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November 24 2004 By virtueonline I Don't Like Surprises

I had a schedule which totally dominated my life. In order to get everything done, and to avoid being left behind, or not fulfilling my expectations, I had to keep rigidly to the schedule. Life was a series of appointments, meetings and preparations. If I missed an appointment or meeting I was hauled over the coals by my boss. If I failed to prepare adequately I would be shown up in public as incompetent, ineffective or defective.

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November 22 2004 By virtueonline THE SOLITARY INDIVIDUAL IN THE CROWD

The numbers that we have to crunch in dealing with the annual operating budget and capital funds for building purposes, maintenance, staff support, and outreach, can so preoccupy us that the amount of time and space we give to Jesus can be squeezed out. We say that the church is Christ-centered, but so many other activities and interests can displace the presence of the Lord from our center to the periphery.

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November 18 2004 By virtueonline THE MERCIES OF GOD - by Ted Schroder

“Oh, what a wonderful God we have! How great are his wisdom and knowledge and riches! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his methods! For who among us can know the mind of the Lord? Who knows enough to be his counselor and guide? And who could ever offer the Lord enough to induce him to act? For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory. To him be glory evermore.

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October 30 2004 By virtueonline LIFE EVERLASTING OF THE SAINTS - by Ted Schroder

One short sleep past, we wake eternally,

And Death shall be no more, Death thou shalt die.

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October 21 2004 By virtueonline Ownership versus Stewardship

“You have here a delicate task. The assumption which you want him to go on making is so absurd that, if once it is questioned, even we cannot find a shred of argument in its defense. The man can neither make, nor retain, one moment of time; it all comes to him by pure gift. He is also, in theory, committed to total service of the Enemy [God]; and if the Enemy [God] appeared to him in bodily form and demanded that total service for even one day, he would not refuse.

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October 17 2004 By virtueonline THE ARMOR OF GOD: SPIRITUAL WARFARE

In Luke 11 the chronicle of this war continues. Jesus is described as demonstrating the coming of God’s kingdom on earth by driving out demons by the finger of God. He is displaying his divine might in a cosmic battle of healing and exorcism. To explain the significance of what he is doing Jesus tells a parable. “When a strong man, fully armed guards his own house, his possessions are safe.

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October 11 2004 By virtueonline LONELINESS - by Ted Schroder

The first mention of the problem in the Bible is in the Garden of Eden. When Adam was created God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:19) Eve is created, and marriage is launched on the world. In its original form before the Fall, marriage may have satisfied Adam’s loneliness, but that has not always been the case since. I have found that many happily married Christians suffer from loneliness. Why is this?

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September 25 2004 By virtueonline THE ARMOR OF GOD: PRAYER IN THE SPIRIT - by Ted Schroder

St. Paul describes our battlefield: “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12) Therefore we need spiritual weapons. The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, is one weapon. The other is to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayer and requests.

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September 18 2004 By virtueonline The Armor of God: The Sword of the Spirit

Arthur came to London with his foster brother Kay to take part in a tournament. Kay forgot to take his sword to the grounds and Arthur raced back to their lodgings to get his sword but found them locked up. On his way back he noticed the sword in the stone and attempted to remove it. It came free easily and he took it to the tournament. It was recognized and he was proclaimed King. One day he saw the Lady of the Lake holding aloft a sword and he rowed out to her.

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September 14 2004 By virtueonline The Armor of God. The Helmet of Salvation

At times it seemed that Marxist-Leninism would win. The propaganda war was intense. The United States suffered a disastrous military defeat in Vietnam which impacted morale at the highest levels of government in Washington. When President Reagan took office we were up against the ropes, embarrassed by the Embassy takeover in Tehran and our personnel being held hostage, and facing big decisions about rearmament.

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