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Bad News for Planned Parenthood, Good News for Parents

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Ever since its entry into public education in the early 1990s, Planned Parenthood (PP), the leading advocate of “comprehensive sex education”—a morally void approach, which began in the 1960s under the leadership of former PP medical director, Dr. Mary Calderone—have condemned abstinence-centered education as ineffective, and even dangerous. Planned Parenthood, which continues to lobby state legislatures and local school boards, distributes brochures claiming:

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Consumers or Creators: Being of the World or Being God’s People

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After more than ten years of serious study and careful examination of culture—what it is, how it’s formed and its present influence on the church—I find that Americans generally flow in one of two directions. They either tend toward being consumers or being creators.

Consumers, the overwhelming majority of late, could be characterized by an inclination to formulate their sense of self from the outside in. The true self remains hidden—in many cases unknown—and serious self-examination is hindered by countless distractions and diversions. Contrary to the quiet life, consumer’s lives are intentionally filled with noise, activities, and things that aid in avoiding serious thought, introspection, or reflection.

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Country a Mess? Blame the Church

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 the disobedience of the present church is the cause of the country's moral slide 

As our great country accelerates its slide into economic and moral Hell, be careful whom you blame. The present boldness of liberals and timidity of conservatives are only the secondary causes.  Much of the blame can be placed at the foot of the church.

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Empowered to Act: Why Christians Should Change the World

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The idea that Christians are to bring healing into the world—the restoration of people and the reformation of systems that hinder them—seems reasonable enough (in thought, anyway). It is certainly biblical. Reality, however, is another story. The moment one ventures out into the world—either physically or through the lens of the media—you will no doubt be thrown back by the overwhelming suffering, injustice, and evil that frequently seems to rule the day. Islamic terrorists—an enemy with no intelligible goal other than destruction—remind us that evil is real, ruthless, and well-supplied with volunteers. Incomprehensible poverty in India, despotic regimes in the Middle East, and Mexican drug wars us that injustice still reigns throughout much of the world.

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Being For People and the World Rather than Against

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Last week I attempted to outline the daily life and duty of every Christian rooted in the two “great commandments” of Jesus and the kingdom principle of restoration. I wrote:  "We enter the world each day as ambassadors of Christ and his kingdom—sensitized to the effects of sin—loving others by seeking their welfare through the proper ordering of things and relationships. We look for and respond to opportunities to bring relief to those who are suffering.

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What Does the Christian Do?

The goal of knowing oneself is—practically speaking—to get yourself out of the way so you can grow in your relationship with God (cf. John 3:30). This relationship is not established in the apprehension of some facts about God but is rather a relational intimacy characterized by love: God initiates and demonstrates his love for you and in response you love God. As to the nature of this love, which transcends emotional feelings or admiration, Jesus connects true love of God with obedience.

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Virginia Christian Alliance Presents Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project®

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From Focus on the Family's The Truth Project®

 

The Barna Research Group recently surveyed professing Christians and found that less than 10% had a thoughtful and consistent understanding of their biblical faith.
Because of this, today's believers think and live very similarly to non-believers. A personal sense of significance is rarely experienced, we spend our money and time on things that fail to satisfy and we begin to wonder what life's ultimate purpose really is.

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God Says vs What Man Says

Greene_HollowellWEBGreene Hollowell, a resident of Chesterfield County and a member on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Christian Alliance responds to recent issues on the Religious Herald. Those issues arise from our disobedience to God's Word and an unrepentant people pursuing lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life . (1 John 2:16)

 

 

 

 

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Christian Politics: A Question of Obedience

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The Christian view of politics accounts for God’s sovereignty and our dependence on Him. We understand that God instituted government to promote His justice. We also understand our God-given obligation to respect, obey, and participate in governments that serve His will (Romans 13:1–2). Our obedience minimizes the need for increased governmental authority.

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What Do You Read? It Makes a Difference in Your "World Views".

Don_BlakeChristians and The Culture: “Defending Faith, Family and Freedom”

March 2010

I read years ago that “Leaders are Readers and Readers are Leaders”.  Makes sense doesn’t it?  It makes a difference what we read.  We are influenced by what we read and therefore we must always seek the truth in all things.  “Wise people store up knowledge” (Prov. 10:14). 

The number one thing we should read – daily – is the Bible and probably a daily bible study or devotional.  Everything else we read should be filtered through our “biblical world view”.  We live in the world, so we need to keep up with the world going on around us.  To be informed, we should read a newspaper daily – not just the sports, flair or headlines.  We need to read the editorials and commentaries and we should try to understand the motivation of the writers of our news and commentaries. 

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Words Have Real Meanings

Don_BlakeChristians and The Culture: “Defending Faith, Family and Freedom”

February 2010

We all say things – words – that we often would like to take back, sometimes as soon as they exit our mouths, or soon thereafter.  We have short-term brain to mouth disconnects.  I am not talking about those kinds of words.

I would like to look at words – one at a time – and how our world culture uses words to change our thoughts and to desensitize us to “their” world view.  We have to first, recognize these words and, second, not accept the use of these words.

Let’s look at some words that are in front of us everywhere:  television, newspapers, magazines, movies, advertisements, hotel rooms, family, friends and co-workers.

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Obedience to God

How important is obedience to God in my daily walk?

Obedience to God is very important in your Christian growth. No one in this life will ever become sufficiently sanctified to the point where they are always obeying the law, but we can honor and maintain obedience to God by pondering on, or meditating on, the words of Jesus. The term "to ponder" means to weigh in the mind, to think or reflect, especially quietly and deeply. To ponder on something is like meditation which implies a definite focusing of one's thoughts on something in order to understand it deeply. The author of Proverbs 14:15 makes a good point: "A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps."

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Thinking Small Can Change the World

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The Center for Christ and Culture

Mark Penn, author of Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes (Hachette Book, 2007), is widely regarded as one of the most perceptive pollsters in American politics. It was Penn who identified “soccer moms” as a crucial constituency in President Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign. The unique feature of Penn’s approach is that he looks for and has been able to identify, with some success, small patterns of behavior that wield great influence in our culture. According to Penn, “Microtrends is based on the idea that the most powerful forces in our society are the emerging, counterintuitive trends that are shaping tomorrow right before us … In fact, the whole idea that there are a few huge trends that determine how America and the world work is breaking down.”

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