Christian alternative to Boy Scouts sees growth amid pandemic, 70% more new members in 2021

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A youth scouting group formed in response to the controversial changes within the Boy Scouts of America has reported an increase in the number of chapters during the pandemic.

Trail Life USA, launched in 2014 and headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is reporting dozens of new chapters and more than 30,000 members…

SOURCE: https://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-alternative-to-boy-scouts-sees-growth-amid-pandemic.html

Supreme Court asked to review men-only draft registration law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether it’s sex discrimination for the government to require only men to register for the draft when they turn 18…

SOURCE: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2021/06/06/supreme-court-asked-to-review-men-only-draft-registration-law/

Four Chaplains Day

American Minute with Bill Federer

Four Chaplains Day: Sinking of USAT Dorchester & Courageous Self-Sacrifice

On the frigid night of FEBRUARY 3, 1943, the overcrowded Allied ship U.S.A.T. Dorchester, carrying 902 servicemen, plowed through the dark, freezing waters near Greenland.

At 1:00am, a Nazi submarine fired a torpedo into the transport’s flank, killing many in the explosion and trapping others below deck. It sank in 27 minutes. The two escort ships, Coast Guard cutters Comanche and Escanaba, were able to rescue only 231 survivors. 

In the chaos of fire, smoke, oil, and ammonia, four chaplains calmed sailors and distributed life jackets:

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New Science a Game Changer on Trans Sports

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New Science a Game Changer on Trans Sports

by Tony Perkins

One of the very first things Joe Biden has promised to do as president is abolish girls’ sports. It’s a ludicrous thing to make a priority, but the former Obama VP insists — like most liberals — that “transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time.” It’s the fair thing to do, Biden argues. But is it? New research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine says no…

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Sunday’s Sermon Series – FATHER’S

There is a father absence crisis in America.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 19.7 million children, more than 1 in 4, live without a father in the home. Consequently, there is a father factor in nearly all social ills facing America today.
(2017. U.S. Census Bureau. Data represent children living without a biological, step, or adoptive father.)

 

I am not usually one for themed sermons, that is those targeted at holidays. When I was preaching I rarely deviated from systematic expository preaching through a book of the bible. However as the above statistic and current events show we are in a Fatherless crisis in America and likely around the world. So today’s sermon on Father’s Day here in the U.S. is on Fatherhood. 

 


1 John 2:13-14 (AMP and RVR 1960)


SERMON:

FATHERS IN CHRIST

NO. 1751
A SERMON
DELIVERED ON LORD’S-DAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 18, 1883,
BY C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON.

I write unto you, fathers, because you have known Him that is from the beginning.”. . . “I have written unto you, fathers, because you have known Him that is from the beginning.” 1 John 2:13, 14.


OTHER RESOURCES:

Fathers Who Give Hope by John Piper 

Men as Providers by J D Gunter

 

Marriages Hit a New Low

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Marriages Hit a New Low

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How We Rebuild a Culture of Commitment

JOHN STONESTREET  WITH SHANE MORRIS

According to a new report by the National Center for Health Statistics, marriage in the United States of America has never been less popular. Today, in the U.S. there are only 6.5 weddings for every 1,000 people, the lowest rate since we started keeping records just after the Civil War, and despite the fact that millennials, who are the biggest generation in American history, are in their peak marriage years right now. And, these numbers are pre-COVID-19. As the report’s lead author suggests, the economic fallout of the virus will likely “further discourage marriage in the near term….”

Economic factors do, of course, affect marriage rates. Even before COVID closed everything down, single breadwinners could find it quite difficult to support a growing family. In recent decades, the “marriage gap,” the different marriage rates between upper and lower income Americans, has become more pronounced, with marriage becoming more and more a luxury of the wealthy.

At the same time, it’s a worldview mistake to think that economics alone can explain what’s happening to marriage. As Bradford Wilcox with the Institute for Family Studies reminds us, “there was no marked increase in divorce, family instability, or single parenthood at the height of the Great Depression.” By contrast, Cornell sociologist Daniel Lichter points out that some of the biggest drops in marriage rates, at least in recent years, have occurred during economically prosperous times.

