Graphic Novels: A Distortion of Love

Traditionally, pornography was often thought of as a struggle for men. However, studies show that porn use among women is rapidly increasing, particularly among younger females. According to a recent article by Covenant Eyes, some women get pulled into pornography through seeing graphic sexual images, while many women are introduced by the combination of romantic themes and sexual arousal

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Developing a Standardized Test to Detect Mycoplasma Genitalium

Researchers at John Hopkins University are looking to develop a test to detect Mycoplasma Genitalium, also known as MG, a sexually transmitted bacteria that can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility in women if not treated properly. With no approved, standardized test available to detect the STD, healthcare professionals hope to develop a test similar to

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Letters to My Future Husband

  “I started writing letters to my future husband when I was 13. Like most girls, I dreamed about what my future husband would be like. At first, my letters included a lot of silly facts about my life and guesses as to how we’d meet (if we hadn’t already!). But as time passed, my heart began

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Share Your 2018 Highlight

Did you work with a seemingly impossible student who turned their negative circumstances around last semester? Are you a parent who has been trying to reach your son or daughter for months to no avail until this last year? Maybe you work at a pregnancy resource center and had a negative test client who had

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Free For a Limited Time

For a limited time, we are offering you the opportunity to download the Abstinence Clearinghouse’s e-book The Casualties of Kinsey for free. Alfred Kinsey, a social “scientist” of the 1940’s, spent his lifetime ripping down the institution of the family and pushing homosexual, pedophiliac, and bi-sexual relationships as normal, socially acceptable behavior. He is the father of

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2019 Goal Setting & Achieving

January is a great time to set goals for the coming year. Take some time this week to consider what you achieved in 2018 and what you want to accomplish in 2019. Here are a few ways you can set yourself up to achieve your goals in 2019: First, set goals you actually want to accomplish. One way

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Generation Z Lab Released

In a world where generations struggle more than ever to understand each other, it is pivotal to engage in conversations surrounding difficult topics lest pop culture is left to negatively shape thoughts, opinions, and hearts. Impact 360 Institute recently released the Gen Z Lab that has over 10 hours of video content on topics like doubt and discernment, sexual integrity and more. Through

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Screens and Teens: Connecting With Our Kids In a Wireless World

  Do you catch yourself living through the lens – that is, taking so many photos with your phone or camera that you actually missed aspects of what was going on around you? Does perfectionism play into your photo-taking or your photo-sharing? In her book, Screens and Teens: Connecting With Our Kids In a Wireless World,

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Starbucks Bans Pornography

Starbucks recently announced the franchise will begin blocking pornographysites throughout its in-store Wi-Fi service in 2019. According to WORLD Magazine the decision came after years of pressure from numerous organizations to set up filters to block explicit content. In late November, Enough is Enough (EIE), an organization centered on internet safety, announced a new petition calling on Starbucks to follow

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Alive to Thrive: Preventing Teen Suicide

Teen suicide is a serious and troubling problem facing our country. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens in America. Focus on the Family recently published Alive to Thrive – A Guide to Preventing Teen Suicide, a program that explores the social, psychological and spiritual aspects of the epidemic. This resource, written by clinical

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Initiating Change & Combating Pornography

Accessing pornography is increasingly easy due to technology. The statistics can be overwhelming. Over 40 million Americans are regular visitors to pornography websites. There are 42 million pornography websites totaling 370 million pages of pornography. The pornography industry’s annual revenue is more than the NFL, NBA and MLB combined. It is also more than the

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Social Support Fosters Academic Achievement

Research suggests that parental involvement and supervision considerably advance children’s academic achievement. Support from family and friends also protects against bullying, which increases depressive symptoms and poor academic achievement, and promotes positive affect. Likewise, parents can assist their children in achieving academic success by regularly discussing academics at home, partnering in their child’s learning and advocating for their child.

Embracing an Attitude of Gratitude as a Family

Practicing gratitude is an essential attribute to enjoying the holiday season. According to psychologist and author Dr. Thomas Lickona, “Gratitude is the virtue of feeling and expressing thanks for benefits received. It’s been called ‘the secret of a happy life.'” In a recent article, Dr. Lickona explains that grateful people are healthier, more alert, sleep better, and have

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Entertainment vs. Exploring

 “The world’s artificial pleasures are all but evidence that the human  race has to a large extent lost its power to enjoy the true pleasures  of life, and is forced to substitute for them false and  degrading thrills.” – A.W. Tozer Has entertainment served as a culprit in the loss of your time? Has entertainment

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How to Avoid Over-Scheduling Your Family During the Holidays

When you look at your calendar between now and the New Year, is it a source of stress? It is far too easy to over-schedule our families and ourselves as the holidays approach. Here are a few tips for finding balance during the holiday season from Focus on the Family: Prioritize. Consider carefully what things are most important. There

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Monitoring Your Teenager’s Online Activity

There are many apps parents can use to monitor their teens social media activity and amount of time spent online. In addition to regular conversations about technology and online safety, using apps to monitor family technology use may help foster positive conversations between parents and teens. Parents may also find apps like Norton to be

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Helping to Manage Teen Stress & Anxiety

According to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researcher Dr. Michael Leahy found that “anxiety has increased so much that typical schoolchildren during the 1980’s reported more anxiety than child psychiatric patients did during the 1950’s.” Research from Dr. Jean Twenge released in 2017 showed that there has been a sharp

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5 Ways to Avoid Burnout in a Helping Profession

Counselor burnout is defined by its symptoms: feelings of exhaustion and detachment and dehumanization when dealing with clients. For some, feelings of depression and inadequacy may be present. In addition to burnout, compassion fatigue is also common among helping professionals. Compassion fatigue occurs when the helper is traumatized by his or her efforts to be

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Talking with the Parents of Your Child’s Friend Viewing Pornography

Jen Ferguson found herself in a difficult circumstance. Her daughter, a sixth grader at the time, was working on a collaborative project with a friend at school and clicked the wrong tab on her friends computer which led to pornography. Jen and her husband were able to help their daughter process what she had seen,

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Government Mandated Sex Education in Uganda

Parents in Kampala, Uganda began lamenting the effects of a new sex education program less than two months after it was introduced in schools. As a father of four, John Musisi shared with National Catholic Reporter (NCR)how government-mandated sex education courses in Catholic schools have harmed his 12-year-old son. According to the article, “Musisi is among thousands

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