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By Lisa Cherry

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45) Surely that scripture was demonstrated last week when the Jars of Clay Christian band leader took to his Twitter feed.

Over a series of three days he caught the attention of the world. After watching a movie on board an airplane, he began to "think out loud" and his thoughts were quite disturbing.

Not only was he throwing off what he saw as the confining boundaries proposed by his evangelical heritage in regards to gay marriage, but while he was at it, he was throwing out the whole idea that morality can and should be found in our Bibles.

Wow. Lucas was the first one I knew personally who caught wind of this story. When Lucas sent me the actual twitter feed, I could not figure out why he sent it. Until I read the multi-day progression and saw what was happening.

Parents, we need to understand that this thought process is happening at epidemic rates in the younger generation. (And from what I am noting, perhaps it is happening at the same rate with our own age peers!)

Take a look at this yourself. Wouldn't it be nice to have a Twitter feed look into our own children's heads? Maybe we best find some ways to get a peek into their thoughts.

That is why I really encourage parents to learn to pull the stories happening in the world around us into the discussion in your own home. That is one of the best ways to check up on how our kids' reason and believe.

Maybe this story would be a great place to start. But get ready. What if you find out your son or daughter believes as our Jars of Clay friend??

Be prayed up and ready. Do not pounce on them if they have been sucked into this common cultural force of deception. You are in the middle of spiritual warfare for the soul of your child! If you find you have a problem, get some wise counsel. They have been taken captive and will need your help. What you say now has great weight.

In fact, if you are suspecting a problem, consider getting a copy of our book Unmask the Predators. At most all of our weekend events, we teach parents the 12 step plan at the end of this book to help them be ready to handle a parent emergency. God is equipping us for this very hour of tough leadership.

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By Lisa Cherry

"'Children Belong to All of Us,' Common Core Promoter Says; Opponents Are 'Tiny Minority' of 'Fringe Voices'."

That was what Paul Reville, an education professor at Harvard and former Massachusetts Secretary of Education, said Friday when talking about the issue of education reform.

 OK. Then I must be one of those "tiny minority of fringe voices!"

 Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies at the gate. Psalm 127: 3-5

How does that statement from scripture line up with what Mr. Reville proclaimed? Clearly, according to God's Holy Word, my children do not belong to the government or even the "community." They belong first and foremost to God and secondly, they belong to me, their parent.

Frontline parents, we need to take notice here. This growing confusion about our children had best cause us to raise up a voice. In other words, if we truly are a "fringe" (which I do not believe) we had better be a noisy fringe!

The Christian Post reported, "His comment [ Mr. Reville] regarding children is similar to a controversial statement by MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry in April. In an ad for MSNBC, she said, 'We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.'"

Christian parents, I encourage you to evaluate this issue. We must be ready to recognize how this thought process is infiltrating our world around us.

First, we must check ourselves. It is so easy to intermingle our thoughts and ideas with the discussions happening all around us. We acknowledge how valuable community—and even church support—is to our families. We are truly grateful for pastors, doctors, teachers, coaches, and even fellow parents who assist us in raising our kids. But that's just it. They assist us. Not the other way around.

Second, we must check the mindsets of our own kids. Are they believing the humanist lie that they belong to the community? If so, prepare for a stormy ride in your parenting as they view you, their parent, as only one voice of many from which to choose.

Third, we must check the policies and viewpoints of the organizations our family interacts with. Look at rules and regulations carefully. Ask questions. Don't allow policies to subtlety shift without voicing your protest. If we keep quiet, who will speak? By the time the Christian attorneys come in to assist us, it may already be too late.

Fourth, we must check the laws of our land. I was shocked when I did this myself. Are most of us even aware of where our rights have been compromised or when someone is acting outside the law? Parentalrights.org will probably shock you as it does me.

And by the way, this is not just a problem in the U.S.  Charisma News reported recently that Scotland is moving toward assigning a social worker to every child.

So where does all this child ownership controversy ultimately rest in the public discussion? Does it fall in the sphere of philosophy or religion or economics or politics or even education?

I think the answer to the above question is yes. It falls in all those spheres but that is not all.

This question—not unlike many others—falls right in the hands of us common moms and dads.

Just watch us parents when someone threatens to take our kids. Just watch how we will not lay down like some sort of tiny fringe people who say, "Oh. OK. You can do what you want with my kids." Just watch us and see if we will not throw our bodies in front of a speeding semi and leap into the two story flames.

Am I right here, fellow fringy weak ones??

Am I right to say we will not be quiet?

Please tell me we still have some roar!

Because if there is one scriptural analogy I feel like I can understand, it would be Proverbs 17:12:

Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.

Sit back and do nothing? Huh uh. Not me. So now you have heard my rant.

God, help us, I pray. We need Your courage and Your wisdom in this hour like never before!

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By Lisa Cherry

When I saw this article title my jaw dropped:  Why Are So Many Pastors 'Coming Out of the Closet' as Atheists?

But when I read further, I could see more clearly what was going on. This is a case of the devil and his forces capitalizing on those who are weakened.

Frontline Moms and Dads, we need to pray for our pastors. The Invisible Spiritual Culture War is very hard on them and their families! And personal pain in their homes is spilling over to their ability to rightly lead their flock. 

If even the strongest leaders among us are falling into a place of confusion, what about the vulnerability of the youngest and the weakest?

