Obedience to God

What Happened to My Church?

What Happened to My Church?

By Jan Markell | Olive Tree Ministries Church issues are the most frequent inquiry I get here at Olive Tree Ministries. Other leaders tell me the same. What has happened in the last 30-40 years Many people visit church after church only to walk away disheartened. Others are lifetime members of a church and have seen changes that left it unrecognizable -- spiritually speaking. Read More

Shepherds Surrendering the Vote to the Sons of Disobedience

Shepherds Surrendering the Vote to the Sons of Disobedience

Rev. William Cook

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.Ephesians 2:2

For the past four weeks, I have been working on behalf of Ryan McAdams, a pastor and the leader of the Virginia Prayer Caucus, who has been called of God to run for Congress in Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District. My focus has been on encouraging fellow pastors to show the brief video, “What Difference Does [One Vote] Make” (video below) to their congregations in one or more Sunday services remaining in September, display a PowerPoint slide containing a “text-to-register” number, and distribute a brochure on the moral duty of Christians’ to vote. The video is compelling, scrupulously non-partisan, and at 1 minute and 40 seconds, hardly an imposition on a Sunday agenda. Read More

Screen time: How much is too much?

Screen time: How much is too much?

Brad Huddleston Excessive use of digital technology has become the global norm in every age group. This “new normal” is taking us into uncharted psychological waters. Millennials (Generation Y) are those born in the early 1980’s. Their parents remember what it was like to have a “pre-internet brain.” They can recall what it was like to have much less anxiety, stress, and depression. They reminisce about the days of longer attention spans, uninterrupted face to face conversations, and time did not seem to fly by so fast. Read More

Prayer Should be Terribly Serious

Prayer Should be Terribly Serious

My Friends, we are not even able to take the next breath of air or have the next Heartbeat…without HIM. In other words, HE gives us Life from one Heartbeat to the next. So when we Pray to give HIM thanks for all of Life, shouldn’t we be as earnest as we know how to be ...
Don Twobears | Rapture Ready I have a sort of Bee under my Blanket if you will – something that has been growing in me for some time now. Let’s take a look. I have heard parents teaching their children Rhymes in Prayer, the sort of… “Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub!” sort of Prayer. There are others as well, and this is where I find the Problem. A Prayer is supposed to be solemn and thoughtful, stemming from the Recesses of one’s heart. Most Importantly, we are going before the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of absolutely Everything! That includes you and me and our Children! Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Another Christian in America Headed to Prison

BREAKING NEWS: Another Christian in America Headed to Prison

By Linda Wall Christian businessman Philip Zodhiates lost his Appeal. He now faces two three-year sentences for living out his Christian faith in America. If you are not familiar with the Lisa Miller Case click here or view directly below. You may not have thought glbxyzt issues affect you but if you are a true believer: one who lives their faith outside of the sanctuary and beyond Sundays, it is going to affect you. Read More

Evangelical Political Theology: Resources for the Concerned Christian

Evangelical Political Theology: Resources for the Concerned Christian

Alan Atchison | Capstone Report In one recent discussion (or maybe it was one of the interviews I’ve done following my first post on Repairing Evangelical Political Theology), I was asked what were a few good books for a concerned Christian wanting to build a theological foundation for their political philosophy. It was a great question and worth exploring. So, here are my thoughts on who you should read and why. The great news is that most of the resources are available online and free.

Important Thinkers Evangelical Christians Should Read and Follow

In modern evangelical Christian theology, there are three theologians you should read: Dr. Wayne Grudem, Dr. Norman L. Geisler, and Dr. William Lane Craig. 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

How Christians Should Vote: A Christian model for voting in the 2018 midterm elections & beyond

How Christians Should Vote: A Christian model for voting in the 2018 midterm elections & beyond

A candidate’s personal sinfulness matters, but it matters less than sinful public policy

“Often the only choice open to the Christian in a particular situation will be a choice between evils; but he will realize that it is not a matter of indifference whether the greatest possible, or the least possible evil comes to pass, and that that to help to bring about the greatest evil by refusing, out of a mistaken perfectionism, to choose the least is surely to be guilty of dereliction of duty.” —C.E.B. Cranfield Read More

Linda’s Lessons Learned: Colorado Baker Jack Phillips – A Modern Day Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

Linda’s Lessons Learned: Colorado Baker Jack Phillips – A Modern Day Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

Linda Wall If the three names Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego do not ring a bell in your mind, the account of their day to fame can be found in the third chapter of the book of Daniel. For Christians, these are three of our predecessors who were thrown in a fiery furnace because they refused to obey a government law that violated the laws of the Living God. This week every news blip, blog and commentary gave their twist and slant on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Colorado baker. What would you have done if you had been in the baker’s shoes Would you have denied the Lord by making the wedding cake for two men or would you have said, “No” Read More

Linda’s Lessons Learned: Please You Send Three Postcards for Philip?

Linda’s Lessons Learned: Please You Send Three Postcards for Philip?

Linda Wall

Another Virginian (must read the first here)  under Christian persecution in the Lisa Miller Case is Philip Zodhiates.

I had never met him until last weekend when I had lunch with him and his wife. As I sat across from them in the restaurant, it did not take long to determine these were “real Christians” - those who practice their faith outside of the sanctuary.

For this, Philip has been sentenced to two concurrent 3-year prison sentences. 

Despite the fact that the United States Constitution guarantees the freedom to exercise one’s religion, Philip is facing imprisonment for giving a mom and her daughter a ride from Lynchburg, Virginia to Buffalo, New York.

He is charged with aiding and abetting in international kidnapping for helping a fellow sister in the Lord with a ride. 

Philip Zodhiates is presently out on bail awaiting an appeals court hearing on April 9.

A postcard campaign has been launched in an effort to bring this injustice to the attention of President Trump, Vice President Pence and Attorney General Sessions. Will you click on the following link, download and mail the three postcards Print pages 1 and 2 front to back on cardstock. https://tinyurl.com/yaz54p5k

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