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March 19 2009 By virtueonline THE WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT - Ted Schroder

to change you. If you can look back

with firm eyes,

saying this is where I stand.

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March 18 2009 By virtueonline The Positive Pursuit of God's Best

It really is such a simple principle. If you join any group, be it a country club or the Boy Scouts or a college fraternity or a swim team or whatever, there are certain rules and standards which govern that group as a whole. The breaking of those rules or the disregarding of those standards may result in disciplinary measures or even complete disqualification and eventual expulsion from the group should the disciplinary measures fail to achieve conformity.

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March 01 2009 By virtueonline EVERYTHING HAS ITS PRICE - Ted Schroder

St. Paul makes it very clear. "Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation - but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live." (Romans 8:12,13)

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February 27 2009 By virtueonline A means of grace - Ian Hunter

But there is another, everyday kind of austerity that Christians find leads to virtue. It is the austerity of self-sacrifice. Why do Christians believe and teach that self-sacrifice is virtuous? Because they were so told by Christ himself.

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February 23 2009 By virtueonline ASH WEDNESDAY 2009

Nevertheless, all of us have to make the natural transition to the future life through the grave and gate of death. The good news of Jesus should take the fear of death away, because we look forward to the next stage of a greater life. "Since we are made of flesh and blood, it's logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue us by his death.

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February 07 2009 By virtueonline THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

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January 30 2009 By virtueonline THE MIND OF THE SPIRIT

Their power of reason should not be abused by religious or political mystique that stunts the reason. He saw some forms of Christianity, and particularly the effects of John Wesley's preaching, as a form of neurotic hysteria, which, however, were socially beneficial. He did not rule out that the Holy Spirit could make use of the human nervous system to strengthen faith. His aim was to reduce the mystery from God's work by explaining it in terms of biology.

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January 26 2009 By virtueonline NO CONDEMNATION - Ted Schroder

Anyone who is aware of God's pattern for our lives, of what we are meant to be, by reading the Scriptures, and looking at the life of the perfect Man, Jesus Christ, realizes how far short from that ideal is the reality of our daily life. Our conscience accuses us, our relationships bear witness to misunderstanding, lack of love, insensitivity, and just plain hurtfulness and disappointment.

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January 26 2009 By virtueonline The Christian Doctrine of Hope

1. The blessed hope of the personal return of Christ. (Titus 2:19)

2. The resurrection of the body in a glorified new form, never again subject to sickness, weakness, or death. (Acts 23:6)

3. The restoration of loved ones who have fallen asleep/died in Christ. (1Thessalonians 4:13-18)

4. Fellowship with converts and other saints. (1Thessalonians 2:19)

5. Being presented spotless, 2Peter 3:14, and faultless, Jude 24, in unutterable glory, Colossians 1:27.

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January 17 2009 By virtueonline REAL HOPE

What is hope? It is not wishful thinking that hopes against hope for that which flies in the face of reality. It is not just optimism, which will not face up to sober evidence. It is not the same as expectation, which implies a high degree of certainty based upon what obviously is going to happen. "For in this hope we are saved. But hope which is seen is no hope at all." (Romans 8:24) We must have some basis, some reason, to hope. Hope must be rooted in reality.

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