Archives For October 2014

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What I heard yesterday, every parent in America today needs to hear. I mean that sincerely.

All of our sessions in the National Sexual Abuse Prevention Week have been extremely helpful to Doug and me. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the archived tapes.

Today I am sending a special plug for the one with Angela Williams of Voice Today. Her message is called The Grooming Mystery

Angela and my daughter Kalyn describe for us, using their own personal stories, how they were controlled by their perpetrators.

And what they tell you will definitely affect how you protect your children. Please, invest the time to listen.

If I had only heard this message 13 years ago....oh how differently my family's story could have been.

Love you all... and praying this week for your children's safety.

Will you pass this audio link to 3 friends??

 

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We have never done this before.

We have assembled a team of experts to teach parents how to keep kids safe from sexual predators.

Next week, October 27-31, we will hear from them during:

National Sexual Abuse Prevention Week for Homeschoolers

I have studied this issue for years... and yet, as I have talked to these leaders, I have already learned so many new things!

Please—will you give this your attention? And pass it on to your friends?

I believe we must continue to update our education as our children grow and mature.... and as we see our culture slipping into darkness.

While we are marketing this event to a homeschool audience, these speakers will be teaching all of us what we need to know.

The government will not be our best protections for our kids. Parents and concerned leaders will

Laws and enforcement are important… but prevention is the key!

Choose the sessions that are most interesting to you and listen in live, or access the sessions in the archive afterward at frontlinefamilies.org.

Check out this list of topics:

Monday, October 27
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Sexual Abuse Protection 101 for Homeschoolers -Stephanie Adams, MA, LPC What homeschoolers must know now to keep kids safe. StephanieAdams will expound on the principles she taught on the article published recently on HSLDA’s website, The Safety Principles: Defending Children from Sexual Abuse. Do not assume you already know the basics! Some of the issues related to this problem will astound you. 
Monday, October 27
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Why Is the Issue of Sexual Abuse so Complicated (and Heated!) in the Homeschool Community Today? - Doug and Lisa Cherry, and Kalyn Cherry Waller, authors Unmask the Predators: The Battle to Protect Your Child This session will take a sensitive, honest look at the unique challenges faced by homeschoolers when dealing with problems of sexual perversities and abuses. Why are the accusations of “abuse” among homeschoolers bringing strife, confusion and division to our homeschool community? The issues are complex….but the answers are not. From their unique vantage point of having suffered sexual abuse trauma and legal battles, the Cherry family of Frontline Family Ministries will lead a discussion on the central issue at hand. Be ready to call in with your questions and comments!
Tuesday, October 28
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The Grooming Mystery - Angela Williams, Founder of Voice Today Abusers use secret strategies to trick their child and teen victims.  That is why even intelligent children, teens and adults can get tricked by the people that they trust!! Learn what Doug and Lisa Cherry did not know about grooming that allowed a sexual predator access to their homeschooled child. Angela Williams has developed a clear, concise training into this topic that must be mastered if we are to successfully protect our kids! 
Tuesday, October 28
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Healing Wounded Hearts - Dr. Diane Langberg, PhD, author of Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse and On the Threshold of Hope: Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse wounds ignored are buried alive…only to damage lives and relationships later. Finding proper help is critical for God’s healing power to be released so that lives can be restored. In this sensitive discussion Dr. Diane Langberg will reveal common side effects of sexual abuse and point to successful paths of restoration for child, teen and adult victims.
Wednesday, October 29
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Protecting Our Children by Recognizing How Sexual Predators Think and Act - Boz Tchividjian, Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (G.R.A.C.E.), Professor of Law, Liberty University School of LawSexual predators can sneak into our lives and our communities. When we recognize their patterns of behavior, we can successfully stop them before they hurt our kids. Do you know your legal rights and responsibilities for protecting the children you know and love? Boz Tchividjian, as one of the most sought-after experts in his field, will give us the latest recommendations for our families as well as our churches and ministries.
Wednesday, October 29
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The Swimsuit Lesson - Jon Holsten, author of The Swimsuit Lesson: Helping Parents Protect Their Children from Sexual PredatorsAs a former investigator and a loving dad, Jon Holsten knows that explaining to young children about sexual boundaries is critical. Jon’syears of law enforcement experienceand his book The Swimsuit Lesson will help you talk to your young children. What he teaches dispels fear while it advances safety.
Thursday, October 30
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The 5 Proven Steps to Protecting our Kids - Elizabeth Warren, national leader in the field of child sexual abuse prevention educationAs director of one of the most successful organizations in America in developing strategies to protect children from abuse, Elizabeth Warren, National Programs Manager of Darkness to Light (D2L) has a wealth of information to share with homeschoolers. She will help us design a custom plan for our families that will keep us on our toes and equipped for every new environment our children encounter. Take advantage of her depth of knowledge! 
Thursday, October 30
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Teaching our Kids Self Protection Skills - Alli Neal, Co-Founder of Revved Up KidsWe can give our children and teens tools to defend themselves! Learning how to stay alert to danger and how to handle a would-be abuser is essential knowledge for today’s kids if they are to live safely and confidently in a world with unique dangers.  Alli Neal of Revved Up Kids will inspire you with her enthusiasm.
Friday, October 31
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Keeping Our Kids Safe Online - Luke Gilkerson, Covenant Eyes: Internet and Accountability FilteringParents today know the dangers lurking online to hurt their families….but they often feel powerless in supervising all the electronic devices that come into their families’ possession. Luke Gilkerson knows the facts we need to know, and he understands the strategies that will help us keep our kids safe. This session is also for you if you or your family members have already been entrapped in the snare of pornography…..and need a way out. 
Friday, October 31
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Help! How Do I Talk to My Kids About Sex When I Am Nervous! - Julie Hiramine, founder and executive director of Generations of Virtue, mom and authorWe all want our children to internalize Godly values about sexuality. But that means we must be the ones to talk about these tough topics! How can we as homeschooling parents successfully build a communication and discipleship system in our homes that will be both God honoring and successful? Julie Hiramine from Generations of Virtue can help us gain a voice of confidence.

