Gay Marriage Switch by Virginia’s Attorney General an ‘Insult to Voters’ Say Conservative Groups
Divided Virginia Senate Passes Student Religious Freedom Bill
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Churches Across the Nation Will Join Together on Friend Sunday, March 30th, to Reach Out and Invite Friends to Church
The first annual Friend Sunday is March 30, 2014, and marks a new initiative when churches join together and encourage their members to reach out and invite friends and family to a special service where friendship is honored and encouraged. The Friend Sunday movement hopes to reach every home in America with an invitation to a Bible-believing church and ultimately into a relationship with Jesus. Friend Sunday was launched in response to a survey of churches who participated in National Back To Church Sunday in 2013—over 90% of whom said they would be interested in participating in a spring event centered around members bringing a friend with them to church. This survey also shows 84 percent of churches recognize that having a designated day to invite people to church plays an important role in motivating members to reach out to their friends and family with an invitation. Friend Sunday has an interactive Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bringafriendtochurchday)
24th Annual “Just Pray No” Weekend for the Addicted April 26-27th
By Russ Jones l Christian News Service
The 24th Annual “Just Pray NO!” weekend for theaddicted is scheduled for April 26 – 27, 2014. The event is designated as the “Just Pray NO!” to drugs Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting.Since April 7th, 1991 “Just Pray NO!” has united millions of Christians from 150 nations and territories around the world in intercessory prayer on behalf of the addicted and their families.Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
CHRISTIAN NEWSVirginia Society for Human Life to Host Pro-Life Oratory Contest
Tidewater chapter of the Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL) will be hosting a Pro-Life Oratory Contest for High School Junior and Senior students. The purpose of the contest is to motivate our community’s youth to research and learn to articulate important pro-life principles. Additionally, VSHL hopes this experience will result in a lifelong activity in the pro-life movement.This year’s prize money for the Tidewater Chapter contest has increased to $1,000.00 for first place, $500.00 for second place and $250.00 for third place.The winners in the Tidewater chapter of the VSHL contests have had great success at the state level in recent years, and even had a national winner. In 2013 our first place Clarissa Traub of Virginia Beach won 2nd place at the state contest, and our 2nd place winner, Ben Xu, participated in the state contest. Karilyn Sanford of Chesapeake won first place at the state contest and went on to compete in the National contest in 2012. The first year of the contest, 2011, Nicole Gibson won first place at the chapter level, first place at the state level and was also won first place at the National Right to Life contest, a first for the State of Virginia. Also that year, David Stevens, won 2nd place at the Tidewater chapter level and went on to win 3rd place at state.This year’s contest will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Regent University Communications Building in Virginia Beach from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. High School juniors and seniors are invited to research, write and deliver a speech five to seven minutes in length addressing abortion, infanticide, euthanasia or stem cell research from a pro-life perspective. Winners compete in the state contest held in Richmond, VA in May 2014. The state winner competes at the 2014 National Right to Life convention in June 2014 in Louisville, KY.Deadline for application and a written copy of the speech is March 14, 2014.For application and guidelines, please contact Andrea Elliott at email@example.com .
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CHRISTIAN NEWS IN THE COURTSVA Judge Ignores “We the People” and Overturns Marriage Law
Feb. 14 another activist judge appointed by President Obama ruled against Virginia’s marriagelaws that affirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman, including the Virginia marriage amendment passed by the voters in 2006. Judge Arenda Wright Allen stated in her opinion: “Our nation's uneven but dogged journey toward truer and more meaningful freedoms for our citizens has brought us continually to a deeper understanding of the first three words in our Constitution: we the people. We the People have become a broader, more diverse family than once imagined. . . . We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People become more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect.”
David Wise: Youth Pastor, Husband, Father Wins Olympic Gold
FEATURE STORYWhat to Do IF Your Boyfriend Wants You to Get an Abortion
By Krisi Burton Brown l LifeNews
This article is for any girl or woman who is feeling pressured into having an abortion.1. Stand your ground.You know you don’t want an abortion. Maybe you know in your heart that your child is a real, live person (you’re right!). Maybe you know your science and facts already. Maybe you can’t bear to be a part of killing an innocent human being. Maybe you already love your child. Maybe you or someone you know has had an abortion, and you know the physical and emotional pain that comes with it. Whatever your reason, you do not have to get an abortion. It is against the law for anyone to force or coerce you to get one. You are your child’s mother, and no one – not your boyfriend, husband, parents, pimp, teacher, or lady at the grocery store – can make you get an abortion.
CHRISTIAN NEWSBlack Pastors Group Calls for Eric Holder Impeachment Over Gay Marriage
By Cheryl K. Chumley l The Washington Times
The Coalition of African American Pastors, a group of conservative, black men of the cloth, say Attorney General Eric Holder ought to be impeached for his stance on gay marriage laws.The group faulted the entire Obama administration for caving to partisan pressures on the issue — and said the White House has “sold out” American principles for personal agendas — but that going after the president would prove fruitless, The Hill reported. So CAAP members are turning to Mr. Holder instead.“If Obama was a white man, he would be impeached,” said Rev. William Owens, the group’s founder and president ....
