MARRIAGE & FAMILY


Resources for dealing with the many challenges to marriage and family life.
Articles & Other Resources
ARTICLES & OTHER RESOURCES

25 Pro-Family Policy Goals for the Nation
"The 25 goals we [at the Family Research Center] put forth here are grouped into eight main subject areas, ranging from Human Life to Marriage and Family to Religious Liberty to Culture and Media. Each page features a brief analysis of the issue, followed by one or more specific policy proposals which can help America meet that individual goal. Some involve action by Congress, some by the president, and some by state legislators or executive officials." (from FRC) [link to pdf]

Abortion
What is the history of abortion in America? What is the biblical view of prenatal life? What are some ethical questions relating to abortion? (from Biblical Ethics: Choosing Right in a World Gone Wrong) [pdf]

Adventures in Odyssey - Thriving Family
Adventures in Odyssey
presents original audio stories brought to life by actors who make you feel like part of the experience. These fictional, character-building dramas are created by an award-winning team that uses storytelling to teach lasting truths. Maybe that's why over 20 million products have been distributed worldwide. [website]

Attracting a crowd at VBS
"Every year, thousands of children across our country meet Jesus for the first time at Vacation Bible School (VBS). Imagine what might happen if every member at your church invited an un-churched child to VBS. Need fresh publicity ideas?" (by Diana Davis) [link]

A Bible-affirming scandal
Article related to the Tiger Woods adultery scandal. (by Kelly Boggs) [link]

Confessions of a former feminist
"Feminism, women's liberation, and the idea that men and women are no different from each other have led many of us down dead-end roads -- often away from faith. Lorraine Murray, in her book, Confessions of an Ex-Feminist (Ignatius Press, 2008), tells the story of her own walk down that road and back, with many illuminating lessons on everything from abortion to the anti-religious bias on college campuses." (article/book review by Marcia Segelstein) [link]

Confident Children and How They Grow
What vital principles can we learn from God as the "Model Parent"? When and how should we discipline our children? How can we prepare them for living wisely in the areas of work, money, sex, marriage, and life in general? (by Richard L. Strauss) [pdf]

The Effects of Pornography on Individuals, Marriage, Family and Community
"Pornography is a visual representation of sexuality which distorts an individual’s concept of the nature of conjugal relations. This, in turn, alters both sexual attitudes and behavior. It is a major threat to marriage, to family, to children and to individual happiness. In undermining marriage it is one of the factors in undermining social stability. Social scientists, clinical psychologists, and biologists have begun to clarify some of the social and psychological effects, and neurologists are beginning to delineate the biological mechanisms through which pornography produces its powerful negative effects." (from the Family Research Council) [pdf]

Family Friendly Libraries
Family Friendly Libraries is a grassroots organization started by Karen Jo Gounaud in 1992 in Fairfax County, Virginia in response to a proliferation of internet pornography and age-inappropriate materials in local school and public libraries. Soon, FFL was helping citizens across the nation with library issues. [website]

Focus on FOCA (Freedom of Choice Act)
- "All sides in the abortion fight agree, if FOCA were to pass both chambers of Congress and be signed by a pro-abortion President, it would ... automatically overturn state abortion reporting requirements in all 50 states, 44 states' laws concerning parental involvement, 40 states' laws on restricting later-term abortions, 46 states' conscience protection laws for individual health care providers, 27 states' conscience protection laws for institutions, 38 states' bans on partial-birth abortions, 33 states' laws on requiring counseling before an abortion, and 16 states' laws concerning ultrasounds before an abortion." (from FRC) [link]

$1 Family Films
The Regal Entertainment Group offers FREE family movies during the summer. They run at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Click on the link to find info for your area. [link]

Idol Worship
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What we worship defines us and controls us. And sometimes figuring out what we really worship isn't easy." (by Marcia Segelstein) [link]

Gardasil: What Every Parent Should Know About the HPV Vaccine
[link to FRC for free pdf]

How U.N. Conventions on Women's and Children's Rights Undermine Family, Religion, and Sovereignty
"U.N. committees charged with offering guidance on the obligations incumbent upon nations that have ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women ("CEDAW") and the Convention on the Rights of the Child ("CRC") are, instead, advancing a radical agenda harmful to the best interests of societies and states, under the cover of providing review and recommendations. In doing so, these U.N. committees are decisively undermining the sovereignty of state parties to the treaties in matters that have always been within the domestic jurisdiction of individual states to decide." [pdf]

LifeWay's Understanding People series [all pdf]

