Refuting the atheistic, agnostic, materialistic, and humanistic cultures.
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).
Dr. Mark Beliles’ article on the recent presidential election gives us time to develop Christian leaders and urges us not to waste our votes.
Dr. Mark Beliles | ATC
The recent presidential election provided interesting insight into the impact of Christians. Trump's surprising victory with over 62.7 million votes was comprised of no less than 43 million Christians - over two thirds of his total votes! Of these, about 24 million votes were from white Evangelicals, 15 million were from white Catholics, and 4 million were from Hispanic and Black Christians. About half as many Christians voted for Clinton and of these about half were white Catholics and the other half were Blacks and Hispanics. Of her 65.4 million votes only about a third were Christians (and only about a 9 million were Evangelicals).
The ratio among Evangelicals (black and Hispanic included) is about 3 to 1, and among all Christians (including Catholics) is about 2 to 1 in favor of Trump. The gap of over 20 million Christian votes in favor of Trump and the Republican Party far exceeds any other demographic advantage by far, and in the battleground states, the turnout of Christian voters was even higher than in other areas and especially explains how Trump won the most electoral votes.
Easter weekend is over, we’ve eaten too many chocolate eggs, and now it’s time to get back to the grind. Well, at least Jason ate too many eggs.
The Mondays after holiday weekends are usually the hardest ones, because all the festivities and fun have come to an end – and the boss needs that report done, your son needs help with his homework, your daughter is late for soccer practice and the news of the day just seems so bad all the time. Dang, where is the hope?
There’s just a lot going on in life, and it can really get you down, if you don’t fully understand what we just celebrated.
Easter is far more than a tradition to be venerated. It’s a truth to be celebrated – a truth that will set our hearts free to live in total victory, no matter what’s going on around us.
A tribute to Virginia Christian Alliance Advisor Board Member Harry H. Hanger, Jr., aged 65 of Chesterfield who went to be with the Lord on April 14th, 2017 after a courageous battle with ALS:
Harry and his wife, Elaine, have been part of the VCA family from its beginning 8+ years ago. Elaine was a founding Board Member. Harry and Elaine were living examples of a Christian couple. Truly they were role models to all who knew them.
We shall all miss Harry and we will continue our prayers for Elaine and the family..Don Blake, VCA Chairman
His obituary as posted in the Richmond Times Dispatch and listed here:
HANGER, Harry H. Jr., 65, of Chesterfield, went to be with the Lord on Good Friday, April 14, 2017, after a courageous battle with ALS.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; three children and their spouses, eight grandchildren, and three older sisters.
His faith in the Lord gave him strength throughout his life and inspired those who knew him. "Poppie," as he was known by his children and grandchildren, loved his family and provided a wonderful legacy of faith, character, and love.
Don Wildmon Speech "That's What Christians Do Now"
In 1973 the Supreme Court said it was OK to kill unborn babies. Since then, we have killed more than the entire population of Canada. And it continues. A woman's choice? Half of those who have died in their mothers' wombs have been women. They didn't have a choice. It is called abortion.
Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.
First it was in dingy, dirty theaters. Then, convenience stores. Then, grocery stores. Then on television. Now it is in the homes of millions via the Internet. It is called pornography.
Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.
Given all of the discussion today about our ‘rights’ to things such as healthcare, education, a job, etc.; I think it is appropriate we look at exactly what our role is in creation. What we own, what we owe, and what we are responsible for. We seem to have forgotten much, even within many of our churches.
Jonathan Edwards stated that the creator of something is also its governor. As one had the power to create, they also had the power to change and/or to end. There is only one assumption being made for this article, and that is that God has created everything that has ever been created (see below). I believe this, and it is not a stretch. It’s an act of faith, but it is the only rational assumption one can make. There is simply no other philosophic thought or framework that can truly explain existence, morality, or knowledge - take your pick. You have also been given the gift of free will—freedom—by Him as well.
So what did our Creator create? From Genesis, chapter 1;
By Andrea Philips
First published on Return to Order
On Ash Wednesday Catholics proclaim their Faith in the public square as they go about marked with a black cross.
Still, as praiseworthy as it is for Catholics to uphold the feast of Ash Wednesday by making a point of receiving ashes, it can easily become merely a pious habit, “something we Catholics do.”
Yet, like everything in our Catholic Faith, the liturgical feast of Ash Wednesday and the custom of ashes has a rich history, deep meaning and rich symbolism.
The custom initiated back in the early Middle Ages when repentant public sinners submitted to forty days of penance. The bishop blessed the hairshirts, and the ashes which, after biblical penitential custom, were poured over the sinners’ heads. In time, all Christians whether public or private sinners, wished to benefit from the practice.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of Lent symbolic of the forty days Our Lord fasted in the desert. Occuring forty six days before Easter, it is consequently moveable-as early as Februay 4 and as late as March 10.
