Refuting the atheistic, agnostic, materialistic, and humanistic cultures.
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).
By 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.
Virginia Christian Alliance
Recently, while attending a funeral for a Catholic friend, Don Blake, President and Chairman of the Virginia Christian Alliance, noticed some pamphlets that reflected on the upcoming period of Lent, which is commonly celebrated by Catholics in preparation for Christendom’s most holy time of the year, Easter.
Liking what he read in the pamphlets, Don then called me, an evangelical, cradle Catholic and one of VCA’s board members, to discuss the concepts of Lent as outlined in those pamphlets. Don, whose work with VCA has created an ecumenically diverse Board and members, felt it might be useful to take up a similar approach to honoring and acknowledging our Lord’s sacrifice by highlighting an idea for contemplation each of the six weeks leading up to Easter. This is the first of six.
Letter to the Editor:
At last a Religious Official that is willing to up hold God’s laws concerning sexual deviancy. Congratulations to Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo who stood down a Catholic committee that would have allowed a homosexual to serve in a key position.
The homosexual ‘steamroller’ that has buffaloed all major businesses and States in compliance with their agenda has also silenced most pastors who fear to make mention of them.
I know of Catholics that are urging Bishop DiLorenzo to take action on Democrat Senator Tim Kaine who is a member of the Richmond Diocese. Kaine, who is an honored man, champions positions that are in opposition to the BIBLE and Catholic law- homosexual marriage, allowing homosexuals to adopt children, transgender outrages and abortion.
Kaine claims he is against the killing of babies as in abortion but he is hypocritical in his supporting votes for abortion rights. Senator Kaine is probably President Obama’s key supporter for these assaults against God’s commands, second only, maybe, to Senator Harry Reid. These may be the reasons he was chosen to run as Vice President to extend Obama’s legacy.
Greene Hollowell Richmond, VA
This LTE was published in the Mineral Daily News Tribune as well.
On Tuesday, Sept 27 from noon to 1:30 a good size group of Richmond Diocese Catholics gathered at the Diocese offices on Parham Rd to petition Bishop DeLorenzo to follow Canon Law 915 in regards to Virginia Senator and candidate for vice president Tim Kaine.
When people started to arrive a Henrico police officer informed everyone they were not allowed to park in the Diocese lot. The officer monitored the group the whole time. A package containing a letter and petition addressed to Bishop DeLorenzo was not accepted by Diocese staff, who also rejected the TV 29 reporter.
News reports below detail Kaine’s grave sin and violation of Canon 915 and photos of the protest follow. SEE VIDEO from Channel 29
Letter to the Editor:
In the Supreme Court brief against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) it stated that Gay men and Lesbians were portrayed as Mentally Unstable, Sexually Promiscuous and Morally Deficient.
If you viewed a Gay Pride parade you would have to agree about the participants being mentally unstable.
If you were knowledgeable about public solicitation and glory holes there would be no disagreement about them being sexually promiscuous.
If you ever viewed the videos on the San Francisco bath houses you would have no questions concerning being morally deficient. (The bath houses were eventually closed down as a public danger and nuisance.)
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.
Press releases were sent to approximately 40 news media, such as the Richmond Times Dispatch and television stations but only 2 showed up and none from Richmond: Washington Post and TV 29 of Charlottesville! (thanks for coming!). Richmond reporters are avoiding Tim Kaine's dark side including his violation and disobedience to the core beliefs of the Catholic church. Will Richmond reporters not cover Kaine's dark side? Kaine's church is located at 2712 2ND Avenue, Richmond, VA. and the Richmond Times Dispatch is at 300 E. Franklin, less than 3 miles away.
The release sent yesterday and photos from today's protest are added below:
August 27, 2016
A group of faithful Richmond Diocese Catholics will be protesting on the sidewalk in front of Tim Kaine’s church, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Highland Park, tomorrow after the 9:00 am Sunday Mass. Starting at 9:30 am the faithful will be gathering to protest Tim Kaine’s claim that he is a Catholic in good standing. He is not!
One of the flaws in the past few generations within the church is that there has been great emphasis on gifts and charisma. Our gifts, talents, and charisma, void of a strong solid foundation, has resulted in many great Christian leaders falling and bringing much hurt and shame. I understand and fully agree that we, the church, need to demonstrate the power of God to our generation (I Cor. 2:4). This requires that we submit our God given gifts and talents to be used for His glory and Honor. But we need to ask ourselves, “why then do we not see more of His miracle working power in our churches and why have there been so many people of God who have fallen victim to various sins?”
The Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. is raising eyebrows after lifting up prayers to Allah at its General Assembly meeting last week.
RAMADAN PRAYER COUNTDOWN:
Each night, at 8:38 p.m. ET on Facebook, we will hear LIVE from different ministries as they share praises of how Muslims have supernaturally encountered Jesus. Join us in praying for the Muslim world during Ramadan.
"Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path - the path of all prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad."
For Jerusalem --- Thirteen Principles --- For America
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)
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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?
This manual is an Apologetic, Autobiographical, Technical, and Philosophical blend to give the reader an informative, practical, Instructive, and entertaining learning experience. It recounts some life experiences on the mission field that few have rarely encountered.
Author Rogowski suggests that in our church mission efforts, we often underrate the effectiveness of demonstrating the Gospel through practical helps as a viable means of evangelism. He maintains that the unique ministry of community development is a powerful evangelism tool linked with the mission to help the poor escape their culture of poverty. He presents a beginners look at the first principles necessary to be effective in motivating and facilitating poor communities to become more self-reliant while avoiding the snares of dependency.
This is a must read for those in service agency and ministry oriented situations with groups of any type. It is a valuable tool for those considering mission outreach. ORDER HERE
Recently the Pastor of a Richmond Baptist Church, in a sermon, opened the door for the church to consider allowing homosexuals (assume active) into their membership.
The Pastor stated marriage was changing from multiplying (having children) to being about love and commitment. He feels the need to open up membership with the decision of the Supreme Court legalizing homosexual marriages citing civil rights and his belief that homosexuals don’t choose their sexual orientation. In addition he said Jesus never spoke about homosexuality.
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