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January 06 2007 By virtueonline SURRENDER - by Ted Schroder

What does it mean to bow down and worship Jesus? To worship is to give the highest place. The first commandment states that "You shall have no other gods before me." The second states about idols that: "You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God." (Exodus 20:3,5) Worship is pure adoration, the lifting up of the redeemed spirit toward God in contemplation of his holy perfection. It is to express the worth of the one worshipped.

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January 04 2007 By virtueonline "WHEN THE TIME HAD FULLY COME" - by Peter Cook

As John puts it: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." And yet this same "Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father." God's Word both incarnate, and Word proclaimed. A Word with the power to create a new name which Isaiah had promised God would one day announce. We are now children of God.

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December 30 2006 By virtueonline INSPIRATION FOR THE NEW YEAR

Recently I have been impressed by the example of Art Linkletter. American Profile on November 26 featured a cover story by Paulette Cohn entitled, "Aging With Dignity: Art Linkletter is a model for growing old gracefully." He turned 94 last July. Famous from his television shows in the 50's and 60's he has co-authored his own new book on aging, "How To Make The Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life", with Mark Victor Hansen. Linkletter's life is an inspiration.

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December 30 2006 By virtueonline LOVE IS PATIENT

Since love is the nature of God, love comes from God. We know what love is from who God is and what he does. Therefore our understanding of patience is to be derived from our understanding of the patience of God.

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December 16 2006 By virtueonline FAITHFUL JOSEPH OF NAZARETH

After having made his decision to end the relationship, he goes to bed that night. He dreams vividly about what Mary had told him. It seems that an angel of the Lord is speaking to him. He is addressed by his patronymic, 'son of David', reminding him of his royal lineage. The Messiah is supposed to come from his line. He is aware of the prophecies about a Savior who will come who will reign over the house of David forever.

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December 11 2006 By virtueonline MARY AND ELIZABETH

Why did she take off on such a journey at that time? St. Matthew tells us that, when he discovered that Mary was with child that he was going to divorce her, but an angel appeared to him in a dream and revealed to him her divine vocation. We read that he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth.

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December 06 2006 By virtueonline SPEAKING OF ADVENT - Peter J.A. Cook

That's true. Many Christians have stopped speaking of sin, judgment and the need for repentance. When they think of God they go straight for grace - forgiveness, maybe later. That's why the parable of the prodigal son is such a favorite. It assures us that no matter what we have done, our heavenly father always stands with arms wide open to receive us.

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December 03 2006 By virtueonline A BRAVE MAN - by Ted Schroder

When he grew to maturity John was summoned by the word of God to preach a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, in the desert by the river Jordan. Crowds traveled from Jerusalem, attracted by this strange man, who was clothed in camel's hair (not Brooke's Brothers), like his predecessor Elijah, existing on a diet of locusts and wild honey.

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November 30 2006 By virtueonline CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY

We live in a world where truth has lost its wholeness. It lies fractured and broken amidst us. Despite the best efforts of all the king's horses and all the king's men, no one assumes that Truth can ever, like humpty dumpty's fall from the wall, be put back together again.

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November 26 2006 By virtueonline JOY OF EVERY LONGING HEART

The Old Testament looked forward with longing for the fulfillment of the prophecies of a new age where the forces of darkness would be dispelled by the light of the world. Charles Wesley expressed it in his hymn,

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,

Born to set Thy people free;

From our fears and sins release us;

Let us find our rest in Thee.

Israel's strength and consolation,

Hope of all the earth Thou art;

Dear Desire of ev'ry nation,

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