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January 28 2006 By virtueonline IMAGES OF THE DIVINE

God is love - a passionate lover - who, in his fierce zeal to create and redeem his loved ones, does not want anything to come between him and them. He wants them to know him as he truly is. Anything less is a corruption. Although we talk about God in anthropomorphical terms: as Father, Bridegroom, Shepherd, Son, we know how limited those terms are for God is Spirit, and those who worship him must do so in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

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January 18 2006 By virtueonline THE VALUE OF THE COMMANDMENTS

However, since the twentieth century, and particularly the 1960's, the commandments have been criticized as restrictive of personal freedom. Love, rather than law, has been interpreted as freedom to do what one likes as long as it does not hurt someone else. But such freedom has ended up as a license to do what one wants without regard for others. It is time to review again the ten commandments to see how they are still valuable for us individually and as a society.

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December 21 2005 By virtueonline SEEING GOD - by Ted Schroder

Jesus is a window into God. He is the light of God who has come into the world to illuminate it, and who lets us see God. Through Christ coming in human form, God is suddenly made available for us in a new way. Many of us know what it is like to get up early in the morning, stepping out of bed into a dark room - when we open the curtains, the room is suddenly flooded with light and the outside world beckons to us.

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December 18 2005 By virtueonline ASLAN IS ON THE MOVE - By Ted Schroder

This state of affairs has been brought about by the White Witch, who terrorizes the inhabitants, and turns to stone any who thwart her will. But there is a prophecy that some day two Sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve will sit on four thrones and then it will be the end, not only of the White Witch's reign, but of her life.

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December 09 2005 By virtueonline THE LORD'S SERVANT - by Ted Schroder

Advent and Christmas is the season of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Over recent years her significance is being appreciated more and more, as we become more aware of the role of women in the Scriptures, and in the history of our salvation. St. Luke provides most of the material about the women in the life and ministry of Jesus.

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December 07 2005 By virtueonline PREPARATION FOR THE COMING - by Ted Schroder

I believe that Jesus Christ comes to us as a baby, as he was in Bethlehem, and therefore in all babies. He comes to us as a child, as he was in Nazareth, and therefore in all children. He comes to us as a loved one, as he was to his friends, and in all loved ones. He comes to us as a stranger, as he was to the Samaritan woman at the well, and in all strangers. He comes to us in the needy, as he asked her for a drink of water. He comes to us in the poor, as he had nowhere to lay his head.

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November 28 2005 By virtueonline THE DOORKEEPER - by Ted Schroder

"A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest –
and poverty will come on you like a bandit
and scarcity like an armed man." (Proverbs 6:10)

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November 18 2005 By virtueonline THE VALUE OF BEING DISCONTENT - by Ted Schroder

This was why I was dissatisfied with my sermon on contentment. I realized that I am not generally content. I am not always satisfied with who I am, or what I am doing. I am not always satisfied with the world in which I find myself. Yes, I enjoy what I do. Yes, I am happy in my marriage and family life. Yes, I look forward to most days. Yes, usually I am content in my job and my stage in life.

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November 14 2005 By virtueonline COMPLETING OUR ASSIGNMENT

At the Last Supper, after Judas had left the room to betray him, Jesus prayed. In his prayer he gave us an insight into his understanding of the significance of his life, and by so doing he gave us an understanding of the significance of our lives as well.. William Temple writes that John 17 is perhaps, "the most sacred passage even in the four Gospels - the record of the Lord's prayer of self-dedication as it lived in the memory and imagination of His most intimate friend."

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November 06 2005 By virtueonline REMEMBER ME

That is why many people want to become famous - so that they will be remembered. That is why buildings, and scholarships, and bridges, and parks, and roads, and lakes, and mountains, and schools are named for someone - so they will be remembered.

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