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CHRISTIAN OPINIONBaking Cakes for Caesar: Why We Need Freedom to Say “No”
By John Stonestreet l Christian Post
The call for tolerating same-sex marriage has become a demand for compliance. Cases like Masterpiece Cake Shop in Colorado and Elane Huguenin's New Mexico photography business have shown us that "tolerance" ends exactly where the right to say "no" begins. And so people, businesses, and non-profits are forced to choose between their livelihoods and their convictions.Some fellow Christians are giving this new state of affairs a thumbs-up, including Kirsten Powers, whose fearless stand against abortion I admire, and Skye Jethani, a friend I respect greatly.They argue that Christians who won’t participate in gay “weddings” are applying Scripture selectiviely.” ...
CHRISTIAN NEWSDisney Attempts to Force Boy Scouts Over Gay Leaders Ban; Threatens to Halt Funding
By Anugrah Kumar l Christian Post
The Walt Disney Company has notified the Boy Scouts of America that it will withdraw all funding from the organization beginning 2015 unless the BSA overturns its policy of not allowing openly gay members to be leaders. The entertainment company has a VoluntEARS program through which its employees carry out volunteer work in exchange for cash donations to the non-profits of their choice. However, Disney has now announced that the employees taking part in the program will no longer be able to submit the funds to the Boy Scouts, according to CNN. Disney's corporate website says that the company's employees raised $4.8 million via 548,000 volunteer hours in 2010.
CHRISTIAN NEWSPlanned Parenthood Plans to Spend at Least $18 Million on MidTerm Elections
By Dustin Siggins l LifeSiteNewsThe nation's largest abortion provider is on its way to being one of America's most influential players in the 2014 midterm elections.Between $2.4 million spent in 2013 on the Virginia gubernatorial race and races in at least 14 states this year, Planned Parenthood is expected to spend over $18 million dollars on advertisements, door-to-door awareness campaigns, and generally convincing women to vote for Democratic candidates. Democratic candidates and outside groups have made single women a substantial target in 2014.Unmarried women went for President Obama by 36 percent in 2012, and were significant in swinging the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race to Democrat Terry McAuliffe in 2013.
A House subcommittee in Virginia has halted a student religious freedom bill that had advanced through the Senate last month, questioning whether the measure was even necessary.Senator Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) recently introduced SB 236 as part of his longtime fight for faith in the public arena. The legislation reinforces students’ rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to be open about their faith without retribution or restriction.Text of the bill outlines that it “[c]odifies the right of students to (i) voluntarily pray or engage in religious activities or religious expression before, during, and after the school day in the same manner and to the same extent that students may engage in nonreligious activities or expression; (ii) organize prayer groups, religious clubs, ‘see you at the pole’ gatherings, or other religious gatherings before, during, and after school to the same extent that students are permitted to organize other activities and groups; and ......
By Heather Clark l Christian News
CHRISTIAN NEWSVA House Subcommittee Halts Student Religious Freedom Bill
Recently while studying the post resurrection appearances of Jesus, I noticed that in nearly all of His appearances as noted in the Gospels, He was not recognized by what we would consider His inner circle. In some cases, they were shocked and fearful when He appeared before them. How could this be since He still had the nail prints in His Hands and the same physical scars? He still looked exactly the same, yet they didn’t recognize him. I was deeply moved by this because these were men and women who had walked with Jesus during His earthly ministry of three and one half years. People who had been with Him 24/7; those who were with Him during some very intimate times. Take the Garden of Gethsemane for example .... .
By Dr. Belinda G. Moss l The Church Guide
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FEATURE IN LAST PRINTED ISSUEFaithfulness from a Servant’s Heart Reaps a Life of God’s Blessings
I was in just such a position one day when that glorious moment finally arrived…breakfast! Yes, I could smell the rich aroma of the coffee as I beheld a domed covered plate, which contained the culinary enjoyment that I awaited. Carefully lifting the cover off the plate, disappointment reared its ugly head. There lay my toast, my two boiled eggs, and a blank spot reserved for my sausage. No sausage? We’ll see about that. I called the nurse and alerted her to my meatless predicament, fully expecting her to call a code brown. There was a code blue maybe a code red, but no code brown.
CHRISTIAN ENCOURAGEMENTPressing in to the New Day
Do you find yourself saying, “If only I had … money, a husband, a different house, a new job … then I would be satisfied”? This is an old trick of the enemy to keep you from realizing the truth that nothing truly satisfies us except the presence of the Lord. You can have every other desire fulfilled, yet you will still feel unsatisfied if you aren’t being “filled” with God’s presence on a regular basis. We are filled with God’s presence when we worship Him, pray to Him, and meditate on His Word.
By Danette Crawford l The Church Guide
Churches at Risk in 2014-Not Prepared for Media Dangers
If you have ever been a hospital patient, you’ll agree that toward the end of your recovery, things can get a little boring. Sitting in the bed you find yourself looking at the wall or trying to find something to watch on television. By this time your day revolves around your meals.
ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFEDealing With a Heart ConditionWith Joyce Meyer l The Church GuideOnce a year, I go to the doctor and get a check-up. And every time, one of the things they do is check my heart. A good thorough exam will reveal if there are any problems that need to be addressed before a heart condition arises.I believe we, as Christians, need to do the same thing with our own hearts. Because the truth is, everyone’s heart is in some condition. In fact, we have a responsi- bility to do this as Proverbs 4:23 tells us, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (NIV). Frequent check-ups will enable us to identify and act on those issues quickly—both physically andspiritually.