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Obedience to God

Promoting Obedience to God and the Preeminence of Jesus Christ as Revealed in the Holy Bible

Refuting the atheistic, agnostic, materialistic, and humanistic cultures.

Introduction

Jesus never said it would be easy. In fact, He said it would be difficult. In John 15:20, Jesus says, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” Furthermore, 2nd Timothy 3:12-13 says, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” Doesn’t this last verse ring true, considering the present state of the world? Matters have gotten worse, and Christians are persecuted more than ever before for proclaiming the Good News and upholding God’s law. We truly live in a world of darkness, where enemies conspire against us for following God. Jesus knew this would happen, as he said, “They hated me without reason” (John 15:25).

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Gates of Biblical City Unearthed – Site of Jesus' Miracle of Feeding 5000

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The city gate at Bethsaida/Zer, Israel. Courtesy of The International Studies and Programs | Bethsaida Excavations Project
And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. – Mark 8:22 (ESV)

Local authorities in Israel’s northern Golan Heights region reported a major find by archaeologists in recent weeks. The entrance gate of a large fortified city just north of the Sea of Galilee has been excavated, leading some to claim it is additional evidence supporting the site being Bethsaida, the city of three of Jesus’ disciples and associated with his famous miracle of the loaves and fishes. The early phase of the city may also have an intriguing connection to the Bible’s King David, who reigned around 1000 BC.

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Commiserating with Lot

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Terry James | Terry James Prophecy Line

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is the story of a man–but it is much more. It is a story of mankind.

The man is Abraham’s nephew, Lot, who chose to take the greener pasture when his uncle gave him the choice. That greener pasture was, of course, the land of Sodom and Gomorrah. It was much more appealing in lushness and the entertainment and other attractions it apparently offered.

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I Never Thought I Would See the Day (Part 2)

The Resistance

By Jan Markell

Last November I wrote an article listing a number of things I didn't think I would see in my lifetime. Prophecy Update even turned it into a short video that almost 200,000 people have viewed.

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What Does the Bible Say About Illegal Immigration?

Content submitted byJoe Rogowski, VCA Board Member

content from Got Questions

Answer: Note: We wholeheartedly believe that Christians are called to be compassionate and merciful toward immigrants (Exodus 22:21; Leviticus 19:33–34; Matthew 25:35). We also believe that the United States should have a more compassionate and merciful immigration policy. However, that is not the question at hand. The question at hand concerns illegal immigration—whether it is wrong to violate a nation’s borders and transgress its immigration laws.

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Linda’s Lessons Learned: Colorado Baker Jack Phillips - A Modern Day Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

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Linda Wall

If the three names Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego do not ring a bell in your mind, the account of their day to fame can be found in the third chapter of the book of Daniel. For Christians, these are three of our predecessors who were thrown in a fiery furnace because they refused to obey a government law that violated the laws of the Living God.

This week every news blip, blog and commentary gave their twist and slant on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Colorado baker. What would you have done if you had been in the baker’s shoes? Would you have denied the Lord by making the wedding cake for two men or would you have said, “No”?

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Linda’s Lessons Learned: Please You Send Three Postcards for Philip?

Linda Wall

Phillip Zodhiates webAnother Virginian (must read the first here)  under Christian persecution in the Lisa Miller Case is Philip Zodhiates.

I had never met him until last weekend when I had lunch with him and his wife. As I sat across from them in the restaurant, it did not take long to determine these were “real Christians” - those who practice their faith outside of the sanctuary.

For this, Philip has been sentenced to two concurrent 3-year prison sentences. 

Despite the fact that the United States Constitution guarantees the freedom to exercise one’s religion, Philip is facing imprisonment for giving a mom and her daughter a ride from Lynchburg, Virginia to Buffalo, New York.

He is charged with aiding and abetting in international kidnapping for helping a fellow sister in the Lord with a ride. 

Philip Zodhiates is presently out on bail awaiting an appeals court hearing on April 9.

