Family Duty by John Bunyan a Free PDF and Review

May 27, 2021 by SLIMJIM

Family Duty by John Bunyan

John Bunyan. Family Duty.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, July 12th 2016. 35 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Want a booklet on a biblical view of family?  Specifically would you want to have something to read concerning the roles of a husband, wife, father, mother, and children?  This is one that I would recommend.  I read this in one sitting and pulled nearly an all-night reading since it was spiritually edifying.  This booklet is by the famous preacher and Christian author John Bunyan.  It is amazing to think that he died in 1688 but his work is relevant for the 21st Century; that is a testimony of how when writers focus on being biblical it always is timely.

The booklet is divided into four parts.  Part one is on the duty of fathers, the next part is duty of wives, then duty of parents to children and finally duty of children to parents.  Each of these four sections have further subsections in typical Puritan fashion.  For instance under duty of fathers there is “Duty to the Family’s spiritual needs” and “Duty to the Family’s Outward needs.”  The section for duty of parents to children have three points: Instruction, Correction and Cautions.

I thought this booklet was biblical and practical.  For instance in the exhortation towards fathers the author said we must distinguished between offenses a family member has against you versus directly against God.  It is important as Bunyan note that if it is towards us primarily we should forgive.  I would also add to Bunyan’s observation that if it is directly towards God the offense as the primary motivation of a family members’ transgression we shouldn’t take it so personally; though we should care and pray about it and respond properly.  I also thought the advice to both husbands and wives of those married to unbelieving spouse were also quite pastoral of Bunyan and also practical.  For something written in the seventeenth century readers might assume it is unhealthily patriarchal but there is a respect of wives Bunyan has that’s driven by the Word of God.  My favorite quote from the booklet is “The wife is master next after her husband, and is to rule all in his absence” (15).  It stood out to me as a good reminder that my wife is a leader of my family specifically with my kids.  So it’s important I guide and lead her to also cultivate her as a spiritual leader of my children.

An edifying read.  Even if you think you are well versed with a biblical view of marriage I think this is still worthwhile as it’s something to refocus our duty whether we are children or a parent.

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Lasting Love On Mother’s Day

by Jim Parisi on May 15, 2003

A Mother’s Day Comment by Chuck Swindoll:

I remember a Mother’s Day card I saw that was really cute. It was a great big card written in a little child’s printing—little first-grade printing. On the front was a little boy with untied sneakers. He had a wagon, and toys were everywhere. He had a little cut on his face and there were smudges all over this card. It read, “Mom, I remember that little prayer you used to say for me every day,” Inside was the prayer: “God help you if you ever do that again.”

What greater Love then the love of a mother?

Mother’s day is the day we honor mothers here in the United States.

What greater Love between two Humans then the love between a mother and her child.

We are going to look in to the power of Love for one another.

1 Corinthians 13:1–13, especially verse 1: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.”

You’re never too old for your mother to correct you.

Introduction: According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Police Chief Phil Keith was in the middle of a city council meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee, when his pager beeped. Startled to see that the call was from his mother, he rushed to the press table and phoned her. “Phil Keith, are you chewing gum?” demanded his mom, who had been watching on cable TV. “Yes, ma’am.” “Well, it looks awful. Spit it out.” Keith dutifully removed the gum and went back to his meeting.

There’s no one like mothers! The words “mother” and “love” go together like left and right hands, and on this Mother’s Day of 2003,

There’s no better passage to study than the “Love Chapter” of the Bible which describes the agape love of God which is necessary for mothers, fathers, sons, daughters—and for all the rest of us.

1. The Place of Love (vv. 1–3). Love is superior to eloquent words (v. 1). Love is the vital principle, and without it all other endowments, including excellence in communication, is vain. Love is superior to wisdom

(v. 2). If a person could unlock the mysteries of the entire universe and call forth faith to remove mountains, he would be zero without love.

Love is superior to work (v. 3). Albert Barnes notes, “If there is not true piety, there can be no benefit in this to my soul. It will not save me. If I have not true love to God, I must perish, after all. Love therefore, is more valuable and precious than all these endowments. Nothing can supply its place; naught can be connected with salvation without it.”

2. The Portrait of Love (vv. 4–7). Love is patient (v. 4).

It bears injustice without anger or despair.

Love may be practiced (v. 4). It is mild under all irritations and ill usage.

Love produces good manners and courtesy at all times.

Love is pure (v. 4), not jealous or displeased when others are successful.

Love never embarrasses the owner or recipient.

Love is peaceful (v. 4). It is not rash.

Love takes a back seat and is willing to work behind the scenes.

Love does not brag or boast or sing its own praises. Love is polite (v. 5), doing nothing to cause shame.

Love prefers others (v. 5). There is no selfishness in the true love. It seeks the good of others.

Love is not easily provoked (v. 5). When love holds the reins of the soul, there is little danger of provocation to anger and spiteful action that leads to sin.

Love is preclusive (v. 5). It does not condemn on suspicion or without evidence, nor is it malicious nor disposed to find fault.

Love exhibits propriety (v. 6). It does not sympathize with evil, nor does it delight in anything that does not conform to the standard of right.

Love takes pleasure in truth (v. 6). Love rejoices in the virtues of others, not their vices.

Love is pleasant (v. 7). Love maintains a disposition that refuses to make public or to avenge the faults of others.

Love is not suspicious. It trusts others. Love brightens all things, bears all things and braves all things.

