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April 15 2011 By virtueonline THE LOVE TRANSFER

Think about it. If you love a person whose life is all put together and has no major needs, it costs you nothing. It's delightful. There are probably four or five people like that where you live. You ought to find them and become their friend. But if you ever try to love somebody who has needs, someone who is in trouble or who is persecuted or emotionally wounded, it's going to cost you. You can't love them without taking a hit yourself.

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April 13 2011 By virtueonline The Palm Sunday Mistake

For you see, they had made the Messiah over in their own image. They had their own selfish definition of what it meant to be their Savior-Messiah-King. There was no true trust or submission. They wanted Him to be something and to do things which would make their own lives easier, right now. They wanted the Romans kicked out of Palestine; in this, who could blame them? They wanted the independent national sovereignty of Israel returned to them.

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April 01 2011 By virtueonline WALKING WITH GOD - Ted Schroder

The genealogy lists each generation, the years of their lives and their eventual death. "So and so lived so many years, and then he died." We know nothing of their character or accomplishments except for one - Enoch.

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March 31 2011 By virtueonline Faithful and just to forgive

The first question is, "faithful" to what or to whom?" The answer might truly astonish us, if we have never considered before the full implications of words by Saint Paul, "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."1 God is faithful to God, God is faithful to Man, and God is faithful to His own promise.

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March 28 2011 By virtueonline EARTHQUAKES AND SALVATION

When fault lines rupture, the stress is dislocated and spreads out to other faults, which pose varying risks of also splitting and producing more earthquakes. The shallower the hypocenter - the location beneath the earth - the greater the impact. In Christchurch there was a 17km-long rupture along the fault plane on a very steep angle, beginning at a depth of 3km and ending 12 km underground. There were buried and unrecognized faults in Canterbury.

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March 16 2011 By virtueonline CAIN AND ABEL

The trouble begins with Cain's relationship with the Lord. Cain brings some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord, while Abel brings the best of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord accepts Abel's offering but not Cain's. Why? Because, "by faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings." (Hebrews 11:4) That means that Cain's offering was inferior, it was token, it was unworthy.

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March 16 2011 By virtueonline True repentance - gracious pain

The ten spies who spread the bad report about the land were struck down by a plague - only Joshua and Caleb were spared because of their faithfulness and witness. When the people heard this they appeared to repent. They mourned bitterly. They felt remorse for their actions and attitudes. They even confessed their sin.

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March 10 2011 By virtueonline THE HUMAN PREDICAMENT

God has a plan and purpose for our lives. Yet, when we look at the world in which we live, and the seeming randomness, mess and suffering of life, we wonder how this can be. The story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3 tells us why this is so. It tells us what happened on the way to the fulfillment of God's plan and purpose. We, humans, when given the freedom to choose to fulfill the purpose of our creation, decided to go another way.

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March 03 2011 By virtueonline ENCOURAGEMENT IN SUFFERING

He proposed the establishment of the national mint and decimal coinage, an idea that was unique at the time. He gave up his home in Philadelphia to be the Executive Mansion for George Washington and John Adams 1790-1800.

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February 24 2011 By virtueonline PANDORA'S BOX

The physical becomes a sin when it controls us. All addictions are physical temptations. Drug, alcohol, sexual, and food addictions are a constant source of human self-destruction. Financial greed, the unbridled love of money, is the root of all evil. Physical, sexual and emotional abuse is the weapon of bullies.

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