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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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September 04 2004 By virtueonline Admirers and Followers

Why this lowliness and humiliation? If Jesus came with earthly, worldly, and material advantages he would have attracted people for the wrong reasons. If he had been an object of admiration, then people could have discounted his message. They could have said that it is all right for him to make all the claims about God that he does because he is in possession of favorable circumstances. If only we had the advantages that he had, we could become as perfect as he was.

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August 28 2004 By virtueonline THE ARMOR OF GOD: The Shield of Faith

The Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066 was one of the most famous battles fought in England. Upon the death of King Edward the Confessor, the royal council, following the dying king’s request, named Harold, earl of Wessex, king. William, Duke of Normandy had been designated Edward’s successor, and had secured Harold’s agreement to his accession to the throne of England. On hearing of Harold’s action he gathered an army of 15,000 men to enforce his rival claim.

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August 13 2004 By virtueonline THE ARMOR OF GOD. The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

St. Paul urges us: “Stand firm then … with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6:15)

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August 08 2004 By virtueonline Continuity and Surprise

My parents were not much interested in their antecedents. When I Asked them questions about the family they gave vague answers that obscured rather than illuminated. It made me wonder whether I was descended from a long line of undesirables! But I doubt whether they were that interesting.

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