Free Flow Fridays!!!

Week One of Summer break is in the books.Unknown-1

Grab some sweet tea and a hammock, give the kids a water hose to play with and relax with some free links that have been flowing through my mind this week. . .

Enjoy the weekend. . .

I. HOME AND FAMILY (3 Articles)

#1. Why Attend Church on Vacation? by Ron Edmondson

“As you consider your vacation this year, I want to encourage you to find a church wherever you are and visit.

One of the first things Cheryl and I do when we go out of town is look for a place to attend church on Sunday. We’ve had some incredible experiences attending other churches and its one of our favorite parts about vacation.”

#2. How to Raise Kids Who Won’t Hate the Church by Ben Reed

“My child loving the church his whole life isn’t a given … and neither is it for yours.

Should you ‘force’ your kids to go to church? Or let them choose?

Should you let them go to the main worship service with you when they want? Or put them in the kids area?

Let them wear what they want? Or dress them to the nines?

Here are some intentional actions I’m taking to keep my son from growing up to hate the Church.”

#3. Why Kid and Student Ministries are CRUCIAL for the Church by Eric Geiger

“Here is the reality. God who is fully powerful and can do whatever He pleases has chosen to use the weak things of the world to exert His influence (Psalm 8:1-2). He often uses kids and students to accomplish His purposes. Large companies and marketing executives spend tremendous energy attempting to influence children and teenagers because they value their influence and their ability to spark movements. Surely local churches should steward resources and energy towards children and students to an even greater degree.”

II. CULTURAL ISSUES (2 Articles)

#1. The Church’s Engagement with Homosexuality by Al Mohler

“Our churches must teach the basics of biblical morality to Christians who will otherwise never know that the Bible prescribes a model for sexual relationships. Young people must be told the truth about homosexuality–and taught to esteem marriage as God’s intention for human sexual relatedness.

“The times demand Christian courage. These days, courage means that preachers and Christian leaders must set an agenda for biblical confrontation, and not shrink from dealing with the full range of issues related to homosexuality. We must talk about what the Bible teaches about gender–what it means to be a man or a woman. We must talk about God’s gift of sex and the covenant of marriage.”

#2. 9 Things You Should Know about Pornography and the Brain by Joe Carter

“‘Because the human brain is the biological anchor of our psychological experience, it is helpful to understand how it operates.’ says William M. Struthers, associate professor of psychology at Wheaton College. ‘Knowing how it is wired together and where it is sensitive can help us understand why pornography affects people the way it does.’ Here are 9 things you should know about pornography affects the brain.”

III. RANDOM (2 Articles)

#1. Homemade Engagement Ring Lights Up When Fiance Gets Close 

“At last, the moment came. ‘I took her hiking — we live in San Francisco, and the plan was to propose at dusk on top of one of the hills.’ Unfortunately, it was cloudy, which will surprise few residents — but once they were safe from the elements, the proposal went ahead anyway, and it wasn’t long before Kokes was able to put the ring where it belonged.”

#2. Why Coffee is Called ‘Joe’

“Joe is, of course, short for Joseph. And in American English, “joe” can refer to an average guy, a soldier, or—somewhat strangely—coffee. A popular chain in New York, for instance, is called Joe the Art of Coffee.

“As it turns out, the use of joe as slang for coffee dates to the World War I era.”

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