Manhattan Declaration
"Because the sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage as a union of husband and wife, and the freedom of conscience and religion are foundational principles of justice and the common good, we are compelled by our Christian faith to speak and act in their defense. In this declaration we affirm: 1) the profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every human being as a creature fashioned in the very image of God, possessing inherent rights of equal dignity and life; 2) marriage as a conjugal union of man and woman, ordained by God from the creation, and historically understood by believers and non-believers alike, to be the most basic institution in society and; 3) religious liberty, which is grounded in the character of God, the example of Christ, and the inherent freedom and dignity of human beings created in the divine image." [pdf]

Parenting the Sensitive Soul
"Sensitive boys are real boys. They are simply extremely gifted with particular giftings that manifest in emotionally and aesthetically expressive ways." (by Ricky Chelette) [link]

Practical ways to teach children about money
Brief article by the CEO of Crown Financial Ministries [link]

The precarious state of childhood in America
"I know very few people who would say that this is a good time for children in America. Divorce, fatherless children, the pervasiveness of sexuality in the culture, and out-of-control, unsupervised technology are but a few of the factors that put children in harm's way." (by Marcia Segelstein) [link]

Redeeming the Rainbow: A Christian Response to the "Gay" Agenda
"A comprehensive but easy-to-understand textbook for Christians and other defenders of God’s design for family and society which explains in detail 1) the nature, causes and characteristics of homosexual dysfunction and militancy, 2) the history, philosophy, goals, methods and strategies of the global 'gay' movement, 3) the urgent, escalating and imminent danger this movement represents to all aspects of Christian civilization throughout the world, and 4) specific, practical principles for responding to each of the many areas of 'gay' aggression -- all firmly grounded in and supported by both Scripture and non-religious logical analysis, documentation and terminology." (by Dr. Scott Lively) [pdf]

Safety Tips for Women
What are some practical, proven steps women can take to avoid becoming victims of violent crime?

The Threat of International Law
What is "international law?" Who makes it? Is it binding on U.S. citizens? [pdf]

The Top Ten Myths of Abortion

  1. Abortion is legal only during the first 3 months of pregnancy.
  2. Abortion is legal because the Constitution says so.
  3. Most Americans agree with current U.S. abortion law.
  4. Abortion is rare in the United States.
  5. Most abortions in the United States are done for health reasons or because of rape or incest.
  6. Abortion is good for women.
  7. Abortion is beneficial to modern society.
  8. The more that people have access to contraception, the fewer abortions there will be.
  9. Abortion, particularly early abortion, does not take the life of a human being.
  10. I can be "personally opposed, but pro-choice." [link to FRC for the free pdf]

What is Marriage? -
Printed in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy (Winter 2010). Abstract: In the article, we argue that as a moral reality, marriage is the union of a man and a woman who make a permanent and exclusive commitment to each other of the type that is naturally fulfilled by bearing and rearing children together, and renewed by acts that constitute the behavioral part of the process of reproduction. We further argue that there are decisive principled as well as prudential reasons for the state to enshrine this understanding of marriage in its positive law, and to resist the call to recognize as marriages the sexual unions of same-sex partners. (Social Science Research Network) [pdf]

What parents need to know about porn and their kids
"[A]ccording to statistics cited by the non-profit advocacy organization Enough Is Enough, the largest group of viewers of Internet pornography is children between the ages of 12 and 17." (by Marcia Segelstein) [link]

Who's in charge here?
"[K]ids not only need limits -- they want them. Ultimately we fail our children when we fail to be in charge of them or make any demands of them. Looking out for our children's emotional well-being is more complicated than trying to hand them happiness on a platter. Often it means having to step into the uncomfortable role of authority figure." (by Marcia Segelstein) [link]

Recommended Resources
RECOMMENDED RESOURCES
30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family

It Takes Just 30 Days to Transform Your Teen

As a parent or grandparent, you know the challenges of raising healthy, happy teenagers can seem overwhelming. Every time you turn around, pop culture with its negative images, violent videogames, and offensive music derails your efforts and hard work. So how can busy moms and dads protect their children from today's toxic culture?

One step at a time.

In 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, author Rebecca Hagelin lays out 30 simple and concrete actions that you can implement -- one day at a time -- to reconnect with your children and restore peace in your home.

Parent tested and teen approved, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family will help you (and every hard-working parent you know) succeed in the most important job you have -- raising happy, responsible, and well-adjusted kids.

The Excellent Wife

Who is an excellent wife? What is she like? Using the woman in Proverbs 31 as a model, trusted Christian counselor Peace offers detailed practical answers to questions most often asked by Christian wives. Her proven principles and scripturally based insights will encourage you to become the wife God wants you to be. This is a must-read for every Christian wife.

The Heart of Anger

Do you have an angry child? Do you know someone who does? In today's age of rage, it's critical that you recognize and address this concern before a child becomes habitually motivated by hostility. [Lou] Priolo, an experienced counselor, offers practical, biblically based help for correcting or preventing the development of unhealthy external behavior.

