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Sproul: Surrendering the Culture War

April 25, 2015 | Author:

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There is a great difference between being like a lamb before the slaughter and rolling over and showing your neck. Christians need to learn to tell the difference. We find ourselves dizzy with the swiftness by which we have lost our privilege in the culture and have become virtual pariahs. Our sitting president, while serving as president, took a position on gay “marriage” that now is not just considered unsophisticated but is on the fast track to being a hate crime.  Homo-rage is all the fashion; homo-fascism is all the rage. And Christians are increasingly being herded into a cultural ghetto.

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Canadian Warns US: Homosexual Marriage Erodes Fundamental Rights

April 25, 2015 | Author:

6944412639_ec0ebc9501I am one of six adult children of gay parents who recently filed amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court, asking the Court to respect the authority of citizens to keep the original definition of marriage: a union between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, so that children may know and may be raised by their biological parents. I also live in Canada, where same-sex marriage was federally mandated in 2005.

I am the daughter of a gay father who died of AIDS. I described my experiences in my book: Out From Under: The Impact of Homosexual Parenting. Over fifty adult children who were raised by LGBT parents have communicated with me and share my concerns about same-sex marriage and parenting. Many of us struggle with our own sexuality and sense of gender because of the influences in our household environments growing up.

We have great compassion for people who struggle with their sexuality and gender identity—not animosity. And we love our parents. Yet, when we go public with our stories, we often face ostracism, silencing, and threats.

I want to warn America to expect severe erosion of First Amendment freedoms if the US Supreme Court mandates same-sex marriage. The consequences have played out in Canada for ten years now, and they are truly Orwellian in nature and scope.

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The Public Purpose of Marriage

April 22, 2015 | Author:

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The Ruth Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to healing the American family from the structural injustices of the sexual revolution headed by Dr Jennifer Roback Morse, in collaboration with Sharee Langenstein, an Illinois attorney, has submitted an Amicus brief to the US Supreme Court about same-sex marriage. Here is a selection from the brief.  

What is the public purpose of marriage?

“Marriage is society’s primary institutional arrangement that defines parenthood. Marriage attaches mothers and fathers to their children and to one another. A woman’s husband is presumed to be the father of any children she bears during the life of their union. These two people are the legally recognized parents of this child, and no one else is.”

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Get Married: What Women Can Do to Help It Happen
Start Your Family: Inspiration for Having Babies
Men and Women, Equal Yet Different: A Brief Study of the Biblical Passages on Gender

One Reason Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

April 22, 2015 | Author:

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[Editor’s Note: There are a few things to consider when reading this article. One, we’re all born humanists. Unreasoning. Selfish. One-sided in our thinking. Easily mislead. Often biased. Second, we’ve established that academia isn’t healthy for children and so we home school. Third, the author fails to point out the source of truth by which all thought, opinion, beliefs are measured. That would be scripture. Even with the conclusion the author gives us, there must be a standard by which that conclusion is true, rather than the ‘workings of the world’. What this article does do is reiterate just how pointedly confusing government schooling has become especially under common core. They’re setting our children up to be unable to judge rightly and discern good from evil. Do we want that? We’re setting our children up for failure if we’re still partaking in the government school system. ]

What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised?

I was. As a philosopher, I already knew that many college-aged students don’t believe in moral facts. While there are no national surveys quantifying this phenomenon, philosophy professors with whom I have spoken suggest that the overwhelming majority of college freshmen in their classrooms view moral claims as mere opinions that are not true or are true only relative to a culture.

[W]here is the view coming from?

A few weeks ago, I learned that students are exposed to this sort of thinking well before crossing the threshold of higher education. When I went to visit my son’s second grade open house, I found a troubling pair of signs hanging over the bulletin board.

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By This Standard: The Authority of God’s Law Today
Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith
Homosexuality: A Biblical view
Law & Liberty

The Tebow Bill (HB 347, SB391, SB2046): Why Oppose It

April 22, 2015 | Author:

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Editor’s Note: Follow No2Tebow Bill on Facebook here

Texas is an exceptional state in regards to homeschooling. We are not one of the most free to homeschool in, we are the most free to homeschool in. Because of this, comparing the other states that have passed “Tebow” bills to Texas and the lack of new regulations those bills have so far produced is simply an illegitimate argument. Home schooling is practiced in all 50 states and parents have the right to choose to homeschool under those individual state laws. Texas is the only state where home educating parents are completely free of regulation in any form, be it district approval, curriculum approval, registering with districts, or mandated testing, etc… Therefore, if even one regulation that is equal to what the other states already have in place; Texas has then raised its regulations on homeschooling 100%.  THSC president has made the statement that “nothing in the current bill” brings regulations to those who choose to participate, but the key word there is current and there is no guarantee that once it leave committee it will resemble how it is “currently”(THSC, 2015).

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I traded perfect for a house full of real

April 21, 2015 | Author:

Photo credit: LIsa Jo Baker, Surprised by Motherhood

Photo credit: LIsa Jo Baker, Surprised by Motherhood

By Lisa-Jo Baker at Surprised by Motherhood

We are so quick to despair over our own dirty laundry – especially the grown up kind – and then assume so easily and quickly that those other moms at the playground has her life and her laundry together.

We believe somewhere deep down in our sleep-deprived minds that there are perfect moms out there. With perfect homes and minivans and meal planning systems.

