Friday, July 30, 2010

The Top Ten Reasons Modesty Gets a Yawn

by Mrs. Parunak
"My family and I have had the privilege of hanging out with some unbelievably awesome single guys lately. A big  reason I say they are so awesome is that they actually care about winning the battle with lust. Most men gave up long ago. Titus talks about Cretans whose “god is their belly.” In our culture, deity seems to have migrated several inches south.
But these guys have a problem, and it’s a problem that we have to own as their sisters in Christ. Everywhere they go, women are unbelievably unhelpful. Flaunting. Revealing. Immodest. Out in the world, we wouldn’t really expect anything else, but when it’s women in the Church, that’s a different story. Over and over, our friends have lamented that Christian women just don’t seem to understand what they’re doing to their brothers. I think that’s because no one is out there trying to teach them. And guess what, ladies, that’s OUR job. The Bible says that it’s up to women to teach other women how to be discreet and chaste (Titus 2:5).But so many women can’t muster much passion about this issue. It conflicts with other values, or it just isn’t on the radar screen. So, in honor of awesome guys everywhere, I would like to present my Top Ten Reasons Why Modesty Gets a Yawn in hopes that all of us ladies can wake up, start being “teachers of good things” and consider how to provoke other women to love their brothers by making the gathering of the saints a safer place for battle-weary soldiers of purity."

To read the remainder of the great article go to LAF.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

We're Taking Back Our Country

Who or What Do You Love?

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything.

It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything."

~ Pedro Arrupe

Thank you, Ann Voskamp for this quote. Read the article that goes with it on her blog, Holy Experience.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wal-Mart to Embed RFID Tags in Clothing Beginning August 1

Another big brother is watching you article. This time they can track you even when you leave the store, if you shop at Wal-Mart and buy men's jeans and underwear. Check out this article.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Multitude Monday

holy experience

191. a godly Aunt who went to be with the Lord

192. a wonderful time of fellowship with family and friends at my Aunt’s memorial service

193. a husband who can gently correct our children

194. a God who blesses beyond measure

195. family members who have been raised to lead pure, godly lives

196. daughters who know how to interact with people of all ages (socialization is NOT a problemJ)

197. taking beautiful leisurely rides with my family

198. a son who truly loves the Lord

199. a husband who gets along with my familyJ

200. extended family who I enjoy being with and who seem to enjoy me too!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Isaiah 35

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
   the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
it shall blossom abundantly
   and rejoice with joy and singing.
 The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
   the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
 They shall see the glory of the LORD,
   the majesty of our God.
  Strengthen the weak hands,
   and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who have an anxious heart,
   "Be strong; fear not!
 Behold, your God
   will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
   He will come and save you."
  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
   and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
  then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
   and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
 For waters break forth in the wilderness,
   and streams in the desert;
  the burning sand shall become a pool,
   and the thirsty ground springs of water;
in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,
   the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
  And a highway shall be there,
   and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;
 the unclean shall not pass over it.
   It shall belong to those who walk on the way;
   even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.
No lion shall be there,
   nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
   but the redeemed shall walk there.
  And the ransomed of the LORD shall return
   and come to Zion with singing;
 everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
   they shall obtain gladness and joy,
   and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Multitude Monday

holy experience

181. another birthday for my wonderful husband

182. moments of selflessness from my children

183. a very thoughtful son

184. grown children that are godly examples

185. fresh hamburger buns baking

186. rearranging furniture

187. I think it is officially summer!

188. continued blessings of fresh lettuce, carrots and green onions

189. godly examples in the Bible

190. reconnecting with former friends

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Gospel

Listen to John MacArthur speak about the Gospel. It is refreshing.

Multitude Monday

holy experience

171. Summer!!

172. Ok, two days was fine, back to early spring weather

173. projects completed :)

174. the love from God’s family

175. lady-like young ladies

176. laughs and smiles

177. popcorn and a movie (at home)

178. tireless workers

179. new recipes

180. a visionary husband

Monday, July 5, 2010

Multitude Monday

holy experience

161. freedom to worship

162. freedom to gather

163. freedom to protect our families

164. freedom to pursue happiness

165. having the hardest working husband I know

166. having a son willing to fight for our country

167. the smell of BBQ’d tri-tip

168. a husband who can BBQ just the way we like

169. energetic daughters

170. no more fireworks!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

What's An American Patriot?

By: Gabe Rodriguez

With Independence Day approaching it is easy to get caught up in celebration and neglect the true meanings of American ideas. Significant concepts have the tendency to be reduced to political rhetoric. Regrettably, the word patriot is among these great ideas whose meaning has been obscured and stripped of its American distinction.

The general term patriot signifies a person having an attachment to their respective country or regime. It is based on a feeling, sentiment, or passion toward national loyalty. It is not surprising that the classic writer Ambrose Bierce considered that “Patriotism is as fierce as a fever, pitiless as the grave, blind as a stone, and irrational as a headless hen.”

According to the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center, America is rated the most patriotic nation in the world. However, it is imperative to distinguish what it means to be an American patriot. It is not a blind allegiance to land, government, or nation. American patriotism is loyalty in the heart of the founding—grounded in the message of the Declaration:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed

It is in the reverence for freedom and principle established in our Declaration that guides the zeal of an American patriot. “To be an American Patriot is to be attached to a certain set of ideas—you can be an American without even being here,” says Joseph Postell of the Center of American Studies. We are the heirs of this idea—that man is given unalienable rights. Recognizing this makes us not merely countrymen, but Americans. This ought not be cheapened, but remembered this holiday.

Do not let the idea of American patriotism fade into meaningless rhetoric. An American patriot is not one who shoots fireworks on the fourth of July, waves an American flag, or wears a lapel pin. The truest patriotic expression is a love, passion, and recognition of freedom. Let us understand, celebrate, revere, and protect it. This is what makes a patriot American.

Gabe Rodriguez currently is a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: