Dean Welty

America, Tear Down This Law!

America, Tear Down This Law!

Rita Dunaway:  For Right, for Justice, and for Life “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, which among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  (The Declaration of Independence) Read More

Crossroads:  Why You Can’t Stay Silent, Part I

Crossroads:  Why You Can’t Stay Silent, Part I

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless.”  (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

“You are the Salt of the earth and the Light of the world.  Let your light so shine before men that they may see your works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.” (Jesus, Sermon on the Mount)

We are called to “pull down strongholds, demolish arguments, cast down everything that exalts itself against God, and bring every thought into obedience to God.”  (II Corinthians 10:3-4)

“The church must be a public voice for the eternal truths of God.”  (Pastor Neil Laybourne)

Tom Minnery on “Why You Can’t Stay Silent”

Valley Radio MP3 Podcast HERE, listen to Part I and download the entire PDF book here.

When Tom Minnery was an aspiring journalist assigned to cover Capitol Hill, he was asked to report on research that the Reagan Administration was doing on the pornography industry in America. Read More

Virginia’s Eight Great Fall Events

Virginia’s Eight Great Fall Events

For Life, for Gatherings, for Renewal, & for Votes

 Summary of Opportunities and Events

Against a background of growing racial, ideological, religious, and political divides, plus instances of physical violence, it is time to come together again as One Nation under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.   

To that end, attached below is information about a range of groups that work at the local, state, and national level to defend and promote the core Judeo-Christian values and constitutional principles on which America was founded and has prospered.  See details below.

 Hurricanes:   The Valley Responds

  1. The Valley Responds:  In response to the call last month for help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the Valley contributed 521 buckets of urgently needed items, six pallets of water, and six pallets of other miscellaneous materials for the Steve Wingfield Evangelistic Association to collect and distribute to the victims.  An additional $7,000 came in to defray the cost of the shipping.  Laus Deo!

Although this project has ended, the need continues in the wake of Hurricanes Irma in Florida and Maria in Puerto Rico.  Please go to the following websites for information on how to help: https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/give/ and www.samaritanspurse.org/.

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Upcoming Events for God and Country for April and May

Upcoming Events for God and Country for April and May

“Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it.  Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman wakes in vain.”  (Ps. 127:1)
“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  (Jesus:  Mt. 5:16)
“… and that with your good works and well doing you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men and even those who speak against you.”  (I Peter 2:12-15)

Greater Hope Banquet

Monday, April 24:  How does one offer hope and healing for those who are seeking sexual and relational wholeness through Christ’s transforming love  This complementary dinner features speaker Danny Wallace at the Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene beginning at 6:30 with a Silent Auction from 5:30.  To learn more about him, go to www.dannywallace.org.  For reservations, call (540) 574­-4189 or write to kkipps@greaterhope.org

AVA Care:  Move 4 Life

 Friday, April 28:   Join a family-friendly walk and 5K run to help celebrate life and raise support for AVA Care and the women they serve, including those who are facing an unplanned pregnancy.  Registration opens at 5:00 p.m. with events beginning at 6:00.  It will be held at the JMU University Recreation Park located at 1090 Devon Lane in Harrisonburg.  For more information, go to www.themoveforlife.org or call (540) 236­-8193.

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For God and Country: VCA Leaders Don Blake and Greene Hollowell

For God and Country: VCA Leaders Don Blake and Greene Hollowell

 Special Guests:  VCA Leaders Don Blake and Greene Hollowell On WAZT-TV  and Online HERE Anytime

A Special Valley

We know the Valley is special in so many different ways.  It’s in the beauty of the landscape; the productivity of the land; the faith and industry of the people; and the salt-and-light influence of our churches, pastors, and teachers.   

It’s also in the great group of Valley legislators who fight for us and our most deeply held values of Life, Faith, Family, and Freedom at the General Assembly in Richmond.   

  And then there’s the Shenandoah Christian Alliance now anchoring the north end of the Valley in Front Royal around a group of pastors and other civic-minded Christian patriots.

Friends across the Mountain

But what about the other side of the mountain  Do they have the same love of God & Country that we do here 

Are they also concerned about the moral meltdown that we see in so much of our culture and at the top levels of our government  If so, who are they, and what are some of the ways that we can partner together to help advance Kingdom values throughout the Commonwealth

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Final Report: The March for Life and for Women

Final Report: The March for Life and for Women

Laus Deo! A New Wind of Hope and Change“Make no mistake. 

Abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution.  (Roe v. Wade was) an act of ‘raw judicial power’ (and) has become a continuing prod to the conscience of the nation. … We cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others … should be abandoned to abortion … ”President Ronald Reagan, from “Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation”, 1983“

I hereby proclaim and declare the unalienable personhood of every American, from conception to natural death (and have asked) the Legislative branch … to protect the life of each person before birth. President Ronald Reagan, a Presidential Proclamation, 1988

“If every church in America spoke out against abortion, it would fall like a house of cards.”  (Susan)

The Context:  Three Different Presidents

Have you noticed  There is a new wind of Hope and Change blowing in Washington that is taking many forms, including on the issue of life.  It is so refreshing and so encouraging for so many of us. 

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Stirring the Church for Another Great Awakening

Stirring the Church for Another Great Awakening

 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.

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Crossroads: Why You Can’t Stay Silent, Part V

Crossroads: Why You Can’t Stay Silent, Part V

 Why Do Some People Shun Engagement

Speaking out on issues of Biblical Truth and Moral Virtue is often a challenge for many of us.  Doing so will inevitably invite strong and sometimes hostile push back from people who, for a variety of reasons, don’t want to hear it.  The result can get ugly, and we don’t like to get involved.

That is what Tom Minnery describes in his outstanding book entitled Why You Can’t Stay Silent:  A Biblical Mandate to Shape Our Culture.  He begins by describing the experience of a grassroots movement that became known as the Moral Majority. 

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Crossroads: Nehemiah and the Great Wall

Crossroads: Nehemiah and the Great Wall

For Jerusalem  ---  Thirteen Principles  ---  For America

Rebuilding Our Own Broken-Down Walls

When Nehemiah heard about the broken down walls of Jerusalem, he wept, he mourned, he fasted, and he prayed before the God of Heaven.  (Nehemiah 1:3,4) Then he developed a plan, and all the people joined him.  Despite strong opposition, they persisted and, in only 52 days, they prevailed in rebuilding the wall!  Laus Deo!  (Nehemiah:  1-13)      

Broken Down Walls:  Then and Now

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be taken hostage and taken into exile to Babylon, as Nehemiah was 2500 years ago  What did he do to deserve this And then to find out that your friends and family who were left behind in Jerusalem are being mistreated, the city walls have been torn down, and the country is in shambles Read More

God’s Truth? – The Big Question – LGBT Lies?

God’s Truth? – The Big Question – LGBT Lies?

Dean Welty VCA Vice PresidentCrossroads: At Creation -- Male and Female

“In the beginning, God created Man in His own image, Male and Female created He them. And God saw that it was very good!” (Genesis 1:27-31) “However, going against what God had so clearly created, men became vain in their imaginations. Professing to be wise, they became as fools. Therefore, God gave them over to their unclean lusts and vile affections. Both men and women dishonored their own bodies to do things that are against nature.” (Romans 1:20-32) Read More