Dope Can Make You Dopey

Marijuna_smokingResearchers at Northwestern University have shown that today’s highly-potent marijuana damages the brain and can be linked to abnormalities, similar to those seen in patients with schizophrenia. Teens and young adults who may use cannabis causally, even just once or twice a week, showed a decline in their working memory, which affects the core aspects of their judgments or decisions, planning things, or even doing mathematics.

Sadly, marijuana is now legal in Colorado and Washington, and pot activists and liberal politicians have made it virtually legal in California. With no public stigma, it easily gets into the hands of teenagers and young adults, whose lives can start to spiral downhill, affecting their families and future.

The Apostle Paul told believers, in the corrupt city of Corinth, that our bodies are temples, where the Holy Spirit lives. He reminded them (and us!) of the resurrection truth that “God paid a great price for you, so use your body to honor God.”

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Celebrating Christ’s Sacrifice

easterThis Easter season, we are reminded that Jesus did something amazing on the cross, when He willingly gave up His life, as a sacrifice lamb. Under the Mosaic covenant, the animal sacrifices brought only temporary relief to man’s guilt problem. However, 1 Corinthians 10:6 tells us these Old Testament sacrifices were given to us as examples. These sacrifices were symbolic of the perfect sacrifice which was to come, the Lamb of God—who “takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:9).

In the Old Covenant, the High Priest entered behind the Temple’s holy veil into the Holy of Holies, to offer a sacrifice for the sins of the nation. At Jesus’ death, the veil was completely torn in two, symbolically allowing us access to where only High Priests were previously allowed (Mark 15:37, 38; Hebrews 6:17-10:23). We can now come with confidence into His presence, have access to the Mercy Seat and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Let’s celebrate this truth with our families this Easter!

Christians in the Holy Land

muslimprayer.NazarethIn 1900, 20% of the Middle East was Christian. Today, less than 2% is.

Muslim intimidation of the dwindling Christian populace in Jesus’ home town of Nazareth is alleged to have caused a deteriorating sense of personal security and a general “low quality of life” over the last six decades. Arab gangs are said to demand protection money from Christian merchants, while local Muslim leaders remove even signage telling of Christianity’s history in the area of Jesus’ childhood.

Even in Palestinian Authority controlled territories, such as Jesus’ birthplace of Bethlehem, Christians are the brunt of discrimination, racism and oppression. Many say that they were much better off when Israel was in full control of the so-called West Bank.

It is not just in Israel. Christians in Syria and Egypt, for example, have been forced out of their homes and their churches burned. By comparison, conditions for Orthodox and Messianic believers in Israel are described, by some, as “Paradise.”

Let us continue to pray for peace and protection for Christian believers throughout the Holy Land!

 

Don’t “Silence” Dialogue

Day-of-Dialog2014On Friday, April 11, government-run schools — especially high schools and junior highs — will be taken over by confused students who disrupt classes by “remaining silent” all day, in order to demonstrate their pro- homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda. Even some teachers and administrators will support and allow this “Day of Silence” protest, in promotion of unnatural and unhealthy LGBT-lifestyles.

That’s where the Focus-on-the-Family sponsored Day of Dialogue® comes in—the day before, Thursday, April 10. In contrast to the whole idea of silence, this event encourages open dialogue and gives believing students a chance to express a balanced, biblically based perspective in a loving and peaceful way.

Day of Dialogue resources help students share about Jesus’ incredible, compassionate love for hurting and vulnerable people. His redemptive design for marriage and sexuality calls us to stand up for those being harmed or bullied while offering the light of what God’s Word says.

Learn more at http://www.dayofdialogue.com/

Defending Natural Marriage

Marriage-CakeEvery time this Administration and the legions of activist judges impose their liberal biases and strike down the will of the people (as they have been), they attack the very foundations of our American values and the rule of law.

Every major religion in the world has upheld the societal norm of marriage as between one man and one woman. Jesus made it very clear (see Matthew 19:4-5) that God did not create us for same-sex “marriages.” These unhealthy distortions of physical realities and psychological norms violate God’s design, are incapable of natural reproduction, and provide distorted values to innocent adopted children. Research affirms that families are stronger and children do better when they live in a home with a married mom and a dad.

Let us continue to stand up for families and faithfulness. We urge you to sign FRC’s ePetition.

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