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January 15 2019 By dvirtue Three Things That Bring On Spiritual Attacks

The demons of darkness are opposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and will do anything in their power to prevent people from being saved. They've gone so far as to have their own ministers (2 Cor 11:4), but they will do anything they can to make you lose your testimony or not share your faith.

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November 22 2018 By dvirtue GIVE US THIS DAY -- A PRAYER FOR THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING

Jesus teaches us to ask for the simple basic things of life -- food, forgiveness, guidance, deliverance from evil. It expresses our dependence. We depend upon God our creator for each breath and for each day's food. But such a request offends our pride, our longing for self-sufficiency, our hubris. Swinburne expressed this attitude when he wrote: "Glory to Man in the highest, for Man is the Master of things."

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October 31 2018 By dvirtue ALL SAINTS' DAY MEDITATION

Where have they gone? When our loved ones depart on a journey we are curious as to their destination. Our minds imagine what it must be like to travel to exotic places. We plan trips. We find joy in anticipating them. St. John is given a vision of the faithful departed.

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October 17 2018 By dvirtue HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME: WHAT IS YOUR MENTAL IMAGE OF GOD?

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us... For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like. We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God...

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October 12 2018 By dvirtue WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE ABOUT HEAVEN?

That distance is as small or great as the distance of earth from heaven, and our attitude to it determines how we feel about our communication with God.

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July 29 2018 By dvirtue LIFE IS A BATTLE AND GOD GIVES US THE VICTORY IN JESUS

"He hurls them into space, as it were, in a spirit of bold defiance. He challenges anybody and everybody, in heaven, earth, or hell, to answer them and to deny the truth which they contain. But there is no answer. For no-one and nothing can harm the people whom God has foreknown, predestined, called, justified and glorified." (John Stott, Romans, 254)

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June 24 2018 By virtueonline THE PURPOSE OF SUFFERING -- THE END IN VIEW

It tells us that we should look at suffering in terms of purpose, its end, its healing, its redemption. Philosophers would call it a teleological perspective: Greek, telos = end; the doctrine of final causes, the view that developments are due to the purpose or design that is served by them, e.g. a telescope brings the object in view, the end in view, it gives you a closer perspective on what is far away.

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April 30 2018 By dvirtue THE BATTLE FOR THE MIND

Paul teaches that, when our minds are receptive to the Spirit, we have access to the life in all its fullness that Jesus came to bring, and we experience peace with God, others, and within ourselves. Life in its fullness is to be found in living according to the Holy Spirit, and setting your mind on the things of the Spirit. Each person has a choice in life. We can set our minds on what our lower nature desires, or on what the Spirit of God desires for us.

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April 15 2018 By dvirtue FAILURE IS NOT FINAL

The Bible has a word for this condition: it is one of the words we translate for "sin". The Greek word 'hamartia' means missing the mark, or falling short. It means aiming for something and missing it. It is like lining up your ball on the 18th green. If you sink your putt you will win the match. If you miss it, you lose. You aim, putt ...... and miss! You know the sinking (no pun intended) feeling of failure. It is the word St. Paul uses in Romans 8.

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April 14 2018 By dvirtue The Body Incorruptible

I am not a doctor so I don't know whether the three days in the tomb would have closed up the wounds, nor whether the week between Jesus' first appearance to His Disciples and His re-appearance to Thomas would have started the healing process. Without the pressure from a beating heart, and the body's natural healing mechanisms, the wounds would likely have crusted over, but that is not what scripture says. These wounds were still open, and yet they were neither bleeding nor suppurating.

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