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February 15 2006 By virtueonline ENTERING GOD'S REST

Genesis chapter two begins with these momentous words: "Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating he had done."

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February 07 2006 By virtueonline THE ULTIMATE AND THE INTIMATE

He addresses his people as the one who has not only created them, but also saved them from slavery. He is the Maker and the Redeemer, the Creator and the Savior. He doubly owns them by virtue of his original creation and his subsequent redemption of them. They are to have no other God except him. They owe everything to God. God is their source of life and salvation.

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February 01 2006 By virtueonline Reverence & Irreverence

Reverence is to be found in the humility which is characteristic of the prayer of Abraham: "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes." (Genesis 18:27) It is the hesitancy, the reticence, the stumbling prayer of the tax-collector, who, in contrast to the Pharisee who prayed about himself in a self-congratulatory way, would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, "God have mercy on me, a sinner." Jesus commended that man as j

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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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