The bigger factor here is not money but culture.

Exhibit A: As marriage has receded, cohabitation has increased in both numbers and social acceptability. Pew reports that a quarter of unmarried young adults are living with a partner. That’s the highest percentage since our record-keeping began.

The rise of cohabitation has followed not only a shift of attitudes about out-of-wedlock sex, but about the institution of marriage itself. Several years ago, another Pew study found that more than half of young people in America thought marriage was “obsolete.” As one pastor remarked on Facebook, young people who pursue the skills necessary for marriage are often treated as if they’re wasting their “real” potential, and those who get married in their early or even mid-twenties can inspire a level of shock and shame that was once reserved only for couples “living in sin.”

Even worse, our culture’s current portrayal of the “good life” involves career-minded singles living in chic urban apartments, sowing their wild oats on casual dating and hookup apps, and leading lives incompatible with a spouse, much less children.

The road to rebuilding a culture that values marriage will be long and arduous, but we do have some clues about what works when it comes to creating and preserving that kind of culture. The Institute for Family Studies reports that, contrary to a popular but mistaken talking point, the institution that remains the single best refuge for marriage is the Church. It is still true, even today, that among the surest predictors that a couple will get and stay married is how regularly they attend religious services. That’s why bringing people to God and bringing people together are so often a package deal.

Even so, the Church simply must first embrace her God-given task of re-catechizing His people about what marriage is. Too often, the Church is trying to put a band-aid of sexual morality on the gaping wound of bad Christian thinking about marriage that is often no different than the larger culture: That marriage is either a lifestyle accessory, a waste of youth, or an institution of personal happiness. We won’t know what marriage is, or how to do it, unless we know what God created marriage for.

Hint: Though companionship is certainly a wonderful side-benefit of a healthy marriage, God didn’t create marriage to solve Adam’s loneliness problem. Check the text again: He created marriage to solve Adam’s aloneness problem. It’s an important distinction that not only explains what marriage is for, but sets the groundwork for all of the moral expectations God gives us about sex and marriage.

Even after the wedding, the Church is still the best place to strengthen marriages, a necessary task if we are to see the kind of culture where people think of lifelong marriage as part of the good life. Recently, J. P. DeGance joined me on the BreakPoint Podcast to talk about a unique, data-driven approach to help pastors identify struggling marriages and then works to help save them in their communities. Working with pastors and churches in Jacksonville, Florida, DeGance’s organization, Communio, saw the divorce rate drop 24 percent in just three years. That’s many times faster than the national average.

Saving existing marriages is essential to encouraging new ones. How many young people are out there that have never seen a single marriage work? How can we expect them to trust an institution that, in their view, not only consistently fails but also causes so much pain and heartbreak when it does?

J.P. DeGance will join Katy Faust, Pastor Bob Fu, and Student for Life president Kristan Hawkins for Module 5 of our upcoming  “Truth. Love. Together” virtual event. He’ll be talking about how the Church can help restore a marriage culture. The Truth.Love.Together event is absolutely free. Sign up and learn more here.

 

 

Stand For The Biological Truth About Men and Women

The fact of the matter is that men and women are different. This is science. And rejection of this basic truth is science denial.

These are just a few of the differences between men and women. There are many dozens of others. But despite these plain truths, many wish to deny the facts and impose unscientific and dangerous ideology as law through means such as the “Equality Act.”

SOURCE:

National Organization for Marriage
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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 08 & 09 April

MEN GREAT AND SMALL

Small and great, rich and poor, free and bond – Revelation 13:16

God made…great lights…he made the stare also – Genesis 1:16

Every branch of a tree is not a top branch. – Matthew Henry

Great men’s vices are more intimidated than poor men’s graces. – William Secker

ZEAL WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE

They have a zeal if God, but not according to knowledge – Romans 10:2

Zeal without knowledge is like a wildfire in a fool’s hand. – John Trapp

As wine is tempered with water so let discretion temper zeal. – Henry Smith

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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