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Archive: Greg Bahnsen, on Gay Warlords and Civil Legislation, Takes the Cake…Back.

January 23, 2015 | Author:

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[Editor’s Note: Originally posted nearly a year ago today on January 25th 2014. It’s time for a re-post especially considering the nonsensical and damaging SOTU address.]

In many states, sodomy laws are still on the books though often unenforceable as a landmark Supreme court ruling in 2003 ruled state sodomy laws unconstitutional. Many people aren’t even aware they exist now that homosexuality appears to be the norm that always was. Celebrities and politicians, (<–link not for young audiences) tell us we’re crazy for making such a big deal over the ever growing reach of the homosexual populous. The New York Times suggests the traditional family isn’t real outside of a Norman Rockwell painting. Christians are feeling increasingly pushed back into a corner as they see sodomite couples demanding civil rights, and taking over what traditionally has belonged to a Christian society. From wedding cakes to parenting, nothing seems to be hands-off any more. Even our wallets are not without their reach. (more…)

I’m Changing My Mind This Year

January 10, 2015 | Author:

change-your-mind[Editor’s Note: Biblical womanhood is built on this practice. If you’ve visited us much you have found we’re constantly pointing to the failings of feminism. It’s helpful to debunk the myths, lies, half-truths by which feminists have shaped our culture. But it’s not enough. Biblical womanhood is built on Christ. The foolish stray by leaving off the knowledge of Him but the wise embrace wisdom. (Prov. 8, Psalm 92:13, Matt. 7:24, Acts 17:11)]

The beginning of a New Year is an an excellent time to try something new. As you make your list of resolutions and goals I want to recommend adding a simple four step process that could transform your life by, quite literally, changing your mind.

After reading the entire post the vast majority of readers will snicker at such a hyperbolic claim and never implement the method I outline. A smaller number will consider the advice intriguing, my assertion only a slight exaggeration, but will also never implement the method. A tiny minority, however, will recognize the genius behind the process and apply it to their own life. This group will later say that my claim was an understatement.

This post is written for those people.

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5 Myths to Let Die in 2015

January 10, 2015 | Author:

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Feminist Christina Hoff Sommers sets Feminism straight.

If we’re genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women, we need to get the facts straight.

Much of what we hear about the plight of American women is false. Some faux facts have been repeated so often they are almost beyond the reach of critical analysis. Though they are baseless, these canards have become the foundation of Congressional debates, the inspiration for new legislation and the focus of college programs. Here are five of the most popular myths that should be rejected by all who are genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women.

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The New Singleness

January 7, 2015 | Author:

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[Editor’s note: Maggie Gallagher’s The New Singleness is from 2011 but still pertinent. Her article is referring to Katie Bolick’s Atlantic Cover story, Nov. 2011 – All the Single Ladies. (Which actually has some good historic references. She plainly admits she isn’t interested in keeping with them.) Maggie does well outlining what the millennial generation is facing; something we must understand. The new norms, temptations, propaganda, the emptiness desperately need to be addressed. We see in our crowd young men and women marrying and starting families right away. We see happy christian marriages, faithful spouses, capable and educated young people who lead rather than follow. We have a story to tell. There is hope even for this new singleness.] Sex has been divorced from meaning. Men are not being raised to be good family men, and women are not being raised to appreciate good family men. And men are failing to become the kind of men women want. Porn is available for all as a substitute for life. So Kate, facing a future without children or marriage, wants to celebrate singleness and to kill her youthful idealization. (more…)

Submit An Article

January 5, 2015 | Author:

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We’re taking article submissions again. We need to reach out to the next generation and confirm their desire to return to meaningful family life and celebrate the unique, complementary roles of men and women. If you have the bug to write, please see author guidelines for details.

Marriage and Eternity

January 4, 2015 | Author:

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Forgetting the whole point of their existence. We’ve witnessed many singles fervently serve God until their marriage day, at which point one of two things happens: (1) they enjoy each other so much that they spend almost all their free time entertaining each other rather than serving God; or (2) they struggle in their relationship and spend their days arguing, going to counseling, and feeling disqualified from serving God. In either case, the couple no longer spend their time furthering the kingdom, but instead fixate on one another.

We must remember we weren’t created to merely enjoy ourselves. Colossians 1:16 declares that we were created by Christ and for Christ. Paul also warned that if we are not careful, marriage will keep us from securing “undivided devotion to the Lord” (1 Cor. 7:35). Too many couples make decisions based on the pursuit of pleasure rather than the pursuit of the kingdom. We too often don’t surrender and ask God what would be most effective. Instead, we live where we want, drive what we want, have as many kids as we want. And we somehow convince ourselves this isn’t selfishness because there are two of us involved now.

