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"It is imperative in this confused, darkened world that we train and equip our kids to think like Christians. They must be able to defend their faith.....or they are likely to lose their faith," I stated boldly at a recent POTTS conference event.

As soon as I got home one of the participants messaged me on Facebook with a dandy follow up question to my impassioned plea.

"Lisa, how do we do that? Do you have any materials you recommend?" she asked.

I love it when I can confidently answer a question for resources! For the last several years we have used a worldview training program that I believe has effectively equipped our kids to stand strong in the face of the onslaught of postmodernism and other false beliefs.

Here are my favorite picks:

For younger teens.....Lightbearers

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For juniors and seniors in high school........Understanding the Times

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Both of these resources have a complete study program with excellent video teachings. My life has been equipped in amazing ways as I have taught from these materials. In fact, I found them so helpful, the last couple years I have started my elementary age children on the corresponding program for them through a coop group I am a part of.

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All these resources can be found at the Summit website http://www.summit.org/store/Homeschool-Curriculum/

Will this take effort, investment and time? Absolutely.

But without some extra effort and work, I have no clue how we will effectively pull our kids through the incredibly messy darkness we have plunged ourselves into as a culture.

For those of you who send your kids to public school, this learning could make the difference in your kids falling into massive deception with most of their peers or being the one who can stand firm in hostile times. For those of you who homeschool your kids, I highly recommend putting this material front and center on your lesson plans as your kids can be in for a rude awakening when they emerge from your private supervision. For those of you in Christian schools, perhaps this program needs added to your curriculum. But even if someone else is teaching it to your kids, I recommend the resource become a regular resource for family discussion and prayer.

Someone will teach your kids to reason according to some kind of a world view. Do you want it to be Lady Gaga and the folks at Planned Parenthood?

Enough said.

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Flag and steeple 3691313515_ecf602a2b2_mMy sister Beth eloquently expressed what is in on so many hearts. Serious. Profound. True. 

Let's ponder this one in our families.Thanks, Beth.

–Lisa Cherry

 

 

 

 

By Beth Groh

Maybe it’s just in my circle…

Or perhaps yours, too?

But I’m sensing a deep despair in the hearts of many following last month’s election (even from those whose “side” won).

Why? It was just another election, right? Better luck in four years, right?

Wrong.

The ballot box battle wasn’t for the White House, Congress, or even the direction of our nation, in a traditional sense.

It was a battle of worldviews.

On one side, a man-centered worldview:

Who provides man’s safety net? Defines life and marriage? Dictates religious conscience? Allocates resources based on arbitrary definitions of fairness? One answer: Big Government.

On the other side, a God-centered worldview:

Who is “The” Provider? Who instituted marriage and knit each of us in the womb? Who calls His people to answer to His laws? Who stirs the hearts of those who should care for the weak and less fortunate? One answer: Our King.

So who won in November?

The man-centered worldview won.

Mankind lost… at least in this battle and in this season.

But our King is still on the Throne, no matter who is in the Oval Office or halls of Congress.

His will was done, even if it puzzles and saddens those who see a secular tide washing across our land.

So don’t expect everyone to “get over” the election soon. Our ache is deep. Our sadness profound.

Instead, let us prayerfully seek how to “get on with it” in furthering His Kingdom … even amidst the darkening wave of man-centered thinking that seeks to relegate God to shrinking pews on Sunday mornings.

If, as a nation, we ask Him to leave the public square, He may oblige. That chills the heart and souls of those who know, from history, what happens to societies that trust in secular systems or leaders. While Scripture assures us He will never forsake His people, He may—as a loving Father—allow us to feel the consequences of our willful desire to abandon His principles that were the very foundation of our nation.

That’s why this election will have consequences… and why the battle of worldviews will continue to rage and divide.

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I must admit. Vice President Joe Biden really nailed it this weekend on NBC’s Meet the Press.

When discussing the issue of gay marriage, he gave credit where credit is due.  He attributed the “social cultural change” in attitudes towards traditional marriage to the media, which he said helped his own views on same-sex marriage “evolve” over time.

“I think [the TV show] ‘Will and Grace’ probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything else anybody has ever done so far,” Biden said.

Thank you, Mr. Vice President!

Finally, someone admitted what many Christians with a biblical worldview have been saying for years:  media doesn’t just reflect culture. Media shapes it.

The “normalization” of same-sex relationships in the media can--and has--eroded God’s plan for families.

Just look at the recent display ad for JC Penney’s featuring a lesbian couple.

When watchdog group, One Million Moms criticized the ad and the selection of openly gay spokeswoman Ellen Degeneres, many were quick to pronounce judgment. Not on JC Penney’s, but on the critics. Homophobic. Intolerant. Narrow-minded. Or, worse, hate-mongering.

The ongoing chess game seems endless, and one side seems to have the home-field advantage in the media.

Step 1: Flaunt images of a gay lifestyle.

Step 2: Provoke protests from traditional social conservatives.

Step 3: Pounce on the “intolerance” of critics.

Step 4: Repeat.

Biden pretty much admitted it’s an effective tactic.

But the casualty is TRUTH. And our children may be the ultimate victims.

The truth is simple:

Truth 1: God’s Word is abundantly clear about the sinfulness of homosexuality.

Truth 2: We can express hate for a sin, while loving the sinner.

Truth 3: We’re actually exhibiting love—and not “hate”—when we hold up God’s Word as a mirror for sin of any type, whether our own or others.

Truth 4: We’re all sinners. But, mercifully, Christ died as the punishment for those sins.

Truth 5: Therefore—out of mercy, reflecting Christ’s sacrifice for us—we’re called to help others avoid the deadly traps of sinful living, while being mindful ourselves of staying grounded in God’s Word for advice on daily living.

