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July 02 2009 By virtueonline CREATED EQUAL

Our human rights stem from our Christian faith. "The preciousness and equal worth of every human life is a Christian idea. Christians have always believed that God places infinite value on each human life He creates and that He loves each person equally." (What's So Great About Christianity, Dinesh D'Souza, 68)

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June 10 2009 By virtueonline THE HOPE OF GLORY - Ted Schroder

The word 'glory' carries with it associations of visible light and splendor - moral brilliance - as in the Transfiguration ("His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light." Matt.17:2), and on the Damascus Road ("I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me" Acts 26:13). The radiance was recognized as a symbol for spiritual glory - the thin place between heaven and earth denoting the presence of God.

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June 04 2009 By virtueonline THE GOD OF HOPE - Ted Schroder

J.B. Phillips in "Your God is Too Small" lists 13 destructive views of God. Our early conception of God is founded upon our experience of our parents. If there have been traumatic events, abuse, violence, or emotional absence, then we may view God as either indifferent to us or to be feared. If we were raised in stained-glass churches where worship was conducted in archaic language and old-fashioned music, then our view of God may be similarly colored.

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June 03 2009 By virtueonline Credo: How Jacob conquered the defining crisis of his life

The context is important: 22 years earlier Jacob had left home, fearing that his brother Esau, whose blessing he had taken, would kill him. Now he is returning, when he hears that Esau in on his way to meet him with a force of 400 men. Jacob, says the Bible, was "very afraid and distressed", an unusually emphatic phrase in a book that often tells us little about people's emotions.

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May 28 2009 By virtueonline PENTECOST - Ted Schroder

In the Christian church calendar it is the third great Christian festival after Christmas and Easter. The name "Whitsunday" came to be attached to it in Europe because of it being a major occasion for baptisms and confirmations, when the candidates were clothed in white. Churches termed Pentecostal emphasize the baptism of the Spirit as an experience separate from water baptism, and evidenced by speaking in tongues.

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May 23 2009 By virtueonline SUFFERING ON THE ROAD TO GLORY

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May 02 2009 By virtueonline CO-HEIRS WITH CHRIST - Ted Schroder

Life is a matter of receiving and releasing. We receive what we are given by our parents, teachers and mentors, and we release to our children, and other heirs, what we have acquired. As we age, we have to decide what to do with what we have. We have to plan to distribute our estate. Sometimes we resent having to do so. "I hated all the things I toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool?

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April 29 2009 By virtueonline HEIRS OF GOD - Ted Schroder

"The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God..." (Romans 8:16,17)

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April 11 2009 By virtueonline Christ Is Risen - Run Away

All well and good, except that ray of light and drink of pure, divine love revealed something ugly in her. But she did not flinch:

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April 09 2009 By virtueonline THE LORD'S SUPPER - Ted Schroder

There are four main themes to the meaning of the Communion service.

1. Remembrance.

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