3. The Permanence of Love (vv. 8–13). Love’s permanency is suggested by the phrase “love never fails” (v. 8).

Love will always abide, may always be exercised, and can be adapted to all circumstances in which we may be placed.

Love’s pre-eminence is suggested by the phrase “but the greatest of these is love” (v. 13).

Love is the greatest of all gifts, for love makes the rest of the gifts graceful. Love is the one needful thing—our priority.

We lose our goods or even our good names, but if we truly retain love, we have exchanged the temporary for the eternal.

For when the Bible has said all it will say about God, it is contained in the one statement: “God is love.”

Conclusion: There’s an old story that tells of some young pastors who paid a visit to one of the great ministers of the past generation.

They found him preparing to go to a meeting where a strong debate was expected.

He was reading the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians and praying that its teaching might guide his conduct.

The aged minister felt the need of the restraining hand of divine grace and the calming power of love, lest he should be rash in his speech.

This is the kind of love that lasts.

May God give us loving moms, loving dads, and may He give all of us loving hearts like that.

Double the Dose

There once was a wise old physician, who said to a young doctor,

“I’ve been practicing medicine for a long time. I’ve prescribed many things.

But in the long run, I’ve learned that the best medicine is love.”

“What if it doesn’t work?” asked the young doctor.

Then “Double the dose,” he said.

Lord please give us double dose of your love

Amen……..

Pastoral Prayer:

Heavenly Father, You know that mothering, though a wonderful calling, is a demanding task, filled with anxious moments and wearisome days. We ask You will restore and refresh every mother here today. And we also pray for our mothers these words from Paul’s letter to the Philippians: That their love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that they may approve the things that are excellent, that they may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Amen……………

https://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/lasting-love-on-mother-s-day-jim-parisi-sermon-on-women-58206


AUDIO My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

By Rev Bill Woods

Exodus 2:1-10

There’s a Russian story of a little girl who, during harvest time got separated from her mother.


She was crying hysterically, shouting for her Mama.

  • People felt sorry for her and tried to help.

Everyone started asking her what her mother’s name was, what she looked like, what she was wearing, plus a lot other questions as well.

  • The little girl got overwhelmed by all the questions and this made her sob even harder.

Finally, she managed to blurt out, “My mother is the most beautiful woman in the whole world!”

One old farmers said, “Finally!  Now we’re getting somewhere!”

  • The people began bringing in the good-looking women.
  • There were blondes, redheads, and brunettes.
  • Some had blue eyes, others hazel, and the rest brown and green.

They were, without a doubt, the prettiest girls that anyone could find.

  • Certainly one of these beauties had to be the girl’s mother!

 One by one, the women were brought to the little girl.

  • She looked at each one and shook her head, “NO” each time.
  • Finally, they came to the last person.
  • “Is this your mother?”

The little girl looked at the beauty in front of her, shook her head and burst into tears.

  • _”I told you, my mother is the most beautiful woman in the whole world!!!”

Suddenly a woman showed up huffing and puffing towards them.

  • “I’m that child’s mother!”

Everyone peered to get a look at that woman.

  •  She was  a short dumpy, lumpy little woman with a round, pleasant wind-burned face and sparkling eyes.
  • She had rough chapped hands and soiled tattered clothes–she wasn’t a conventional beauty.

She rushed over to the little girl, scooped her up in her arms and smothered her with kisses all the while thanking the people for taking care of her daughter and keeping her safe.

The little girl was no longer crying, but was beaming from ear to ear.

She told everyone triumphantly, “I told you my mother was the most beautiful woman in the whole world!”

  •  To everyone else, the woman holding the child was plain and ordinary, but to her little girl she was, without question, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD!

There’s a lesson there, we do not love people because they are beautiful. 

  • They are beautiful because we love them!

My Mom used to worry that when I went to college I’d come home ashamed of my humble roots and be too proud to want to associate with my family.

    – She didn’t have anything to worry about — I loved my family and my home.

Again, We don’t love people because they’re beautiful – they’re beautiful because we love them.

   – We don’t love people because they’re rich —our bond and fellowship is rich because we love them.

A mother was fixing supper when her little boy came in and handed her a piece of paper he’d written.  Mom dried her hands on an apron — she read it:

For cutting the grass $5.00

For cleaning my room this week $1.00

For going to the store for you .50

Baby-sitting my kid brother for you while you went shopping .25

Taking out the garbage $1.00

For getting a good report card $5.00

For cleaning up and raking the yard $2.00

Total Owed: $14.75

His mom looked at him standing there expectantly — you could see memories flashing through her mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper and wrote:

For the 9 months I carried you while you grew inside me, No Charge.

For all the nights I’ve sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you, No Charge.

For all the trying times, and all the tears you’ve caused through the years, No Charge.

When you add it all up, the cost of my love is, No Charge.

For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead, No Charge.

For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose, there’s No Charge, Son.

And when you add it all up, the full cost of real love is No Charge.

When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were tears in his eyes — he looked up at her and said, “Mom, I sure do love you.”                                                                                    .  

– He took the pen and in big letters he wrote: “PAID IN FULL.”

I’ve been blessed to be personally involved with 3 wonderful mothers in my life.                                       .  

– My wife, my Mom, my Grandmother — and now to watch my two daughters, and two granddaughters realize how important it is to be good moms!          

Mother’s Day is special to me.…………………

Today, I want to talk about 2 very special Moms in the Bible.