So how do we stop this destructive game that threatens to reshape a culture devoid of God’s plan for families?

Step 1: Pray.

Step 2: Lovingly reject the labels attached to those who stand up for biblical principles.

Step 3: Voice praise—and outrage—when appropriate.

Step 4: Ground ourselves and our families in God’s Word.

Step 5: Love those who disagree, but don’t cower in holding a mirror to sin (especially on our own lives).

Step 6: REPEAT!

Finding Beauty in Suffering

admin —  April 6, 2012

What a breathtaking photo…such a look of joy on a face scarred by unspeakable horror.

This young woman named Yubelina nearly died for her Christian faith, left severely burned when Muslims attacked her village in Indonesia.

Voice of the Martyrs ministry featured her disfigured image on its January newsletter cover—and it has become a picture that has struck a chord with Christians worldwide.

Joy in suffering. Beauty in the ugliness of persecution.

An image and reminder we need on this week leading into Easter.

It’s so easy in our modern “feel good” culture to focus on Easter, jumping over the unpleasant description of Christ’s suffering for us on Good Friday so we can fast-forward to his triumphant resurrection celebration on Sunday.

Sadly, in our society Good Friday has become another shopping day for Easter baskets or dresses. Or just another day at work before a holiday weekend.

Long gone are the days I remember as a child going to hear my grandfather preach about the passion of Christ on Good Friday afternoon (which always seemed to be a dark, dreary day with a thunderstorm, as I recall).

We don’t want to dwell on the gory details of how our beloved Jesus was mocked, mauled and left in a mangled state of dislocated joints and skin as He hung dying on the cross. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities…”(Isaiah 53:5) The prophet Isaiah also foretold that His “visage was marred more than any man.” (Isaiah 52:14) Would His face have looked worse than Yubelina’s?

Yes, we know in the abstract sense that Christ suffered for us. Likewise we know, abstractly, that Christians like Yubelina suffer in the world today for the Gospel.

But it’s not a place we like to stop and stare.

Certainly it’s not a place we necessarily want to take our children (those old enough, and mature enough, who could handle such discussions or images, that is).

My instinct as a mom?

Shield and protect them from seeing evil. But, shame on me, that should not be my action as a Frontline Mom, who wants to instill a biblical worldview in her children.

Suffering is real today, just as it was 2,000 or so years ago on a cross on Calvary.

Ugly? Yes.

Necessary? Yes.

Beautiful? Truly beautiful? Yes.

How could His suffering be beautiful?

Well, without His willingness to suffer punishment for all of our sins, a disfigured young lady like Yubelina would have no reason to smile—no joy or hope in her heart.

Yet the look she offers out of her one good eye says it all. She loves her Savior. And she bears witness with her scars—and smile—of how beauty lies in His sacrifice.

As I look at our sweet sister, I caught myself humming the hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, as I wrote this message:

“See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?”

Sorrow and love flowed down our Savior’s body as His blood was poured out for your Salvation and mine.

Embrace that thought today…and share it with others. Let Yubelina’s smile inspire you to reflect the sacrificial love of our Lord tomorrow on (truly) Good Friday.

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What a breathtaking photo…such a look of joy on a face scarred by unspeakable horror.

This young woman named Yubelina nearly died for her Christian faith, left severely burned when Muslims attacked her village in Indonesia.

Voice of the Martyrs ministry featured her disfigured image on its January newsletter cover—and it has become a picture that has struck a chord with Christians worldwide.

Joy in suffering. Beauty in the ugliness of persecution.

An image and reminder we need on this week leading into Easter.

It’s so easy in our modern “feel good” culture to focus on Easter, jumping over the unpleasant description of Christ’s suffering for us on Good Friday so we can fast-forward to his triumphant resurrection celebration on Sunday.

Sadly, in our society Good Friday has become another shopping day for Easter baskets or dresses. Or just another day at work before a holiday weekend.

Long gone are the days I remember as a child going to hear my grandfather preach about the passion of Christ on Good Friday afternoon (which always seemed to be a dark, dreary day with a thunderstorm, as I recall).

We don’t want to dwell on the gory details of how our beloved Jesus was mocked, mauled and left in a mangled state of dislocated joints and skin as He hung dying on the cross. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities…”(Isaiah 53:5) The prophet Isaiah also foretold that His “visage was marred more than any man.” (Isaiah 52:14) Would His face have looked worse than Yubelina’s?

Yes, we know in the abstract sense that Christ suffered for us. Likewise we know, abstractly, that Christians like Yubelina suffer in the world today for the Gospel.

But it’s not a place we like to stop and stare.

Certainly it’s not a place we necessarily want to take our children (those old enough, and mature enough, who could handle such discussions or images, that is).

My instinct as a mom?

Shield and protect them from seeing evil. But, shame on me, that should not be my action as a Frontline Mom, who wants to instill a biblical worldview in her children.

Suffering is real today, just as it was 2,000 or so years ago on a cross on Calvary.

Ugly? Yes.

Necessary? Yes.

Beautiful? Truly beautiful? Yes.

How could His suffering be beautiful?

Well, without His willingness to suffer punishment for all of our sins, a disfigured young lady like Yubelina would have no reason to smile—no joy or hope in her heart.

Yet the look she offers out of her one good eye says it all. She loves her Savior. And she bears witness with her scars—and smile—of how beauty lies in His sacrifice.

As I look at our sweet sister, I caught myself humming the hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, as I wrote this message:

“See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?”

Sorrow and love flowed down our Savior’s body as His blood was poured out for your Salvation and mine.

Embrace that thought today…and share it with others. Let Yubelina’s smile inspire you to reflect the sacrificial love of our Lord tomorrow on (truly) Good Friday.

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