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When Jesus is a Cartoon

October 13, 2014 | Author:

By Kara Murphy published at Highlands Ministries

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In the Sunday school classrooms in which I taught years ago, each weekly lesson had a main idea that we repeated over and over. Platitudes such as “God loves me,” “I am special to God,” and “We are kind to one another” filled the teacher’s manual. Curiously, we did not see “God is angry at the wicked every day.” Unfortunately, twentieth century American Christians more often take our cues from Frobel and Montessori than from the Word of God. If we are to train up a generation of God-fearing Christians, we must change both the methods and content of what we teach our children. Yet, how can we communicate the immensity of the Word of God without overwhelming our little people? There is a tension between simplifying complex concepts and trivializing life-changing doctrines of the faith.

We must begin by choosing our children’s Bible story books carefully. As a former editor, I have had the opportunity to evaluate dozens of new Bible story books. Frankly, most are abysmal. Before choosing a children’s Bible story book, look to see if the writer uses words like “sin” and “judgment.” If the illustrations pass your family standards, be sure to emphasize that they are an artist’s representation of a real story.

We must fight against the “cartoon-ization” of the Bible and its message. Although there is nothing wrong with the medium of animation per se, if our children do not understand the difference between the account of Jonah and the story of Nemo, we will continue to see the generational breakdown that has characterized the last few generations of American Christianity.

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How the Pro-Family Movement Helped Spread the Abominable & Detestable Crime Against Nature

October 11, 2014 | Author:

The “gay marriage” steamroller is in the news again, with another big win in the courts. Pro-family people across the country are wringing their hands in anguish. How is this happening? Well, it’s about time we started being honest with ourselves. In many ways, the biggest help to the homosexual cause has been the dishonesty, incompetence, and cowardliness of the pro-family movement itself in dealing with this issue.

On Monday, Oct. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not review any of the seven appeals from five states where federal judges had “struck down” the states’ bans on “gay marriage.” This decision not to act is seen as a major blow.

It is not altogether final. There are two other federal cases pending, and if either of those rule to uphold the ban (which is likely) many experts predict that the Supreme Court will then take it up and decide. In particular, the Sixth Circuit is most likely (though not certain) to rule to uphold the ban.

However, it looks to be a losing court battle in the long run. Just a decade ago no one would have dreamed that the federal court system would be forcing such a perverse thing on Americans, especially where they’ve voted overwhelmingly against it statewide.

How did we get to this point?

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The Good Marriage

October 11, 2014 | Author:

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The Sacred Walls of Home

October 11, 2014 | Author:

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Sinthonia Compfight CC

The benediction that falls upon the homes of a country is like the gentle rain that descends among the hills. A thousand springs are fuller afterward, and along the banks of a thousand streamlets flowing through the valleys the grass is greener and the flowers pour out richer fragrance.

Homes are the springs among the hills, whose many streamlets, uniting, form like great rivers society, the community, the nation, the Church. If the springs run low the rivers waste; if they pour out bounteous currents the rivers are full. If the springs are pure the rivers are clear like crystal; if they are foul the rivers are defiled. A curse upon homes sends a poisoning blight everywhere; a blessing sends healing and new life unto every channel.

Homes are the divinely ordained fountains of life. It is not by accident that men live in families rather than solitarily. The human race began in a family, and Eden was a home. The divine blessing has ever rested upon nations and communities just in the measure in which they have added to these original institutions and have kept marriage and the home pure and holy; and blight and curse have come just in the measure in which they have departed from these divine models, dishonoring marriage and tearing down the sacred walls of home.

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Gaining Perspective: The Real War on Women

October 11, 2014 | Author:

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Amanda Truss /clash Compfight cc

We’re doing to ourselves what women are being forced to do in countries like China and India. This article is helpful for gaining perspective for what we can expect the effects of this mass genocide will cost us. Women’s health concerns (ie death, cancer, infertility), demographic anomalies, not to mention brutally unlawful atrocities committed against a citizenry. The voices of women crying out for their rights in these countries are no different that the silent screams in the womb.

Reggie Littlejohn from TWI Public Discourse writes:

Together, China and India comprise one third of the world’s population. That one third of the world’s women are deprived of their right to bear girls is the biggest women’s rights abuse on earth. It is a woman’s right to choose to give birth to her daughters. This is the true War on Women, and it deserves a passionate response from groups that stand for women’s rights.

And these problems are not confined to China and India. Female feticide happens in the United States and Canada in numbers significant enough to distort gender ratios. This is discrimination against women in its most violent form.

Every struggling mother in China and India deserves help to keep her daughter. Together, we can end forced abortion and gendercide and sweep these atrocities against women into the dung heap of history, where they belong.

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3 Truths About Marriage That Courts Can’t Change

October 11, 2014 | Author:

Marriage is the future

No matter what the state of U.S. law – yesterday, today, or in the future—God’s design for marriage contains truths that society cannot ignore without suffering serious consequences.

