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Hear from teens, homeschooling parents, homeschool grads, and singles who are just like you. They love the Lord, resist temptation, sometimes blow it, struggle with relationships, and are pressing on to see Jesus face to face! Great discussions that will stretch you to live Christian lives.

    The Assault on Men & Masculinity

    The Assault on Men & Masculinity

    The Assault on Men & Masculinity

    In “The Assault on Men & Masculinity,” Episode, #152, Meredith Curtis reveals the challenges that Christian men face in this day and age. Enemy #1 in the secular world today is the Christian man. He is ridiculed, villainized, canceled. The world tries to change him into a feminized version that is impotent and ineffective. Meredith shares the ways biblical manhood has been attacked and calls Christians to embrace God’s design for men and to appreciate the men in our lives.



     



     









     

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    Enemy #1 in the secular world today is the Christian man. He is ridiculed, villainized, canceled. The world tries to change him into a feminized version that is impotent and ineffective.

    The World’s Assault on Manhood



    * Be more sensitive, express your feelings

    * Don’t be so aggressive.

    * Don’t be competitive.

    * Be quiet like the girls.

    * Men are missing from families—boys grow up without a dad.

    * Schools/churches are filled with women teachers—again no role model.

    * Society is filled with harmful things to tempt men away from being honorable and holy—porn, anger, divorce, adultery, sexual immorality, drugs, drunkedness, smoking, criminal activity.



    Destroy men and you have destroyed our culture.

    What is Going On?



    * God loves families. He designed them.

    * Satan hates families. He is out to destroy them.

    * Men lead families so they are the target.

    * God loves local churches. He designed them.

    * Satan hates local churches. He is out to destroy them.

    * Men lead local churches so they are the target.



    What Does Godly Manhood Look Like?



    * Leadership.

    * Protective.

    * Noble, honorable.

    * Courageous.

    * Provider

    * Integrity, Honesty.

    * Hard worker.



    Exhorting, challenging, urging others to live sold out for God.

    What Can Men Do?



    * Dig into the Word.

    * Pray.

    * Get together with other men to grow in the Lord.

    * Overcome strongholds in Christ.

    * Ignore the world.

    * Invest in your sons.

    * Mentor fatherless boys.

    * Be the man God’s called you to be.



    What Can Women Do?



    * Stop trying to make boys act like girls and men act like women.

    * Affirm men as leaders. Follow their leadership.

    * Respect and appreciate men.

    * Pray for them to rise up and live like Jesus.

    * Don’t expect your husband to be your girlfriend.



    What Can Parents Do?



    * Let boys hunt, fish, and play sports.

    * Give them opportunities to lead and protect.

    * Intentially raise them to be godly men according to God’s Word.

    * Require them to respect you.

    * Be alert for pornography—protect your household.



     

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    Do We Really Need It?

    Do We Really Need It?

    Do We Really Need It?

    In “Do We Really Need It?,” Episode, #151, Meredith Curtis reveals the challenges that Christians face as wise consumers trying spend money for the glory of God. "Just do it!" Nike shouts! Do what? you wonder, confused. Advertising slogans dazzle and repel us from billboards to glossy magazine pages, from sides of buses to television commercials to internet ad pop-ups. How do parents, teens, and children combat advertising that leads us in the wrong direction? How can we separate our desires and wants? And our good desires from evil desires? Meredith helps us sort through these murky waters with biblical principles and practical wisdom.



     









     

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    The Power of Advertising



    * Culture heavily influenced by Advertising

    * Advertising dictates how we decorate & celebrate holidays

    * New product promotional ads



    How Advertising Works



    * Advertising appeals to both good and evil desires

    * Products will often be linked to a universally desired thing (happy marriage, mate, fast car, admiration, athletic skill)

    * Target certain segments of society

    * Most companies targeting homeschooling families are not homeschoolers themselves

    * Many homeschooling companies targeting Christian homeschooling families are not Christians.

    * Advertising isn’t always honest



    How Jesus Responded to Advertising



    * Satan advertised the Kingdom of Darkness to Jesus (see Matthew 4)

    * Satan advertised food while Jesus was fasting and challenged him to test God

    * Finally, Satan offered Jesus wealth and power.

    * Jesus resisted using the Word of God as a weapon of Truth.



    Our New Way of Life



    * Imitate Jesus in responding to advertising. Respond to lies with truth. Respond to insinuations with reality.

    * Don’t fall into the trap of having advertising dictate what and when you purchase.

    * Seek God about your needs and desires.

    * Work/talk together as a family to apply truth to advertising and felt needs.



     

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    Celebrate Jesus on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

    Celebrate Jesus on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

    Celebrate Jesus on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

    In “Celebrate Jesus on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day,” Episode, #150, Meredith Curtis challenges you to make Jesus preeminent on what can be the busiest day of the year. With honesty and embarrassment, she shares lessons she has learned about exhausting herself creating the perfect day instead of celebrating a birthday. Glean some simple lessons about focus and intentional living to make your Christmas all about Jesus.



