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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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The Dark Side

Dear friends, As I’m sure many of you are aware, recent media activity specifically targeting our young people is very alarming. While this has been going on for some time, the Grammy’s (aired on January 26th) took on a much darker side than we’ve seen before.  The same evening the Disney Channel introduced their first gay parenting couple, on the prime time family show “Good Luck Charlie”, despite the best efforts of organizations such as 1 Million Moms (Disney failed to respond to the literally thousands of protest emails). Where the entertainment industry is leading our children is of the utmost concern, and the examples listed above are only the tip of the iceberg. Coming alongside some dear partners in ministry, Dannah Gresh, Dr Juli Slattery, and Moms in Prayer (to name a few), we are asking for you to set aside some crucial time for prayer this Saturday, March

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Chastity, Manliness, and the College Safari

GOV Note: Living a lifestyle of sexual integrity can be tough – especially in college. It’s easy to succumb to the idea that sexual purity and integrity is just a “Christian” thing, and ‘everyone is hooking up’.  If they fail to see others endeavoring to live a pure lifestyle, many give up on the idea altogether. Enter  The Love & Fidelity Network, a national secular program that aims to equip college students with the resources, arguments, and support they need to uphold the institution of marriage and the integrity of  human sexuality. We’re excited to share some of their blogs with you, such as the one you’re about to read. Chastity, Manliness, and the College Safari By Richie Martin | Published on January 16, 2014 I heard once of an African tribe where, for a man to be worthy of a woman, he had to kill a lion. But what about the modern American university-man? Here

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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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Why Dylan Farrow Impacts You

Maybe you’ve read Dylan Farrow’s open letter to her adopted father, Woody Allen. Or very possibly, passed by it as just more celebrity gossip and drama. Yet this situation is different, because it shows a very real dynamic in the entertainment industry that you need to be aware of. Often we forget there are real people behind the movie sets, glamour and lights of the red carpet. It would be easy to write off Hollywood as a corrupted industry, and be thankful we aren’t a part of that world. But what if Katy Perry was the daughter you raised in the church, loved and cared for? What if it was your child who was abused at the hands of one of these hurting celebrities? It’s important for us not to become calloused as Christians, self-righteously turning down our noses at the sins of others. Why you should take notice of

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Where Are the Men?

A Feminist Defends Masculinity By:  John Stonestreet | Published:  January 9, 2014   You probably won’t see her on Fox News. And she doesn’t have a column in National Review. But a lesbian academic trained at Yale, Camille Paglia, who describes herself as a “notorious Amazon feminist,” is an unlikely prophet of cultural doom. And maybe that’s why we should listen to what she has to say. In a wide-ranging interview in the Wall Street Journal, Paglia says most feminists today deny the basic differences between the sexes, and as a consequence are setting us up for a huge fall. “What you’re seeing is how a civilization commits suicide,” she says. How? Well, Paglia says, many members of the cultural elite have no experience in the military and in fact disdain military service, a traditionally male province. “These people don’t think in military ways,” Paglia says, “so there’s this illusion

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Miley Cyrus and the Moral Gag Reflex

De-Pornifying Culture By:  John Stonestreet | Published:  January 7, 2014   Looking at culture, it’s tempting to give up in despair. As the dad of little girls, for example, when I see the relentless objectification of women by celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, I’m tempted to think that any attempt in what William Wilberforce called a “reformation of manners” is futile. It seems that instead, in the words of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, we have to “define deviance down.” But lately, there have been encouraging signs. It’s too soon to call it a “reformation of manners” but a backlash to what one recent author called our cultural vulgarity is already asserting itself—not via the boycotts of angry culture warriors but by some of the unlikeliest cultural allies in politics, the media, and the music industry. For example, several celebrities have spoken out who’ve been repulsed by the shameless pornification of “entertainers” such as

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The Battle Belongs to the Lord (Part 2)

1 Samuel 17 Continuing on with our story of David and Goliath here, there are a few keys points we can glean from David’s preparation to meet the giant. First of all, David realized that the Lord had been preparing him for this moment for a long time. By tending sheep, the Lord had given David the perfect training ground for the battle he was facing. Take a minute to think how the Lord has prepared you for raising your kids in our current climate. What experiences has He allowed you to have that are going to be helpful as you guide your kids through the minefields of our culture? Sometimes we don’t always realize the hardships or trials the Lord allows (the bears and lions God allowed to attack David’s sheep) are actually necessary for our spiritual development. Hindsight is always 20/20, so looking back and realizing the things

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The Battle Belongs to the Lord (Part 1)

“Everybody here will see that the Lord doesn’t need swords or spears to save his people. The Lord always wins his battles, and he will help us defeat you.” – 1 Samuel 17:47 Do you ever feel like winning a battle against the culture trying to steal away your kids is a hopeless fight that will doubtless leave you defeated? The context of the verse above is the story of David and Goliath. Are you scanning the battlefield (IE: the news, mainstream media, your children’s peers, etc.) and seeing that big Goliath (IE: the messages coming at our kids: it’s ok to have sex before you’re married, the most important thing is to be popular, if it feels right, it is right, etc.) and your stomach is turning as you cower behind the front lines? Let me play the role of David here for a minute and encourage you. Parents – this is the

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What is “homosexual”? (Older version)

How do I explain homosexuality to my tweens and teens? For some parents, this topic can be even harder to address than sex. It’s important that you pray for wisdom before entering this conversation, because sometimes our own fears or apprehension get passed onto our kids. As this conversation will look differently for each child, and as it will need to happen at all different ages, we’ll look at this in two sections. Disclaimer: This discussion is by no means complete. Nor are we attempting to make sweeping statements, or pigeon-hole anyone. What we’ve written is based on years of research, talking to literally thousands of parents annually, and personal experience. We encourage you to pray over this issue and seek wisdom from God about how to have this conversation with your kids. Kids 10 and older: Continue to affirm your child’s gender. Especially as their bodies start to develop,

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