Obedience to God

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

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

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. Read More

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God Says vs What Man Says

God Says vs What Man Says

Greene 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) Read More

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Promoting Obedience to God and the Preeminence of Jesus Christ as Revealed in the Holy Bible

Promoting Obedience to God and the Preeminence of Jesus Christ as Revealed in the Holy Bible

Introduction 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). Read More

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Christian Politics: A Question of Obedience

Christian Politics: A Question of Obedience

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. Read More

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

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

Christians 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.  Read More

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Words Have Real Meanings

Words Have Real Meanings

Christians 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. Read More

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Obedience to God

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." Read More

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Thinking Small Can Change the World

Thinking Small Can Change the World

S. Michael Craven 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.” Read More

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What Do You Believe and Why?

What Do You Believe and Why?

Christians and The Culture: “Defending Faith, Family and Freedom” January, 2010 There have been several articles in newspapers lately about what Americans believe.  The USA Today December 10, 2009 had a long article about the findings of a survey by the Pew Forum on religion.  Here are some of the findings of the survey:  Christians – 23% believe “the position of stars/planets can affect people’s lives” (astrology); Christians – 22% believe “people will be reborn again and again”; Christians – 17% believe “people with the ‘evil eye’ can cast curses or harmful spells”. Read More