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March 26 2005 By virtueonline THROUGH CLOSED DOORS - by Ted Schroder

At various stages in our lives we find ourselves in a room with doors closed and locked because of our fears. It is then that we crave the joy of the liberating presence of the risen Jesus.

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March 18 2005 By virtueonline The Spirituality of the Cross

A friend of mine was interviewing for the position of pastor to a church in south Florida. In reviewing his ministry experience he shared with the search committee how each position that he had filled had a particular challenge and mission to accomplish. Each one had been different.

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March 18 2005 By virtueonline Coming Forth As Gold

My heart was beating hard, and I prayed rapidly for help. Suddenly the leader of the gang asked ‘Why are you here?’ ‘Because I am a Christian,’ I answered timidly, expecting the first blows. ‘You don’t beat people up?’ he asked. ‘No,’ I answered. The next question surprised me: ‘Can you sing?’ ‘Yes,’ I replied, wondering where this was heading. The gang leader told me to sing. The song ‘I Give Myself as a Seed’ came to mind, so I sang.

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March 15 2005 By virtueonline PUTTING OUR TRUST IN THE LORD

Much to our chagrin, we were locked out of our accounts. So folks who bought Enron on the street could trade, but we could not. So where does that leave me? I can tell you, without pulling punches, something stinks here. There are people at Enron who made millions selling Enron stock, while we, the rank and file, got burned. It's that simple. I am left with a tiny fraction of my $1.3 million, or about $8,000. It's too late in my life to start over to build up my funds."

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March 15 2005 By virtueonline Show, Teach, Lead, Save

* Poor in quality
* Inconsistently heated
* A cheap imitation of the real thing

May we all come to grips with reality: that true, enriching, consistent and long lasting Godliness can only be acquired in slow, methodical, tested, forged, sacrificial daily portions.

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February 26 2005 By virtueonline The Ultimate Protagonist

The book of Genesis reveals to us that God is the supreme initiator of all activity from the creation of the universe, to the creation of the history of a man and his family as the bearers of divine revelation. After getting past the early chapters which set the stage for the history of our salvation: human creation and fall, Genesis introduces us to Abraham and his family.

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February 19 2005 By virtueonline History's Bestseller, Part Four

William Gladstone, three times Prime Minister of Great Britain once said, "If asked what is the remedy for the deeper sorrows of the human heart, what a man should chiefly look to in his progress as the power that is to sustain him under trials and enable him to confront his inevitable afflictions, I must point him to something which in a well-known hymn is called 'The old, old story,' told in an old, old Book, which is the greatest and best gift ever given to mankind."

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February 15 2005 By virtueonline No Excuses

We can play these silly games as a society, with each other and sadly, even in our churches, but we cannot play them with God. The all-knowing, all-seeing, all powerful Creator of the universe is not fooled nor amused at the excuses we make for our failures and neglect. Society would have us believe it's not our fault that we are undisciplined, addicted, lazy, overweight, fearful, or ignorant. It makes us feel better when we can point to the "experts" who validate that is not "our fault."

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February 03 2005 By virtueonline History's Bestseller - Part Three

Why is the Bible so desirable to those who do not have one of their own? Why is it considered so valuable? What are the characteristic features that mark it as special? Books have to be written by authors. The Bible is authored by writers who were especially qualified to write about their subjects. What were their qualifications? What makes their writings unique? Let me take as an example the person of Peter the apostle.

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January 27 2005 By virtueonline HISTORY’S BESTSELLER – PART TWO

In 1526 William Tyndale printed the first English New Testament directly from the Greek. He had to do it in Germany because the English church hierarchy had prohibited the translation. Tyndale managed to smuggle Bibles into England and they spread throughout the country. When news of their arrival leaked out the church authorities gathered up as many as they could find and burned them in a bonfire in the courtyard of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

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