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Communicating Christ's Love to Others February is the month for expressing love. I am glad there is one day set aside on our calendar to let others know how much they mean to us; yet does expressing our love have to be a “one day” event? The quality of our relationships is certainly not defined by the events of a single day! Valentine's Day should just be one of the many special days of the year that we focus on communicating Christ's love to others.So this year instead of expressing our love to our family and friends on just Valentine's Day, lets commit to expressing our love on a more consistent basis. I recently read a touching story of one man's daily expression of love:Some of you probably remember the comedian Jack Kublesky. He was from Waukegan, Illinois and passed away years ago. His professional name was Jack Benny. When Jack was a young man, he was working in the same studio as a young lady he wanted to date. He thought she was beautiful, but he was too shy and embarrassed to ask her out. He couldn't get up the courage or the nerve so he started sending a single, red rose to her desk with no note attached to the rose.Every day she received the red rose. Finally one day, she asked the delivery man who was sending her the roses. He said a guy named Jack who worked in the same studio. She found out who he was. Finally they began talking and Jack asked her out for a date. She thought that after they started dating the roses would stop. But they didn't. They kept coming…a single rose every day.They were engaged and she thought the roses would stop. But they didn't stop. They even kept coming after they were married. Every day a single rose would show up for Mrs. Benny.After five years, and ten years, and decades later a single red rose continued to show up. Jack Benny died. The day after the funeral, a single rose showed up for Mrs. Benny. After several days Mrs. Benny went to the florist and said, “I don't know if you realize this or not, but Mr. Benny passed away. I know it is kind of you, but you don't need to do this any longer.” The florist responded, “Mrs. Benny, you don't understand. Jack made provisions years ago to provide you a single red rose every day you are alive.”This story challenged me to communicate my love more consistently! Perhaps you, too, need to express your love more often. Here are a few ideas to help get us started:Celebrate the 14th of each month as Valentine's Day.Buy extra Valentine's Day cards and send them on a no special occasion day.Email someone special Bible verses that show love.Bake heart-shaped cookies in August!Leave ‘heart shaped' notes in inconspicuous places for your loved one to find.Have a “Child of the Week.”“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”—1 John 4:7
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our December issue).Democratic Republic of the Congo: Christian doctor awarded Nobel Peace PrizeCongolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege was named a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work bringing physical and spiritual healing to tens of thousands of women raped by militants in the country’s civil war and ongoing conflict. At the Pentecostal-run Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, he provides holistic care for women, starting with a specialized procedure to address fistulas and other injuries from rape. Mukwege has led a crusade against sexual and gender-based violence, saying to fellow Christians, “It is up to us … through God’s Word, to exorcise all the macho demons possessing the world so that women who are victims of male barbarity can experience the reign of God.”Northern Ireland: Christian bakers win gay cake caseThe highest court in the United Kingdom ruled that the evangelical owners of Ashers Baking Company in Belfast could not be compelled to decorate a cake to say “Support Gay Marriage” in violation of their own beliefs. The five UK Supreme Court justices unanimously agreed with the bakers that declining a cake based on a message is different from discriminating against a client because of their LGBT identity or stance. The case was similar to Jack Phillips’s recent Masterpiece Cakeshop win before the US Supreme Court but resulted in a much broader victory for free speech protections.Nigeria: Boko Haram keeps Leah Sharibu as a slaveThe teen celebrated across West African churches as an inspiration will be kept as a “slave for life” by Boko Haram rather than executed. The Nigerian terrorist group’s ISIS-affiliated faction had earlier threatened her with death. Leah ...Continue reading...
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our December issue).Democratic Republic of the Congo: Christian doctor awarded Nobel Peace PrizeCongolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege was named a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work bringing physical and spiritual healing to tens of thousands of women raped by militants in the country’s civil war and ongoing conflict. At the Pentecostal-run Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, he provides holistic care for women, starting with a specialized procedure to address fistulas and other injuries from rape. Mukwege has led a crusade against sexual and gender-based violence, saying to fellow Christians, “It is up to us … through God’s Word, to exorcise all the macho demons possessing the world so that women who are victims of male barbarity can experience the reign of God.”Northern Ireland: Christian bakers win gay cake caseThe highest court in the United Kingdom ruled that the evangelical owners of Ashers Baking Company in Belfast could not be compelled to decorate a cake to say “Support Gay Marriage” in violation of their own beliefs. The five UK Supreme Court justices unanimously agreed with the bakers that declining a cake based on a message is different from discriminating against a client because of their LGBT identity or stance. The case was similar to Jack Phillips’s recent Masterpiece Cakeshop win before the US Supreme Court but resulted in a much broader victory for free speech protections.Nigeria: Boko Haram keeps Leah Sharibu as a slaveThe teen celebrated across West African churches as an inspiration will be kept as a “slave for life” by Boko Haram rather than executed. The Nigerian terrorist group’s ISIS-affiliated faction had earlier threatened her with death. Leah ...Continue reading...