Perfect moms with perfect kids who do all the things we can’t seem to manage without breaking a sweat.

We judge ourselves by the perfect standards we think that everyone except ourselves manages to live up to.

Last night I thought my kids were playing nicely in the front yard and then I looked outside and LOST MY MIND.

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Trim Healthy Mama

Fund for Widowed New Mother of 8

April 21, 2015 | Author:

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Mike and Niki Rogan, were driving to the hospital early this morning [4/17/2015] with their seven children, in anticipation of welcoming an eighth child into their beautiful family.

On the way, an oncoming car hit a deer which was thrown into the Rogans’ vehicle.  Mike did not survive the accident. Niki and the children survived with only minor injuries. Niki gave birth to their son, Blaise, hours after the accident.

Donate via GoFundMe.com here

UPDATE: If you’d prefer to send a check to support the Rogan family mail it to this address:

Rogan Fund
PO Box 5132
Wausau, WI 54402-5132

You can send cards, flowers, etc to St. Mary’s Oratory:
http://www.institute-christ-king.org/wausau/

Are You Living (and Leaving) a Legacy in Your Home?

April 20, 2015 | Author:

How to Live (and Leave) a Legacy in Your HomeThree years ago, two of my best friends and I planned an overnight get-a-way where we just brainstormed about life with each other.

One of our epiphanies was this:

We want to leave a real, meaningful legacy behind, and we want to help other women do that too.

From that deep-seated passion, Living a Legacy conference was born, and a few months later we met with over 200 women and shared our hearts about what “leaving a legacy” means and how we can begin, right now, in our families to leave something behind far bigger than ourselves. 

“I’m back from the Living A Legacy conference. All I can say is WOW. What a great time we had. It was just fantastic. All the speakers did a great job.….The conference was encouraging and uplifting. I can’t say enough good things about it!” -Heather

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Surprise!

April 18, 2015 | Author:

Stats Speak Volumes About the Virtue of Marriage Over Cohabitation

April 14, 2015 | Author:

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[Editor’s Note: Sometimes articles like this can be discouraging to single parents or children growing up in broken homes. These stats are speaking of wide spread generalizations and are not an account of grace, protection, and provision that God promises to those who are faithful to Him and who find themselves affected by degenerating relationship standards.]

The American College of Pediatricians recently published a paper, Cohabitation, which cautions adolescents and young adults about the negative consequences of cohabitation for both themselves and their children, and urges parents to teach their children about the advantages of waiting until marriage.

More young people are now first cohabiting than are marrying without prior cohabitation, yet research shows that, rather than being a stepping-stone to a healthy marriage, living together before marriage (cohabitation) makes couples more likely to break-up and more likely to divorce if they do marry. It results in lower marital satisfaction and increased negative communication. Cohabiting couples spend less time together; men are more likely to spend their time on personal pleasure than do married men.

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The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective
Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety: Becoming a Woman of Faith and Confidence
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How Women Influence Civilization

April 14, 2015 | Author:

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© Ah, the life….design

New Study: Early Academics Not Good For Kids

April 14, 2015 | Author:

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URBANA – A University of Illinois professor is stirring havoc among early childhood education advocates with a new study that debunks the popular belief that earlier formal education is better. Furthermore, the report maintains that a narrow academic curriculum does not recognize the innate inquisitiveness of young children and ultimately fails to address the way they learn.

The report, “Lively Minds: Distinctions between academic versus intellectual goals for young children,” was written by Lilian G. Katz and focuses on the need for intellectual education – which she found was best for preschoolers – versus academic education – what schools typically offer.

Katz found that free play and basic activities encourage intellectual development while straight academics encourages better test scores, but not necessarily brighter and more curious adults.

While “formal instruction produces good test results in the short term,” she says, preschool curriculum and teaching methods that emphasize children’s interactive roles and initiative may be “not so impressive in the short run” but “yield better school achievement in the long term.”

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Stay-At-Home Mom Of Six Built Coolest Laundry Room Ever…For Only $400

April 7, 2015 | Author:

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DIY: The Shirt Skirt

April 6, 2015 | Author:

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Photo credit: Sew Like My Mom

I developed an idea in my head I thought just might be crazy enough to work. The next chance I had to steal away alone, I made a beeline for Goodwill. I found exactly what I was looking for, got my purchase for half-price, and excitedly headed home.

The Hubs thought I was a little crazy when I explained my idea to him. I measured, cut, and finally, with trepidation, I started sewing. Less than 30 minutes later I was wearing my Shirt Skirt!! That’s right–I made a skirt for myself from a man’s tshirt!! A shirt skirt!

It’s the easiest thing in the world to do! And I just can’t stop making them.

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I’m Single. Is Jesus Enough?

April 6, 2015 | Author:

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If, like me, you’re single and crying out not to be, you’ve probably heard at some point or other (perhaps many times) something like this: You should find your satisfaction in Christ, rather than hoping to have that ache inside filled by a future spouse.

It sounds so right. And that’s because it is, in one sense, absolutely true. Jesus should be our all-in-all. He should be enough.

But there’s another sense in which I think it’s wrong to give us singles the impression that Jesus can satisfy that stab we feel inside when we look at someone else’s wedding photos or hold someone else’s baby.

Let me explain.

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