First, Moses’ mom, Jochebed

Exodus 2:1-10
1  About this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married.
2  The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months.
3  But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River.
4  The baby’s sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him.
5  Soon Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river, and her attendants walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it for her.
6  When the princess opened it, she saw the baby. The little boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This must be one of the Hebrew children,” she said.
7  Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. “Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” she asked.
8  “Yes, do!” the princess replied. So the girl went and called the baby’s mother.
9  “Take this baby and nurse him for me,” the princess told the baby’s mother. “I will pay you for your help.” So the woman took her baby home and nursed him.
10  Later, when the boy was older, his mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her own son. The princess named him Moses, for she explained, “I lifted him out of the water.”

The Israelites had it pretty plush because of Joseph……………… 

BUT,                                                   

Exodus 1:8 — Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done.

The Jewish nation was growing so fast Pharaoh was worried he’d lose control and these Hebrews would take over Egypt.

    – This king thought it necessary to weaken his Jewish subjects by oppressing them, and by    degrees reducing their number.

To subdue them, he enslaved them, and used them to build numerous buildings, especially store-cities, temples, and palaces.

    – The Israelites became slaves serving the Egyptians under very harsh circumstances.

Their lives were bitter from hard bondage — Exodus 1:13, 14 So the Egyptians worked the people of Israel without mercy. 14 They made their lives bitter, forcing them to mix mortar and make bricks and do all the work in the fields. They were ruthless in all their demands.

    – His oppression didn’t slow their population growth..

      – Instead — Exodus 1:12 — But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became.

Then the king demanded the midwives kill all the Hebrew baby boys at birth.

    – The king’s orders weren’t rigorously enforced; the little boys were spared by the midwives, so “the people multiplied” more than ever.

Next, the king issued a proclamation ordering people to throw all the Hebrew baby boys into the river and drown them. — Exodus 1:22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River. But you may let the girls live.”

    – The people wouldn’t do it — the king was frustrated.

One of the Hebrew families — Amram and his wife Jochebed and 2 children, 15 year old Miriam, and 3 year old Aaron lived in or near Memphis, the capital city at that time.

A baby boy was born to this family in 1571 B.C.

    – His mother hid him in the house for 3 months.

      – Imagine the stress of trying to keep him quiet so the authorities wouldn’t find him……

It became too hard to hide him.

    – Jochebed came up with on a bold plan to get her boy noticed by the king’s daughter. 

      – She built a little boat of papyrus reeds and laid it among the bulrushes growing on the edge of the river where the princess took her bath.

  • I guess you could say, Moses started out a basket case!

Her plan succeeded!  — The Princess heard the baby crying and found him.

      – Miriam was watching nearby and the Princess sent her to find a nurse, Miriam brought

        Moses’ mother.

    – The Princess said, “Take this child away, and nurse him for me, and I’ll give you your  wages.”

WOW!  Look how God works!  Jochebed’s baby was given back to her along with pay to raise him.

The princess named him “Moses”  Exodus 2:10 — Later, when the boy was older, his    mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her own son. The princess named him Moses, for she explained, “I lifted him out of the water.”

    – Must’ve been like my Dad whose birth certificate said:  “The unnamed Woods Child.”

When the baby was “house broke”, he was moved to the Royal Palace and raised as the adopted son of the Princess.

    – Jochebed continued to care for him and home school him.

He grew up knowing all the grandeur and excitement of the Egyptian court.

    – Mom maintained a constant relationship with him, which was so important to his religious belief and his interest in his Hebrew heritage.

The Egyptians provided his secular education.

    – He had all the advantages of both physical and mental training.

     – He became “learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians” —  Acts 7:22 — Moses was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was powerful in both speech and action.

  • It makes you wonder why he would try to side-step God in answering God’s call by saying, “Here I am, send Aaron, I am slow of speech.”Exodus 4:10

Egypt had 2 universities — he probably attended Heliopolis to complete his education.

     – Moses was probably 20 years old when he completed his formal Egyptian education.

      –  It’d be another 20 years before he took his place in Bible history.

       – Josephus wrote those 20 years were probably spent in military service where he became a hero in the war waged between Egypt and Ethiopia.

      – He gained prestige as a skillful general, and became “mighty in deeds”

What a successful Mom, Jochebed was!   Hebrews 11:24-25  
24  It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.

  • He could’ve been a prince, possibly the next Pharaoh, but because of his Mom, he chose to go God’s way!  (Did you catch that Mom and Dad?)

Jochebed overcame so many obstacles to give her boy the foundation he needed to serve God.

So many parents complain they can’t raise their kids for God with the pressures of today’s society  — “If you think you can or you can’t — you’re right!”  

Mom (and Dad) God’s entrusted you with that life — one day you’ll account for the responsibility God’s entrusted to you.  

When Tammy was born, Marty had a tremendous spiritual experience as she realized the impact of her responsibility to God and to this precious little life God had entrusted to her……….                               .  

– She promised God she would do her best to raise both of our girls for Him. 

But what if your kids are already grown and those formative years are past?

There’s still prayer and a positive witness of what God’s doing in your life.  – Still grandkids!                                                                                                   

It’ll take dedication and will, but you can do what must be done!

There was also the Nameless mother in Matthew 15:21-28:
21  Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
22  A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.”
23  But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.”
24  Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.”
25  But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”
26  Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
27  She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their master’s table.”
28  “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.

Jesus put up barriers to test her faith and determination.

She passed His test because she wouldn’t let any barrier keep her child from being ministered to by Jesus.

    – There are a lot of barriers today — don’t let them stop your child from learning to know Jesus.

