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Greatest Hope When Life Gets You Down

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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.

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Rest in Peace: Harry H. Hanger, Jr.

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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.

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The Case for Charity, or Why the First Effort to Repeal Obamacare Failed

Dan Wolf photo for bio150Dan Wolf, Author and
VCA Advisor
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;

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Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

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.

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Why Ash Wednesday? Why Ashes?

203px-CrossofashesBy 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.

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