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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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Hooking Up, Shacking Up, and Saying “I Do”

By Rachel Sheffield  | Most young people want a happy marriage and family life. As a new report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia shows, the choices people make in their relationships prior to marriage matter. Unfortunately, the laissez-faire sexual practices embraced and promoted in our culture today don’t build a strong foundation for marriage. According to the report, authored by Galena K. Rhoades and Scott M. Stanley of the University of Denver, individuals with more sexual partners and cohabitation experience tend to report poorer marital quality, as do couples with children from prior relationships. And yet, today the average person reports five sexual partners prior to marriage. Less than one quarter (23 percent) have only had sex with the person they marry. Cohabitation is also common, with the majority of people cohabiting prior to marriage. And more than 40 percent of all children are born outside

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Desire is Not Love

By: Gary Thomas | When an immature 29 year old soul proclaims, “I love him; I really love him!” she may well be speaking with a five year old’s heart: “I love candy; I really love candy!” Our culture has made love and desire synonyms. As long as we mix up the two, we will never understand biblical love, and thus we will never understand sacred marriage. Biblical love is perhaps best understood (though not fully defined) with the old-fashioned word benevolence. It is wholly others-focused. A five year old loves candy in the sense that he desires it. He wants to eat it. In the same way, an immature 25 year old says he “loves” a woman because he desires her. He wants to have sex with her, or at least he wants to be around her and he wants her to want him back with the same intensity. The kind of love the Bible

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Why an unequal “yoke” in dating is more like a noose…

By: Gary Thomas | One of the most popular quotes from The Sacred Search, a line that has been retweeted many times, is “If I’m going to make myself extremely vulnerable to someone, I want that person to be ruled by the Holy Spirit.” The farther you walk into dating, the more intimate it becomes. They get to know you. They learn things about you—where you live, what you like to do, where you are likely to show up. That’s good, and that’s potentially bad, because the more someone understands how to love you, the more they understand how to hurt you. This is part of the sacrifice of relationship; there’s no guarantee, but it’s worth the risk. There’s a difference between “wise risk” and “foolish risk” however. When you sign a mortgage, you can’t know for sure that you’ll be employed steadily for the next thirty years, but if

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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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Moms, Daughters and Periods

It’s that moment all women remember. For some of us, it was the panic of thinking we were dying at the first sign of blood. For others, it started horrifically at the wrong time; like a pool party with your cute new suit. Maybe your mom said something to you like “welcome to the curse honey”. Maybe you read in a book that women are indeed cursed (thanks to Eve). When bloating, PMS and cramps set in, you might have even started to believe that too. But the reality is, that God designed our bodies the way He did. He called us “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Our bodies are specially designed. Now like anyone, there are days I don’t feel like this. We’re constantly being bombarded with extreme messages from the feminist movement, telling us that everything about our bodies is wrong. Some days it’s harder than others

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Periods gone right: why you don’t want to miss the God-factor

I was in a dilemma. I was getting my hair done, and my stylist shared how girl’s on average start their periods two years younger than their mothers did. I was shocked, whipped my head around and…..went home with a completely different hair cut than I had planned. My oldest daughter was 8 at the time. If I started my period at 11, that meant she could start in a year. I couldn’t imagine breaking into my sweet, innocent 8 year olds world, and giving her the adult details on body changes, periods, and babies. I remember being completely overwhelmed when I learned all the ‘facts of life’, and I wasn’t about to do the same to my baby. After some thought and prayer, I came to the conclusion maybe I should just talk to her about body changes and starting her period, and leave out some significant details about

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Periods and sex: how to tell your daughter (without her running in terror)

Have you ever noticed that normally the conversation “sweetheart, let me tell you what a period is” goes hand in hand with the “sweetheart, this is how (gulp), um, babies are made”? About the time I learned girls start their periods two years earlier than their moms did (on average), I was convinced my 8 year old daughter needed to know what was ahead as her body developed. I wasn’t convinced however, of her needing to know all the details about sex along with the information on her body changes. Oh sure, I wanted to give her some information – just not all of it (CLICK HERE to find out what “some information” can look like for an 8 year-old).  When I sat down with my girlfriends to write the books we couldn’t find, The Beautifully Made Series for moms and daughters (ages 8+), some topics discussed were how early

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He was the last one she suspected

He was the last person she ever suspected, but the evidence against her new husband was undeniable. The young mother of two little girls sobbed uncontrollably as her story unraveled. The man she thought was a loving husband and stepfather was now in jail – accused of repeatedly molesting one of her daughters. As a police officer and major crimes detective, I investigated numerous murders, suicides, accidental deaths, and brutal assaults. In my opinion, the physical, emotional, and sexual victimization of children is among the most despicable crimes. The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans, describes the natural progression of a culture bent on satisfying fleshly desires – a culture much like ours today. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God he gave them over to a depraved mind to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled

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The easiest way to explain sex to your kids

Here is an excerpt from our Help Page: What exactly is “age appropriate” information about sex? Your guide to avoiding TMI “When it comes to starting this conversation, the easiest thing to do is read your child a book. At Generations of Virtue, we’ve done some massive amounts of searching and reading to find books that best help parents in this area. It takes the pressure off of you to come up with exactly the right words, and conveniently many of these books are in story format. There are several series that we recommend, with suggested ages to give you a general compass. Your best bet though, is always to read them before you sit with your kids. Every child matures differently, and also depending on environments, some kids will be ready for more information than their peers of the same age.” So here are a few of our favorites: 1. The Miracle

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