Preachers, are told not to get too sentimental about motherhood because:

– for some, motherhood is an accident, and not always a welcome one;
– for some, biological motherhood isn’t possible;
– for some, mothers weren’t all that nice;
– for some, motherhood under the very best of circumstances still isn’t a bed of roses and a primrose path.

Poet Wilhelm Busch’s wrote: “To become a mother isn’t so difficult; on the other hand, being a mother is very much so!”

That goes for dads too!  Just because you sired a child doesn’t make you a dad……………….

So, with all those warnings why bother with Mothers’ Day at all?

I heard about one lady who said she hated Mother’s Day because the sermons were always about the Proverbs 31 mothers…………..She felt like a failure.

Listen:  God will help you succeed as a Mom or a Dad if you will let Him lead you in the way you should go!

Why bother with Mothers’ Day?                                                                           

Because for all its stumbling blocks, pitfalls and broken dreams, for all the soiled diapers, soiled wallpaper and spoiled plans, we’re talking about a beautiful ideal, a natural part of God’s creative plan to bring love and caring to light.                                                                                                           .  

– Motherhood is a constant demand for the gift of love and — caring.  Grandmothers can exemplify that too!

The family and home was God’s idea.    We can’t let the perverts and wierdos ruin God’s Plan of a Mom and a Dad raising children together for the Lord.


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The updated version of Rev Bill Woods book “There Is Still Power In The Blood” will be available soon


‘Mom Gave Me a Chance at Life’: Tebow Says Doctors Encouraged His Mom to Abort Him

Tim Tebow, Tebow releases new children's book

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Friday, January 29, 2021

Tim Tebow told a virtual National March for Life rally Friday that doctors encouraged his mother to abort him while he was in the womb, yet she continued the pregnancy despite medical complications. 

The March for Life rally is normally held in January around the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling but went virtual this year due to the pandemic. Tebow joined pro-life activists and political and religious leaders in speaking up for the unborn. Tebow is a football analyst, professional baseball player and former Heisman Trophy winner. 

Tebow recounted in detail a story about his mother he previously discussed in his book, Through My Eyes. He and his mother also appeared in a famous pro-life Super Bowl commercial about the pregnancy.

Tebow’s parents were missionaries in the Philippines at the time. Tebow was set to be their fifth child.

“The pregnancy was not easy,” Tebow said. “It was really hard and it was really difficult. … In fact, they didn’t even believe that she was pregnant at first. They actually thought it was a tumor. … But then they realized that she was pregnant and she did have a baby in her womb. But all the doctors said, ‘You need to have an abortion. You need to get rid of him.’ … But she decided that she was going to trust God, even when the doctor said it could, and might, cost her her life.”

A doctor with 35 years of experience delivered the baby, Tebow said. The doctor called the healthy birth a “miracle,” Tebow said, because the placenta was not attached. Tebow said the doctor told his mom: “I don’t know how he had the nourishment in the food to be able to survive.”

Tebow credits his mom’s courage for his life. 

“I’m so grateful that my mom gave me a chance at life,” Tebow said. “Because many times [she could have] made the choice to do something different.” 

Tebow encouraged the pro-life community to fight for the unborn – and for others, too. Being pro-life, he said, involves more than the issue of abortion.

“You see, when you’re pro-life, I believe that we’re called to be pro-life in every area – for the unborn, for the hurting, for the orphan, for the thrown-away, for the special needs, for the trafficked, for all of humanity,” he said.

Former NFL player Benjamin Watson and his wife, Kirsten Watson, also addressed the virtual rally.

The foundation for opposition to abortion, Benjamin Watson said, is “the imago dei.”

“We believe that every man, woman and child bears the image of their Creator,” he said. “This truth endows all of us with inherent value and dignity, from conception to the grave. This truth compels us to contend with those seeking to devalue and exterminate life for their own profit or purposes.”

God’s truth, Watson said, “empowers us to stay the course” regardless of “Supreme Court rulings” or “political turnover.”

The Watsons referenced Proverbs 31:8, which commands God’s people to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”

“It takes each one of our lives, together, to end the unthinkable practice of abortion in the United States of America,” he said. 

Photo credit: ©Getty Images/Rich Polk/Stringer


Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian PosttheLeaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star andthe Knoxville News-Sentinel.

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Texas state agencies investigating 7-y-o boy’s gender transition case; Judge rules dad will have a say

By Brandon Showalter, CP Reporter

Update: Judge Kim Cooks of the 255th district ruled Thursday that both parents will have joint managing conservatorship and will make joint medical decisions for the child. Cooks also forbade Younger from speaking about the case and ruled that he is not required to pay attorney fees. Younger’s site, Save James, will thus have to be taken down.

The governor of Texas is intervening in a custody case amid controversy over a decision of a Dallas jury allowing a mother to proceed with gender transitioning against the wishes of his father.

The case of James Younger, a 7-year-old boy who has been at the center of a complicated and bitter divorce and custody fight in Texas because the mother insists the child is transgender and his father says he is not, has gained national attention this week in light of a Monday 11-1 jury decision in favor of the mother, Anne Georgulas, awarding her custody.

The father in the case, Jeffrey Younger, has been leading a campaign to save his son from the transition, maintaining that gender transitioning is a torturous form of child abuse. The fight over the transitioning of James has been part of a custody battle with a messy divorce. The judge who presided over the case was scheduled to rule on the final terms of conservatorship Wednesday, but ended up delaying issuing the decision.

Georgulas is not biologically related to the child as he was conceived using a donor egg. James has a twin brother, Jude.

