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Breast Cancer- The Risk They Don’t Mention

October 23, 2014 | Author:

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In keeping with the international trend, we have just had breast cancer awareness week in the UK. Women were told to have mammograms, to take exercise, to avoid hormone replacement therapy, to breastfeed. All good. But, as usual, certain other things we should do or avoid were not mentioned.

A woman would never guess, for example, that the choices she makes about pregnancy and childbirth can raise or lower her risk of breast cancer. Taking the contraceptive pill, delaying her first child, aborting a pregnancy – these things are among the factors driving the “epidemic” of breast cancer among younger women. Doesn’t she have a right to be told?

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Recommended Resources
Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp – DVD Set
Proverbs for Parenting: A Topical Guide for Child Raising from the Book of Proverbs/King James Version
Three Decades of Fertility: Ten Ordinary Women Surrender To The Creator And Embrace Life
Be Fruitful and Multiply: What The Bible Says About Having Children

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A 78 year Love Story

October 22, 2014 | Author:

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CINCINNATI — When Helen Auer died on Wednesday, she was sitting in her chair. Her husband of 73 years came into the room and knew right away. Joe leaned over, gave her a kiss goodbye, and whispered in her ear: “Helen, call me home.”

Just 28 hours later, Helen did. Joe Auer died at the age of 100. His children figured he could manage one night without her, but not two. Wednesday they will have a funeral mass in front of the same altar where they were married in 1941.

This was a couple from a different time. They survived the Depression in East Price Hill, they met at church and had their first of 10 children before Joe went off to fight in World War II. Helen was pregnant with their second when Joe left. She kissed him at the end of the driveway and he walked down toward Greenwell Avenue and then Union Terminal on his way to go fight the Germans with the U.S. Army.

Helen (nee Fluegeman) was able to mail him a photo, somewhere in France, of her with their two children, Barry and Judy. Joe would meet Judy for the first time when she was 3 years old.

Joe carried that photo in his wallet as he trudged through Europe after landing at Utah Beach on D-Day. He kept that photo in his wallet, in fact, the rest of his life; smudged and worn and endlessly important. “It never left his wallet,” Jerry Auer, Helen and Joe’s 10th and final child, said. “It’s still in there right now.”

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Recommended Resources
Gospel Centered Marriages for a Glorious Church
Building a Godly Home, Volume 1: A Holy Vision for Family Life
Building a God-Centered Family, A Father’s Manual
Marrying Well: Practical Wisdom on Courtship for Parents & Children

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Public School Officials Harass Homeschoolers In West Virginia

October 22, 2014 | Author:

By Mike Donnelly of HSLDA

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The homeschooling community in Ritchie County has grown fast, and officials concerned with funding impacts have apparently ordered a campaign to persuade parents to put their kids back in public school.

Ed Toman, Ritchie County superintendent of schools, allegedly ordered members of his staff to contact homeschoolers to convince them that they should re-enroll their children in his school system. Reports indicate that county homeschooling families are getting calls from officials who have questioned parents’ competency and asked questions like “what can we do to get your kids back in school?”

Some homeschooling parents who spoke with HSLDA and requested anonymity described a pattern of intimidation or harassment.

“I’ve received several calls from the school district,” one HSLDA member family said. “One family told me that they had gotten so many calls at their place of employment that their work supervisor was asking questions about the calls.”

“Some families who met at the start of the year with counselors about homeschooling were told teachers would lose their jobs because their kids were being homeschooled. They didn’t seem at all interested in the fact that parents were leaving the system because they were fed up with problems,” she continued. “I told the school district that they were misusing our private information and that we wouldn’t stand for them infringing our rights to homeschool.”

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Recommended Resources
Curriculum Advice, From Victoria Botkin Volume 1:Practical Help for Beginning Homeschool Mothers
Curriculum Advice From Victoria Botkin Volume 2: Practical Help For Intermediate Home Educators
Pajama School – stories from the life of a homeschool graduate
Chucking College: Achieving Success Without Corruption

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How To Be The Family The World Notices (In A Good Way)

October 21, 2014 | Author:

By Tricia Goyer at Momlife Today

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On a recent business trip there are two families that stand out in my memory. One is a couple who sat down by me at the lunch table at the airport.

“Why are you talkin’ to me?” The woman’s voice was nearly shouting as she glared at her husband. “I’m hungry, and you know I don’t like anyone talking to me when I’m hungry.”

“Yes, I know.” The husband’s words came out as a sigh, and he slumped into the chair and waited as she went to order food.

No matter what the sitcoms say, family life is not about outsmarting others to get what you want or putting down others to make yourself look better. Too many people throw in the towel on kindness and instead pick up their boxing gloves, fighting for individual fulfillment in their family. If you pay attention, the mantra you might see displayed in the actions of family members is, “It’s all about me.”