Today's category: LawyersLawyer Quiz Q: Why won't sharks attack lawyers? A: Professional courtesy. Q: When lawyers die, why are they buried in a hole 24 feet deep? A: Because deep down, they are all nice guys! Q: Have you heard about the lawyers' word processor? A: No matter what font you select, everything come out in fine print. Q: What do you get when you cross the Godfather with a lawyer? A: An offer you can't understand. Q: What would happen if you lock a cannibal in a room full of lawyers? A: He would starve to death. Q: Did you hear about the terrorist that hijacked a 747 full of lawyers? A: He threatened to release one every hour if his demands weren't met. Q: What is the difference between a lawyer and a herd of buffalo? A: The lawyer charges more. Q: Did you hear about the new microwave lawyer? A: You spend eight minutes in his office and get billed as if you'd been there eight hours. Jury: Twelve men and women trying to decide which party has the best lawyer.View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend
Dear Friends,Today is Religious Freedom Day in America (see FRC’s resources below). In our great country, religious freedom has held a special place in our civic life ever since the days of Thomas Jefferson. But this freedom is increasingly coming under assault by activists on the Left here at home and by authoritarian regimes abroad. This is why we must never take the freedoms we have in this country for granted.So what do we mean by “religious freedom”? In this day and age, it’s vitally important to define our terms in order to counter those who have a far too narrow view of this first freedom. FRC’s David Closson has written an excellent summation of the proper understanding of religious freedom:“Simply put, religious liberty is the freedom to live out one’s faith according to his or her deepest convictions. This means people have the right to believe what they want in terms of theology and doctrine and can live in a way that brings their life into conformity with these beliefs. Obviously, this does not mean people can do whatever they want under the guise of ‘religious liberty,’ but it does mean that as much latitude as possible should be extended to those with sincere religious convictions about how to order their lives.”Our Founding Fathers understood that man’s deepest desire is to live out his most deeply held convictions, which most often come from religious foundations. The freedom of religion was therefore included in the First Amendment to the Constitution—our “first freedom.” May we never take this freedom for granted and always use it for the greater glory of God.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC “Religious Freedom Day” Resources“Washington Watch” Special Report: Religious Freedom Day – 5-6 p.m. ET on Facebook LiveOn Religious Freedom Day, consider life in countries without it – Travis WeberReligious Freedom Day – David ClossonWhen Free Exercise Comes at a Price – Alexandra McPhee FRC ArticlesNEW Policy Publication: Top 10 Myths About Abortion – Ingrid Skop, M.D.NEW Policy Publication: Why “Sexual Orientation” and “Gender Identity” Should Never Be Specially Protected Categories Under the Law – Peter SpriggAll I want for Christmas is a Supreme Court victory for public Christmas displays, crosses – Alexandra McPheeE-Verify — The Immigration Solution Congress is Looking For – Ken BlackwellSeventeen Years Later, Controversy Emerges Over Painting of “Ground Zero Cross” – Alexandra McPheeThe APA is Crazy: “Traditional Masculinity is Psychologically Harmful” – Cathy RuseFamily Research Council Opposes the “Equal Rights Amendment”The ERA: A Bad, Old Idea – Cathy RuseThe Postal Service Stamps Out the Christmas Spirit – Alexandra McPheeIs Anyone Surprised that Planned Parenthood Treats its Pregnant Employees Terribly? – Patrina MosleyIs Chai Feldblum Reconsidering Religious Freedom? – Peter SpriggCompassion Is Needed for Parents and Professors Dealing with “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria,” Too – Peter SpriggParents Beware of Puberty-Blocker Propaganda – Cathy Ruse Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareDemocrats Question Judicial Nominee About Membership in Catholic Association – Kevin Daley, The Daily SignalApple removes Christian ministry app following complaints by LGBT activists – Teri Webster, The BlazeColorado loses bid to dismiss cake artist’s lawsuit – Alliance Defending FreedomWashington state senior center bans religious Christmas expression – Alliance Defending FreedomEarly Christmas gift: City ends discrimination, Maryland church resumes worship – Alliance Defending FreedomHouse Passes Bill to Free Pastors from IRS Muzzle and Shield Churches from Accidental New Tax – Benjamin Gill, CBN NewsFamily’s Christmas Stamps Rejected Because of “Religious” Content – ToddStarnes.comTexas Lawmaker Wants to Put The Ten Commandments Back in Public Schools – Jeremiah Poff, ToddStarnes.comIndiana school district bars coaches from participating in team prayers after atheist complaint – Samuel Smith, The Christian PostOxford students demand university