Late Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Attorney General’s office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services were looking into the situation.

Georgulas maintains the child is transgender, has reportedly been telling James that he is female since he was three years old, and the young boy is classified by his pediatrician, Dr. Jennifer Pape, as female on his medical records. The child has been enrolled in elementary school as “Luna,” uses the girls’ restroom, and his classmates believe he is female.

Younger took video footage of his son when he was 3 wherein the young boy explained that it was his mother who was telling him he was a girl, was putting him in dresses, and painting his nails. Donald Trump Jr. tweeted that footage Thursday along with the hashtag #protectjamesyounger.

Tweeting in support of the 7-year-old boy and his father were other Republican politicians from Texas like U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, who called the ordeal “horrifying” and “tragic.”

“For a parent to subject such a young child to life-altering hormone blockers to medically transition their sex is nothing less than child abuse,” Cruz said.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, likewise, tweeted earlier this week in response to the case: “This is heartbreaking and sets a horrible precedent. A 7-year-old can’t possibly make this decision or understand it. Parents should know better. I hope this father receives the public support he needs.”

In a Wednesday letter to Attorney General Barr, National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy director James Carroll, Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, wrote of the erosion of parental rights with regard to the best course of treatment for their children suffering with gender dysphoria, and mentioned how kids in the foster system are particularly vulnerable to gender transition. Roy urged the agency heads to conduct a federal study on individuals who undergo sex-reassignment surgical operations and hormone treatments that are under the age of 18.

“And just this week, a jury ruled against a father attempting to save his 7 year-old son from chemical castration forced upon him by his mother,” Roy wrote, referencing the Younger case.

“Now is the time to conduct this important research, before more children are separated from one or both parents, foster children are denied a loving home that does not conform with activists’ demands, and most importantly, given life-altering treatments that will cause them irreparable harm,” the congressman said.

Petitions in support of the Jeffrey Younger and the Texas governor’s actions have been launched this week, garnering hundreds of thousands of signatures.

In January, Jeffrey Younger gave an interview with the “Luke Macias Show” podcast describing his agony over losing his child and watching him be told that he is the opposite sex.

“You have to see your son sexually abused, and you have to maintain your calm,” he explained, “because the courts are not going to be fair to you. And the only way you can survive this and get your son through this alive is to calmly allow your son to be tortured right before your eyes and outlast the opposition. That’s what it’s like.”

Texas state representative Matt Krause, who represents a portion of Tarrant County in suburban Fort Worth, said Wednesday that unless there is a special session between now and the next session he would introduce legislation that prohibits the use of puberty blockers for children under the age of 18.

At present, no laws in Texas prevent a legal guardian from giving a minor puberty-blocking drugs or hormones.

Transgender activists have long claimed and continue to assert that puberty blockers are reversible and are a mere “pause button” that gives gender dysphoric youth additional time to decide whether or not to proceed to cross-sex hormones and surgical transition.

Earlier this year, Dr. Michael Laidlaw, an endocrinologist from Rocklin, California noted in remarks before the Heritage Foundation that the claims of doctors engaged in the medicalization of gender are extremely misleading.

No blood test, genetic testing, or brain imaging scans can find a “gender identity,” Laidlaw said at the time, adding “there is no objective test to diagnose this, yet we are giving very harmful therapies on the basis of no objective diagnosis.”

Medical scenarios such as girls as young as 13 and 14 undergoing double mastectomies and 17-year-old boys with penises of 9-year-olds, developmentally speaking, because of chemical puberty blockers, are now occurring, he explained. And some of these experimental medical practices are being funded by the federal government.

Laidlaw and his colleagues obtained a progress report through FOIA requests from a 2015 NIH grant that was awarded to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where it notes that in 2017 the minimum age was lowered for cross-sex hormones from 13 to 8.

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Like Sheep Without a Shepherd

 

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Have you ever noticed two groups of people who hold God’s attention? You wouldn’t think an impartial God would have specific categories for certain people, but amazingly, He does: orphans and widows. You’re right; they’re not the groups anyone wants to join. There’s no line to sign up, which is precisely why God keeps a keen eye on these two flocks. Yet surprisingly, He promises to be their Father and Husband. Not only do we find Him sharply protective, but He’s moved with tremendous compassion. So much, that it overflows into the everyday lives of you and me. We can’t help but want to go the extra mile in helping the child without a dad and the woman without a husband. They look just like us, but when learning of their plight, we soften. Our hearts touched by God’s finger for our involvement.

It was that way for my dad. His father died when he was only nine, making his already orphaned mother a widow in her early 30s, and he and his brother fatherless. It couldn’t have come at a worse time. America was just crawling out from the rubble of The Great Depression and everything was scarce. Everything, but God’s endless pavilions of provision. Despite their destitution, He provided for them. He touched people’s hearts and caused others to open their homes and dinner tables.

“A father to the fatherless and a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. God makes a home for the lonely.” (Psalms 68:5-6a)

God makes it known that He protects the weak. Weakened only by circumstance. Perhaps you’ve never considered that one as busy as God has time to be concerned with the small details of the fatherless child. It is here we see His sterling character sparkle yet again. It’s far too easy to think the Lord’s uninvolved with our struggle; hasn’t got the time or interest for those that society’s forgotten. Yet look how He taught His disciples by the widow’s mite or the boy willing to share his fish sandwiches with 5,000 men. It moves God. Deeply. Passionately. Protectively.

“Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)

It bears repeating, “Like sheep without a shepherd.” Notice, they were distressed and dispirited. Did my dad, uncle, and grandmother struggle? Yes, we have tribulation in this world. But were there people that rose to the occasion, allowing their hearts and hands to be an extension of God’s? Absolutely. Despite hardships, my dad remembered a happy childhood filled with people willing to pause for involvement. Mentors available to lead and point when my grandfather’s voice was silenced.

Perhaps you know a child in this very predicament. Perhaps you are that child. Perhaps your dad is living but you still feel fatherless. Grown or young, the void is there. I would encourage all to step up and make a positive difference in the fatherless around us. It doesn’t have to be earthshattering. My father recalled the kindness of being given oranges after going months without fresh fruit; a simple candy cane at Christmastime, or a street vendor’s hot baked potato on a snowy winter’s night. Small acts of love confirm our heavenly Father’s goodness, and the tangible proof He cares and works through people. This is the religion that Jesus’ brother James wrote about as being pure and faultless … to look after widows and orphans in their distress. It’s a loving embrace received by the child whose hair is no longer tousled by an absent father.

How like God. No matter how much love we give away, He’s ensured we’d never run out. This Father’s Day, let’s remember to thank God for being our Abba Father and keeping us from being spiritual orphans. And let’s relentlessly search for that one who’s whispered prayers for fatherly love and kindness.

Copyright © May 24, 2013, by Susan M. Watkins. Used by permission.

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Mom Obeyed God

By Linda Wall – May 12, 2019

Hardly a day goes by that I am not reminded of my Mom in some way. So often lately, I have had the opportunity to share about her with people I meet in my day to day journey. She wasn’t perfect but she taught me so many “golden nuggets” for life that I use constantly.

Just a few days ago I found myself sharing the ‘Golden Rule’ with the cashier at the Dollar Tree store:

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” 

I told her Mom was always reciting it. She listened attentively and as I walked away, I hoped I had dropped one of my Mom’s “nuggets” into her life.

It wasn’t always love and sweetness between Mom and me. I attended college out of town so I could get away from her ‘old fashioned’ rules and having to attend church meetings. I wanted to go and do “my own thing”.

That rebellious attitude of mine eventually led me down a path of drugs, homosexuality and away from my Christian upbringing. For almost ten years I was so lost and on my way to hell. I even contemplated taking my life…but, I had a praying Mom!

In time, the Lord answered her prayers and healed her aching heart. He called me unto Himself. I surrendered, confessed my sins, asked for forgiveness, and turned from my wicked ways to begin following Him.

Many thanks to my Mom, for obeying God’s instruction:

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)

She did train me according to the Bible and I knew it was the Lord I needed when I reached the end of my rope. Instead of suicide, I chose Jesus Christ and life eternal because Mom obeyed God.

 

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Mother’s Day Encouragement: God’s Guidance for Happy, Respectful, Obedient Children

By Larry Tomczak – May 12, 2019

 

I heard a man of God rehearsing his upbringing when he inserted the following, evoking a hearty laugh from the audience:

“People ask me in my mischievous childhood if I ever got spankings? I surprise them when I say I was never spanked. But I sure got some ‘wuppins!’”

Enjoying Turner Classic movies and reruns of wholesome family shows like Andy Griffith or Lassie, an occasional spanking for little children was just the norm when they persistently misbehaved. A little protoplasmic stimulation to the backside of learning got a wayward child back on track with a lesson learned.

Celebrating Mother’s Day brings  pleasant memories for moms along with some persistent questions like the appropriateness of spanking in our hyper politically correct culture.

Years ago I authored a book now titled, “The Little Handbook of Loving Correction.” It was formerly called, “God, the Rod and Your Child’s Bod” but I changed it out of cultural sensitivity.

For every wonderful mother in America struggling with this nagging issue, receive this biblically informed reassurance as a gift. May it bring peace from alignment with God’s plan for raising happy, respectful and obedient children.

Realism in Raising Kids

Raising children requires a realistic perspective on our inherited sinful nature and a rejection of the “inherent goodness of man.” Adam rebelled and all of us have ratified that rebellion because of our inherited sin nature.

We don’t have to teach children to be selfish, lie, hit their siblings, steal or pout when they don’t get their way.  We do have to train them to learn to control themselves and do what is pleasing to God.

Don’t you just love it when parenting “experts” expound their views on TV in their world of Utopia? A couple living together with no children confidently shares their “wisdom” philosophy about raising their future children by simply reasoning with them, calmly affirming them and ignoring clear cut disobedience as “a stage they’ll grow out of.”

Yeah, right. Wait ’till they confront strong-willed little Grayson in all his glorious defiance one day! This is why seasoned veterans wince at this idealism and understand bumper stickers reading:

“Insanity is inherited. You get it from your children.”

Going God’s Way

Better to approach parenting God’s way and embrace the truth that appears on a plaque we had in our home:

“It is better to build children than to repair men.”

If you permit a child to nurture destructive habits, which they will one day be forced (with greater difficulty) to break, you are living beneath the revealed will of God concerning your role as a parent.

There is a difference between abusing a child and lovingly, responsibly disciplining him. Children know the difference between an objective spanking ministered in love and a smacking springing from pent up anger.

  • “Correct your son, and he shall give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your soul” (Pr. 29:17).
  • “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction will drive it far from him” (Pr. 22:15).
  • “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame” (Pr. 29:15).
  • “Do not withhold correction from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and deliver his soul from death” (Pr. 23:13).
  • “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Pr. 22:6).

