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VCA News: New Sign, Come See Us!

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 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.

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Six Reasons Marriages Fail: Reason 6: Life-dominating Sin

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         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.

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Six Reasons Marriages Fail: Reason 4: In-laws

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      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.

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Six Reasons Marriages Fail: Number 5: Religion

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      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.

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Six Reasons Marriages Fail: Reason 3: Sex

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      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.

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