Introduction: While there isn’t one “Christian” lifestyle, there are certain pathways a Christian should aspire towards in life. God asks this of us for His own glory and our own good. In this section, we will first discuss topics of daily life, such as our personal relationships and civility, looking to the Bible as our guide. Then, we will turn to characteristics of negative lifestyles, such as racist beliefs and behavior, vulgarity and obscenity, and body and mind abuse (smoking, alcohol, and drugs). We hope God will speak to you about His plan for your life and how that corresponds to living a healthy lifestyle as the Bible describes.
By Craig Johnson
This weekend marks the 88th anniversary of the birth of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929). It also marks the 119th anniversary of the famous letter, “J’accuse!” It was written by influential French writer, Emile Zola, and published in the French newspaper, L’Aurore, on January 13, 1898.
Zola wrote the open letter to Felix Faure, President of France. “J’accuse” is French for “I accuse”. Zola accused President Faure of antisemitism in the unfair charging and convicting of French Army staff officer Alfed Dreyfus. The charge was espionage, which carried a sentence of life in prison on the infamous South American penal colony, Devil’s Island. Since the letter’s publication, even in English speaking nations, “J’accuse!” has become synonymous with expressing outrage and accusation against the powerful.
Craig Johnson | Virginia Free Citizen
Last Monday, my good friend, Don Blake, asked me to participate in a local television interview with him about a racial video, entitled “Structural Discrimination,” which upset his granddaughter and other students at Glen Allen High School. Having handled hot topics in talk radio for years, I was happy to oblige.
After providing additional commentary on Fox News, the story gained national attention, and the video is now a worldwide viral sensation, which has been discussed on nearly every news program, throughout social media, and within many major publications.
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Is it unrealistic or unreasonable to think that professing Christians, reading the same passage of Scripture from the same translation, should come up with the same interpretation as to what is implied from that verse or passage?
In seminary I learned there are many translations of Scripture, but there is only one interpretation. I was taught words not only have a meaning they also have a usage.
Part 3: Know What Makes Your Wife Tick Not What Ticks Your Wife
Earlier in this study we acknowledged the fact stated in Genesis 2:24: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
It was also noted this newly God-created one flesh relationship was unique in that, except through marriage, no other such relationship exists among mankind.
It stands to reason, therefor, in marriage the male and female security and significance needs take on a new dimension. The husband and wife now must be equal supporters of each other’s needs.
It would be rational to expect anxiety, emotional outbursts, restlessness and memory loss in someone dealing with a drug addiction. But disturbing new research reveals that extended screen use – tablets, computers and smartphones – could rewire the brain, causing similar brain pathologies and psychiatric conditions in children and adults.
Carte Blanche meets tech expert Brad Huddleston, who appeals for balance in a rapidly-changing digital world.
Published in the Free Lance Star
The Bible, not justices, should define marriageCommenting on a recent letter to the Free Lance-Star by Michael Strobl , and other uninformed opinions concerning the pending Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriages.
The Supreme Court reveals an unbelievable arrogance in even considering same sex marriage. The Bible clearly establishes marriage in Genesis. God revealed that a man will leave his mother and father and cleave to his wife and they shall become one flesh. Every civilized nation since humans walked on the earth recognized the marriage of one man and one woman. We were founded as a Christian nation and for over 300 years it was widely accepted by American citizens.
Hate speech does not come from those who tell the truth. It comes from those who hate the truth and love a lie.
Using the civil rights struggle to promote the sexual appetites of the homosexual agenda is an affront to the dignity of black people. No other group in America has had to suffer the wicked injustices as did African blacks who were forced to provide hard labor with no compensation, and their American descendants.
VCA News – New Sign Goes Up!
At the end of October, 2014, VCA moved into its new office at 8659 Staples Mill Road in Richmond. It took awhile for the landlord to have a new sign made and installed. Three of the original founders stand in front of the new sign. Reverend Joe Ellison, VCA Founder Greene Hollowell, and VCA Chairman, Don Blake.
The new VCA office is about 100 yards from the original office location of six years. The new space has a larger, more private conference room, a full-size kitchen, and a meeting room that will seat at least 50 people very comfortably. The new space has already been used for group meetings, and plans are to make it available for other like-minded groups and church use.
Unfortunately, these may not be evident even in a close, long term dating relationship. Life-dominating sins can cause a person to adopt two or more private life styles which might very be successfully disguised even from the most observant.
Drinking, doing drugs and a fixation on pornography all have been discovered only after marriage.
As a Christian counselor I am often asked, “What are the most difficult issues you deal with in counseling?”
The most difficult issue is surprising to many who think Number One would be pornography. Pornography is the most insidious sin I deal with because it becomes so deeply controlling and those who indulge in this sin work overtime to disguise their involvement.
As noted in previous articles, Religion appearing as Reason 5 in this list of 6 Reasons Marriage Fail, does not pre-conclude it is the next to last reason marriages fail.
If there are any constant themes in Scripture, one of them is to marry someone of the same belief. This does not mean, however, that a Baptist should only marry a Baptist or a Methodist a Methodist. The culmination of this teaching is found in 2nd Corinthians 6:14 which simply says:
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?”
The Greek word yoked means literally to yoke up differently, that is, figuratively to associate discordantly.
It has been said evangelistic dating is the worst kind of evangelism and the worst kind of dating. There are better ways of winning the lost.
It was stated earlier in listing six reasons marriages fail each failing marriage has its Number One reason. Listing in-laws as the fourth reason doesn’t mean it ranks in fourth place. It could be Number One in some marriages.
I’ll launch this study with a question: In-laws or Out-laws?
The answer: That depends on several things not the least of which is how long the couple has known each other, and do they know each other’s families?
It is a sobering thought when engaged couples realize when they marry they are also marrying the entire family. Well, not exactly, but nevertheless a new relationship is entered into that encompasses more than just the couple.
As previously mentioned, this section of our discussion pertains to behavior within the realm of marriage. In pre-marital counseling I teach that engaged couples can practice all the aspects of marriage while dating – except living together and/or having a sexual relationship.
Overall we are looking at Six Reasons Marriages Fail. Thus far we have examined Role Reversal, Money and now Sex. We will conclude with In-laws, Religion and Life Dominating Sin.
Like money, sex is not the most important aspect of the marriage relationship; but it is a barometer concerning what is going on in a marriage relationship.