Virginia Christian Alliance
by Michael Giere
[Parts of this article were first published in 2015, and this Thanksgiving it seemed particularly relevant. MG]
Thanksgiving is the distinctive American holiday, born out of the triumph of faith over adversity; a day set aside to recall the blessings and bounty from God delivered to His faithful people.
President George Washington, a man who knew a thing or two about overcoming adversity and riding the Stallion of Faith to victory, issued the first Thanksgiving Day Proclamation for the new nation on October 14, 1789 from New York City. It acknowledged how bereft of merit the people were, yet how grateful they must be of the Almighty’s blessings, for they received those things that they could not provide for themselves;
“[to] acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”
“...yearly and perpetually keept...”
America's first official annual Thanksgiving was a matter of deep prayer and thankfulness
The first English-speaking observance of Thanksgiving occurred in 1619, on the site of what is now Berkeley Plantation.
1619 a.d, Berkeley Plantation, on Virginia's James River, about 40-miles upriver from Jamestown Island:
"Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall at the place assigned for the plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God"...
Joe Rogowski | Reprint by permission from Minding The Times
In our present-day culture, daily reports of aggressive, militant, and violent action of groups or individuals, driven by an oppressive hostility and political correctness against our civil institutions, social order, people of faith, holders of opposing political views, and even ordinary schoolchildren, grow in such numbers, frequency, and cruelty that they can only be characterized as “civil terrorism.”
Lamb and Lion Ministry
Note: The following is an excerpt from Nathan Jones’ newest book, The Mighty Angels of Revelation.]
One of the grandest spectacles along the parade of events marching towards Christ’s birth was when Heaven’s choir broke out in song way above the heads of the lowly country shepherds. The Gospel of Luke tells of this glorious event in the Christmas story (Luke 2:8-14):
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them… And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
As impressive as that worship service sung by the heavenly choir must have been, the Apostle John described an even more spectacular display of angelic vocals in Revelation 5. John had been taken up to Heaven and had just seen the resurrected Jesus — the Worthy Lamb. He watched as Jesus took the seven-sealed scroll out of the right hand of His Father who sat on the throne. Upon taking this scroll, which was the title deed to the earth, all Heaven erupted into praise!
If the last 24 hours have proven anything about Chick-fil-A, it's this: It was never about the chicken. For millions of Americans, there was a much deeper significance behind every decision to pull in the parking lot and walk through those doors. It wasn't about the menu. It wasn't even about the service. It was that every time someone ate there, they were making a cultural statement. Chick-fil-A was a business, yes. But it was also a giant rebuttal of everything the bullies stood for. Until it wasn't.
By Walker Kinsler - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.phpcurid=76900528
...Chick-fil-A’s betrayal of the Christian community will not satisfy the LGBT activists. These groups are calling for more, including employment benefits...
Mat Staver Responds to Franklin Graham: Chick-fil-A Is Now Funding Pro-LGBT Group
Franklin, you have done a huge disservice by not doing more investigation into Chick-fil-A’s betrayal and capitulation to the LGBT agenda. While Dan Cathy may say the company has the same values, the company’s statements and actions tell a different story.
November 12, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Exultant over the November 5, 2019 Democrat takeover of both houses of Virginia’s General Assembly, Governor Ralph Northam used his official web page to proclaim:
Tonight ... voters ... elected landmark Democratic majorities in both the Senate and the House of Delegates[.] ... Virginians ... want us to defend the rights of women, LGBTQ[.] ... [T]hey want ... gun safety legislation, so no one has to fear being hurt or killed while at school, at work, or at their place of worship.
Not wanting to waste any time, Democrat state delegate Alfonso Lopez said earlier this year at a town Hall: “If we have the majority, the work of a lifetime is the work of two afternoons.”
It's two weeks until Thanksgiving, but the NFL's halftime singer is already calling time out. Ellie Goulding, the musician who was scheduled to perform the turkey day game, is threatening to pull out of the show if the Cowboys' spotlighted charity -- the Salvation Army -- doesn't fold on its Christian beliefs. Either give a donation to an LGBT group, Goulding demanded of the nonprofit, or I'm out. In that case, some say, don't let the arena door hit you on the way out.
For Goulding, who'd just posted a glowing endorsement of the Salvation Army on Instagram, the threat was a complete surprise. A smiling Ellie, wearing a red apron at a homeless shelter, had nothing but good things to say about the organization two days earlier, insisting that the Salvation Army helps "Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services." She says she sat and spoke to "several people who had come in from the bitter cold for some food (they serve to over 150 per day here), warmth and perhaps a chat with one of the volunteers."
TYLER, Texas, November 13, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic bishop of the United States denounced as “child abuse” the “insane and evil” transgender message given to children in schools that was recently highlighted in a video circulating on social media.
Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, expressed disgust over a video that featured two LGBT activists telling a classroom of school kids that boys can become girls and girls can become boys and one’s “identity” can change over time.
In a series of tweets appearing on the feed for Questioning LGBT/CSE Education, “sex educator” Nadine and “sex researcher” Eva told children that “gender is how you feel on the inside about whether you’re a boy or a girl, man or a woman, if you’re non-binary, feel like neither or both.” The two presenters held small mannequins that appeared to have ambiguous genitalia. “People can also be fluid,” Eva said, “feel more like female, feel more like male,” and added, “It’s really individual.”
When the children were asked whether someone born with a vulva is a woman or a girl, most held up hand signs with the word “true.” However, Nadine dismissed their response, saying, “Not everybody is sure, and that makes sense. But our genitals don’t determine our gender. So, some people born with vulvas can be boys.”
The children were then introduced by the sex educators to a person they called a “role model” who said she was born a “girl” but who now “identifies” as a man. Saying that she had been through the “spectrum” of presenting herself as a boy and as a girl and “everywhere in between,” the “role model” explained that she “transitioned” to a male and had a double mastectomy, what she called a “top surgery.”
Bishop Strickland has been regularly outspoken about some of the most controversial issues of the day, including abortion, homosexuality, and contraception.
During the current meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he expressed dismay, for instance, when Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego objected to keeping abortion as the “preeminent” issue for the bishops’ social justice program.
Bishop Strickland told his colleagues openly (view video below) that the word “preeminent” should remain in a letter declaring that abortion remains the primary social justice issue for the bishops to pursue. He later tweeted that he was saddened that 1 out of 3 bishops voted against the preeminence of abortion among their concerns.
He tweeted: “Thank God the USCCB voted to uphold the preeminence of the Sanctity of the life of the unborn. It is sad that 69 voted no.”
In previous tweets, Bishop Strickland called on fellow bishops and Catholics to “wake up” and confront the dangers posed by the LGBT agenda. Reacting to a news story that a Catholic hospital may be sued for refusing a hysterectomy to a gender-confused woman, he tweeted: “Not only Catholics but all believers need to WAKE UP....this cuts at the very roots of civilization.”
By Jthouse27 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link
In this Seminar you will learn…
- How America’s Founders believed in the importance of religion and tried to instill these beliefs into every aspect of daily life, both private and public.
- How and why many influential individuals and government agencies have attempted to discredit the use of any religion in public life.
- How important it is for citizens to help restore basic morality and religious
belief back into society.
Join us for this Stirring Seminar
with Constitutional Scholar
Dr. Glenn J. Kimber
When: Saturday, November 16, 2019
8:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Life Church
8378 Atlee Road
Registration: $10/family (Pay at the door)
(Optional: Manual - $18)
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