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Today's category: AnimalsCooking Instructions According to the Knight-Ridder News Service, the inscription on the metal bands used by the U.S. Department of the Interior to tag migratory birds has been changed. The bands used to bear the address of the Washington Biological Survey, abbreviated: "Wash. Biol. Surv." Until the agency received the this letter from an Arkansas camper: "Dear Sirs: While camping last week I shot one of your birds. I think it was a crow. I followed the cooking instructions on the leg tag and I want to tell you, it was horrible." The bands are now marked Fish and Wildlife Service.View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend
Dear Friends,The great season of Advent, a time of waiting and preparation for Christians in anticipation of Christ’s birth, is about to begin.One beautiful way of reflecting on this season is to think about the first Advent, when an expectant Mary and her husband Joseph awaited the birth of God’s Son. For expectant mothers and soon-to-be fathers, pregnancy is often a time when careful preparations are made around the house for the coming baby—the nursery is rearranged to accommodate cribs and changing tables, diapers and wipes are stockpiled, baby clothes are carefully organized in drawers, linens are freshly washed, etc.In the same way, Christians should spend Advent carefully preparing their hearts and minds for the coming of the Savior. This can take on the form of a kind of spiritual reinforcement and house cleaning—spending a little extra time in prayer each morning to prepare ourselves to live for Christ in the day before us, and to make peace with anyone we may have ill will toward and repent of our sins. Just as soon-to-be parents desire to make their home as clean and comfortable as possible for their newborn, Christians should desire to prepare and cleanse their hearts to fully welcome the coming Christ child. This may require us to detach ourselves from worldly attachments to obtain the true freedom that God desires for us. Is a nightly TV-watching habit cutting in to our prayer and family time? Is a regular habit of eating out cutting in to our budget so that we have less for gift-giving and those in need?Thinking about the first Advent is also to contemplate the Holy Family traveling from Galilee to Bethlehem, and the difficult journey that must have been for them. Imagine the exhaustion that Mary must have felt in her third trimester on such a long and arduous journey over rough roads on the back of a donkey, with Joseph enduring mile after mile of dust and rocks in leading her and the animal along. Amongst this shared suffering and journeying, the Holy Family must have grown ever closer to each other. In the same way, Advent is an opportunity for us to draw ever closer to our own families. Maybe this could take the form of creating hand-crafted gifts for loved ones, baking Christmas cookies, assembling care packages for those serving in the military, or perhaps joining a Christmas carol troupe that your church has organized—the point here is to spend quality time together as a family doing acts of service and growing in virtue.The season of Advent points to the coming of our Lord. Let us make the most of this wonderful time and prepare our hearts to receive the perfect gift of Christ.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 ArticlesLGBT advocates seek to scuttle a vital Constitutional right – Travis WeberACLU: Forcing Faith Out of Adoption – Travis WeberLove to Give: An Adoption Story – Alison ContrerasAdoption: Multi-Racial, Multi-National, Heaven-Blessed – Rob SchwarzwalderThe Unexpected Blessing of Adoption – Harold Harper10th Circuit Lets Police Officers Off the Hook After Telling Woman She Could Not Pray in Her Own Home – Travis Weber and Natalie PughWhy It Is Unnecessary to Force Jack Phillips to Bake a Wedding Cake – Travis Weber Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public Square2 Gay Men Explain Why They Support Baker’s Refusal to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cakes – Ian Snively and Peter Parisi, The Daily SignalStop Misrepresenting Masterpiece Cakeshop – David French, National ReviewDesignated haters – Juliana Chan Erikson, WORLDUNL campus not ‘safe’ for conservatives, public records reveal – Conservative ReviewWhy the Conscience Protection Act is critical – Jeff Pickering, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionLittle Sisters of the Poor Are Returning to Court – Rachel del Guidice, The Daily SignalGOP senators defend military officer disciplined for refusing to sign same-sex certificate – Diana Stancy Correll, Washington ExaminerAmerican Muslims, Lot’s Wife, and the Christian Baker – Ismail Royer, Public DiscourseInternational Religious FreedomThe UN doesn’t recognize the Christian genocide in Iraq. This new documentary does. – Miriam Diez Bosch, AleteiaCanada rejects Christian couple for adoption – Kiley