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Author: Dannah Gresh

Be Careful Little Eyes

There’s an old Sunday School song that warned children to be careful about what they looked at: “Oh be careful little eyes what you see. Oh be careful little eyes what you see… There’s a Father up above who is looking down in love, Oh be careful little eyes what you see.”

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Christ Our Coming King

In the late 1800’s, a New York journalist asked a theologian named A.B. Simpson if he knew when Christ was coming back to earth. “Yes,” replied Simpson. “and I will tell you if you promise to print what I say, references and all.” The reporter agreed. “Then put this down:  ‘This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto the nations and then shall the end come.’  Matthew 24:14. Have you written the reference?” The reporter lowered his pencil and said, “I think I begin to see the daylight. I see the motivation and the power in this movement.” “Then,”replied Simpson, “You see more than some of the doctors of divinity.” Girls, we have a coming King. The story of Jesus Christ is an incomplete picture if we stop at the manger. We must move beyond his first visit to earth, to his second coming. His Kingship can only be understood in light of his second coming. This month, we will celebrate his coming as a tender Lamb of God. But one day, he will come as the Lion of the tribe of Judah – Our King! And in this character of God, we find much of our motive. Our motive for what, you might ask. It is our motive to share the gospel and our motive to live pure lives. Titus...

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Sexual Purity Starts at Seven

By the time she is sixteen, a Christian girl has a 50/50 chance of surviving life without the experiences of sexual sin, eating disorders and depression. Parents who “did everything right” can’t understand how it happened when their daughter falls on the wrong side of the stats. What they don’t know is that they may have done everything right, but started too late. The foundation for building an emotionally healthy teen girl-who stands free from the norms of an at-risk culture-is built between the ages of 8-12. I have to hold myself back every time a white-haired grandma leans in to her pig-tailed granddaughter and teasingly asks her, “So, do you have a boyfriend?” This, usually said with a chuckle and a batting of the eyes, is generally meant to be just silly conversation, but I know too much to consider it to be cute. It is dangerous.  Being in a dating relationship for six months or longer is a significant risk factor for early teen sexual activity. Can you see why it might not be “cute” for our 8-12 year olds to be boy crazy or to have multiple boyfriends while they are still in the fourth grade? If she develops the pattern of “needing” a guy when she is eight or nine, she’s going to be in many six-month relationships in her early teen years. That’s not...

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Are You Lonely?

Albert Einstein once said, “It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.”  You can be the most active woman in church-volunteering yourself like crazy and hosting every party-but be riddled with loneliness. What is loneliness? Ironically it’s not being alone. The strange thing about loneliness is that we feel it most intently when we are with people. Loneliness is the knowing in our heart that we were created to really, truly know each other in the deepest sense but we feel stuck with superficiality. I just have to tell you about this horrifying example because I think it demonstrates what I’m talking about. I have a friend who was in a tragic car crash that killed her little seven-year old-daughter. People just didn’t know how to step out of superficial mode to comfort her and to really reach her heart. They felt uncomfortable with the reality of her situation. The most common statement people approached her with was, “So, I heard you really crushed your foot in that car accident.” Hey, people….her daughter was killed! She and I spent time talking about seemingly small things…the way her daughter left her panties on the floor all the time, the fact that Tarzan was her favorite movie, and that she loved horses. My friend confessed she didn’t know how to stop the hurt but because...

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