Virginia Christian Alliance
Recently, while attending a funeral for a Catholic friend, Don Blake, President and Chairman of the Virginia Christian Alliance, noticed some pamphlets that reflected on the upcoming period of Lent, which is commonly celebrated by Catholics in preparation for Christendom’s most holy time of the year, Easter.
Liking what he read in the pamphlets, Don then called me, an evangelical, cradle Catholic and one of VCA’s board members, to discuss the concepts of Lent as outlined in those pamphlets. Don, whose work with VCA has created an ecumenically diverse Board and members, felt it might be useful to take up a similar approach to honoring and acknowledging our Lord’s sacrifice by highlighting an idea for contemplation each of the six weeks leading up to Easter. This is the first of six.
Letter to the Editor:
At last a Religious Official that is willing to up hold God’s laws concerning sexual deviancy. Congratulations to Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo who stood down a Catholic committee that would have allowed a homosexual to serve in a key position.
The homosexual ‘steamroller’ that has buffaloed all major businesses and States in compliance with their agenda has also silenced most pastors who fear to make mention of them.
I know of Catholics that are urging Bishop DiLorenzo to take action on Democrat Senator Tim Kaine who is a member of the Richmond Diocese. Kaine, who is an honored man, champions positions that are in opposition to the BIBLE and Catholic law- homosexual marriage, allowing homosexuals to adopt children, transgender outrages and abortion.
Kaine claims he is against the killing of babies as in abortion but he is hypocritical in his supporting votes for abortion rights. Senator Kaine is probably President Obama’s key supporter for these assaults against God’s commands, second only, maybe, to Senator Harry Reid. These may be the reasons he was chosen to run as Vice President to extend Obama’s legacy.
Greene Hollowell Richmond, VA
This LTE was published in the Mineral Daily News Tribune as well.
On Tuesday, Sept 27 from noon to 1:30 a good size group of Richmond Diocese Catholics gathered at the Diocese offices on Parham Rd to petition Bishop DeLorenzo to follow Canon Law 915 in regards to Virginia Senator and candidate for vice president Tim Kaine.
When people started to arrive a Henrico police officer informed everyone they were not allowed to park in the Diocese lot. The officer monitored the group the whole time. A package containing a letter and petition addressed to Bishop DeLorenzo was not accepted by Diocese staff, who also rejected the TV 29 reporter.
News reports below detail Kaine’s grave sin and violation of Canon 915 and photos of the protest follow. SEE VIDEO from Channel 29
Letter to the Editor:
In the Supreme Court brief against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) it stated that Gay men and Lesbians were portrayed as Mentally Unstable, Sexually Promiscuous and Morally Deficient.
If you viewed a Gay Pride parade you would have to agree about the participants being mentally unstable.
If you were knowledgeable about public solicitation and glory holes there would be no disagreement about them being sexually promiscuous.
If you ever viewed the videos on the San Francisco bath houses you would have no questions concerning being morally deficient. (The bath houses were eventually closed down as a public danger and nuisance.)
Don Blake and Dean Nelson (VA Christian Alliance)
Appreciated: Great Awakenings Past
Is it time for another Great Awakening in America? For example, the First Great Awakening stirred Americans to throw off the tyranny of Great Britain in the mid-1700’s.
It was spearheaded by evangelists like George Whitefield and by a Black-Robed Regiment of pastors like John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg in Woodstock who, on January 21, 1776, preached from Ecclesiastes 3 -- and then led 300 of his friends and neighbors into the War for Independence.
The Second Great Awakening in the 1800’s was also led by pastors like Charles Finney who stirred the people to throw off the shackles of slavery. Like the first, it too was a battle for freedom.
Press releases were sent to approximately 40 news media, such as the Richmond Times Dispatch and television stations but only 2 showed up and none from Richmond: Washington Post and TV 29 of Charlottesville! (thanks for coming!). Richmond reporters are avoiding Tim Kaine's dark side including his violation and disobedience to the core beliefs of the Catholic church. Will Richmond reporters not cover Kaine's dark side? Kaine's church is located at 2712 2ND Avenue, Richmond, VA. and the Richmond Times Dispatch is at 300 E. Franklin, less than 3 miles away.
The release sent yesterday and photos from today's protest are added below:
August 27, 2016
A group of faithful Richmond Diocese Catholics will be protesting on the sidewalk in front of Tim Kaine’s church, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Highland Park, tomorrow after the 9:00 am Sunday Mass. Starting at 9:30 am the faithful will be gathering to protest Tim Kaine’s claim that he is a Catholic in good standing. He is not!
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