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Lies Young Women Believe: What I Do Now Doesn't Affect the Future.

Recently, a young female celebrity who was once a sweet-faced child star was in trouble (again) for being drunk. Magazines displayed photos of her passed out in a car after a night of hard partying. Her fans quickly came to her defense. One wrote: People really need to ease up on the girl. If every

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Lies Young Women Believe: I Can't Handle the Loneliness of Staying Pure

A young girl enrolled in a Christian middle school gave voice to the great loneliness many of us feel in our quest for purity. She said: I think that at my school, having sex is normal. Everybody has either had sex or they are really close to it. That is something I struggle with a

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Lies Young Women Believe: God is Not Enough

Have you ever believed this lie: “God is not enough?” You might not think that you believe God is not enough. We talked to over 1,000 teen girls about the lies that were making them feel depressed, lonely, angry, stressed, hopeless and a lot of other terrible emotions. Most of them knew that God should

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Lies Young Women Believe: How we are Deceived by Satan’s Lies

The Bible tells us that Satan poses as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). Ezekiel 28 tells the story of how he asserted his claim to be like God. He is the Impostor. And his motives are malicious through and through, as Jesus Himself pointed out: “The devil . . . was a murderer

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Lies Young Women Believe: And The Truth That Sets Them Free

From the time she was in junior high when her parents divorced, Erin Davis struggled with panic attacks. They came mostly at night and were spurred on by horrific nightmares. When she awoke, sometimes she could barely breathe. She dreaded going to sleep because she never knew when she’d wake up in the middle of

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4 Questions To Consider Before You Embrace A Life Of Sexual Freedom

Sexual freedom seems to be a strong presupposition of our cultural conversation when it comes to human dignity, equality, and civil rights. One website defines it as "the license to lawfully live with and love whom you want, when you want, and how you want without social, political, medical or cultural persecution." (The Woodhall Foundation) A writer for The Christian Post claims that many single self-proclaimed Christians are sexual atheists. That is, they believe in Jesus Christ but want him to stay out of their bedroom. They want the freedom to do what they want with their sex lives. Here are a few questions I have rolling around in my head. They're things you may want to consider before you embrace sexual freedom, or if you already are.

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Celebrities Before & After Photoshop

Who doesn't like to see a good "celebrities without make up" photo? Our catty-inner-mean-girl aside, it's actually a good thing to see the reality of magazine cover "beauty." Countless surveys reveal that looking at these picture-perfect images impacts what we believe about our own beauty. (And it's not making us feel great!) The younger you are, the more likely you are to believe that you can never be beautiful because the standard is so pore-free, zit-free, full-head-of-hair flawless! I'd love to see every mom sit down with her daughters and look at just how big the lies are that these photos tell. But so many times those links you click are full of sensual poses and topless women. For every mom out there who wants to show their daughter the lie but not the porn, I've created a collection of six telling images just for you. (Seven if you count the perfected photo of Katy Perry to the left.)

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Is Your Child Overscheduled?

'Tis the season for soul-bending schedules that have moms everywhere asking, "Am I over-scheduling my kids?" It seems every year...scratch that...every season, my family was struggling with the question of “how much is too much?” From my oldest’s first year of AWANA Cubbies and Boy Scouts to my youngest’s last year of high school soccer and basketball, the Gresh family was trying its best to find balance that still created space for the kind of quality parent-child connecting that we so firmly believe is important. When it comes to extra-curricular activities, there is a lot of social pressure from other moms and a lot of debate from medical and psychological experts on just how much soccer, piano, and clubbing is good for our kids. How is a mom to know what's right for her children? Scratch that! How's a mom to know what's right for each individual child?

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The Secret To Finding Peace In Pain

handsscapeIn the midst of a battle with cancer, Pastor Tim Keller stands before a congregation that has missed and prayed for him. He used the sharing of his battle to also invite his congregation to step into the place where he was currently living: a place of peace. “How do you face troubles like this with peace?” he asked. “The ultimate way to handle the troubles of life with peace is not through petitionary prayer, but through worship.” His body weak from treatments and eagerly anticipating a vacation, he musters the strength to stand before his church for just one sermon. He tells the story of a woman who has inherited an old brooch, which has been thrown into a pile of other bobbles with little consideration.

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