If you are interested in the news events in this country that affect Christianity in general, though not the church of Christ specifically and you can handle it without becoming to depressed by the things that are being allowed and promoted around the U. S. you might be interested in this news site. I don't know if it is associated with any specific religious group, but they do keep up with things going on religiously in America.
Are you looking for some good, clean, family fun? I wanted to let you know that we are going to start a new blog on the Build Your Wall site. The new blog will be to present family friendly alternatives to the popular entertainment of the day. We will have movie reviews, book and game reviews, maybe even ideas for a fun, educational, family night. We will start by putting up video reviews of some movies that are positive over the next few weeks. There are a multitude of possibilities and no telling what will be added. Look for the new page to be added this week. It will be called Shameless Fun.
One more short note, encourage your wives to check out my article for wives at Come Fill Your Cup. http://comefillyourcup.com/2013/03/27/be-the-wife-your-husband-needs/
It is good to get advice from people who have traveled the road that you are going to travel. They can warn you of dangers. As the saying goes ‘hindsight is 20/20'. Here is an article from Phil Sanders who has adult children. He looks back at some of the things he wishes he had done better when they were young. You can find more helpful articles at focuspress. - jp
It is an uncomfortable discussion. There is embarrassment, defensiveness, lying, anger, pride, and a host of other emotions when people discuss any temptation with which they struggle. Those things are multiplied when the discussion is about sexual temptation and sexual sin. We try to avoid the subject and in the process allow it to continue in millions of lives unchecked. We won't talk to our children about the temptations out there and they may already have been exposed and in danger. The devil has used sexuality successfully against: the first man - Adam chose Eve over obedience to God; the strongest man - Samson lost his God-given strength because of Delilah; the most spiritual of men - David was the man after God's own heart, but he fell into lust and bigamy; and even the wisest man - Solomon gathered 1000 women in his harem and they eventually turned his heart from the Lord.
You probably realize that internet pornography is rampant in our society. Hardly a day goes by that there is not a news story about some problem with it. There are computers infected with viruses by it constantly. There are people who lose their jobs and/or their reputations because of it. One man recently was stabbed and killed when his wife caught him looking at child porn(It would be hard to convict her). What can we do to protect our families from this devilish attack?
We have talked about Covenant Eyes before and I still believe it is the best way to know what is coming into your household's electronic devices. You can for a small monthly fee set up several accounts for monitoring. It is different from a filter. a filter will simply block access to certain sites and while that may be a good thing in some ways it does not train children to be responsible and choose what is right. With monitoring the muscle of choosing not to go certain places is developed. Our son and I also recently made the choice to quit using Internet Explorer and use Chrome so that we could add an ad blocker. Many of the ads are benign, but many others are inappropriate and of a sexual nature. The ad blocker and use of Chrome limits our exposure to certain things that might be tempting. I am proud of our son for making this choice. I don't know if I would have made the same choice when I was young.
One last thing if you still have your head stuck in the sand and think that it won't be a problem for your boys, or you think because you have girls instead of boys it is not anything to worry about here are some recent statistics from Covenant Eyes as well as some additional information on this subject. While it is true that boys and men are much more involved in these sinful activities, girls are not immune. Stats and Information - jp
Here is an article on how we define success. What if you get to the top of the ladder only to find that it was leaning against the wrong wall? This article is worth our time and attention. There are many more available at www.focuspress.org - jp
If you like to hear great sermons or need a resource to find a sermon on a specific subject or by a specific preacher you don't want to miss http://www.digitalbiblestudy.com/ because they have thousands of sermons by hundreds of preachers past and present. They are still working on adding to it.
Generally, the websites posted here are Bible based and put out by members of the church, but there are a few exceptions and this is one of them. What all websites mentioned have in common is that they will help your family Build Your Wall. One of the biggest problems for families is the financial struggles they face. It is not easy to deal with the money side of life, so we need some encouragement in this area. Did you know that Jesus spoke more about money than He did about love? Hard to believe I know, but He knew what a struggle it would be for people.
Dave Ramsey is not a member of the church, and some of his thoughts will not always fit with the scriptures, but the good of learning how to take control of your families finances and work together as a family will help you build your wall and be able to help others as well. His website has lots of free information as well as things to buy. His radio show is archived and streamed live free on the site as well. His teaching on being debt free may seem radical, but we have found the financial peace that he speaks of by following those ideas.
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Here is a site that does what all of us should do as Christians. The devil is stealing families' futures and destroying lives through pornography. It is time to declare war. It is time we fight porn.
As with all links, I do not necessarily endorse everything or everyone associated with the link. But, there is good here. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
For those of you who use e-sword, I have a special treat for you today. Here is a website where you can download free books and files that work with e-sword.
http://www.gravelhillchurchofchrist.com/ click on e-sword files on left column.
Literal translations, including Alexander Campbell's, Commentaries, Sermon collections, article collections like Why I Left . . . etc.
If you do not have e-sword you can download it free here.
As always the inclusion of a useful link does not endorse everything that is taught or included at that link. Use wisdom and caution, and as the old saying goes: eat the fish, but spit out the bones.