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CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLE Do Christians Actually Live Up to Their Christian Identity on Twitter?
By Morgan Lee   l   Christian Post
An ugly and public Twitter war broke out last week  between two Christians over allegations that one, a popular  Christian writer, had inaccurately interpreted the other person's  tweets. For a medium that attracts passionate and opinionated  comments, the argument only exemplified the obvious: not all  Christians think alike. In a blog post titled "Setting the Record Straight on Jesus, 'the Friend of Sinners,'" Jonathan Merritt explained that after he  tweeted in January "about Christian singer Natalie Grant walking  out of The Grammys, Joe Carter, prominent Calvinist and director  of communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty  Commission rhetorically asked, 'Didn't [Jesus] only welcome those seeking forgiveness?' He went on to agree with another that, "The  sinners Jesus partied with were already followers." "Theological sirens blared inside my head .....
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CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLE Reclaiming Modesty in the Church
By Ryan Duncan   l   Crosswalk
Dannah Gresh had an unpleasant surprise waiting for her  when she returned home one evening. After a weekend of traveling,  she asked her husband how Church had been that Sunday,  probably expecting to hear about the day’s lesson. What she got  instead was completely different. Her husband confessed that a  woman had come to visit their congregation, and her outfit had left  the men feeling…agitated.  “The funny thing is, none of them could quite remember her face.”  Wrote Gresh on CharismaNews,“But they all remembered her  skin-tight leather pants with the lace-up fly.” For Gresh and her husband, this experience was a wake-up  call: women need to be more conscious about how they dress in  church. After all, Sunday mornings were supposed to be a time  when Christians should feel safe from temptation, not worrying  whether it will sit next to them. Gresh continued by pointing out that  there’s more damage in immodest clothing then one might imagine.  
EXPECTING? The Crisis of Faith You Don’t Expect When You’re Expecting
By John Upchurch   l   Crosswalk
In the crazy seasons of my life, I’ve often fled to the psalms.  Those (mostly) short but piquant songs get right to the grit. Nothing  can brush aside my need to “warm up” my Bible reading muscles  faster than a trek into David’s valley of death. Nothing can sweep  me into praise more quickly than following the pilgrims as they  ascend to Jerusalem.  They’re raw, beautiful, and cut right to the quick of our faith.  And as far as crazy seasons go, none have been more  frenetic and fantastic than having a new child. Those were days for  the psalms—not 119 in its loquacious praise, but Psalm 1 in it’s  punchy honesty.
Cat Brown, 35, sat patiently in Sid’s Tattoo Parlor in Santa  Ana, Calif., legs crossed under a poofy vintage skirt and numbing  cream slathered over her back. A high school guidance counselor,  Brown had flown from Tempe, Ariz., to Santa Ana, Calif., to see  Sid Stankovits, her favorite tattoo artist and owner of the tiny  shop in a strip mall.  This was Brown’s tenth appointment with Stankovits, and  she was getting the biggest tattoo she’d ever had: a giant eagle  stretching across her upper back, etched with the phrases “God is  my anchor, I’m under the shadow of his wings”—words inspired by  the Psalms. “After this, I’m done,” Brown said: “I’ve always  wanted a tattoo on my back, so this is the final one.”  Brown is one of many who profess Christ and literally  embody their faith with needle and ink. Although tattooing is a  thousands-year-old practice, only in the last two decades has it  punctured mainstream culture ..... 
Once the Domain of Gangs and Outcasts, Tattoos Have Gone Mainstream Permanent Marker By Sophia Lee   l   Christian Examiner
STATISTICS SHOW 72% in U.S. Are Still Married to Their First Spouse
We've all heard the depressing statistics  concerning the endurance of marriages in the  US, and even in the Church, some have stated  that about 50 percent of them end in divorce.  Not so fast… A new 8-year investigative study by best-  selling author and researcher Shaunti Feldhahn  reveals a much different picture.  Feldhahn disclosed her findings in a new  book called, "The Good News About Marriage."  That 'good news' includes Census Bureau findings  such as "72 percent of people are still married to  their first spouse–and the 28% who aren't,  includes people who were married for years until a  spouse died!"  Feldhahn notes that this information can  actually help marriages to survive because it offers  hope.  "The most important big-picture truth:  contrary to popular opinion, most marriages are  strong and happy for a lifetime. That doesn't mean  most marriages are perfect; there are still plenty of  legitimate concerns out there. But for our culture  as a whole, the marriages that are unhappy, the  ones that don't make it, are the exception rather  than the rule." 
