Friday Five: Inflation, abortion, control, and more

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1. N&O: Inflation, abortion and control of the NC legislature. What’s at play in 2022 midterms.

"In North Carolina, there are two major issues at play this year: the economy and abortion. But a range of other factors will also affect election results in this politically purple state." "If Republicans gain enough seats for a supermajority, they could change abortion law in the state, which currently comprises an unenforced ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy."

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2. FOX NEWS: Parents will call the shots in November’s elections and reclaim our culture

"Parents will be the decision makers in the 2022 elections and liberal lockdown governors face particular peril due to their policies’ harsh impact on children.

We need to arm parents and school boards with facts and trust them to make decisions in their community’s best interest. Parents don’t want the government imposing harmful orders on their children. Fathers and mothers — not "birthing people" — want a say in the classroom, but first, they’ll have it this November."

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3. FOX NEWS: Indiana becomes first state in nation to approve near-total abortion ban post Roe

“Indiana is the first state in the nation to approve new legislation restricting abortion access since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. It became the first state to pass a ban through both chambers of the Legislature after West Virginia lawmakers passed up the opportunity to be the first on July 29.”

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4. NORTH STATE JOURNAL: Parent discovers unpublished 4-H policy bunking by gender identity at overnight camps

"A parent that was considering sending their child to an overnight 4-H camp run by the N.C. State 4-H Cooperative Extension discovered that campers can be assigned to sleeping accommodations by their preferred gender identity. The policy was not given to parents prior to enrolling their children at 4-H camps."

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5. YOU'RE INVITED: Free Biblical Citizenship Zoom Course

We want to invite you to sign up for a free online course from our friends, entitled: Biblical Citizenship In Modern America.

Now more than ever, our nation is in need of Biblical citizens who grasp the dynamic unity of being citizens of the Kingdom of God living as citizens of our great nation.

The course is offered by our friends at the Patriot Academy, and it serves as a quick-start guide to studying the longest standing Constitution in history. You will learn how the Founders relied on their Christian moorings and Biblical worldview to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. You will also be treated to encouraging historical facts and inspirational true stories that are not taught in our educational institutions today.

Patriot Academy's Biblical Citizenship Course 2022 begins Tuesday, September 13th. To make sure you're registered for the free course or to learn more, click here.

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WEEKLY PRAYER: FAMILY

LORD, we cry out to you as Father. You are a model of the love, mercy, and authority of the perfect parent. We thank you for modeling for us what every parent should strive for, and for creating this wonderful institution called family. 

LORD, we thank you for creating us with a basic nature designed to not be alone. You made us to desire the intimacy of relationships, and it is here where we experience joys indescribable: the joys of marriage, the joys of having children; the joys of seeing our children have children. What a blessing and mercy you gave us in the family! In it we find our first teachers, our first guardians, and our first authorities. 

LORD, we recognize how deeply you love your children, and how deeply it pains you when they go astray. Alongside our adoration and thanksgiving, we pray in confession—as individuals and as members of larger communities—over any sins we may have committed that undermine your beloved institution. Forgive us when we endanger your institution through selfishness and arrogance. Forgive our communities and nation for attempting to redefine some of the most basic and deepest parts of being human—being made male and female, having lifelong marriage vows and responsibilities, and having parental rights over educating one's children. 

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:12-17)

Amen

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