Pastors who deny their faith are of course confusing to their sheep and also dangerous.

Here are 3 quick things we can learn from this sad story:

1. The Devil’s camp is organized.  Sometimes we forget that just like we're working strategies to bring people to Jesus, others are working strategies to lead people to darkness. We best recognize that the enemy has a plan against our  lives—pastors, kids, all of us!

2.  Infused doubt works.  Did God really say…? That was the first great deception in the garden of Eden. Doubt is being flaunted in the airwaves.

3. Wounds are a door to deception.  Family wounds, church conflicts, betrayals, and disappointments… the enemy loves to move our beliefs while we flounder in pain. As parents, we need to recognize our kids’ moments of greatest vulnerability!! I have definitely seen this in our pastors’ home. And I am sobered.

Surely this article gives us great clues as to why only 1% of our kids’ generation has a biblical worldview.  But maybe... we can see our enemy's strategy and gain greater protection.

Protect your kids’ minds with our new book, Not Open: Win the Invisible Spiritual Culture War

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Don’t forget: today—Tuesday, February 18

5:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Not Open Chat/Call

Dial  712-432-1212 and enter the meeting ID: 479-729-692 followed by #

Post questions on our Facebook page: I’m Not Open

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By Lisa Cherry

The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC)  was meeting in Kansas City in the same convention complex as Acquire the Fire  where I spoke this past weekend.    

Parents at our Not Open event were alarmed. Not because they were "phobic," but because many of our Christian kids thought the MBLGTACC convention was cool and great!

I had just finished my opening session with the parents discussing the Invisible Spiritual Culture War facing them and their children, when it seemed we were immediately given a living demonstration of our spiritual battle.

One of the parents came back to our session after lunch describing his conversation with one of the group's college students that had shaken him to the core.

Another said her kids were intrigued and had "no problem" with the group at all.

A third said we had protester groups out on the sidewalk.

And a fourth said her youth group kids were rather "freaked out" by the rather bizarre scene.

Wow. These issues of Open are hitting fast and furious. As we held a heartfelt, earnest prayer meeting for the students in the other hall as well as the students in our hall, I think one of the parents’ comments hit the nail on the head....

Lisa, we are not prepared for this hour as we should be. We need to study our Bibles....'cause how are going to lead our own kids if we do not know how to think biblically about these issues?

A sense of sobriety hit our meeting as we realized we are at the crossroads of a divine opportunity.

And as we turned and studied His word, we found great delight in discovering He does know what to do!!!! He does have the love and the power and the truth to reach a generation!!!

Parents how will you prepare yourselves to lead your children in this desperate hour? What specific things can we do? Please share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page at ImNotOpen.

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You can watch Lisa and Lucas Cherry's interview on LeSEA's Harvest Show here. Their segment starts at 21:00.

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We are so excited! This Saturday, February 15 our book Not Open: Win the Invisible Spiritual Culture War will be released on Amazon.   

When you purchase Not Open from Amazon on Saturday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST, you will receive free gifts valued at $35.00.  Watch for more details on this tomorrow!

Here’s how you can be a part of this effort:

  1. Make plans to buy Not Open on Amazon this Saturday.
  2. Share with others about this project. 

Here’s how you can share about Not Open with others:

  1. Here’s the link to our site: ImNotOpen.com
  2. Here’s the link to our Facebook page: ImNotOpen
  3. Here’s the link to our Twitter account:  @ImNotOpen 
  4. Or simply forward this email to your friends.

You can read a  sample chapter of Not Open here.  And find out if you are open or not by taking this quiz.

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By Lisa Cherry

Tolerance is such a hot button in our world today.  

I wrote an article about it, and it was published recently by The Christian Post.  

Check it out!

The Definition of Tolerance

By Lisa Cherry, CP Guest Contributor

February 4, 2014|4:24 pm

When I was a girl, Mama taught me her meaning of the word "tolerance" when she bought my kid sister and me matching twin-sized, blue-ruffled bedspreads; coordinating white French provincial furniture; and proceeded to move us into the same bedroom.

"Lisa, I expect you to love, honor, and respect your little sister," she would say.

Never mind that my sister, who was a massive twenty-one months younger than I, was childish, immature, and messy-at least in my eyes. I—the "mature" one—was required to "tolerate" her.

I am so grateful for Mama's lesson. From her I learned to tolerate—and even love—others, even when I was sure they were wrong. So when my sister and I retired our little blue bedspreads back in the 1970s, we both thought we had tolerance figured out.

Unfortunately, we did not understand back then that we were already in the midst of a strange silent war that would cause us to think twice about our bedroom-lesson beliefs. 

Click here to read more.

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We are so excited! This Saturday, February 15 our book Not Open: Win the Invisible Spiritual Culture War will be released on Amazon.   

When you purchase Not Open from Amazon on Saturday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST, you will receive free gifts valued at $35.00.

Here’s how you can be a part of this effort:

  1. Make plans to buy Not Open on Amazon this Saturday.
  2. Share with others about this project. 

Here’s how you can share about Not Open with others:

  1. Here’s the link to our site: ImNotOpen.com
  2. Here’s the link to our Facebook page: ImNotOpen
  3. Here’s the link to our Twitter account:  @ImNotOpen 
  4. Or simply forward this email to your friends.

You can read a  sample chapter of Not Open here.  And find out if you are open or not by taking this quiz.

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