parent which it reproduces. There is no physical resemblance between the plant and the seed but when the seed dissolves in the ground it produces a continuity with its past. Jesus used the same analogy about his own death and resurrection.

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May 02 2017 By dvirtue Alternative Non-Resurrection Lifestyles: 1 Corinthians 15:29-34

First, if there is no resurrection then death if final and there is no point in preparing for it. That in fact is the attitude of most people. They put off making wills, making arrangements for their funerals, or preparing to meet their Maker. They don't see this life as a preparation for the next life. While they may have a vague believe in the resurrection or heaven their default drive in life is to ignore the future.

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May 01 2017 By dvirtue The Lull: John 21: 1-19

In spite of the Lord's former appearance to Peter after the resurrection Peter still has much to learn about himself, his Lord, and the divine purpose for him.

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April 26 2017 By dvirtue WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? - 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

There is more for Christ to do that has consequences for each one of us and the whole of creation. Christ is described as the "first fruits of those who have fallen asleep." The first fruits were the first sheaf of the harvest which was brought to the temple and offered to God. The first fruits were a sign of the harvest to come. What was true for Christ would be true for those who follow him. Jesus is the forerunner of all those who have died in Christ and will die in the future.

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April 19 2017 By dvirtue How can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? - 1 Corinthians 15:12-19

The Apostle Paul argues in 1 Corinthians 15 that the resurrection of the dead is essential to the Christian faith. He argues, first of all, from the premise that Jesus the Christ was seen by hundreds of people who are still living and can attest to their experience of him. He was seen, not as a ghost, but as a solid, bodily presence who could be touched and who could share a meal with them.

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April 17 2017 By dvirtue Christ's resurrection was a miracle not fake news

'Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him,' Ernest Hemingway once quipped. 'You reject everything that is not or can't be completely true.' The US President called for an ACD in his unique tongue of Trump-speak. At his first press conference as President-elect, the term "fake news" burst from the media echo chamber and became a mainstream meme. 'You are fake news!' he said, pointing at CNN's Jim Acosta.

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April 11 2017 By dvirtue THE MAIN THING: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“Now let me remind, of what the Gospel really is, for it has not changed – it is the same Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then and still do now, for your faith is squarely built upon this wonderful message, and it is this Good News that saves you if you still firmly believe it, unless of course you never really believed it in the first place.

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April 06 2017 By dvirtue QUESTIONS JESUS ASKED: My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? - Matthew 27:46

“Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
(Isaiah 53:4-6)

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