Don't Make Me Count To Three

Do you find yourself threatening, repeating your instructions, or raising your voice in an attempt to get your children to obey? Are you discouraged because it seems you just can not reach the heart of your child? Through personal experience and the practical application of Scripture, Ginger Plowman encourages and equips moms to reach past the outward behavior of their children and dive deeply into the issues of the heart. Her candid approach will help moms move beyond the frustrations of not knowing how to handle issues of disobedience and into a confident, well balanced approach to raising their children.

The Love Dare Day by Day: A Year of Devotions for Couples

Love is a choice. A daily choice. The Love Dare Day by Day is a daily reminder of how it's done ... and done well, taking the original experience to the next level. With 52 weekly dares, this one-year devotional invites you to go deeper into the scriptural principles of The Love Dare, and is meant to enrich your relationship with God and your spouse through a daily time of reading, prayer, and action. Make this more than a year of your life. Make it your bold, next step to a lifetime of love. Features of this book include:

  • 365 devotional readings on unique aspects of genuine love
  • 52 weekly dares to help you express love in your marriage
  • Dozens of specific prayers to pray for yourself and your spouse
  • Questions to get you thinking strategically about your relationship
  • More than 100 Go Deeper sections that enhance personal Bible study
Parents' Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children

Passing on a heritage of faith to children is an incredible privilege God gives to parents. You'll learn how to create a customized plan for your child with fun, faith-filled activities for each stage of development. You'll also learn how to take advantage of the "teachable moments" of everyday life to illustrate spiritual principles.

Parents' Guide to the Spiritual Mentoring Of Teens

Parents' Guide to the Spiritual Mentoring of Teens is one of the greatest tools you can use to show your teens how to integrate faith in God with everyday life. Solid, proven advice and techniques will enable you to succeed in the changing parent-teen relationship and ignite in your children the passion to become wholehearted disciples.

 

Shepherding A Child's Heart

Many parenting books are based on hit-or-miss theories steeped in secular thinking. This one draws from Pastor Tripp's seasoned experience as a father-and from God's Holy Word. Grounded in the Bible's divine plan for parenting, this guide defines your goals as a parent and provides the Scriptural methods for accomplishing them.