Crossland, WORLDAfricans Put Parental Rights Back in UN Sex Ed Policy – Stefano Gennarini, C-FamRepairing the Ravages of ISIS on Iraq’s Nineveh Plains – George J. Marlin, The Catholic ThingMilitary Religious FreedomSenators Cruz, Rubio demand justice for Air Force colonel fired for standing up for pro-family values – Fr. Mark Hodges, LifeSiteNews LifeAbortionWorld-famous supermodel gracefully obliterates every argument for abortion – Save the StorksAbortion rates in US hit historic low, CDC report finds – Fox NewsThe push to force pro-life centers to provide free advertising for the abortion industry – Ken Connelly, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionIt’s Official: Arkansas Cuts Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood – Jerry Cox, Arkansas Family CouncilAdoptionLet Foster Children Wait No More – National Review10 Things You Should Know about Adoption – Russell D. Moore, CrosswayDo you believe these 5 myths about adoption? – Sophia Swinford, Aleteia‘Open your heart’: Adoptive mom debunks three modern adoption myths – Natalie Brumfield, Live ActionBioethicsBasic Bioethics: What Christians should know about surrogacy – Joe Carter, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionThe Overlooked Risks of Surrogacy for Women – Mary Rose Somarriba, Family StudiesFrom Darwin to Iceland: The Eugenic Solution to the ‘Undesirable’ – Roberto Rivera, The Stream FamilyEconomics/EducationUndoing the Dis-Education of Millennials – Adam J. MacLeod, NewBostonPostThis may be one of the biggest benefits to marriage we’ve ever seen – Catey Hill, MoneyishThe state of marriage as an institution – The EconomistMarriageOver One-Quarter of Children Under Age 18 Live With One Parent – U.S. Census BureauWhen Your Partner Is Down and Can’t Get Up – Glen Scrivener, The Gospel CoalitionUnderstanding Your Feelings to Stay Connected In Your Marriage – David and Jan Stoop, Focus on the FamilyCan Marriage Help Prevent Dementia? – Carolyn Moynihan, Intellectual TakeoutYour Spouse Doesn’t Need Your Unconditional Support – Dorcas Cheng-Tozun, Christianity TodayWhy I Stopped Comparing My Marriage to My Parents’ Marriage – Laura Triggs, VerilyFaith/Character/CultureNetflix Thinks You’re Bored and Lonely – Trevin Wax, The Gospel CoalitionDo You Talk to Your Children About Race? – Trillia Newbell, Desiring GodThis Is a More Important Goal Than Being Happy – Julia Hogan, Verily3 Creative and impressive ways people are helping the homeless – Elizabeth Pardi, AleteiaPolitics is About More Than Winning – Rob Schwarzwalder, The StreamJesus: the Heart of Christian Morality – Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek, The Catholic Thing4 things I want a new mom to know – Jill Waggoner, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionHuman SexualityYou Can Protect Your Kids from Hyper-Sexualized Culture – Eliza Powell, National Center on Sexual ExploitationHow to talk to your kids about sexual assault and harassment scandals – Phillip Bethancourt, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionSeven Questions for Couples to Consider Before Moving In Together – Rhonda Kruse Nordin, Family StudiesMen, Stop Virtue-Signaling and Return to Rules – Ben Shapiro, National ReviewLet’s rethink sex – Christine Emba, The Washington PostScam Artists and Sex Education – Carl R. Trueman, First ThingsConsent is Not Enough: Harvey Weinstein, Sex, and Human Flourishing – Angela Franks, Public DiscourseThe Pragmatic Benefits of God-Given Sexual Boundaries – Melinda Penner, The StreamHuman TraffickingTackling Modern-Day Slavery, Online Sex Trafficking – Lisa L. Thompson, National Center on Sexual ExploitationPornographyPorn Epidemic Hampers Fight Against Child Pornography – Stefano Gennarini, C-FamThe Pathway from Porn to Adultery – Kent Butterfield, Desiring GodPorn is the Missing Piece in the Louis C.K. Story – Mary Rose Somarriba, Public DiscourseBehind the harassment scandals, another dirty little secret: pornography – Zac Crippen, Los Angeles TimesLouisiana is the 5th State to Formally Recognize Public Health Harms of Pornography – National Center on Sexual Exploitation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, Arkansas State Rep. Jim Dotson appeared on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, a national radio show which airs on more than 240 stations across the country. On the show, Rep. Dotson talked about Arkansas school districts beginning to display "In God We Trust" posters in their classrooms....
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback questioned by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Thank you to our family, friends, and supporters We are heading home to Australia with our hearts full of gratitude. It was an amazing adventure in Iowa throughout July. What did the month have in store for us? Six churches visits Two Lord of the Lens events Multiple coffees and dinners A trip to Kansas [...]
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