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Preparing Sons For The Future

October 25, 2014 | Author:

By R.C. Sproul Jr. of Highland Ministries

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Don’t follow the folly of the world.

An excellent question. Too often we in the church follow the folly of the world in taking a passive approach to the future. We tend to believe all we have to do is show up, and if things don’t work out well for us, it must be the system’s fault. Another key error we have embraced from the world is this notion — that if we acquire specialized skills we will be able to provide for our families. Such thinking often leads to violating the first principle of sound stewardship — never spend more than you make. The standard American plan is to send our children off to college, borrow tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for it, and hope for a good job that will allow the debt to be paid off upon graduation. Sometimes it works, but you’d likely be better off blowing the money on blackjack at a casino.

Teach them good character

So what can we do? The Bible doesn’t say that wealth comes from acquiring specialized skills. It says it comes from character. A man who is diligent in his work will do well, whatever the circumstances. A man with a passion to love, and therefore serve his neighbor, will do well, whatever the circumstances. A man who is able to delay gratification, to work now, play later, will do well, whatever the circumstances. My goal as a father is toraise my children, all of them, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. And that leads to character.

Read the rest here
Biblical Economics: A Commonsense Guide To Our Daily Bread
Foundational Elements of a Godly Estate
Home Education for Real Life
Quadrivocational Mission: Training Young Men for Life

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The Biblical Meaning of Submission for Wives

October 25, 2014 | Author:

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Submission has a bad rap in today’s  world.  When society hears “wives submit to your husband,” they raise up their hands with the belief that submission to a man is demeaning.  I wish to shed some light on the true biblical meaning of submission and change that perception.
The key text concerning submission of wives to their husbands is taken from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, found in Ephesians 5:22-33

First, let may say that I believe submission is  not reticence, it is notservanthood, not inferior or resigned to, not docile, not degrading,  not a sign of weakness. In fact submission is a sign of strength, not of weakness. It requires a great degree of personal strength of character. Submission is a spirit of respect a wife has toward her husband. It is an attitude intended to help her and her husband to live a contented, peaceful life together.  Problems and disagreements between a husband and wife in marriage are inevitable. But when a woman has an attitude of submission- a heart of respect for her man, it is much more likely that the inevitable problems will be resolved harmoniously, without unpleasant quarrelling and without bitterness and resentment. And that is not to say it will be so because the man dominates and gets his way all the time.  Some people look down on submission as if it were something demeaning, degrading or humiliating but that is not at all what submission is about.

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Recommended Resources
The Excellent Wife
She Shall Be Called Woman: Victoria Botkin’s Study of Practical Wisdom From Scripture for the 21st Century Woman
Marriage to a Difficult Man: The Uncommon Union of Jonathan & Sarah Edwards
Sussannah Spurgeon: Free Grace and Dying Love (Morning Devotions with the Life of Susannah Spurgeon)

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Halloween and Your Kids

October 25, 2014 | Author:

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Few festivals give Christians more cause for debate than Halloween. To some Christians, it is merely a harmless time.To others, it is indicative of the prevailing godless worldview.

Few festivals give Christians in the Western world more cause for debate than Halloween. To some Christians, it is merely a harmless time of year when children get to dress up and play games. To others, it is indicative of the prevailing godless worldview—a celebration in which children are encouraged to beg from their neighbors, while playing with traditions that date back to the most dangerous pagan occult practices.

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Recommended Resources
A Biblical Historical Look At Halloween
Reformation Heroes
The Herbfarm Cookbook
Autumn Beauty Fall Wreath

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A Bitter Pill To Swallow

October 24, 2014 | Author:

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This spring marks the 55th birthday of the birth control pill, championed by many, then and now, as the “best-thing-since-sliced-bread” solution to unplanned pregnancy, child abuse, overpopulation, and marital stress. After more than half a century of living with “the Pill,” however, many facts have emerged that paint a far less pretty picture.

Regarding this last reason, the late Dr. John Billings of Australia—who along with his physician-wife Evelyn, pioneered one the first methods of natural fertility regulation—once recounted that he saw firsthand as a young physician how contraception harmed marriages:

When we say, ‘I do not want your fertility any more,’ or ‘I will not give you my fertility anymore,’ we’re damaging the marriage. The withdrawal of this gift tends to destroy marriages. I was shocked to notice, from the earliest days of my work, to see how marital infidelity in one—or both—of the spouses often followed the introduction of contraception or sterilization.

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Recommended Resources
Naturally Healthy Pregnancy
Long War Against Babies
Three Decades of Fertility
Start Your Family
Be Fruitful And Multiply

 

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Consequences or Love of God – What Motivates Your Teenager?

October 23, 2014 | Author:

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It is no secret teenagers face powerful temptations.  Parents want to make sure that consequences are in place to help protect their children. It is good to put deterrents in place for behavior that is unacceptable and sinful. But, for your teenager, still it comes down to that moment of decision; is the consequence enough to make a difference?

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Recommended Resources
Shepherding a Child’s Heart
Proverbs for Parenting : A Topical Guide for Child Raising from the Book of Proverbs
Psalms – A Family Bible Study Guide
Bless the Lord: The 103rd Psalm

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The Power of the Gospel – Live Stream

October 23, 2014 | Author:

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Can’t Make It to This Year’s Conference?

This year’s NCFIC conference, The Power of the Gospel will be online. Sign up for the Power of the Gospel Live Stream! Each of the main sessions will be broadcast live and recorded for future playback. By registering for the live feed, you will also gain access to the saved videos which will be made available for 30 days following the conference.

Learn more and register!

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Piper: The Mystery of Marriage

October 23, 2014 | Author:

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Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)

When God engaged to create man and woman and to ordain the union of marriage, he didn’t roll the dice or draw straws or flip a coin as to how they might be related to each other. He patterned marriage very purposefully after the relationship between his Son and the church, which he had planned from all eternity.

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Recommended Resources
Family Reformation: The Legacy of Sola Scriptura in Calvin’s Geneva
Building a God-Centered Family, A Father’s Manual
Sex, Marriage, and Family Life in John Calvin’s Geneva: Courtship, Engagement, and Marriage (Religion, Marriage and Family Series): 1
Thompson Chain Reference Bible (Style 509black) – Regular Size KJV – Bonded Leather

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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.”

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