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Miley Cyrus  409px-Miley_Cyrus_2008_MTV_VMABy Lisa Cherry

OK, this one doesn't even need my comment, parents.

Read the lyrics to “We Can’t Stop," a song by Miley Cyrus, and weep!

Teens know Miley as the star of the popular series Hannah Montana, in which she portrayed a girl who led a double life…school girl by day, pop singer by night.

It appears that Miley as a young woman was taken captive by the Hollywood culture. She was raised Christian and even made some kind of purity declaration.

Let's continue to pray for her and her family.

And then perhaps pick up that Straight Talk book on this blog and go back again to work with your kids.

Straight Talk book coverGod, please help us and our kids!!!

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Dennis RaineyBy Lisa Cherry

Doug and I have great respect for Dennis Rainey and his powerful ministry Family Life.

Recently Dennis spoke up for Biblical marriage in Marriage Undefended: Dennis Rainey on the Supreme Court Rulings About Gay Marriage, a special edition of his radio program FamilyLife Today.

There was overwhelming response to this program. Some was positive and some was negative. We encourage every family to read Dennis’s recent communication to his ministry friends here: Surprising Response to our Broadcast

We join with them in prayer during this difficult time in our nation's history.


Woman listening 25316103_2049462a8fBy Lisa Cherry

Have you ever tried to do a job with a tool that is wholly inadequate for your need? Like trying to wash a sink full of dirty dishes with a cheap paper towel because all your kitchen rags are in the wash? (A fresh example that I do not endorse!) How utterly frustrating and ineffective!

In the same way, many of us are trying to solve difficult issues in our homes with tools that will never be wholly effective. Oh, our self-help books or our friend's advice might drop in a little wisdom now and then, but somehow the root of our problem keeps producing the same horrible fruit. And we know we are in need of heavy duty assistance.

Well, do I have good news for you!!! You, my friend, have access to that dynamic assistance.....if you have made Jesus the Lord of your life. He is yearning to bring you the power, wisdom, and strength needed for every daily need.  He even provided the vehicle for you to receive His miracle help through the power of His never failing Word.

Our family suffered a complex, horrible wound.  We nearly lost our daughter when she was a teenager to the hands of a sexual predator. "Tough issue" does not even begin to describe the level of our problem! It was during that dark season that I discovered the secret, life-altering power of God's Word.

Oh, I knew that the Bible was important. I even knew it was true and living and active.

Back then I did not have a personal revelation of its explosive power. But when the Lord led me to take a long list of scriptures to pray out loud every day over my distraught and overwhelmed mind, I discovered an incredible secret.

He can release His divine answers though His divine Word!

I can't claim to understand this, but I can testify to its truth. Listening to God's Holy Scriptures and then speaking those scriptures out of my own mouth radically changed my life and my circumstances. You can read my full testimony here.

Here are five tips for getting heavy duty assistance on your most difficult needs:

1.  Listen to long passages of scripture on your phone/pc/pad.

I like the Bible Gateway app on my iPhone. I can start a book of the Bible and hit pause and it holds my place. Whether I am exercising, getting ready, or running errands my phone is always near. For years I placed a cassette player in my bathroom to do the same work. So find your own technological way....and watch your mind begin to come into divine order.

2. Do not be concerned about not "getting it all."

I used to think that I needed to re-listen if my mind wandered. Now I understand that even if my mind wanders, my spirit man is picking up the scripture. It's crazy! Truly our minds can be renewed and we will begin to think and problem-solve more in order with God's will. Remember, it's supernatural, not natural.

3. Develop a list of key scriptures for your situation.

When we were in battle for our daughter Kalyn, the Lord led me to a long list of scriptures to begin praying over my own home. I list those in the back of  my book Unmask the Predators. You, of course, can make your own personalized list. Many online and print resources can help you find scriptures if you need help.  Try,, or the Bible Promise Book.

4. Find a way to record yourself reading those scriptures aloud.

Did you know you will often believe your own voice more than other voices? I like my free phone app called Supernote for recording my own voice. How can you make a simple recording you can listen to every day?

5. Match faith with the word of God.

The Bible says our Lord watches over His word to perform it.  He also says our part is to match faith with His promises! See Hebrews 4:1-2.

If you would like our prayers over your tough situation, drop a comment here or email me at

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America light 6914795521_3c0127a00fBy Lisa Cherry

A big thanks to The Barna Group for their thorough analysis of HOW and WHEN public tide has changed on the homosexual issue in their article America’s Change of Mind on Same-Sex Marriage and LGBTQ Rights.

This article is worth the look....even if you scan and look at the charts.  

 Please note the discussion in the last two sections particularly. It helps us see ourselves—at over 40—as well as our kids’ views!!!

Wow, what a time for us to stand for Jesus!

 Remnant of the not give up!!!

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airport security Atlanta 427400947_4c4ccadfa2By Lisa Cherry 

I could hardly believe it when I heard it.

The Transportation Safety Administration issued a warning to travelers about being sensitive and alert to Muslim travelers during the season of Ramadan.  Ramadan is a month-long observance that includes fasting, prayer and Qu’ran recitations.

Wow, I wonder if we Christians would ever pose the same problem?   Would anyone at a government agency ever feel the need to make allowances for or explain our behavior to the public?

Would we pray and read our Bibles openly, or (blush!) hide our lights under a bushel? ← tweet

People might think we were radical about Jesus or something!!!!!

Now obviously, I am not saying we are to put on an insincere show for the public. Jesus had some pretty sharp words about that idea!

But we have a tendency to conform, to compromise, to modify our behavior to make it acceptable so that we fit it. NOT OPEN Film Set Lisa and Lucas

But is this culture something we want to fit into?

I’m not open to that.  How about you?

Atlanta airport image source:  Josh Hallett

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This week we filmed a 10 session DVD curriculum for Not Open: Win the Invisible Spiritual Culture War, the book I’ve just written with my son Lucas.

Not Open iNOT OPEN COVER 7-4s now being prepared for publication.  Will you pray that it will be used mightily for God’s purposes?