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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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April 02 2009 By virtueonline CHRIST CRUCIFIED

Why is it central to the Christian faith?

Because it was the destiny of Jesus.

Why was it the destiny of Jesus?

Because it was the only way God could obtain our salvation.

Why was it the only way he could obtain our salvation?

Because out of love for us he took upon himself the penalty for our sins.

Why did he have to take upon himself the penalty for our sins?

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March 24 2009 By virtueonline DELIVERANCE FROM FEAR

Are you experiencing any of these things? Fear, anxiety attacks, depression, are common maladies in our world. We are supposed to be on top of things all the time, but the reality is that most of us fight fear, worry and depression. We need all the help we can get to battle an attitude of fear.

How do you deal with your fears? St. Paul addresses this problem with the promises of Romans 8 - the hope chapter of the Bible.

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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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