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June 18 2005 By virtueonline REVELATION FOR TODAY - by Ted Schroder

When we read it with this understanding we find that it gives us a picture of eternity and the kingdom of heaven to encourage us on our journey through time, a picture of Jesus Christ and his lordship over history, and it reveals the real nature of the opposition to the gospel which people of Christian faith have to confront and overcome in their lives.

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June 14 2005 By virtueonline TAKE COURAGE

Later, in policing up Treptow’s personnel effects, a diary was found in his blood-stained blouse. Written in Treptow’s own hands were the words entitled, My Pledge, words that serve as a memorial to the price he paid. "America shall win the war. Therefore, I will work. I will save. I will sacrifice. I will endure. I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the whole issue of the struggle depended on my alone."

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June 02 2005 By virtueonline Blessing and Curse

If you walked into Office Depot in ancient Baghdad, you could pick up a CD-ROM with templates containing forms for legal documents in case you wanted to make up your will or compose an important letter. Undoubtedly among them would be a template for covenants.

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May 25 2005 By virtueonline A TESTIMONY TO ALL THE NATIONS

The equivalent of Memorial Day in New Zealand was Anzac Day, named after the Australia & New Zealand Army Corps, which fought together in World War I. It was celebrated on April 25, the day in 1915 when the ANZACS were landed at the Gallipoli peninsula to capture that part of Turkey, so that the Allies could occupy Constantinople, secure the Suez Canal, establish safe routes to Russia, prevent Bulgaria from entering into the war, and relieve the Western front in France and Belgium.

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The revelation of the God of the Bible is the self-disclosure in history of one, universal God who was neither a willful tyrant to be avoided, nor a carnivorous predator to be appeased, nor a remote abstraction to be safely ignored. Human beings were not the playthings of the gods or the passive victims of Fate, but the beloved children of God who were partners in God's enterprise in history.

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May 21 2005 By virtueonline Why What We Believe About God is Crucial

In the classical world of Greece, Rome and Israel, the gods or Fate, played games with people, often with lethal consequences, as the Greeks and the Trojans discovered in Homer’s Iliad, and Odyssey. The prophets of Israel fought against a view of the gods that celebrated fertility cults and demanded child sacrifices.

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May 11 2005 By virtueonline The Unpredictable, Inexplicable, Uncontrollable Presence

Could this not have been what the apostles’ experienced on that day of Pentecost in Jerusalem? They were meeting in fellowship and prayer when the presence of God was experienced as the blowing of a violent wind which filled the house, and filled them. God was recreating them.

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May 08 2005 By virtueonline The Ascension of Jesus - The Relationship of Time & Eternity

Thus prayed St. Bernard of Clairvaux in the eleventh century. He is referring to St. Luke's account of the Ascension at the end of his Gospel and in the first chapter of Acts. "He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking into the sky?

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April 29 2005 By virtueonline YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

Jesus would also fulfill the vocation of the suffering servant through fulfilling the Father's will. "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations." (Isaiah 42:1)

As a servant he will fulfill the will of the Father. "I seek not to please myself but him who sent me." (John 5:30) "Here I am, I have come to do your will." (Hebrews 10:9)

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April 29 2005 By virtueonline Your Will Be Done On Earth As It Is In Heaven

This was the prayer of Mary after the angel Gabriel had revealed to her the will of God in bearing his son Jesus. “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38) Mary became the bearer of the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of the living God because she prayed that God’s will might be done in her life. Her life, and the life of the world, was transformed because she lived that prayer.

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