     









     

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    Show Notes

    The pressure



    The abundance of gifts, parties, fun things you don’t want to miss



    To-do List



    I tried to plan ahead, but…

    Christmas is Here

    There are things you can’t change



    It’s not about a perfect day



    It’s about a perfect Gift to Mankind

    Ingredients of Christ-Centered Days

    Surrender



    Trust



    Scripture



    Music



    Worship/Prayer

    Christmas is a Birthday

    Sing Happy Birthday



    Blow up balloons and hang them from the ceiling



    Focus on giving more than receiving



    Work together



    Give Thanks



    Our Christmas Morning Devotions & Singing

    Family Time

    Peaceful, joyful topics of conversation



    Play Games



    Make something together (food, craft)



    Watch an Inspirational Movie



    Our Christmas Eve Traveling Dinner



    Pray for each other and the lost world He came to save



    Attend a church service

    Personal Time

    Walks



    Read the Bible Devotionally



    Alone with the Christmas Lights

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    When All Hope is Gone: The Story of Elizabeth & Zechariah

    When All Hope is Gone: The Story of Elizabeth & Zechariah

    When All Hope is Gone: The Story of Elizabeth & Zechariah

    In “When All Hope is Gone: The Story of Elizabeth & Zechariah,” Episode, #149, Meredith Curtis takes you on a journey back in time to a godly priest and his wife who have faced a lifetime of disappointment. She explains how their story fits in with the Christmas story and why Luke includes it in his Gospel. Their strategic role in the Kingdom of God changed history—all because they served the Lord faithfully even with broken dreams. Be inspired this Christmas season and see John the Baptist’s parents in a whole new light.



     



     



     









     

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    Do you have dreams that have crashed and burned? Or maybe just put on the shelf?



    Elizabeth and Zechariah did.

    The Faithful Priest & Godly Wife

    Zechariah’s role in the nation of Israel



    Elizabeth’s disappointment



    Their relationship to Mary

    The Encounter

    God Remembers



    God speaks to Zechariah



    He is afraid to believe



    The sign



    The hiding—is this really true?

    Mary Comes to Visit

    Why does she come?



    Who recognizes Jesus first?



    How this miraculous birth helped Mary



    How Elizabeth poured into Mary

    John is Born

    Name him John



    Testimony of obedience



    The reality of old parents



    No mention of Mrs. John-the-Bapist & other not-ordinary things

    When All Hope is Gone

    God never forgets you



    God’s plan is bigger



    God’s plan is better

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    Proactive Parenting During the Holidays

    Proactive Parenting During the Holidays

    Proactive Parenting During the Holidays

    In “Proactive Parenting During the Holidays,” Episode, #148, Meredith Curtis addresses parenting challenges over the holidays and how to overcome them with confidence. She also explains the opportunities holiday celebrations provide to parent proactively: instilling values and creating a sense of family identity. Take ground this holiday season to impart wisdom and joy into your precious sons and daughters. You won’t regret it.



     



     



     









     

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    Show Notes

    But Cousin Fred says that word?



    I don’t like when Aunt Freda squeezes my cheeks?



    Why do I have to give up my bed to grandma and grandpa?



    Can I have a third piece of pie?

    Holiday Challenges for Parents

    Time with family members who have different values



    Sugar Rush



    Busy Schedule



    Financial Concerns



    A lot of chaos and activity—can disengage



    How are you training your children—the holidays will reveal it!

    Extended Family

    Older folks



    The American culture in the 21st Century



    Replacing disrespect with honor and communicating value



    Greeting, Rising, Giving up Seat, Giving folks with walkers plenty of room, being quieter



    Family stories



    Create a memory for your children of folks that won’t be there in their adult years—photos, special tablecloth, traditional foods

    Using the Holidays to Instill Values & Virtue

    Value elderly—virtue



    Value extended family—virtue loyalty



    Value giving—virtue generosity



    Value serving—virtue servant-heart



    Value what others have to say—value humility

    Using the Holidays to Instill a Sense of Family Identity

    Traditions



    * Thanksgiving: Kernels of Corn, Traditional Dishes, Games/Sports

    * Advent devotions, Christmas Unit Study, Decorating Tree Night, Christmas caroling, serving, church plays, making Christmas presents, birthday party for Jesus

    * Traveling Dinner, Christmas devotions, sing “Happy Birthday”, family dinner



    Strategic Scheduling



    * Rest alternate with busy

    * Choose from many options

    * Bake/cook ahead and freeze

    * Get shopping/wrapping done early

    * Christmas school



     

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    What Supreme Court Case?

    What Supreme Court Case?

    What Supreme Court Case?

    In “What Supreme Court Case?,” Episode, #147, Meredith Curtis brings on special guest Linda Salmon, a former prosecuting attorney, to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case, Cobb v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, scheduled for hearing on December 1, 2021. Mississippi, a sovereign state, has made a law to keep babies in the womb alive after 15 weeks gestation. The issue before the Court is whether this prohibition on abortion and whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.



     



     



     









     

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    What Supreme Court Case?



    Cobb v Jackson Women’s Health Organization



    Mississippi, a sovereign state, has made a law to keep babies in the womb alive after 15 weeks gestation. The issue before the Court is whether this prohibition on abortion and whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.

    Focus of Case

    Background including Mississippi law



    How this got to the Supreme Court?



    What will the Court decide?

    Law

    Existing law on abortion in the US

    Changes

    How could this case impact or change abortion law?



    State law and potential of changes to Roe v Wade.

    Schedule

    Scheduled for hearing on December 1, 2021



    Expected Decision

    Christian Response

    Why should I as a Christian care?



    What Can I do?



    How can I pray?



    Intercessors for America  - they have an action resource and a prayer guide folks can have emailed to them if they give their email address.  The prayer guide includes daily calls with each state and the justices they are praying for specifically.  They also give a guide to praying for the clerks and the attorneys.



    https://ifapray.org/about/



    The ACLJ also has numerous  videos, and articles about this case including the European stand on abortion (protecting life for the most part and NOT recognizing a right to abortion; and also discussing the Biden administration’s continued support of the abortion industry and support of Planned Parenthood.  A great resource on the legal side of things



    https://aclj.org/pro-life/



    I read this and it’s done by a Christian ministry but I’d never heard of it before. Their page on the development of the fetus is really good.  Can only recommend lightly but it’s useful as a resource to understand where a baby is in development.



    https://www.abort73.com/abortion/prenatal_development/



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