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Responsible Manhood: Faithful to God

October 9, 2014 | Author:

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The only lesson my father learned from his father was to live for self. After James I, each preceding generation blew more money, partied a little more, moved further and further from biblical living, and became increasingly foolish. Until God pulled me out of the pit, I was well on my way to surpassing them all on that path of wickedness.

My grandfather was married 8 times. Once, for only a day.  His view of marriage affected those who came after him. Especially, it seems, James IV. And like my grandfathers before him, my father did not invest in his children. He did not invest in his wife. He invested in himself. Over the years, numerous inheritance checks made it into the hands of my father. Rather than saving it, investing it, or using it wisely, he immediately splurged it on his latest hobby: electric trains, ham radios, photography. It was as if he was an overgrown kid with no self control. And at the end of his life, James IV had nothing.

Well, almost nothing. He did have the love of this son.

I loved my father. And I have always tried to honor him. Some may wonder about my idea of honor after reading the paragraphs above. Others have asked how I could love a father who proved to be so unlovable. I do not believe we honor our parents by pretending they were something they were not.

Many Christians have fathers who exhibited honor and commitment throughout their lives: handing down wisdom and godly character traits to their children. How thankful they should be for such a precious Christian heritage—a sweet gift of God. But through God’s perfect providence, this was not my life.

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When I feel Afraid

October 9, 2014 | Author:

By Leeann Stiles at the Gospel Coalition

I’ve struggled with fears as long as I can remember. Separation anxiety as a toddler, overwhelming dread of starting school, apprehension about sleeping over at a friend’s house: my early years were haunted. Even though I outgrew many of my fears, others plague me to this day. Some center around events—like public speaking—while others spin off “what ifs.” What if lose my job? What if this plane crashes? What if there‘s someone in my closet? My mind can conjure up countless frightening scenarios.

When I was growing up, adults often tried to reassure me by saying my fears would never materialize. But I knew no one could absolutely guarantee they wouldn’t. Really improbable things happen—my husband once jumped out of the closet and scared the dickens out of me (for which he spent the night on the couch). More seriously, people really do lose their jobs, and planes sometimes crash. Suffering happens. Jesus tells us that we will have tribulation in this world (John 16:33).

So isn’t it understandable that I’m worried? Perhaps, but unchecked anxiety paralyzes me. It usurps how I think and act. It squelches my desire to obey God. So even though I may be afraid, I don’t want fear or anxiety ruling my life. If you’re reading this article, I suspect you don’t either. But how do we overcome it? Here are three things I’ve found helpful.

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I Know You Love Me Mommy and Daddy

October 9, 2014 | Author:

Spread the spirit of love and gratefulness through this endearing Christian children’s book that families will enjoy for generations!

I Know You Love Me Mommy & Daddy is a delightful children’s book that reinforces God’s unconditional love that parents are to share with their children.”

-Michelle Duggar (2 Cor. 12:9)

Mother of TLC’s 19 Kids & Counting

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Our family loves good, wholesome children’s books especially ones that give glory to God! These can be difficult to find. While some books can be fun and enjoyable, I, Franicia, wanted to write one that had words worth repeating and taught good things (Titus 2).

Instead of grumbling and complaining about parents, children are instead fed words and thoughts of thankfulness. This book helps children to see and appreciate the rich investment their parents give on their behalf.

In an age when digital images and illustrations seem to be the norm, this book celebrates the time-honored techniques of long hours and skill with a paintbrush and palette.

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Sanctity vs. Commodity of Body

October 9, 2014 | Author:

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Jennifer Lawrence’s reason for privately taking the nude photos that were disseminated across the internet against her will and knowledge was the following, as she toldVanity Fair:

I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.

This is such a travesty of thought. True liberation and self-worth come from an awareness that one’s body is not a mundane “choice” to dispense like currency and commodity (no matter how selectively), but is a holy gift from an artistic Creator to be a temple of the Holy Spirit and a blessing to a committed spouse.

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We’re All Just Women… Ordinary, Everyday Kinda Women.

October 9, 2014 | Author:

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By Deborah over at Building A Family That Will Stand

We can’t do it all in our own strength.  We simply can’t.

From time to time, I’ve had someone or another tell me how wonderful I am, what an example to others, that I have it all together.  Makes me cringe.

Every…single…time.