Websites
WEBSITES
(descriptions taken from individual websites)
  • Adventures in Odyssey - Thriving Family
    Adventures in Odyssey presents original audio stories brought to life by actors who make you feel like part of the experience. These fictional, character-building dramas are created by an award-winning team that uses storytelling to teach lasting truths.
  • All About Families
    Here you will find articles relating to Marriage and Family from a Biblical perspective and also answers to questions asked by email correspondents.
  • Alliance Defense Fund
    The Alliance Defense Fund is a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation. ADF was founded for a unique purpose: to aggressively defend religious liberty by empowering our allies, recognizing that together, we can accomplish far more than we can alone.
  • Alliance for School Choice
    The Alliance for School Choice is the nation’s vanguard organization for promoting, implementing, and enhancing K-12 educational choice.
  • American Family Association
    The American Family Association represents and stands for traditional family values, focusing primarily on the influence of television and other media on our society.
  • American Seniors Association (ASA)
    The American Seniors Association’s mission is to provide seniors with the choices, information, and services they need to live healthier, wealthier lives.
  • American Values
    American Values serves to remind the public of the conservative principles that are so fundamental to the survival of our nation and to bring support and ideas to policy makers and empower our elected officials to have the support they need to do what is right, noble and good.
  • BreakPoint
    Our mission is to seek the transformation of believers as they apply biblical thinking to all of life, enabling them to transform their communities through the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.
  • Christian Action League of NC
    The Christian Action League currently represents conservative evangelicals from 15 Christian denominations in the Tar Heel State that cooperatively address the social, ethical and moral issues impacting the lives of Christians today.
  • Christian Alliance for Orphans
    The Christian Alliance for Orphans unites more than 80 respected Christian organizations and a national network of churches. Working together, our joint initiatives inspire, equip and connect Christians to “defend the fatherless” (Isaiah 1:17).
  • Christian Law Association
    [Our] purpose is to provide free legal assistance to Bible-believing churches and Christians who are experiencing legal difficulty in practicing their religious faith because of governmental regulation, intrusion, or prohibition of one form or another.
  • Clean Hotels
    Our primary purpose is to provide a service through which friends like you can book a room for your vacation, business trip or meeting with the expectation, first, that you and your family or associates will not be exposed to pornographic movies and, secondly, that you will be supporting a facility that cares enough about the well-being of its customers not to make harmful pornographic movies available.
  • Concerned Women for America
    We help people focus on six core issues, which we have determined need Biblical principles most and where we can have the greatest impact. At its root, each of these issues is a battle over worldviews. [The six issues are: family, sanctity of human life, education, pornography, religious liberty, and national sovereignty.]
  • Crosswalk.com - Parenting
    [W]e work hard to provide timely, relevant, life-enhancing material from qualified, respected Christian sources, including major ministries such as Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, The Bible Answerman and Insight For Living.
  • eMail Our Military
    We’re volunteers from all walks of life who understand that regardless of our political views, our military service members deserve our respect, support & encouragement.
  • Enough Is Enough
    [We are] the national leader on the front lines to make the Internet safer for children and families.
  • Facts About Youth
    [This is] a resource created by health professionals to provide policymakers, parents and youth with the most current medical and psychological facts about sexual development.
  • FamilyFacts.org
    [We provide] data on family and religious practice and analysis of their role in maintaining civil society in America.
  • Family Life
    [This] ministry offers a wide range of tools to help families become stronger.
  • Family Research Council
    The Family Research Council (FRC) champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society.
  • Focus on the Family
    Rebecca Hagelin has championed the pro-family message in both Washington and around the nation for some 25 years, educating parents and civic organizations on how to understand the media culture and its affect on families.
  • I Live Values
    [We] provide valuable, timely and encouraging insights on the culture for you as you seek to live out your vales.
  • Institute for Marriage and Public Policy
    [We are] a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to high quality research and public education on ways that law and public policy can strengthen marriage as a social institution.
  • LifeNews.com
    [We are] an independent news agency specifically devoted to reporting news that affects the pro-life community.
  • Life Decisions International
    [We bring] together many of North America's leading experts for its primary mission of challenging the agenda of Planned Parenthood worldwide. 
  • Marriage Builders
    In this Marriage Builders site, you will be introduced to some of the best ways to overcome marital conflicts and some of the quickest ways to restore love.
  • Mission America
    We cover the latest cultural and social trends in our country and what they might mean for Christians.
  • National Marriage Week USA
    National Marriage Week USA -- from February 7th to 14th every year -- is a collaborative effort to encourage many diverse groups to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children.
  • National Sex Offender Public Registry
    The National Sex Offender Public Registry website -- coordinated by the Department of Justice -- enables every citizen to search the latest information from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for the identity and location of known sex offenders.
  • ParentalRights.org
    Our campaign exists to secure a constitutional amendment that defends the rights of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children. At ParentalRights.org, we believe that no government, regardless of how well-intentioned it might be, can replace the love and nurture of a parent in the life of a child. It’s a relationship worth protecting.
  • Parents for Truth
    [This] is a national campaign of concerned parents who are committed to protecting their children’s health and future through abstinence education.
  • Parents Television Council
    [Our] primary mission is to promote and restore responsibility and decency to the entertainment industry in answer to America's demand for positive, family-oriented television programming.
  • Perinatal Hospice
    Perinatal hospice and palliative care is an innovative and compassionate model of support that can be offered to parents who find out during pregnancy that their baby has a fatal condition.
  • Pornography Harms
    This site is made possible by a multi-disciplinary group of professionals and concerned citizens from around the country that have a common interest in making credible research available to the general public and policy makers on the harm from pornography.
  • PrayerGates.com
    Our vision is tens of thousands of women joining together in prayer for release from spiritual strongholds in their lives.
  • Ruth Institute
    [This is] a project of the National Organization for Marriage to promote life-long married love to college students by creating an intellectual and social climate favorable to marriage.
  • See You at the Pole
    [This] is a student-initiated, student organized, and student-led event. That means this is all about students meeting at their school flagpole to pray -- for their school, friends teachers, government, and their nation. See You at the Pole™ is not a demonstration, political rally, nor a stand for or against anything. See You at the Pole™ is scheduled annually on the fourth Wednesday in September.
  • Students for Life of America
    The mission of Students for Life of America is to: educate pro-life college students about the issues of abortion, euthanasia, and infanticide; identify pro-life student leaders; equip college pro-lifers with the training, skills and resources to be effective and successful; promote student activity to other local, college and national groups.
  • Wives of Faith
    We help military wives including active, retired, Reserve and Guard, who are looking for encouragement and friendships with others sharing similar life experiences. With more and more service members deploying and families living away from their military installation, spouses are seeking friendships with other women who may better understand their circumstances than civilian friends and family are sometimes able to.
  • Worldview Academy
    We know the challenges you face in our world: a popular culture that encourages selfishness and mediocrity, an education system based on atheistic or New Age assumptions and leaders driven by the desire for power and personal gain. Who can stand firm at such a time? Only the Christian who courageously pursues a deeper relationship with Christ, learning to think His thoughts and follow Him. Worldview Academy Leadership Camps challenge Christian students to "prepare [their] minds for action" so that they can lead by serving with integrity. Obviously we're not like other camps!

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