Serving a Master not a Mission, Virtue is published to serve the children of God; to exhort and to encourage each one to walk worthy of His calling in Christ Jesus—sober in spirit, hoping in and looking for His appearing, separated from the world, loving and serving the children of God in Christ Jesus. 1 Peter 1:12-25
There is but one value, as the apostle Paul wrote: “…the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:8-11
Our goal is your steadfastness in Christ Jesus: “…we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:14-16
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A few short years after Lazarus was raised from the dead his body was once again placed into the tomb. What was arguably the greatest miracle performed by Jesus during His days in Israel had no lasting value in the flesh of Lazarus. Miracles are signs, not solutions.
"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life." John…
God did not send His Spirit to make us feel good about ourselves, or to enliven our mundane Sunday services, but to pierce our hearts, to plunge His Holy Word deep into our wretched souls searching out our true condition... that we might break before Him—weep and mourn for our stony, arrogant, and godless condition—that we might live.
Are you wholly captivated by the One who redeemed your worthless life of sin? Do you sit at His feet, broken and contrite, hanging on His every word, longing for the life that comes from the Father?
Religious works never bring the life of God. Until we believe Him, humble ourselves, and sit at His feet, we will be busy in His name, but never come to know Him... our Lord, and our Savior, our Life.
We have been called to know The Lord. Our whole purpose for being brought into this life is to know Him. Don't settle for hearing about Him... from anyone.
In this age of rampant religious activity, and charismatic showmanship, it is easy to follow religious celebrities and popular Christian activities, ministries, and movements. It is easy to love our own study, our own form of worship, even our own Christian service more than the One who died for us.
Idols are not toys, not our possessions... but substitutes for the living God. They become necessary when we cannot see the invisible God ourselves. When our ears have grown dull of hearing, and our hearts are void of understanding... we need an idol.
Everyone has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but only the right relationship brings the life of the Father--everlasting life.
It is not a tenth part of anything that the Father seeks from us, but the whole—our whole life laid down, uncompromised, into Christ Jesus His Son.
There was no more power to save in the baptism of John than there was in the Jordan river to take away the leprosy of Naaman the Syrian ...
Churchmen are shouting "Revival!", but our Lord has warned of apostasy. They shout "Rapture!", but their Lord warned of a time of trouble...
God is not seeking worship—He is seeking sons, born of the Truth, the Word of God, by the Spirit of God, who walk no longer after the flesh, but set their minds, and their determined courses, upon the will and purpose of the One who is enthroned above and seated at the right hand of the Father on High.
One cross is mentioned in our gospel today, but the whole of Truth is summed up in three crosses: The spotless Lamb of God slain for our sins, and the two crosses representing our certain condemnation, and our response to Him.
This hope, in which we persevere, is the promise of our union with our Beloved, in His Father's house, together forever, reigning with Him in all that His Father has prepared for us in the ages to come. We must lay aside the distractions of this age, religious and secular, that steal our attention from the promise yet to come—the hope of our redemption.
Whenever we move without Him, we move in our flesh—our efforts are powerless, and destined to perish. Regardless of our intentions, unless we wait for our Lord, we will move only in our own understanding—or the collective wisdom of other men, but not the wisdom, power, and purpose, of God.
We must encourage one another, day after day, as long as it is called today, for we too have become partakers of Christ, if... we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.
It is no good attending seminars about our new love—we must be one. It never occurs to us what others might think or say; we are smitten—wholly absorbed in the face, and features, and heart, of the one we love. Our thoughts, our dreams, our plans, are filled with the one we love. This is the first love that Jesus is speaking of ...
Faith is for the one who wants God, who wants desperately (and to the exclusion of all else) to enter into Him, to dwell in Him, and find their rest in Him. Faith is for the one who wants to please God, and God alone.
He must be our great reward, the exclusive treasure of our hearts, our joy, and the longing of our souls. There is nothing greater than God, our heavenly Father, in this life, or the life to come.
The goal our faith is agape—love. This true love springs from brotherly kindness, a genuine affection for your brother—not the worldly notion of doing good for all mankind, but a distinct affection that results in kindness shown toward one that you see as your brother. Now, consider that agape is beyond that!
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“I will be God to you…” No greater words could be spoken to men than for the Living God to say “I will be God to you…” This is the gift of God promised to Abraham and realized in Christ Jesus. This is the blessing of Abraham to all the nations.
Just as 'faith without the works is dead...' and unable to save us, wisdom without understanding is useless. The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding." Proverbs 4:7