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March 03 2007 By virtueonline LOVE KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS

Inheritance can foster much resentment between family members. But love can prevent and heal resentment. Nowhere is this truth better expounded than in the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). The younger son asked his father to give him his share of the estate. So the father divided his property between his sons. The younger son squandered his wealth in wild living.

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February 24 2007 By virtueonline LOVE IS NOT EASILY ANGERED

We recognize that life does not go smoothly. We take into consideration that interruptions will occur, that other people's agendas and needs will compete with ours. We do not plan each moment of our day as though we have complete freedom to do what we alone want to do. We live in community. Other events, accidents, emergencies, telephone calls, emails, requests for our attention, will occur. We are not lone rangers, flying solo, with no one to please but ourselves.

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February 21 2007 By virtueonline LENT, Ash Wednesday - by Ted Schroder

A theologian friend of mine (Paul Zahl, in his book, Grace in Practice, from which this article is extracted) maintains that there are three ways to empty a room. The first was to mention 'original sin.' The second was to refer to 'total depravity.' The third was to say that he did not believe in free will. Each of these expressions, especially the third, which is a negation, was sufficient to give him all the elbow room in the world.

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February 17 2007 By virtueonline LOVE IS NOT SELF-SEEKING

How do we reconcile this way of life with proper self-love that affirms our own worth? Are we not meant to seek the fulfillment of our own potential, the realization of our personal identity and destiny? Is life not a matter of finding out who we really are and becoming what we are created to be? How is love for others compatible with this search?

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February 05 2007 By virtueonline LOVE IS NOT RUDE

It is possible to be so self-absorbed, so focused on one's agenda, one's to-do list, that the needs of others are ignored. The Type A individual who is task-oriented does not stop to think how rude he can appear to others as he rushes by on his way to achieve his goals. The person who is in the middle of a project does not realize how his irritation at being interrupted is apparent to others who need his help.

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February 02 2007 By virtueonline LOVE IS NOT ARROGANT

In 1 Cor.8:1,2 he says, "knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know." The person who thinks he is something is a windbag, full of airs but of no substance. Whereas the person who loves others builds them up, edifies them, and leaves them for the better.

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January 26 2007 By virtueonline LOVE DOES NOT BOAST

As the Bride of Christ we are grateful for his love, for his choosing us in love, for providing for us now and in our future, for making us part of his divine life. Because of this identity, we know who we are, and we rejoice in the privileges of our position. We are his family, his household, with constant access into his hospitable presence.

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January 15 2007 By virtueonline LOVE IS KIND - by Ted Schroder

"God's kindness!" This is the quality of kindness that St. Paul talks about as descriptive of love: God is love, love is kind. God demonstrates his loving-kindness to us in what he has done for us in Christ.

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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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