  • Marriage is creative. The union of man and woman has the inherent potential to create and raise children, and that is what makes marriage a unique relationship. Only male-female relationships can produce children, and having parents committed to each other and their children is best for children. A woman can be a great mom, but she can never be a dad, and a great dad can never be a mom.
  • Marriage is our foundation.  As the Supreme Court has previously stated, marriage is “fundamental to the very existence and survival of the [human] race.”Zablocki v. Redhail, 434 U.S. 374, 384 (1978). The lifelong, faithful union of husband and wife promotes durable families for the common good today and for future generations.
  • Marriage is our future. It “is an institution, in the maintenance of which . . . the public is deeply interested, for it is the foundation of the family and of society, without which there would be neither civilization nor progress,” according to the Supreme Court in Maynard v. Hill, 125 U.S. 190, 211 (1888). Marriage is progressive – it ensures that our civilization will not only continue by producing future generations, but also that those future generations will be best prepared to become good citizens and contribute to a healthy, thriving society.

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14 Down, Nine to Go: Pro-Life Law Ending Abortion in Texas

October 10, 2014 | Author:

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On the first Monday after an appeals court ruled that Texas abortion laws could be enforced, Operation Rescue has confirmed that 14 of 23 abortion facilities in Texas that were open for business before last Thursday’s ruling are either closed or no longer accepting abortion patients.

Operation Rescue called each of the 23 remaining Texas abortion clinics on the morning of October 6, 2014, and confirmed the closures. The research also revealed that the closures simply have not resulted in long waiting times for abortion appointments as wrongly predicted by abortion supporters.

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The Calling of Motherhood: Children Are Number….?

October 10, 2014 | Author:

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If you grew up in this culture, it is very hard to get a biblical perspective on motherhood, to think like a free Christian woman about your life, your children. How much have we listened to partial truths and half lies? Do we believe that we want children because there is some biological urge, or the phantom “baby itch”? Are we really in this because of cute little clothes and photo opportunities? Is motherhood a rock-bottom job for those who can’t do more, or those who are satisfied with drudgery? If so, what were we thinking?

Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.

Christian mothers carry their children in hostile territory. When you are in public with them, you are standing with, and defending, the objects of cultural dislike. You are publicly testifying that you value what God values, and that you refuse to value what the world values. You stand with the defenseless and in front of the needy. You represent everything that our culture hates, because you represent laying down your life for another—and laying down your life for another represents the gospel.

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Boy, Girl, or “Purple Penguin”?

October 10, 2014 | Author:

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By Ken Ham at Answers In Genesis

According to news reports (including on Fox News yesterday), a school district in Lincoln, Nebraska has recently given its teachers a handout to promote gender inclusiveness in their classrooms. This handout encourages teachers to stop referring to students as “girls and boys” but instead to describe students as a group, with phrases like “calling all readers” or “hey campers.” Instead of separating the children into groups of boys and girls, teachers are being urged to divide the students by things such as whether they prefer milk or juice or perhaps skateboards or bikes, to create classroom names, and then “ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet at the rug.”

The goal of this name changing is to help students “recognize and celebrate the gender diversity of all students” and to “challenge students to think more expansively about their notions of gender.” Really, what this handout is encouraging teachers to do is to destroy any distinction between male and female. This is a natural outcome of a culture that has rejected the Bible as its foundation for thinking in every area. As our culture continues to reject Jesus Christ and move further away from basing its thinking on the solid foundation of the Word of God, we continue to see more of everyone “doing what is right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6). And our culture seems determined to make sure the next generation follows suit.

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Feminism Blushes at Socialism

October 10, 2014 | Author:

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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences private luncheon and viewing of the “Hollywood Costume” exhibition at the Wilshire May Company building on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

The Blaze Reports

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow lavished praise on President Barack Obama Thursday night during a Democratic National Committee fundraiser that took place at her Los Angeles home.

Speaking at the event, which had tickets starting at a minimum of $1,000 for the reception and $15,000 for the dinner, Paltrow introduced the president by saying, “I am one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest.”

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Paradigm Shift in International Development

October 9, 2014 | Author:

15201620846_50040e03baEditor’s note: Africa, our hat is off to you.

African leaders will be forgiven for not taking Europe and the U.S. up on their offer to share in the decline of the developed world. To call the Malthusian premise into question, we don’t need to prove that dramatic economic growth equals an immediate high standard of living for all; we simply must point to the emerging data and ask why this particular dogma is so immune to contrary evidence.

When anomalies become the norm, Thomas Kuhn might say, a paradigm shift is upon us. The old model of development in which children are seen as a threat to economic progress is rapidly being eclipsed by the success of demographically young nations whose leadership seeks to reward investment rather than to compete for handouts—handouts which always come with population control strings attached—from wealthy nations. This focus on stability and investment will be the source of sustainable growth for Africa’s future, and for the children that they may be grateful they are still having.

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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

iknowyoulovemeWhy This Book?
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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