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It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.

January 4, 2015 | Author:

Editor’s Note: Pun intended.

As they struggle to contain spiraling health-care costs, both government officials and medical experts are finding new reasons to encourage Americans to practice healthy personal habits.  But in two new studies, researchers adduce evidence that—official preachments notwithstanding—only the country’s married couples are likely to adopt such habits.

In the first study, completed in 2013 at Indiana and Arizona State Universities, researchers examine Americans’ health behaviors in the adverse economic circumstances created by the meltdown of 2008. The researchers focus particularly on five health behaviors: checking the ingredient label when buying food, choosing foods to eat based on health value, vigorous exercising regularly, abstaining from cigarettes, and regularly using seat belts when driving. To assess these behaviors, the researchers probe data collected in 2005 and again in 2011 from 3,984 mid-life Americans in a Midwestern community-based sample.

The importance of wedlock in fostering good health habits also stands out in a study completed in 2014 by an international team of scholars from five universities (Harvard, University College London, Kings College London, University of Manchester, and Tohoku University of Sendai, Japan).  By analyzing data collected between 1999 and 2004 from a nationally representative sample of 4,014 Americans age 60 and over, this international team highlights the role of social relationships—especially marriage—in incubating favorable health habits and fostering avoidance of bad habits.

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Recommended Resources
Trim Healthy Mama
Essential Oils Pocket Reference
T-Tapp: Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes
Mommy Diagnostics: The Naturally Healthy Family’s Guide to Herbs and Whole Foods for Health

The best test of growth

January 4, 2015 | Author:

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From Challies.com

Do you wonder if you are growing as a Christian? Here is one of the best tests of your growth.

It is almost cliché to praise Charles Spurgeon for his ability to say in a few words when takes others so many. Yet he was a remarkably gifted man and one who used his gifts to serve the Lord. I loved reading these words which call on each of us to grow, and to grow all the more, in the knowledge of Christ.

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Premature baby Maddalena was saved by a pair of scissors

January 3, 2015 | Author:

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Tiny Maddalena Douse weighed just 13 ounces at birth.  Lucky for her, doctors did not know that, because a pair of scissors accidentally left on the scale bumped her weight reading up to 1 pound.  One pound is the minimum weight at which physicians in the UK will generally intervene to provide life-saving care to infants born extremely premature.  Thus, a mistake ultimately may have saved Maddalena’s life.

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Recommended Resources
180′ Movie
BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?
Abortion: A Rational Look At An Emotional Issue
A Biblical Worldview On Abortion
Blood Money: Getting Rich Off a Woman’s Right to Choose
Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line (Focus on the Family Books)
The Heidi Group
Rescued: The Heart of Adoption and Caring for Orphans
Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood
Won by Love: Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe V. Wade, Speaks Out for the Unborn As She Shares Her New Conviction for Life

Download $100 Worth of Audios For Free from Western Conservatory!

December 31, 2014 | Author:

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Kick-start the New Year by loading up on great new listening material — for free! This Thursday, January 1st, download up to $100 worth of MP3 messages that will help you and your family be more purposeful, more fruitful, more faithful and more united this next year than ever before.

Browse our most popular messages, such as “How to Practice Biblical Discipline,” “Developing Your Gifts Within the Family Economy,” the “Curriculum Advice” series, “The Worldview of the Creative Mind,” and “Jane Austen and Vampires,” as well as a variety of other messages on family issues, guy-girl relationships, worldview, home education, child training, family business, art and culture, and Christian life purpose in general. And for only 24 hours, download your picks for free!

Click to see the MP3 selection here (And while you’re at it, check out our New Year Sale on all our other items.) Spread the word and share this offer with your friends! Offer expires 11:59PM CST on Thursday, January 1, 2015.

Western Conservatory’s mission is to equip families to “make disciples of all the nations” and lead our culture toward Christ. Making these messages available to you for free is one of the ways we’re trying to accomplish that. Thank you for joining in this mission.

Happy New Year from your friends at Western Conservatory! We’re looking forward to another year with you.