fire famed philosophy prof for ‘homophobia’ – Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNewsInternational Religious FreedomWise Men Still Bring Gifts: Our Extraordinary Christmas in Egypt – Rick Segal, Desiring GodThe Coming 'Turkish Jihadist Invasion' Against Christians: A Christmas Plea from Syrians to US Christians – Chris Mitchell, CBN NewsAs China Cracks Down on Churches, Christians Declare ‘We Will Not Forfeit Our Faith’ – Javier C. Hernández, The New York Times2 Christian brothers sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan, charity warns – Samuel Smith, The Christian PostIndia: Shock as pastor arrested for 'showing movie about Jesus' – Athena Chrysanthou, ExpressChinese City Bans Christmas Celebrations to Maintain ‘Clean Environment’ – Frances Martel, BreitbartTrump's troop withdrawal 'sacrifices' Syrian Christians, gives 'victory' to jihadis: activist – Samuel Smith, The Christian PostChristians 'Standing in the Way' of China's Xi Jinping's Totalitarian Rule – George Thomas, CBN NewsDuring Christmas Week, Iran Arrests 9 Christians for 'Zionism,' Spreading 'Corrupt' Beliefs – Tyler O’Neil, PJ MediaMilitary Religious FreedomAir Force Under Attack For Helping Salvation Army Provide Christmas to Needy Kids – ToddStarnes.com LifeAbortionAbortion Killed 42 Million People In 2018 – Paul Bois, The Daily WireLiving pro-vida – Mary Jackson, WORLDDemocrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions – Jessie Hellmann, The HillThe Supreme Court Should Protect Unborn Children with Down Syndrome – O. Carter Snead and Mary O’Callaghan, Public DiscourseTrump Contests “Sexual and Reproductive Health” at UN but Fails to Rollback Abortion Language – Austin Ruse, C-FamIndiana Health Department Refuses To License Abortion Clinic Over Undisclosed Records – Grace Carr, The Daily CallerPlanned Parenthood, Other Feminist Organizations Accused Of Discrimination Against Pregnant Workers – Ashe Schow, The Daily WirePro-choice activist tells kids: abortion is 'part of God’s plan,' ‘like dentist appointment’ – Samuel Smith, The Christian PostKansas judge rules telemedicine abortions can continue – John Hanna, ABC News‘Like a giant what-if’: Siblings of aborted children mourn their loss – Skyler Lee, Live ActionPlanned Parenthood’s President Admits Abortion Is Group’s ‘Core Mission’ – Alexandra DeSanctis, National ReviewAdoptionTexas couple: God ‘purposefully connected’ us to kids found chained in horrific abuse case – Caleb Parke, Fox NewsBioethicsObama-Appointed NIH Director: Aborted Fetal Tissue Will ‘Continue to Be the Mainstay’ for Research – Susan Berry, Breitbart FamilyMarriageWhy You Shouldn't Give Up on Your Marriage – Teri Reisser and Paul Reisser, Focus on the FamilyThe Cleansing of the Temple: Casting Pornography Out of Marriage – Michelle Curran and Luca Marelli, HumanumPodcast: Holy longing: The struggle with infertility – Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionState Efforts to Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences Should Include Programs to Strengthen Marriage – Alysse ElHage, Family StudiesParentingFarewell, Judith Rich Harris – Rod Dreher, The American ConservativeGender-Neutral Parenting Isn’t for Me – Leigh Harper, Family LifeFaith/Character/CultureHow Tragedy Testifies To The Supreme, Glorious Value Of Human Life – Caroline D’Agati, The FederalistWhat Do We Owe Our Parents? – Ashley McGuire, Family StudiesGrown Men Are the Solution, Not the Problem – David French, National ReviewIt Is Good That You Exist – Rachel Bulman, Word on FireThe Strongest Men Are Gentle – David Mathis, Desiring GodWatch This Dude Climb 3,200 Feet Of Granite With No Harness In ‘Free Solo’ – Glenn T. Stanton, The FederalistBreaking the Fourth Wall on Social Media – Austin Ruse, CrisisThis New Year, Act More Leisurely – Bart Price, Ethika PolitikaShould I Stay at a Christian Organization That Doesn’t Seem Christian? – Joshua Chatraw, The Gospel CoalitionHuman SexualityWhen Sex Becomes Cheap – Paul Sullins, HumanumProtecting Sex From Liberalism – Anthony McCarthy, Public DiscourseThe Problem Isn’t Technological: Rebuilding Women’s Reproductive Health – Weronika Janczuk, Public Discourse30 Transgender Regretters Come Out Of The Closet – Stella Morabito, The FederalistComprehensive Sex Education Undermines Students’ Moral Development – Tapio Puolimatka, Public DiscourseStudy: Infidelity, porn prevalent sex sins in church – Diana Chandler, Baptist PressCriminal Records Show Women Are Prudent To Not Want Men In Their Bathrooms – Jamie Shupe, The FederalistIdaho ordered to provide sex reassignment surgery to inmate jailed for sexually abusing a child – Samuel Smith, The Christian PostHuman TraffickingWho Are Sex Traffickers, And Why Do They Exploit Other Humans? – Fight the New DrugPornographyTwo Developments That Changed Our Movement – Patrick Trueman, National Center on Sexual Exploitation50 Heartbreaking Ways That Porn Harms Relationships And Society – Fight the New DrugFilmmaker/Actor Josh Radnor On Why He’s Against Porn – Fight the New Drug
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