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4 Reasons You MUST Talk to Your Kids about 50 Shades

  With the 50 Shades of Grey movie releasing soon (a worldwide release date of 13 February), our culture is ablaze with controversy and debate over sexual issues once again. But this one is a little different than controversies of the past. 50 Shades takes pornography – particularly a violent and abusive form of sex – and glorifies it. People (women in particular) are falling for it on an alarming scale. Even Christians are succumbing to the enticement of 50 Shades. In short, it, and the topic of BDSM, is in our faces now like never before. “BDSM is an acronym for Bondage, Dominance, Sadism, and Masochism. In psychiatry, the terms sadism and masochism describe a personality type characterized by a person deriving pleasure and gratification from inflicting physical pain and humiliation. The terms specifically refer to one who either enjoys giving pain (sadist) or one who enjoys receiving pain (masochist).” This definition is from Pulling Back the

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Tracking Christian Sexual Morality in a Same-Sex Marriage Future

by  Mark Regnerus   | As mainline Protestant denominations increasingly accept the ordination of gay clergy and publicly affirm same-sex unions, the sociologist in me wishes to understand what this development means for people in those denominations. I’m not talking about subtle linguistic shifts. While the difference between speaking of marriage as a “civil contract between a woman and a man” and as “a unique commitment between two people” is obvious to those who pay attention to church documents, the impact of such changes on congregants’ attitudes and internalized paradigms—their hearts, I suppose—is seldom considered. What is the sexual and relational morality of Christians who accept the moral legitimacy of same-sex marriages? Some questions naturally arise. Does adultery mean the same thing for both same-sex and opposite-sex unions? Does it make sense to speak of premarital sex in such a context? Historically, the fear of pregnancy was enough to scare many

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Does Teaching Modesty Harm My Daughter’s Body Image?

5 Tips To Keep Your Modest Mothering Healthy | By: Dannah Gresh | Cultural backlash against the concept of modesty has never been greater! Not only does the secular media take stabs at the Christian modesty movement claiming there are “hidden victims” but the Christian media has taken pot shots, too. I’ve addressed their criticism and held back no punches, even including a rather graphic pictorial showcase demonstrating what led the Grammy Awards to issue a modesty code for celebs in attendance. In recent months, one of the “Christian watchdogs” who claim the modesty movement to be harmful to the development of girls asked to have full access to our Secret Keeper Girl event. And we said “yes.” She came armed for battle with the intent of writing yet another critical blog and tweeting every detail of what we did to harm little girls. At the end of the night, her worst tweets

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The Art of Example

     Life starts out with examples. A baby learns to walk by watching those around her, learns to speak by listening and as she grows, imitates the large world around her in play. Life is perpetuated by example. We succumb to ‘peer pressure’, follow the trends, drive by the rules (sometimes) and learn to adapt to circumstances. And despite the individualistic nature of each person on earth, for millions life and it’s meaning and goals are similar. We have learned by the example set around us that survival is priority, when someone is in the way you push them out of it and reach what makes you happy. Life is often about examples. But the greatest examples are the ones that most people don’t follow. These are, shockingly enough, the ones that go down through history, are told and retold to the generations, with bravado and heroism. ‘Example’ is

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3 Countries- 3 Responses

When it comes to doing God’s will, we tend to think of something like a plan. It usually has a step one and two and so on. Sometimes it even involves timing and structure. I think when God thinks of His own will He sees a battlefield- to which we cringe. I think the only ‘plan’ involved is charge, reclaim and give Him the glory. Perhaps He looks down at our outlines and carefully laid supplies and sees in our faces a bit too much self confidence. With a gentle hand, He often sweeps away our ideas and grasps our hands with a firm and eternal grip. There is a humility in it- it is all about humility. In this being able to admit we are weak and unable to handle even the smallest attack, Jesus must come. It says in Ephesians 2:2 that Satan is the Prince of the

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Media’s Impact: Our Thoughts and Future

Connecting the pieces between our negative thinking and the movies, music and social networking we consume allows us to deliberately tailor our potential and opens up new opportunities to come in the opposite spirit and use media of all kinds for the glory of God. Focusing specifically on the countries I’ve visited in the past few weeks, Australia and Singapore, media defines opinions and shapes personalities. The fact that this media is often Americanized and highly hyped to an unrealistic level is often detrimental to expectations, personally and culturally. The prevalence of specifically American Media in Australia and Singapore gives testimony to the tenacity of western marketing in the eastern hemisphere and it’s willingness to adapt to attain customers- more so in Singapore than Australia. While both countries enjoy their own celebrities, the west’s influence speaks heavily into the lives of their citizens, particularly the youth. Statistics state consistently that the

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Prayers for our Children

  Recently some alarming cultural events prompted us to write to simple guide for you to pray over your children. To learn more about why, CLICK HERE . We’ve also included printable prayer cards at the end of this post. Thank you for joining us in prayer! Prayer for the Lord to conquer darkness: Ephesians 6:10-18 English Standard Version (ESV) 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as

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Dateless on Valentine’s?

Is your tween or teen dateless this Valentine’s Day? Perhaps you are witnessing them struggle as their peers make Valentine’s Day plans. In the face of our present culture, a dateless Valentine’s Day can leave one feeling unwanted and somewhat miserable. Your tweens and teens need to know that love is a good thing. Truthfully, it’s a wonderful thing. It’s good because God made it and, in fact, Scripture says God is love (1 John 4:16). Your tweens and teens should look forward to a relationship with their spouse. But just because their significant other isn’t on their arm at the moment, that doesn’t mean there is something lacking in their lives or they are less of a person. This may take some convincing, Mom and Dad, and you’re going to want to really pray for backup, too, because you’ll be going head-to-head with a lot of Hollywood’s messages. The

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How do I talk to my daughter about the Grammy’s?

By:  Dannah Gresh | Published:  January 29, 2014   Hopefully, you’re daughter was all tucked into bed when the Grammy’s started out with grinding Sunday night, but it’s likely that some girls her age—perhaps friends at school—were glued to the television. Pre-show media touted the 2014 Grammy Awards as a family affair. Huffington Post even offered a table talk guide and ideas to help kids ”cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture.” But what the world saw—from grinding to explicit lyrics to darkly themed performances to a “church” service— was not appropriate for young viewers, and you may need help navigating post-show conversations with your kids whether they saw the show or are just hearing about it from friends. And—whether you realize it or not—there really is something worth talking about. Her name is Natalie Grant. Grammy-nominated, five-time Dove Award winning recording artist Natalie Grant

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Avoiding Extended Family Holiday Drama

Thanksgiving is swiftly approaching and Christmas is soon to follow. And we all know what that means: hanging out with the extended fam. If this thought strikes a little fear in your heart – you are not alone. Like a lot of Christian parents, you probably spend the majority of the year protecting your children from worldly influences – in the media, among their peers, etc. But family get-togethers sometimes throw you a curve ball. Here you are hanging out with people you and your children should – in theory – feel safe around, and wham-o you get broadsided by some difficult situations. The goal of this article is to help you not get broadsided, learn how to extend some grace to yourself and your extended family, and make it through the holidays unscathed, and, hopefully, merry. Here are a few of the most common situations we run into during

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