God’s method for curbing harmful attitudes and nurturing healthy ones in young children is not parents going ballistic, threatening, screaming, hauling off in anger, or tuning out destructive conduct, bribing with candy or by banishment to a room to brood and fester in resentment.

Loving correction, which includes spanking at times, is an expression of love! Though not literally, have you ever experienced a “spanking” from the Lord for persistent, ungodly conduct?

“My son, do not despise discipline from the Lord nor grow weary when you are rebuked by Him for whom the Lord loves He disciplines” (Heb. 12:5-6).

Loving, Legal and Logical

Research reveals that in America up to 85% acknowledge they’ve used corporal punishment. Every state in America allows corporal punishment of children.

Due to disciplinary problems in schools many are reevaluating their policies like the Arlington school district outside Memphis, Tennessee. They voted to reinstate corporal punishment saying:

“Teachers need all tools possible.”

Former NBA superstar, Charles Barkley, has joked:

“If corporal punishment is a crime, then every black parent in the South is going to be put in jail!”

10 Essentials of Loving Correction

May this acrostic for CORRECTION reinforce the “basics.”

  1.  CLARITY: Loving correction always begins by clearly defining and communicating reasonable boundaries before they are enforced.
  2.  OBEDIENCE: Spankings can occur if there’s persistent, deliberate disobedience. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Eph. 6:1).
  3.  RIGHT ATTITUDES: We are to “serve the Lord with gladness” (Ps.100:2), so persistent whining and complaining have to be addressed.
  4.  RESTORATION: Embracing and reassuring a child afterwards enables us to avoid leaving them feeling guilty or rejected.
  5.  EXPLANATION: Taking time to explain the offense as well as enabling the parent to calm down (if needed), makes this essential.
  6. CONSISTENCY: Loving correction requires an investment and persevering commitment… “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him dearly” (Pr. 13:24).
  7. THOROUGHNESS: Shaping the will without breaking the spirit requires being authoritative not authoritarian so the child experiences some pain, versus simple “love pats.” “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying” (Pr. 19:18 KJV). “Now no discipline seems to be joyful at the time, but grievous, yet afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness in those who have been trained by it” (Heb. 12:11).
  8.  IMMEDIATELY: With exceptions, loving correction should be given in the moment not “when daddy comes home” hours later. “Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed swiftly, the heart of the sons of men is fully set to do evil” (Eccl. 8:11).
  9.  OUT-OF-SIGHT: Discipline is administered in private so as to not humiliate or embarrass a child.
  10.  NEUTRAL OBJECT:  Scripture states a “rod (a small, flexible branch) of correction” not a hairbrush or the nearest object. Hands should be instruments expressing affection and tenderness; we don’t want children flinching or retreating when a hand is raised.

A closing question:

“Where is the rod administered?”

God in His wisdom prepared a strategic place on the anatomy of our toddlers and children which has ample cushiony, fatty tissue and sensitive nerve endings to respond to Spirit-led stings. “Fannies” are gifts from God! In 47 years of ministry, I’ve discovered that all children come equipped with one!

“On the lips of him who has understanding wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense” (Pr. 10:13).

Here’s the deal: Scripture tells us:

“reproofs of instruction are the way to life” (Pr. 6:23).

May this Mother’s Day gift of God’s timeless wisdom educate and encourage moms across America. God’s ways are always best when carried out consistently and in faith for His glory.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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VIDEO 8 Moms in the Bible Who Served God Well

 

Eight mothers in the Bible played key roles in the coming of Jesus Christ. None of them was perfect, yet each showed strong faith in God. God, in turn, rewarded them for their confidence in him.

These mothers lived in an age when women were often treated as second-class citizens, yet God appreciated their true worth, just as he does today. Motherhoodis one of life’s highest callings. Learn how these eight mothers in the Bible put their hope in the God of the Impossible, and how he proved that such hope is always well-placed.

Eve – Mother of All the Living

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Eve was the first woman and the first mother. Without a single role model or mentor, she paved the maternal way to become “Mother of All the Living.” She and her mate Adam lived in Paradise, but they spoiled it by listening to Satan instead of God. Eve suffered terrible grief when her son Cain murdered his brother Abel, yet despite these tragedies, Eve went on to fulfill her part in God’s plan of populating the Earth.

Sarah – Wife of Abraham

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Sarah overhears the three visitors confirming she will have a son. Culture Club / Contributor / Getty Images

Sarah was one of the most important women in the Bible. She was the wife of Abraham, which made her the mother of the nation of Israel. Yet Sarah was barren. She conceived through a miracle in spite of her old age. Sarah was a good wife, a loyal helper and builder with Abraham. Her faith serves as a shining example for every person who has to wait on God to act.

Rebekah – Wife of Isaac

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Rebekah pours water while Jacob’s servant Eliezer looks on. Getty Images

Rebekah, like her mother-in-law Sarah, was barren. When her husband Isaacprayed for her, God opened Rebekah’s womb and she conceived and gave birth to twin sons, Esau and Jacob. During an age when women were typically submissive, Rebekah was quite assertive. At times Rebekah took matters into her own hands. Sometimes that worked out, but it also resulted in disastrous consequences.

Jochebed – Mother of Moses

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Jochebed, the mother of Moses, is one of the underappreciated mothers in the Bible, yet she also showed tremendous faith in God. To avoid the mass slaughter of Hebrew boys, she set her baby adrift in the Nile River, hoping someone would find him and raise him. God so worked that her baby was found by Pharaoh’s daughter. Jochebed even became her own son’s nurse. God used Moses mightily, to free the Hebrew people from their 400 year, bondage of slavery and take them to the Promised Land. Although little is written about Jochebed in the Bible, her story speaks powerfully to mothers of today.

