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Teach Them Why They Died So That We Might Live

By Jim Daly , CP Contributor
May 27, 2013|6:32 am

If you've heard it once, you've heard it said several hundred times:

It's difficult to raise a child these days.

There's the sliding culture to deal with, of course, and the loss of a unified Christian ethos, of a government attempting to force us to violate our conscience on numerous levels.

There are the practical demands of parenting, many of which seem more acute these days. Our neighborhoods don't feel as safe or secure as they did when we were kids. At the age of six, I was riding my bike everywhere without a care in the world, but today, we're reluctant to let our boys and girls peddle beyond our block.

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For Scouts, a Badge of Dishonor


After two decades of bitter back and forth, one of the last strongholds for morality in America finally buckled. Late this afternoon, despite a relentless push by Scouts in every state, the National Council exchanged a century-old legacy for a false compromise that puts an American tradition on the pathway to extinction. After 103 years of principled leadership, the organization proved that it was incapable of the same kind of courage it's been instilling in American boys since the beginning of the 1900s. By a lopsided vote, delegates ushered into the Boy Scouts a new era of moral compromise, allowing homosexual boys and turning against a majority of members in the process.

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Pastor Finds Son But Loses Two Of His Flock In Tornado


 

Pastor D.A. Bennett with his wife Robin and children Jonathan, Garrett and Charis. (saokc.org)St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City served as a shelter during the devastating tornado.

Students from the nearby high schools, which were on lockdown during the storm, were bused to the church after the storm passed.

“And I will say I was really glad for that because my son was one of those students,” the church’s pastor D.A. Bennett told Here & Now.

Although Bennett’s church helped reunite families, he received a call that a mother who attended his church, and her five-month-old baby, were among those who died while sheltering in a 7-Eleven convenience store.

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Providential perspective

Thomas Lake is a Sports Illustrated senior writer. A recent Gospel Coalition article on him began, "It may surprise you to learn the finest young sportswriter-perhaps the finest young writer period-in America is a Christian."

Your mom and your dad, a pastor, homeschooled you and your five siblings-how did that prepare you for your job as a writer? It was pretty free-form. A lot of going to the library-the whole pack of us in the station wagon-and we would check out 40 or 50 books at a time and sit around reading them.

We had lesson plans for learning math and all that, but a lot of it was pursuing our intellectual curiosity, and that's what I get paid to do: Think of something I'm curious about, and go find out the rest of the story. It's a privilege to be able to do that.

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What the Bible Teaches us About Tragedy

What Can We Learn When Trials Beyond Our Control Hit Hard

The walk of a believer is often fraught with trials and tribulations leading to both defeat and victory. Life’s tragedies, your personal 9/11’s come into our lives seemingly in waves as we face obstacles, which both challenge our confidence and test our faith. Time stood still as the towers fell on that fateful day on September 11, 2001 and lives all over the world were changed forever and the world as we knew it would never be the same. It is only by the power of an almighty God that we are to persevere.

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