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When Sons are Grown and Gone

October 20, 2014 | Author:

By Barbara Rainey at Momlife Today

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A recent comment on our blog came from Elaine, who wrote to say:

Right now the “when-then” in my life is “when our oldest son decides to include us in his life again, then I will be happy.”

She wrote with an obvious sense of loss and pain over this changed relationship. I am so grateful for her honesty with us, and I understand. Though her situation and mine may be very different in terms of the particulars, I, too, experienced a profound loss with both of my sons after they married. I knew they needed to transfer their allegiance to their new wives. I wanted that and encouraged it. I even thought I was prepared for it.

But I quickly discovered a new reality of being not just second place in their lives but of feeling unnecessary. They would have never said this if asked, but it was how I felt. They were busy learning how to do marriage. They were busy learning how to do business and work. Their learning curve was steep, and whereas I had been a part of previous learning curves in their lives when they lived at home, now I was not included or needed. I knew it was right, but it didn’t lessen my sense of loss.

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UK Readers – How to Work from Home

October 20, 2014 | Author:

For many, working from home is a step to coming home. For others it’s the ideal family arrangement to have Daddy’s office right down the hallway and wives can help with that. Integrated family life adds so many benefits for raising children. Here in the US the tax benefits out weigh employee status by far. Here’s a great “how to” for our UK readers. Enjoy.

There is a good reason why 60% of all new businesses are started up from home these days – it’s free, it’s convenient and it requires minimal organisation. Technology has allowed us to have powerful devices and run SaaS every bit as efficient as those used by large corporates, there need be nothing to suggest to the outside world that your global multi-market company is actually run from your spare bedroom.There are currently approx. 2.8 million home business in the UK, between them generating a combined annual turnover of approx. £284 billion, working from home has never been more popular.

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Recommended Resources

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
Lower Your Taxes – BIG TIME! 2015-2016 Edition: Wealth Building, Tax Reduction Secrets from an IRS Insider
Biblical Economics: A Commonsense Guide to Our Daily Bread
Doing Business God’s Way

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World Mag: Abortion Battleground

October 19, 2014 | Author:

By Marvin Olasky at World Magazine

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On Nov. 1, 1835, Davy Crockett left his Tennessee home and headed to Texas, where four months later he died at the Alamo. This Nov. 4, the eyes of pro-lifers and pro-aborts throughout the United States will be on Tennessee, as Volunteer State residents decide whether to allow the state’s legislature to debate passage of laws protecting unborn children.

Fourteen years ago, the Tennessee Supreme Court tried to cut off such debate by declaring that the state’s constitution demands a “right to abortion.” With neighboring states such as Alabama and Mississippi increasing their protection of some unborn children during those years, Tennessee has become an abortion destination: One out of four abortions in Tennessee now kills an out-of-state baby.

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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

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Abortion Facilities Continue To Fund ‘Vote No’ Campaign

October 19, 2014 | Author:

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90% of Reported Campaign Funds Supplied by Abortion Clinics

Nashville—As expected, pro-abortion opponents of Amendment 1 continue to draw nearly all their support and funding from the abortion industry itself.”An industry that refuses to police itself is pouring millions into deceptive television ads in order to confuse voters and continue operating without common-sense safeguards,” said Lorene Steffes, spokeswoman for YES on 1. “The disclosures make clear that those who care most about defeating Amendment 1 are those who profit from performing abortions.”

Check out the numbers here

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Rape Culture and Progressivism on College Campuses

October 19, 2014 | Author:

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By George Will from Washington Post

Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate. And academia’s progressivism has rendered it intellectually defenseless now that progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, has decided it is academia’s turn to be broken to government’s saddle.

Consider the supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. “sexual assault.” Herewith, a Philadelphia magazine report about Swarthmore College, where in 2013 a student “was in her room with a guy with whom she’d been hooking up for three months”:

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Will Egg Freezing Liberate Women?

October 18, 2014 | Author:

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No. No it won’t. We’re freezing our children, risking their lives, and planning to live out our youth in our old age. The logic escapes me. There really is nothing that will anesthetize our guilt for pursing our own selfish ends. No price will cover it. A great article on truth about egg freezing exploitation.

NBC News announced that the tech companies, Apple and Facebook, are now covering the cost of egg freezing for their female employees. The story reads like a press release for the assisted reproductive technology (ART) industry, avoiding any mention of high failure rates or potential health risks to infants born from an egg frozen in liquid nitrogen.