A postcard campaign has been launched in an effort to bring this injustice to the attention of President Trump, Vice President Pence and Attorney General Sessions. Will you click on the following link, download and mail the three postcards? Print pages 1 and 2 front to back on cardstock. https://tinyurl.com/yaz54p5k

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Holy Week Review: Day by Day

As Easter is a day behind us, the question arises: What just happened?  Easter comes and goes year after year, but should it be merely an annual event?  What happened DAY BY DAY from Palm Sunday until "Easter"?   Take time to see the following short videos that cover that time period.

Palm Sunday:

In this video, we begin a week-long study on the final days of Christ. By Friday, Jesus will be crucified, but truly His last days were no less difficult. Through this video series, I hope that we can all grow closer to His heart and truly understand the suffering of our Savior.

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The Most Important Event in Our Lives

We were given the wonderful gift of life but we are born with an inherited sinful nature passed on to us by our forefathers.

Continuing to live with this sinful nature can have devastating eternal consequences particularly at our death, unless we have a spiritual experience called ‘being born again’.

This spiritual event involves Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and what he did for us. We can answer God’s calling by repenting for the sins we have committed, acknowledge Him and ask by faith and trust that God will forgive us. He does this by pouring our sins into Jesus and in exchange God’s goodness is poured in to us, the born-again experience. God’s Holy Spirit now dwells in us, we are not our own, we belong to Him.

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Crossroads: Entertaining Ourselves to Death, High Impact Audio

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“Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”  (Prov. 4:23)

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6)

“I will put no wicked thing before my eyes, and I hate the work of evil people who put it there.  I will have no part of it.”  (Ps. 101:3)

  “Whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable, if there is any excellence or anything worthy of praise, think on these things.”  (Philippians 4:8)

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, and acceptable, and perfect.”  (Romans 12:2)

“The Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land because there is no truth, no mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.  They have sowed the wind and shall reap the whirlwind.  Therefore, the land is in mourning.”  (Hosea 4:1-3; 8:7)

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How Could This Happen in America?

Our Crossroads program this weekend will focus first of all on three horrific events that reflect the gravity of moral decline and decay in our culture today and which set two new records for deadly violence in America.   (click here for mp3 Audio)

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Martin Sheen reveals wife was conceived in rape, talks about ‘strong’ anti-abortion views

Martin Sheen 810 500 55 s c1DUBLIN, April 12, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Well-known for his role as President Bartlet in the television drama “The West Wing,” actor Martin Sheen, born Ramon Estevez, has given an interview in which he reveals the startlingly personal reasons for his ‘strong’ anti-abortion stance. In the interview he also discusses his Catholic faith, which he says includes praying the Rosary, belief in transubstantiation, and the communion of saints.

Sheen, a complex character whose Catholic devotional life and pro-life views have not stopped him from backing the presidency of Barack Obama, was interviewed by Gay Byrne; the interview was released on Irish broadcaster RTE’s website April 3.

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Why Christians Should Oppose Expanding Medicaid

Pastors Network

1) The Church’s duty. God calls the family and the Church – not the State – to care for the sick and the poor among us. Rather than living out God’s command to care for the sick and the poor, Christians who support a massive expansion of the Medicaid welfare program in Virginia are illegitimately ceding their own responsibility to the State.

2) Government replaces the Church. The State’s expansion of Medicaid would be a further usurpation of the Church’s exclusive God-given mission to care for the sick and the poor. In doing so, the State minimizes an essential function of the Church in society by depriving the Church of many of its best opportunities to serve the least of these in order to meet both their physical and spiritual needs.

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March 18th, Richmond VA: Special Showing of PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST at Virginia Christian Alliance

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Sunday, March18th at 4:30 to 6 pm.
Seating is limited!
Please RSVP to don@vachristian.org
Virginia Christian Alliance
8659 Staples Mill Road
Henrico, Virginia 23228

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell.

But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians and does not flinch from executing them in the riskiest ways possible. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.

Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten... and if he has the strength to finish well.

Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.

 

 

 

 



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