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January 03 2009 By virtueonline GET WISDOM, GET UNDERSTANDING

There is enough blame to go around. Most want to claim that it is the fault of someone else. Some economists think that if governments follow their advice and enact their solutions, that all would be well. But we have learned that life is much more complicated than they think.

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December 27 2008 By virtueonline FOCUS ON THE FUTURE - Ted Schroder

What does the Gospel have to say to us as we face the future? Let me share with you a word from Jesus, and a word from the apostle Paul on this topic.

Jesus said, On the day that the "Son of Man is revealed...And you're out in the field, don't go back and get your coat. Remember what happened to Lot's wife. If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you'll lose it, but if you let that life go, you'll get life on God's terms." (Luke 17:30-33. The Message)

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December 21 2008 By virtueonline THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS - Ted Schroder

"Today, in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11)

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December 15 2008 By virtueonline YOU CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE: A Sermon for Third Advent, by Gary L'Hommedieu

There's a word to this kind of prophetic writing that projects God's final success onto the end of time: it's called "apocalyptic".

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December 05 2008 By virtueonline THE ADVENT MESSAGE

"After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." (NIV, Mark 1:7,8)

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November 30 2008 By virtueonline BEING PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE

We need to beware of the fallacy of the theory of uniformity. Uniformity presupposes that whatever happens today has always happened this way, and that we can anticipate the future in the light of the processes we see in the past. On the basis of uniformity it is said that the future will mirror the way things have always been. But the Bible is premised on something other than uniformity. The sovereign God of creation and salvation intervenes to disclose himself to the world.

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November 26 2008 By virtueonline REASONS FOR THANKSGIVING

As President, George Washington made the following proclamation and created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America:

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November 21 2008 By virtueonline SHARING

"All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them.

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October 16 2008 By virtueonline SOLID FAITH VERSUS LIQUID FEAR

We live in uncertain times. Nothing stays the same. Change is inevitable. We do not know what the future will bring. There will be a new occupant in the White House come January. The threat of recession looms over us. What should our attitude be in the face of all this uncertainty?

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October 09 2008 By virtueonline THE ANXIETY OF POVERTY - Ted Schroder

Jesus directs our attention to the birds of the air. What do we see when we look at them? What do they live on? The food they eat every day. They never know what they will eat tomorrow. They live from day to day. Jesus told us to pray for our daily bread, the bread that we need day by day. We are not told to pray for what we need tomorrow, but only for today. The answer to anxiety when we feel poor is that we must live in the present, and not in fear of the future.

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