Archive for January, 2010

At the beginning of my message today on sexual purity from Proverbs 5 (message here–scroll down to 1/31/10), I pointed out that the teaching on this subject in Proverbs came from a father to his son.  I pointed out that the responsibility for seeing that accurate education in this area is delegated by God to the home.  While most Christians believe this,  many struggle with how exactly this is to be done.  When should be teaching our children about marriage and sex?

Jay Younts is posting on this very subject over at Shepherd Press.  He begins his first article:

One of the more dreaded of parental responsibilities is telling children about sex. This conversation is often so awkward that both parent and child wonder what good could come from it. Sometimes, there is no actual conversation. A parent might hand a book to his or her child and say, “Read this and let me know if you have any questions.” There is a degree of irony in this awkwardness. On the one hand, it is almost impossible to avoid being confronted with sex.  Movies, billboards, commercials, songs, news reports, casual conversations, TV programs etc., form a cultural bombardment of sexual themes that invade daily life. On the other hand, at least in most Christian households, sex is not talked about as a part of regular family conversation.

Here are his entries so far.  I commend the to you for biblical counsel in this area:

Talking to Your Children about Marriage and Sex

When to Talk about Sex and Marriage

What to Talk About (1)

What to Talk About (2)

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I spoke on sexual purity on Proverbs 5 (message here–scroll down to 1/31/10).  Here’s one of the resources that I encouraged our congregation to use in helping them to flee immorality: “Rediscovering Sexual Purity” by LifeAction Ministries. Download and work through it.

Another resource that I highly recommend is The Purity Principle by Randy Alcorn (best book on the subject I know).

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Here is a nicely done animation video explaining how each cell in our bodies work.  It contends that Charles Darwin revolutionized biology, but asks if he really refuted intelligent design. (HT: JT)

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Haiti: 360°

Incredible video: Drive through Haiti, stop and see the devastation.  Experience what Port-au-Prince is going through.  (As of this post there are five pages worth of video.)

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Incredible!  Sad!  Shaking my head! Meghan Duke on her trip to  Washington, D.C.:

“While visiting the National Gallery of Art this past Saturday, I ran into a pair of errant security guards who have taken to interpreting the Constitution in their spare time.

National Gallery of ArtI decided to visit the Gallery after attending the March for Life the day before. There was an exhibit on processes of photography before the digital age that I hoped would confirm me in my refusal to give up on film. After searching my bag, the two guards at the Gallery told me, “You’re good to go in, but first you need to remove that pro-life pin.” He was indicating the small lime green pin with the message “impact73.org” and the silhouette of a small hand inside that of a larger hand that I had attached to the lapel of my coat. The pin, they informed me, was a “religious symbol” and a symbol of a particular political cause and it could not be worn inside a federal building. Why, I asked, can I not wear a religious or political symbol inside a federal building? Bringing to bear the full weight of the supreme law of the land, the guards informed that it was a violation of the First Amendment of the United States’ Constitution: The combination of me, wearing a pro-life pin, in a federal building was a violation of the separation of church and state.”

Read what happened next here.

(HT: Kingdom people)

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Diana Scimone fills us in on the “Super Bowl’s Not-So-Super Side.”

“I love football and am thrilled the Super Bowl is just around the corner.

I’m not at all excited, however, about what will come to Miami the same week:  A huge increase in human trafficking.

“Every time we have a big event like the Super Bowl,” says Anna Rodriguez, founder of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking (FCAHT), “you have pimps that move people across the nation to where there is a large activity and a quicker way to make a lot of money.”

Human trafficking is the 2nd most profitable crime on the planet, after illegal drugs. You can sell a drug once but you can sell a human being over and over again.

Traffickers know there’s money to be made so when there’s an international sporting event like the Super Bowl or World Cup, they show up in force.

Remember, we’re not talking about voluntary prostitution.  Human trafficking involves force, fraud, and coercion. Women and girls are forcibly trafficked to cities where events like the Super Bowl are held.

There’s nothing voluntary about it. It’s human slavery.  And in some cases child slavery.

The human trafficking industry may be getting ready, but so are abolitionists and law enforcement.

Anti-trafficking organizations are mobilized to reach out to Miami hotels and business owners who might come in contact with victims of commercial sexual exploitation. They’ll also reach out to minors in areas known for commercial sexual exploitation.

These organizations include:

Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking
KLaasKids Foundation
Global Child Rescue
Stand Up for Kids
Kristi House
Free International
Florida Abolitionists
Local, state, and national law enforcement
This year’s outreach in Miami includes a week of training and outreach for team members and volunteers along with an army of people praying for their success.

Want to join them? Contact anna@stophumantrafficking.org.

Let’s see if we can set some captives free–and put some traffickers behind bars.”

Last year a similar coalition provided 13 leads to law enforcement—one of which turned out to be the “Treasure Island” case in St. Petersburg, Florida. Six pimps were arrested and 4 domestic victims were rescued.

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Voddie Baucham calls this a brilliant piece and says, “This article is a must-read (click HERE)!  Anyone involved in the debate over the church’s acceptance of homosexuality has probably tried to make this same point, but I have never heard (or read) it put so well.”

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