I’m so well aware of my own internal and ongoing struggle with sin, how many times on any given day I succumb to temptation, whether it’s to snarl at my husband, bark at my children, or just allow myself to give in to laziness and apathy and not work diligently with my hands.  I so completely identify with the Apostle Paul when he writes, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” (1 Tim. 1:15)  Or when he says, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” (Rom. 7:18-19)

I can’t help but think about the mom I spoke of above, wondering if, perhaps, the immense stress she must surely have been under might have been caused as much by her own internal expectation of being “perfect”, or appearing to be so, as by external pressures.  Obviously, I don’t at all know if that was the case, but I do know how hard we women can be on ourselves, how much pressure to “perform” we place upon our own shoulders.

Guess what?  When I see you all spit-polished up in church, at various conferences, or in the grocery store, I’ve got you pegged, I’ve got your number… you’re just like me.  Shiny and smiling on the outside, very often groaning and labouring, and sometimes even beaten down, broken, and seemingly wasting away on the inside.

I just wanted to tell you that I know your little secret, and now you know mine, if you didn’t already.  It’s ok.

We’re just women, ordinary, everyday women, putting one foot in front of the other, trying to do the next, right thing.  But women of God, women who know, or ought to know, that our strength lies solely and wholly in Christ, who prepares, equips, and enables us to accomplish all that He’s set before us.

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Husbands, Hold Your Wife’s Hand

October 8, 2014 | Author:

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It is both awkward and encouraging the feedback I have received over the past few years for the writing I have done during my beloved’s illness, homegoing, and absence. I especially rejoice when I hear that the things I have written have served another in a time of hardship. It remains my intention to use what I have written in a book in the future. That said, I still believe that the most vulnerable, most insightful, most helpful thing I wrote all along this journey was this brief tweet:

“I wish I had held her hand more”

That is likely my deepest regret, that I did not hold her hand more.

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It’s time for Women to Come Home: 92.5% Would Decline a Combat Arms Assignment

October 7, 2014 | Author:

Thanks for trying. No hard feelings. You don’t belong here though. It’s just the facts.

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Faced with a January 2016 deadline for introducing women to combat units, the U.S. Marines have discovered that for every man who fails a simulated artillery lift-and-carry test, 28 women fail.

And for a test simulating moving over a seven-foot high wall, less than 1.2 percent of the men could not get over, compared to 21.32 percent of women.

The results were found in Marine Corps documentation by the Center for Military Readiness, which issued a report called “U.S. Marine Corps Research Findings: Where is the Case for Co-Ed Ground Combat?”

According to CMR, a non-profit think tank, the Obama administration expects the Marine Corps to find a way to assign women to ground combat units without lowering standards.

“In the independent view of CMR, quantitative research done so far indicates that these expectations cannot be met,” the group said

“Androgenic characteristics in men, which are not going to change, account for greater muscle power and aerobic (endurance) capabilities that are essential for survival and mission accomplishment in direct ground combat,” the report said.

According to the CMR study’s executive summary, the Marines obtained information from 409 men and 379 women who volunteered to perform five “proxy” tests to simulate combat demands.

“These capabilities are essential for survival and mission success in direct ground combat,” the study found.

In a pull-up test, women averaged 3.59 while men averaged 15.69 – more than four times as many.

A “clean and press” event involved single lifts of 70, 80, 95 and 115 pounds plus six repetitions of a 65 pound lift.

Eighty percent of the men passed the 115 pound test but only 8.7 percent of the women.

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Don’t Waste Your Time Raising Children

October 7, 2014 | Author:

Another great one from Kelly at Generation Cedar

I think I finally agree with the feminists that raising children is a waste of time. After all, anyone really can do it. So why not let a paid day care worker handle the messes, settle the squabbling, feed the babies, change the diapers and keep them happy so you can do something meaningful, contributing to society?

Few will come right out and say it like that, but they should. Why aren’t we being honest?

Motherhood isn’t treated like an important position-like a profession, because raising children isn’t important. And I agree.

In fact, raising children isn’t just unimportant, it’s exceedingly destructive.

What we should be doing is raising men and women. That’s real parenting. And that’s where we’ve missed it. Tragically. Monumentally. Ignorantly.

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A Sad Milestone for Marriage and Family

October 6, 2014 | Author:

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A giant milestone in the moral revolution passed today when the U.S. Supreme Court turned down every single appeal from several states on the issue of same-sex marriage. This decision not to take at least one case under consideration stunned both sides in the same-sex marriage battle. Last weekend’s edition of USA Today featured a front-page story that declared the virtual certainty that the Court would take at least one of the cases and declared same-sex marriage to be “a cause whose time has come.”