CHRISTIAN FAITH and MARRIAGE Purposes of Marriage: Same- Sex ‘Marriage’ Strikes Out
By Bryan Fischer   l   My Christian Daily
We stand as a culture at a critical point in  our understanding and definition of marriage.  With out-of-control tyrants wearing black  robes substituting their fevered imaginations for the  express will of the people in state after state, our  nation is being engulfed with a tsunami of wrong-  headed and societally fatal decisions regarding  marriage.  We cannot even begin to evaluate the public  policy implications of same-sex “marriage” until we  first understand the purpose and design of  marriage as an institution.  According to the laws of nature and nature’s  God, there are three purposes for marriage:  companionship, sex and procreation.  Same-sex “marriage” does not, indeed  cannot, fulfill even a single one of these three  purposes.  When God created Adam, according to  Genesis 2:18, he said, “It is not good for the man to  be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.”  That would be Eve, someone who completed him  and complemented him and met his need for a  companion, someone to relieve his loneliness and  be his mate for life.  So marriage is not first of all about sex or  children, it is about God’s design for male and  female to be in paired married relationships where  they may know the joys of intimate relationship.  Husband and wives are friends first, lovers second  and parents third. 
FRANKLIN GRAHAM True Followers of Jesus Cannot Endorse Same-Sex Marriage
By Michael W. Chapman   l   CNS News
Rev. Franklin Graham, son of world-  renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said that “true  followers” of Jesus  “cannot endorse same-sex  marriage” regardless of what President Barack  Obama, the Congress, the Supreme Court, or the  media say about the issue, adding that marriage  was “settled by God Himself” and cannot be  modified by man.  “True followers of Jesus Christ, whose  salvation is based entirely upon God’s Word,  cannot endorse same-sex marriage, regardless of  what our President, the Congress, the Supreme  Court, the media or the latest Gallup poll says  about the matter,” said Rev. Graham.  “This moral issue has been settled by God  Himself and is not subject to man-made revisions  or modifications,” he said. “In the end, I would  rather be on the wrong side of public opinion than  on the wrong side of Almighty God who  established the standard of living for the world He  created. Marriage is a biblically moral issue, not a  political or theological one.”  Rev. Graham made those remarks after first  discussing how “pressure from the LGBT (lesbian,  gay, bisexual, transgender) community” ....
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CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLE In Search of Authentic Friendship
By Sarah Abell   l   Christian Today
True friendship is an amazing gift but for some people  making and maintaining friendships isn't easy. I know that has  been true at various points in my own life and I'm not alone.  I surveyed 1,000 people and discovered that:  - 64 per cent don't think they give enough time to their close  friendships  - 33 per cent often feel lonely  - 63 per cent agree that they regularly feel stressed and/or  tired  - 44 per cent only see their best friend once a month or less  So, what is going wrong? Why when advances in technology  mean we can connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime – are some  of us struggling to have the type of friendships that we really want?  Could it be that we have become so busy connecting gadget-to-  gadget that we have sacrificed the quality of our face-to-face  encounters?  
The Deadly Deception of Sexual Atheism in the Church
By Kenny Luck   l   Charisma Magazine
The guy sitting across from me is a  professing and practicing Christian. He drops by  my office unannounced today to talk to me about  his new online-dating life. Specifically, he wants to  talk about the overwillingness of Christian women  he has encountered on several of his dates who  want to jump right from a very public conversation  and vanilla latte at Starbucks to very private  whispers and physical exchanges between the  sheets back at his place. Usually this gender scenario is reversed, but  the sex, love and dating landscape continues to  move in a progressively liberal direction among  Christians without any solid indicators that it will  change anytime soon. Both genders today, across  all ages and Christian demographics, are prone to  compartmentalize their faith away from their sexual  life. 
Pushing the Boundaries: How to Lovingly Enforce Discipline at Home
Somedays, it feels like parents are in a wrestling match of  wills with children. The Enforcer, commonly referred to as the  parent, has a cunning opponent - The Child. The child has  mastered gut-wrenching moves that have manifested into a  discipline nightmare. Parents struggle as a tag team of screaming  and kicking behaviors try to take down all their control.  The good news, however, is that managing behavior doesn't  need to include drama or escalating tirades. It is possible to  lovingly enforcing discipline at home and skip all of the fireworks.  It's in a child's nature to push boundaries in their environment as  they mature. Children are constantly testing limits, looking to  see what society views acceptable. This hard wiring makes  children incredibly adept at pushing buttons from their arsenal of  methods they pick and choose from. On any given day, kids may be biting, throwing tantrums,  hitting, talking back, and slamming doors to lash out at their  caregivers. With such a barrage of undesirable behaviors, it can be  difficult for parents to stay consistent with discipline. Discipline is the action of teaching a child about  authority and respect. Of course, that is much easier said than  done. .....