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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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November 05 2005 By virtueonline THE SECRET OF BEING CONTENT

Contentment was a virtue to be prized in the ancient world. In the moral philosophy of Stoicism the ability to be content became the essence of all virtues. One was content when one lived according to that which suited one's nature. Stoics prided themselves in becoming independent of things and relying on themselves or in submitting to the lot meted out by the gods. However such a philosophy required education and affluence. It was made famous by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

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October 23 2005 By virtueonline JOHN WESLEY ON MONEY

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, preached a wealth of words about money. Wesley made enormous sums from the sale of his writings. In an age when a single man could live comfortably on $60 a year, his annual income reached $2,800. As a child Wesley had known grinding poverty. Samuel Wesley, his father, was the Anglican rector in one of England's lowest paying parishes, and he had nine children to feed and clothe.

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October 15 2005 By virtueonline THE HOUSE OF GOD, THE GATE OF HEAVEN

"Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set." (Genesis 28:10,11) Jacob was on a journey, seeking a wife, and the blessing that God had given Abraham. He reached a 'certain place.' We have reached a certain place in our lives. We have stopped here because the day is ending. Most of us have reached a certain time in our lives, when we are of a certain age.

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October 07 2005 By virtueonline THE PROBLEM OF SUFFERING

"Not for me - not yet. Not much," I said. "But my small happiness and small unhappiness - that's all irrelevant,' I continued.

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October 01 2005 By virtueonline THE JESUS WAY - by Ted Schroder

He maintains that it is 'only when we do the Jesus truth in the Jesus way do we get the Jesus life.' We can know all about the truth of the Gospel, and we can try all we like to live as a Christian, but unless we let Jesus live through us, we are off base. This, he says, he hasn't found to be easy.

The reason it isn't easy is because there are two things absolutely basic to the Christian life that are counter to most things North American.

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September 24 2005 By virtueonline THE BASIC CONDITION FOR ANSWERED PRAYER

“I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13,14)

The basic condition of answered prayer is to ask in the name of Jesus. That surely does not mean merely adding the phrase, “in Jesus’ name” to the end of our prayers. He is not encouraging the use of a magic phrase to unlock the gates of heaven. What then does that mean? Listen again:

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September 22 2005 By virtueonline DELIVER US FROM EVIL - by Ted Schroder

Some translate this phrase as "Deliver us from the Evil One," in the sense of the Devil, the personal power of evil. St. Paul reminds us that "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:12) This is a recognition that behind all evil stands spiritual forces that opposed the loving purposes of God.

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