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November 11 2010 By virtueonline WHERE HAPPINESS AND FULFILMENT IS FOUND - Genesis 2:4-15

We know that life is not perfect in this world, and can never be so. Utopia is a false dream. Political attempts at utopian social engineering are bound to fail. Ideological blueprints may work in theory but never seem to succeed in human experience. There are too many variables to consider, too many unintended consequences to solve. One man's program becomes another's burden. One gains at the other's expense.

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October 28 2010 By virtueonline COMPLETION AND REST (Genesis 2:1-3)

When God had finished the work of creating, he rested. What does that mean? John Calvin comments: "It is certain that since God sustains the world by his power, governs it by his providence, and cherishes and even propagates all creatures, he is constantly at work. If God should but withdraw his hand a little, all things would immediately perish and dissolve into nothing. So why does Moses say God rested?

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October 22 2010 By virtueonline THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD

"God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'" (Genesis 1:27,28)

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October 14 2010 By virtueonline THE BIG PICTURE (Genesis 1:1-25)

We can get overwhelmed with the immediate by not having the perspective the big picture can give us. Genesis 1 gives us the big picture of creation through building one layer upon another from the perspective of this earth.

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October 08 2010 By virtueonline GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH (Genesis 1:1)

Do you consider yourself "a random collection of molecules...the end process of a mindless process"? If so, nothing that you do really matters. No wonder morality and civility is under attack in our culture. This kind of teaching is ultimately destructive of personal relationships, marriage, family and civil society. It is nothing new. Those who think that recent scientific discoveries have created a new intellectual environment are ignorant of history.

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September 30 2010 By virtueonline IN THE BEGINNING GOD...(Genesis 1:1): Why I Believe in God

You cannot argue people into believing in God. You cannot prove the existence of God, although there are many philosophical proofs for its probability. Ultimate questions require faith because there is a limit to rationality. The eternal requires infinite categories. "Anyone who comes to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." (Hebrews 11:6) However, if I were asked why I believed in God I would give these reasons.

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September 25 2010 By virtueonline IN THE BEGINNING (Genesis 1:1)

John's gospel makes this clear in an echo of Genesis 1:1. "In the beginning was the Word." (John 1:1) God spoke the cosmos into being: "And God said". In his all-powerful Word, God created. This world was created by the Word, why? So that the Word could become flesh and dwell amongst us, and reveal the glory of the Father, full of grace and truth. (Genesis 1:14) Creation is connected and fulfilled in the Incarnation, in the revelation of Christ, for our salvation.

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September 16 2010 By virtueonline GENESIS AND SCIENCE

There is theological truth, truth about God and his work, and empirical truth, truth about nature. The former comes through inspired revelation, and the latter by experiment and observation. The scriptures teach one kind of truth, and science another. Both truths derive from God and yet they cannot be measured by the same standard or criteria. They are incommensurable: having no common measure or standard of comparison. They are as different as seeing yourself in a video or an MRI.

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July 31 2010 By virtueonline THE SECRET OF SATISFACTION

Jesus drew upon this history when he fed the five thousand with five loaves and two small fish. People started to follow him because they ate the loaves and were looking to him to fill their bellies, to meet their physical needs. He told them, "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you...I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the true bread from heaven.

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July 25 2010 By virtueonline THE SPIRIT-INSPIRED WORDS - Ted Schroder

The whole Bible unfolds the divine scheme of salvation from the beginning of creation, the chosen people and the promised Messiah. Since salvation is through the Savior, Christ Jesus, the Bible focuses its attention upon Christ.

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