Courtship Resources for the 21st Century

December 31, 2014 | Author:

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intcIt’s (Not That) Complicated: How to Relate to Guys in a Healthy, Sane, and Biblical Way

Ever been confused about friendships with boys? How to handle crushes? How friendly is too friendly? How close is too close? What to do when a guy is being way too friendly? What guys think about all this? What it means to be a “sister, in all purity”? Guy-girl relationships have always been complicated, but perhaps never more so than today. It’s (Not That) Complicated is a humorous, hopeful, and deeply thought-provoking new look at guy-girl relationships in our times. Dealing practically with such complications as online interaction, Hollywood expectations, undefined relationships, and unrequited love, the Botkin sisters offer enduring biblical principles that can make it all much simpler. “How do young men and young women interact with one another when marriage is not in view? Can young men and young women be ‘friends’? And how does a young woman guard her heart, preserve her purity, and walk in integrity without treating young men with disdain? In It’s (Not That) Complicated, Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin address these and other questions with wisdom, grace, transparency, and biblical acuity.” – Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr. (more…)

Feminism, Patriarchy, and Women Who Rule Their Homes

December 31, 2014 | Author:

Power On Her Head: The Home Field Advantage

By Andrea Schwartz at The Kingdom Driven Family

Most of what passes for “restoring male leadership in the church” these days is in fact suppressing female initiative and decreasing areas of legitimate action and involvement by women. It’s not difficult to predict that this won’t lead to more men leaders and more obedient wives but to more complacent and tyrannical men and more frustrated wives. You can’t make a leader out of a man by telling his wife what she shouldn’t do.1 ~Bojidar Marinov

successThroughout history, philosophical ideas have had negative effects on family life. The Enlightenment, by demeaning woman’s role, set the stage for the reactionary feminist movement and the recent so-called patriarchy movement appears to be a hyper-reaction to feminism. Each movement skewed, exaggerated, undermined, and often ignored the Biblical perspective on the woman’s role as wife and mother. In fact, what is taught from the pulpit and in Bible studies contributes to the frustration women experience in our day. There needs to be a lot of work to recover a clear understanding on marriage and the role of marriage in reclaiming the culture. (more…)

Free Download -Encouragement For Mothers – Brook Wayne

December 31, 2014 | Author:

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To celebrate the New Year, we wanted to give you a gift for FREE!

Encouragement for Mothers is a great message by my wife, Brook Wayne, co-founder of Family Renewal.” – Israel Wayne

Brook shares with mothers of young children lessons she has learned along the journey of motherhood about training, loving and connecting with your children. Special emphasis given to initiating meaningful conversations. 39 minutes, downloadable Mp3 audio file.

Use Coupon Code: EFMBW during the checkout process to receive your free Mp3 audio download.

Visit Family Renewal to download your copy.

Can men and women be friends?

December 30, 2014 | Author:

By Jen Wilkin author at The Beginning of Wisdom

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Recently a friend started a discussion thread by asking the question, “Can men and women be friends?” She was asking, essentially, if sexual attraction is a deal-breaker when it comes to male-female friendships. Immediately the thread filled with horror stories about male-female relationships that started as friendships and ended as train wrecks.
I know these stories as well. I’ve had a front row seat to several of them—in the workplace, in the neighborhood, in churches—so I’m sensitive to the cautionary tale they tell. They remind me, though, of the labor-and-delivery stories I heard when I was pregnant with my first child. As soon as the bump became visible, women began freely volunteering their horror stories, everyone from friends to total strangers in the grocery store. I’m sure these stories were true, but do you know what stories I never heard? The positive ones. My perception of the risk became skewed by my fear. Four positive delivery experiences later, I view those stories differently.

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A Higher Standard for Sexual Relations

December 23, 2014 | Author:

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Editor’s note: A few things need to be corrected in this article. One is that extramarital sexual encounters should be illegal. And it would follow that marriage is the perfect high standard within which sexual encounters happen. Unless of course you are talking about the world’s standard for marriage. Ungodly marriages will yield ungodly fruit.   But Christian marriages are a protection for and a provision of godly and edifying sexual encounters.

Amid all the discussion of the whole mess, a question remains: Why should consent as the standard for sexual behaviour succeed in minimizing harm when so many other standards, far more clear, have often failed?

Put differently, why are conservative sexual mores held in such disdain? In some places, CBC headquarters among them, the only thing less popular than non-consensual sex is the idea that sexual activity be reserved for marriage.

Pre-sexual revolution, consent came when you were prepared to commit for the long term, for life. In an era our grandparents knew (a.k.a. not so long ago) premarital and extramarital sex were viewed by common consensus as inappropriate, if not outright wrong.

Post-sexual revolution, consent is far easier to get. Yet today, arguably, we have more people hurting than ever before.

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