Unlike previous services offered to actual patients experiencing fertility challenges, egg freezing is now being marketed to perfectly healthy young women as the next best thing since the invention of the Pill.

But what most employers don’t know is that even the “new and improved” flash freezing method–-known as vitrification–-has a 77 percent failure rate among women age 30, and in women age 40 the failure rate is 91 percent. With this kind of poor track record, employers should think twice before investing in procedures that, down the line, may very well harm the physical and mental health of their female employees––and their company’s productivity.

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Getting Back Home: Practical Financial Steps

October 18, 2014 | Author:

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For starters, get out of debt. Dave Ramsey’s debt snowball offers much hope. Here’s how it works.

When you were a kid rolling a snowball in the backyard, the best way to do it was to pack some snow into a tight ball, then start rolling it through the yard. Your snowball would become a snow boulder much quicker than it would if you just built it up by hand. That’s exactly how the debt snowball method works.

The debt snowball is perhaps the most life-changing Baby Step you’ll experience in your total money makeover. Once you’re on Baby Step 2—that means you are current on all your bills and have your $1,000 starter emergency fund saved up—list your debts smallest to largest by amount owed. Don’t worry about interest rates. We don’t care if one debt has a 2% rate and another one has a 22% rate.

Now it’s time to make progress.

Pay minimum payments on all of the debts except the smallest one then attack that debt with a vengeance. We’re talking gazelle intense, sell-out, get-this-thing-out-of-my-life-forever energy. Once it’s gone, take the money you were putting toward that debt, plus any extra money you find, and attack the next debt on the list. Once it’s gone, take that combined payment and go to the next debt. Knock them out one by one.

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Recommended Resources
The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
Lower Your Taxes – BIG TIME! 2015-2016 Edition: Wealth Building, Tax Reduction Secrets from an IRS Insider
Biblical Economics: A Commonsense Guide to Our Daily Bread

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Jesus Never Said Anything About Homosexuality?

October 18, 2014 | Author:

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Gay Marriage Advances: Now What?

October 18, 2014 | Author:

By Alliance Defending Freedom

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Same-sex marriage is now legal in Arizona. A ruling today by U.S. District Judge John Sedwick will keep state officials from enforcing a law passed in 1996 and a 2008 constitutional amendment approved by voters that protected marriage as between one man and one woman. Arizona now joins nearly half of the states in the country which have had same-sex marriage imposed upon them by the judiciary and not through the will of the people.

While this news is troubling, there are at least two ways we should NOT respond, because both wrong responses reject three important truths about marriage.

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Love Letters – The Art of Communication

October 17, 2014 | Author:

As I consider the perspective my children have on communication—surrounded as they are by a plethora of means of instantaneous connection with others, with information, and with entertainment—I realize that this inundation of connectedness in which it takes but the tap of a screen to feel at least superficially linked, is perhaps engendering, not deeper relationship and connectedness with others, but ironically a profound sense of isolation. Never truly left to figure out let alone express anything on their own—always told what, why, and how to proceed—our children are nonetheless surrounded by deep moats.

In a great incongruous reversal, connecting has become too easy; maybe it has come to the point that it is so easy it is no longer communication at all. Is no one really working at expression? No one really listening? Andrew Kern once said something to the effect that we live in a world of competing monologues (A Contemplation of Nature). In a world where neither the writer nor the reader expects to exert any energy to reach across the voids between us, we may have to consider a reality in which communication, understood as the meeting of minds, is perishing.

In order to truly appreciate words—spoken as well as written—we need to work both at expressing ourselves and at listening to others express themselves. Doesn’t the love of others need to outweigh the cost of the effort for minds to meet? Is this not the unfathomable beauty expressed by the Creator in the Incarnation of the Word?

Although I probably find myself at odds here with everyone from the Masters Fowler to Misters Strunk and White, I need to stake a claim: communication—spoken and written—is most assuredly not the sole realm of experts trained in rhetoric and persuasion, nor is it the sole milieu of the creative writer; it is the inheritance of all men.

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A Case for Early Marriage

October 17, 2014 | Author:

By Justin Deeter

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The Taboo of Early Marriage
People don’t get married anymore. If they do, then it is much later in life. In fact the age of marriage is continually going up in our culture to where it is pushing thirty. Not only has this been the trend in the culture, but I have seen this trend begin to take place in the church as well. It is my personal belief and conviction that this can be harmful to human flourishing and a great hinderance for godly families within the church.

Early marriage has become taboo in our culture. Getting married at a young age of 20 or 21 will get you some strange comments from others, including other Christians (Trust me, I’ve experienced them). However, I think we need a revival of early marriage among Christians. I think there are several reasons younger Christians need to begin adopting this counter cultural practice by marrying early.

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