Well, same-sex marriage may well be an issue whose time has come in the culture, due to the massive moral shift that has taken place over the last few decades, but the nation’s highest court has decided that now is not the time for it to take up such a case. Faced with the opportunity either to stop same-sex marriage in its tracks or to hand down a sweeping decision tantamount to a new Roe v. Wade, the Court took a pass.

Some will argue that the Court’s decision was a strategic choice intended to preserve its dignity and stature. Already, many defenders of natural marriage are doing their best to argue that the Court’s refusal to take a case is better for the cause of marriage than a sweeping decision in favor of same-sex marriage. The proponents of same-sex marriage had hoped for just such a decision, and attorneys were jockeying for position, wanting to be the lead counsel for the “gay marriage Roe decision.” But make no mistake, the proponents of same-sex marriage won this round, and they won big. They did not get the sweeping coast to coast ruling they wanted, but what they got was an even faster track to the same result.

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Responsible Manhood: A Mentor is No Substitute for a Father

October 6, 2014 | Author:

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Esquire Magazine recently launched a mentoring initiative to create 100,000 new mentors by 2020. The campaign seeks to “make a tremendous impact” on the lives of young men that are caught in a cycle of failure.

Esquire asked 50 high-profile men including James Franco, Sen. Marco Rubio, Samuel L. Jackson, David Petraeus, Lenny Kravitz, Matthew Broderick and Joel Osteen: “Who made you the man you are today?”

It sounds like a worthwhile undertaking, so who could possibly argue with this campaign?

I could. Here’s why …

The whole need for mentors has arisen because of the destruction of the family. Liberals helped to destroy the family and devalue fathers, and now they want to “save” society. No-fault divorce, welfare, man-hating feminism and rampant immorality in Hollywood movies have contributed to the breakdown of the family and created the need for mentors.

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Brand New Book! Who Killed the American Family? By Phyllis Schlafly

October 5, 2014 | Author:

Who Killed the American Family? Explains why and how feminists, judges, lawmakers, psychologists, college professors and courses, government incentives and disincentives, and Democratic politicians seeking votes oppose the traditional American nuclear family as we knew it and as it was depicted on TV fifty years ago. Each antifamily act may seem minor, but added up, those acts and events are changing America for the worse. It is time to reverse the tide.

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Two Time Abortion Survivor Honors the Heroism of Adoptive Father

October 4, 2014 | Author:

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My dad’s mother died when he was nine years old and his father, who ran the local smith shop and ice house in the 1940’s, died five years later.  At fourteen my dad was orphaned.

Because my dad had no other family that would permanently take him in, he went to live at Father Flannigan’s Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska until he graduated from high school.  He remembers his dad’s booming voice singing loud in church, his unmistakable laugh, his work ethic, his discipline. He remembers his mom’s long dark hair, the enormous cast iron pot she washed their clothes with lye soap in on a daily basis, as well as her compassionate embraces. He then remembers the shock of it all gone within five years.

He then knew the deep pain and loneliness of not having anybody to call family, no one to spend Christmas with; nobody to tell him that he was loved.  My dad would tell me how he wished someone would want him enough to adopt him. He missed having a family. He wanted another family, any other family. He knew the importance of family and its beauty at a very young age.

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Manhood: Integrity for the sake of integrity

October 3, 2014 | Author:

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Marriage linked to Income Increase

October 2, 2014 | Author:

The News Story – Marriage rates keep falling, as money concerns rise

Pew Research Center Report released Wednesday reveals that a record 20% of adults over the age of 25 have never married, and that number is expected to rise to 25% by 2030.

The New York Times reports that at least a part of this marriage decline is due to “the country’s deepening socioeconomic divide.”  Women, it seems, still prefer to marry men who are stably employed.  “Educated, high-income people are still marrying at high rates and tending to stay married,” reports the Times.  “Remaining unmarried is more common among the less educated, blacks and the young . . .” The report also reveals that lack of financial preparedness is one of the main reasons that young adults are foregoing marriage.

But if current research is correct, these couples may be sacrificing the very economic stability they seek in choosing to stay single.

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Traditional Marriage, Traditional Love Captured Beautifully

September 28, 2014 | Author:

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