Hannah – Mother of Samuel the Prophet

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Hannah presents her son Samuel to the priest Eli. Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (circa 1665). Public Domain

Hannah’s story is one of the most touching in the entire Bible. Like several other mothers in the Bible, she knew what it meant to suffer long years of barrenness. In Hannah’s case she was cruelly taunted by her husband’s other wife. But Hannah never gave up on God. Finally, her heartfelt prayers were answered. She gave birth to a son, Samuel, then did something entirely selfless to honor her promise to God. God favored Hannah with five more children, bringing great blessing to her life.

Bathsheba – Wife of David

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Bathsheba oil painting on canvas by Willem Drost (1654). Public Domain

Bathsheba was the object of King David‘s lust. David even arranged to have her husband Uriah the Hittite killed to get him out of the way. God was so displeased with David’s actions that he struck dead the baby from that union. In spite of heartbreaking circumstances, Bathsheba remained loyal to David. Their next son, Solomon, was loved by God and grew up to become Israel’s greatest king. From David’s line would come to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. And Bathsheba would have the distinguished honor of being one of only five women listed in Messiah’s ancestry.

Elizabeth – Mother of John the Baptist

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Barren in her old age, Elizabeth was another of the miracle mothers in the Bible. She conceived and gave birth to a son. She and her husband named him John, as an angel had instructed. Like Hannah before her, she dedicated her son to God, and like Hannah’s son, he also became a great prophetJohn the Baptist. Elizabeth’s joy was complete when her relative Mary visited her, pregnant with the future Savior of the World.

Mary – Mother of Jesus

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Mary the Mother of Jesus; Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato (1640-1650). Public Domain

Mary was the most honored mother in the Bible, the human mother of Jesus, who saved the world from its sins. Although she was only a young, humble peasant, Mary accepted God’s will for her life. She suffered enormous shame and pain, yet never doubted her Son for a moment. Mary stands as highly favored by God, a shining example of obedience and submission to the Father’s will.

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Mother’s Day: Honoring Moms,Teaching the Next Generation ‘The Noblest and Most Precious Work’

May 10, 2019 By John Stonestreet

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On Mother’s Day, most of us take intentional time and effort to show our moms how much we love and appreciate them, and how much we’re thankful for their love and sacrifice. I’m not always as intentional as I should be about honoring the moms in my life, especially the one who gave me life and the one who’s currently doing the really heavy lifting caring for our kids.

But especially in this cultural moment, Christians should be the first, not only to honor current mothers, but also to celebrate and encourage future mothers.

Andrea Burke, writing at For the Church, suggests that we’re not always very good at this. As a result, for too many young Christians, cultural attitudes toward motherhood are setting the tone. And it’s not a positive tone.

Burke calls motherhood “the one life dream that makes a girl blush.” In her work directing her church’s women’s ministry, Burke regularly sits down with single, young women to talk about the future. They often confess that although they could pursue further education or a successful career in any number of fields, what many of them want is to get married and raise a family.

By Burke’s account, these young women are smart and accomplished. They don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Still, they regularly talk as if choosing to be a wife and mom is a silly cop-out—somehow a waste of their lives. “When a 21-year-old sits across the table from me and tells me that she wants to be a mother,” Burke writes, “she blushes and gives a thousand caveats as to why she knows it’s not the optimal choice.”

Where do young women get this low view of motherhood? Well, look around. According to a New York Times article last year, the average age at which women become mothers is now at a record high—30 or older in some parts of the country. The Times reported this as if it were a good thing, talking up the wonders of a “fulfilling career” and all-but-openly suggesting that the only reason any woman would have children young is because she couldn’t achieve the ideal professional life, and needs a substitute rite of passage to adulthood.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the average birth rate failed to rebound after the Great Recession, and now sits at a rock-bottom 1.77 children per woman on average—that’s down over 16 percent from a decade ago.

So now there’s a gap in our culture between the number of children women want to have, and the number they end up having.

The Times explains, “it’s unlikely any future baby boom will be able to fully offset the baby bust of the last 10 years.” This means that “millennial women are likely to experience the largest shortfall in achieved fertility verses their stated family desires of any generation in a long time … .”

What does all this have to do with young women embarrassed about wanting to become mothers? Well, they need honesty from us—specifically from their parents, that whatever society says about the wonders of a successful career, they’re statistically likely to regret prioritizing promotions over parenthood.

At BreakPoint.org, my colleague Shane Morris recently wrote a beautiful letter to his six-year-old daughter, in which he encouraged her to think of marriage and motherhood as callings worth pursuing, not as afterthoughts. Shane described how his daughter already is in the habit of tucking her little brother’s trucks to bed. Shane is right in seeing in those nurturing instincts things worth celebrating and cultivating.

His letter reminded me of Martin Luther’s praise for nurturing tendencies in his commentary on Genesis: “How becomingly even little girls carry infants in their arms,” he wrote. “And how appropriate are the gestures with which mothers dandle the little ones when they hush a crying infant or lay it in the cradle … .” Elsewhere he says: “In all the world this is the noblest and most precious work.”

If you’ve got daughters (like I do) or granddaughters or even nieces, proudly tell these young women that if motherhood is their dream, they’ve got nothing to be ashamed of.

John Stonestreet is President of The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview and BreakPoint co-host.

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