Here is a blog I was featured in this week in anticipation of the event:

Sexual Abuse Prevention Week for Homeschoolers

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My Ladies’ Sunday school class confirmed the obvious:

Most people are feeling worried.

Unless you have been asleep the last few weeks, you probably do not need me to explain why.

Sure, we have faced tough times in our nation in recent years.

But somehow the mixture of ISIS beheadings and blood moon prophecies combined with domestic Ebola cases handled with mysterious mistakes and life-risking errors is seeming to be a little too much!

We want our sweet security back!

As we considered our options, we realized that freaking out about these threats did not seem like a productive plan, so we wisely considered 6 other more constructive responses.

Perhaps you and your family will find these suggestions helpful to take into your new week while watching the international news!

1. Fear not! It’s one of the clearest instructions repeated dozens of times in scriptures. Fear is a paralyzing spiritual force that must be resisted....in Jesus’ name! Let your children see your leadership today as you arrest the force of fear. (See 2 Kings 6:16, Isaiah 41:10 and Matthew 10:28)  

 2. Face facts. David looked honestly at Goliath. Without fear, he noted his size and strength. With courage we can look at facts....but then look at our God!

3. Expect the full range of human reactions going on around you. My ladies and I could recognize a whole range of responses we were observing among our peers:

denial that tried to minimize and scoff at the threat
hysteria that exaggerated and lead to chaos
anger that looked for someone to blame
foolishness that looked for ridiculously irrational answers
fixer-uppers who try hard to find a way out

Once we could identify all the "types" of responses we had already done ourselves :), we were free to make a wiser response.

4. Transfer your trust. I am deeply concerned when I continue to hear in the media a boasting of how strong our health care and military are, and how we would never have a serious threat to our nation.

Uh oh, I keep thinking. Pride goes before a fall! While I am so grateful to be a citizen of our wonderful country....I refuse to place my trust anywhere but in God alone! (Psalm 91)

5. Kindle your faith. This is not the time to be wishy- washy with our faith. This is the time to be feeding our faith with the word of God! (Romans 10:17)

6. Pray! Surely...surely we can see our incredibly important role in our nation right now. I am hearing God's voice beckoning me to pray like never before. He is on His throne ready to receive our requests and give us our instructions. (Hebrews 4:16)

What else would you add to my list of 6?

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I am sure many of you have been following the news out of Houston this week about the pastors' sermons that have been subpoenaed by the lesbian mayor's office.

It is shocking, but honestly, I figured it would all blow over quickly.

But now we are seeing it is not blowing over. In fact, it appears to be even more far reaching in threat to religious liberty. 

I received this helpful analysis today by a Southern Baptist leader I respect. Please take a look. 

We have pondered on this site about what would happen if Christians were no longer free to talk about these "sticky issues."

Now we see this..... It is time for us to awaken and PRAY! This weekend!!

External link:

Sermons Are “Fair Game” in Houston — The Real Warning in the Subpoena Scandal

Related post:

Lisa censored

What if I Cannot Warn You Anymore??

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Every time I see a piece of good news in the midst of this invisible spiritual culture war (like the blog post here), I think we should celebrate!

When the school district said that Christian children could not have a Bible club, some of our Christian teens stepped forward to make a difference. I am so proud of them! Are you?

It is not easy to face the resistance of anti-Christian bias as an adult… much less as a child or teen. But these kids did it!

Some of us who read this blog have teenagers and children who are willing make a bold stands for Jesus. Our kids are willing… But some are timid.

What can we do right now to give our kids courage to stand against the tide of lawlessness? I have asked myself that question many times lately.

I thought of three things:

1. Set an example of boldness myself

2 Pray fervently for the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen my family

3. Provide them with real live role models and up-to-date worldview training

When you see stories about our young ones standing strong for Jesus will you send me the links? I think it's time we all celebrate!