Friday Five: Harvey Help, Nashville Statement, and more

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1. POST-HARVEY HELP: Tragedy is bringing Americans back together. Here's three ways you can help those impacted by hurricane Harvey.

Over the past month we all have seen headlines filled with ugly protests and disagreement, but the flooding devastation from Hurricane Harvey has reminded us all of the Biblical commandment of loving your neighbor.  We have seen the nation's capacity to put aside our differences and truly care for others. Our federal, state and local governments won't be able to do it all.  We believe Christian relief organizations such as God's Pit Crew, with their Blessing Buckets,  and Samaritans Purse with their chaplains and relief aid can meet both the physical and spiritual needs of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Please consider partnering with these organizations. 

Will you also join us in praying for those individuals whose lives have been impacted by the disaster? Would you also pray for those volunteering? 

"Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise" (James 5:13). 

LORD, may your Spirit make your presence, love, and healing known among those suffering in Texas. Father, be with the hearts and minds of your people. Inspire us by the power of the Spirit to make sacrifices and donations towards alleviating the suffering of our neighbors. Be with the hands of the volunteers, and the hearts of those donors. May we not take any day for granted, but rejoice daily in your goodness. Amen. 

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2. The NC Values Coalition joins John Piper, James Dobson, John MacArthur, and others in signing the Nashville Statement, a document released by the Coalition for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood that calls on the church to witness to biblical sexuality.

"We are persuaded that faithfulness in our generation means declaring once again the true story of the world and of our place in it—particularly as male and female. Christian Scripture teaches that there is but one God who alone is Creator and Lord of all. To him alone, every person owes glad-hearted thanksgiving, heart-felt praise, and total allegiance. This is the path not only of glorifying God, but of knowing ourselves. To forget our Creator is to forget who we are, for he made us for himself. And we cannot know ourselves truly without truly knowing him who made us. We did not make ourselves. We are not our own. Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be

We believe that God’s design for his creation and his way of salvation serve to bring him the greatest glory and bring us the greatest good. God’s good plan provides us with the greatest freedom. Jesus said he came that we might have life and have it in overflowing measure. He is for us and not against us. Therefore, in the hope of serving Christ’s church and witnessing publicly to the good purposes of God for human sexuality revealed in Christian Scripture, we offer the following affirmations and denials."

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3. LIFESITENEWS: Gender dysphoria purely a ‘social craze’ that will lead to regrets: psychiatric expert.

"The “transgender” phenomenon is an 'ongoing social and psychological experiment' with children used as guinea pigs and which society will come to regret, says an expert in gender dysphoria. 

Moreover, evidence shows that 80 percent to 90 percent of children with gender identity confusion 'revert to their natal sex' if they are 'left to their own devices,' says Dr. Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

'We’re doing experiments on these children,' said McHugh, who was chief psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins for 25 years, and has more than 40 years’ experience working with people with gender confusion.

'We should tell everybody this is an experimental procedure right now, and that experiment is not being done with controls. It’s not being done with clear statements to the parents that we can’t tell what the outcome’s going to be,' he told LifeSiteNews."

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4. CALLING ALL CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS: We're looking for cake artists, florists, videographers, and other creative professionals to sign an Amicus Brief defending creative professionals' freedom

"Regardless of whether you would create art to celebrate a same-sex marriage, now is the time for creative professionals to defend their creative freedom. If the Supreme Court says that the government has the power to dictate what one artist creates, other creative professionals could be left without key legal protections and forced to make art or create expression that conflicts with their core convictions. For some, that might be art bearing a Confederate flag; for others, expression celebrating a presidential inauguration; and for still others, a graphic design opposing same-sex marriage. But for all creative professionals, it will spell the loss of freedom.

So stand for all creative professionals’ freedom to create today and join a friend-of-the-court brief explaining to the U.S. Supreme Court that the government cannot coerce artistic expression. You will be joining with other creative professionals from across the country, all of whom have added their voices by signing on to this important friend-of-the-court brief."

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5. SIGN AND SHARE: Petition asking school administrators, teachers, and school board members to keep inappropriate transgender curriculum out of elementary schools

Our schools ought to allow staff to continue to teach students to be respectful of each other regardless of differences, and families should be allowed to address topics such as alternative lifestyles and gender confusion when they feel it is developmentally appropriate and within the privacy of their own homes.

If you are a concerned parent, educator, counselor, or community member, and agree that the Welcoming Schools transgender curriculum isn't appropriate for our local schools, will you add your name to our petition asking NC school boards and administrators to protect parental and child privacy rights?

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Will you chip in $100, $50, $25, or even $10 to help the NC Values Coalition find out which schools LGBT activists are targeting, and help equip parents and pastors to make their voices heard? You can donate by clicking here. Our goal is to build a team across the state to begin investigating which schools are planning on making these changes. However, we need to build and fund a team. What you donate this month will determine the size of the team we can build.

 

Sincerely,

North Carolina Values Coalition


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