Friday Five: NC Values Starts 'Protect Our Students' Initiative Petition to keep Planned Parenthood Sex Ed Curriculum out of Cumberland County Schools & more...

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1. URGENT: Contact your Senators now!

"Do you want up to $10,000 tax free for each of your kids K-12 education? Homeschool Families are omitted from the 529K expansion K-12 for educational expenses in the Tax Relief Plan. What can we do?"





2. Pentagon pays for service member's gender reassignment surgery

"An active-duty service member has undergone gender reassignment surgery, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
Defense Department spokesman Dana White said in a statement that the military's health coverage paid for the surgery because the doctor who performed the operation deemed it to be medically necessary."

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3. WALSH: To All Pastors Afraid Of Condemning Abortion: Find A New Job. You Aren't Qualified.

"Carl Lentz, pastor of a giant pseudo-church in New York called Hillsong, recently went on The View and refused to label it a sin to kill babies."

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4. Teacher who created controversial worksheet blames 'sloppy user'

"The teacher who created the school worksheet that outraged parents in Hopewell has responded to the controversy.

Educator Philip Roeland said "don't shoot the maker."
"Those worksheets are fully editable, and for use in EFL/ESL classrooms, freely downloadable by teachers around the world," Roeland said. "Clearly the last questions are to be used in the adult classroom, and I agree that some content should be edited if this is given to younger learners.""




5. ATTENTION CUMBERLAND COUNTY! Get Real Curriculum by Planned Parenthood is coming to Cumberland Schools unless you take action today! Sign the Petition!

If you are a concerned parent, educator, counselor, or community member, and agree that the Get Real curriculum isn't appropriate for our local schools, will you add your name to our petition protecting parental and child privacy rights to the Cumberland school board?





LORD, we cry out to you as Father. You are a beautiful Dad. 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. Our very nature calls us into the most intimate of relationships, 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. 

LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower and protect our labor: Be with those brethren in Cumberland County as they try to stop perversion from being taught in their schools. Be with the government officials whom use our taxes to undo what you deemed good. Be with all of our families today, and we ask that your Spirit may empower us to be better fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and children.

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up." (Deut. 6:6-7)

". . . and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." (2 Tim. 3:15-17)




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