Glad you found us! This site has one objective: to help you win the spiritual battle for purity, in every sense of the word. Society encourages us to throw away our virtue; the message sent out by the media is: "everyone's doing it!" We are here to prove that statement wrong! Come in, read some encouraging testimonies, chat with others who strive to remain pure, and reaffirm your belief that purity, sexual and otherwise, is not only possible, but totally worth it!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Think on These Things: Merry Christmas!

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Luke 2:14     Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men! (NKJV)

Merry Christmas, one and all!  Thanks so much for your support of the Armed and Virtuous ministry.  What a wonderful year it has been!  God has blessed us tremendously.  We're looking forward to all God has in store for Armed and Virtuous in 2012, and to sharing it with you.

I hope you enjoy the following videos.  The first one is just lighthearted fun:


2010 You Will Behave Like Gentlemen by Craig West from Douglas Schultz on Vimeo.


The other, one of my favorite Christmas memories, reminds us of the reason we celebrate Christmas:





Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and we'll see you in 2012! 

Friday, December 23, 2011

And The Winner Is....



Well, that's the end of our giveaway, thank so much to all who participated.  The results are in, and the winner of the Armed and Virtuous T-shirt is. . . Angela!  Congratulations! 

Shirts will be available to purchase in January, hopefully toward the beginning of the year.  (I'll send out a message letting you know when we're up and running.)  :)

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!  God Bless, and thanks again!



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Psalm 37:4-5

Monday, December 19, 2011

'Tis the Season for a Giveaway!!



Welcome back!  Since it is the season of giving, we decided to give something away of our own.  Introducing the Armed and Virtuous T-shirt!  It's a trendy, yet powerful way to proclaim the message of purity, whether you're a youth or an adult.  The shirts come in adult sizes Small through XX Large . Medium and Large sizes come in a choice of regular or feminine cut.  We have gone to great effort to make them fashionable, yet modest.  Here's a picture of me wearing my shirt, (thanks to my awesome photographer, Jason Anderson!)



Here's a close up of the front (dogtags) and back. The back is enlarged so you can read the text.




There are several ways to enter, and each activity counts as an entry:

1.  Like us on Facebook (just click the like box on the top right corner of the page, you may need to sign in to Facebook to complete the process.)
2.  Become a follower of armedandvirtuous.org ( click on the "join" button under followers and follow the instructions.)
3.  Invite others to follow the blog or like us on Facebook. (1 entry per friend like or join!)
4.  Leave a comment telling us who you could share the message of purity with by wearing the shirt.  (Keep it general, no names, please)  :)

After completing each activity, please leave a comment on This Blog Post telling us that you have done so.  We are keeping track of entries from the activity on this post.  If you are already following the blog, or already like us on Facebook, please leave a comment on this blog post saying so, and you will receive credit. 

We will announce the winner on Friday evening at 9:00 CST, so you have five days to enter.  If you win this giveaway, we will contact you by email for mailing information. 


So, enjoy!  We are very proud of this product, and will be making it available for sale at the beginning of the new year, date TBA.  Have a Merry Christmas and we'll see you Friday

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Let's Give Thomas A Break!



John 20:25b . . . "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe. (NKJV)"


This is a little something God shared with me the other morning, and I hope it encourages you. 

In John 20:24-29 we read Thomas' doubts about whether the other disciples had seen the Risen Savior.  Most of the time we think "Shame on Thomas, he doubted!"  But let's take a look at what might have motivated his words:

Just a few verses earlier (v.19-23), Jesus appeared to all the other disciples.  They got to see and experience Jesus risen from the dead!  What an amazing opportunity!  I'm sure Thomas saw the glow of excitement on their faces when they told him about the experience.  What would your reaction be?  I would be thinking:  Man, I missed it!  All the others got to take part in the greatest miracle of all time except me, and now I'll never see Him again!  Most likely, he was hurt, and although his doubt was genuine, at least in my opinion, it was likely born out of his disappointment.  He probably couldn't bear the thought of missing a visit from the Risen Savior.

But eight days later, what happens?  Jesus appears again, and this time Thomas is with them.  He singles out Thomas and tells him to put his fingers in the nail prints and his hand into His side.  Thomas then believes with all his heart.  Does Jesus correct his attitude?  Yes, but He also brings Thomas comfort, reminding him that he is loved, and that what matters to Thomas matters to Christ. 

Do you ever worry about opportunities passing you by?  Unfortunately, I do, and I'm sure you do too at times.  Here's the bottom line:  God is never going to allow us to miss out on any good thing that is part of His plan.  We need to learn to hold onto life a little more loosely.  We truly cannot control what happens, and worrying only causes harm (Psalm 37:8).  Just as God loved us enough to send His Son, just as Jesus loved us enough to die in our place, He also loves us enough to provide our needs and encourage our hearts. 

So, cast your cares upon Christ, and be thankful that God loves doubting Aprils and doubting You just as much as he loves doubting Thomas.