1997 – 40 Million Plus

Todays statistics are probably even more staggering!

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These statistics were taken from RENEW HOPE FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE. By Robert S. McGee and Harry Schaumburg.

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40 Million individuals have been victims of sexual abuse.

35% of all women have been abused.

Sexual abuse will probably increase in the future because of several factors:

1. Child pornography is a growing industry.

2. Step-families are increasing and in which a child is 8 times more likely to be abused. 17% of those raised by a step-father will be abused before age 14 as opposed to 2% raised by a biological father.

3. Numbers of untreated childhood sexual abuse victims may contribute to a growth in sexual abuse cases. 46% of imprisoned sex offenders who show a persistent, exclusive preference for children, were themselves sexually molested as children.

In one treatment program for compulsive sexual behavior 83% reported being victims of sexual abuse.

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I’m sure the statistics for today are even more staggering! Pornography…

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What Kind of Tree Are You?

No matter how scrawny our faith the Lord will grow it if we trust Him.

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Some might be disappointed, but this is not one of those quizzes like I see posted on Facebook. (There actually is one of those quizzes with this same title, but I didn’t take it because I was afraid that the results would show that I was Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree).
tree-onlyTen or twelve years ago, let’s just say eleven, Mary and I were shopping at Home Depot. After finishing our shopping in the store, we wandered out to the garden department to look for some small trees. It was November, and most of the plants were marked down because they were making room for Christmas trees.

Mary got hung up looking at wreathes and other boring items, so I cruised my wheelchair over to go look at trees. As it turned out, there were not many trees left, and I didn’t see anything I was interested in. Just when I was…

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Does Your Representative Support Barbaric Abortions?: Babies Limbs Are Cut Off

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Editors Note: Bottom line is abortion is wrong – period. Are you aware how gruesome and barbaric these murders of innocent babies are? The babies limbs are literally cut off and the head crushed – am I the only one that thinks these actions at least equal or surpass the brutal killings being done by ISIS? In another equally disturbing procedure – the baby is birthed most of the way with the head remaining in the birth canal – then a hole is cut into the babies skull and the brain is sucked out.

These same people will condemn (as well they should) the extreme brutality of the ISIS killings. Yet we have American lawmakers that support this horrid procedure that is no better than ISIS killings, legitimizing what is so barbaric I cannot understand how anyone can do that to another human being. Sign the petition to stop this…

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Was it Abuse? – A Testimony

There is no insignificant abuse. Abuse of all kinds need to be addressed.

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Written by “Your Sister in Christ” – Angels by Grace Pub.  April 1997

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You know for the longest time I was in denial of what took place in my childhood. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t block it from my mind and make believe it never happened.

Unfortunately those memories are still very vivid and when I least expect it they replay themselves. To cope with the confusion and awkward feelings though, I began to question the memories. In turn, without realizing it, I was excusing the offender’s actions.

I asked myself over and over, “Was it really abuse? I didn’t lose my virginity! Was it really abuse? I don’t think it happened that often, I can’t remember! Was it really abuse? Abuse sounds so horrible!”

Yes! It was sexual abuse! Just because my story is not as tragic as some, it does not make it insignificant. I was…

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Will the REAL ME please step forward? – Multiple Personality Disorder/ D.I.D.

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“…I will rescue him; I will protect him…I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him and show him My salvation.” Ps.91:14-16

The Lord our God said that He knows every hair on our head, that He values us more than even the birds of the air, and that He knew us before we were even born. He created us as special, as like no other, yet in His image. He knows what we will face in this life before we even leave the womb.

God has given every person defense mechanisms to help us guard against atrocities and tragedies that can happen in life. We commonly think of denial when speaking of defense mechanisms. If we deny something long enough we can actually believe it never happened. This is very common in sexual abuse cases. Of course there are many other defense mechanisms that…

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Power of Prayer

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I got up early one morning and rushed into the day;

I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me, and heavier came each task.

“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered. He answered,

“You didn’t ask.”

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I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on,

gray and bleak;

I wondered why God didn’t show me. He said,

“But you didn’t seek.”

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I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my

keys at the lock.

God gently and lovingly chided, “My child,

You didn’t knock.”

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I woke up early this morning, and paused before

entering the day;

I had so much to accomplish that I had to

take time to pray.

Author unknown. 

Angels by Grace Pub. March 1997

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What are you Looking for?

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Over the years many have watched, listened, and prayed within the sanctuaries of our churches. Many have visited just about every denomination of church in the Christian religion. Many have sat in the pews with people surrounding them and listened to pastor’s give the Word of God and yet felt as though the words came across hollow, empty, and dead.

Many joined a church to hear God’s truth, to be accepted, loved, and to be a part of God’s family only to be left in silence as the “click’s” gathered in their groups around the room talking and laughing. Standing to the side our heart hurts because we’re not a part of their elite little group.

Some of us have walked toward the front and seen the pastor smile but noticed his eyes don’t show the love of Christ. Some of us have experienced a counselor that sat in front of us asking his/her questions that leave us dull and numb. The words that are to encourage and lift us out of the depths of hell that we feel we’re in are more condemning than uplifting. The scriptures quoted are used as bats against our fragile psych.

It’s confusing because we thought the Lord said this was the church He wanted us to be in but the rejection, the false teachings, or the compromising of God’s Word to suit the needs of the pastor are going against the grain of what some of us was taught. So we leave only to visit yet another church and another and another only to find much the same.

Todays teaching of the gospel isn’t what we remembered from our growing up years. That is if we grew up in church. We’ve watched and witnessed people who shun the poor and those people that shout “praise God” and turn to add to the whispers of  gossip while they quickly wipe the smile off their face. We’ve had some who walk away when we smile and our “hello” sticks in our throat. Noses are turned up because our clothes don’t come up to their standard. Some of us have found ourselves swallowed up in a sea of humanity in the mega churches only to have warm fuzzies tickle our ears, sin is forgotten or excused.  We finally move on, another church, another congregation and each time we leave feeling dirtier than when we walked in or disillusuioned about what all this Christianity is about. Some never return.

Thankfully there are still a few that have found that church family that is loving, caring, and accept us, with a pastor who preaches God’s Word in love, who isn’t afraid to address the issues of our time and bring forth the truth from scriptures. Thankfully we can know that God, through Christ, is faithful and will lead us to what we need.

“What are you looking for?” the Lord asks.  In Our heart we want to be accepted, we want to feel the love of other believers who love God and His Son, who will listen and pray and be there as an encouragement. We want to hear God’s truth and to do God’s will. We want to feel as though we are a part of the family of God.

When the Lord asked me that my reply was, “Todays church is lacking.” “I know” the Lord whispers with tears misty in His eyes. “But what do I do?” I asked. The Lord ran His hand across His beard and stood looking at me for a long silent moment. I thought He might not answer.

“You go to worship Me,” He says gently. “No matter what the people do or do not do, no matter what reception you receive, You go to worship Me.”  Taking a step closer He adds, “There is no perfect church My child. Just people who are lost and looking but not finding.” “But…” He stopped me.

“If My Word is not being taught in truth you leave! If My Word is being taught in truth, you stay. The clicks you encounter are of no significance, it is My presence that is important.”  I nodded my head.  A slight smile tweeked Jesus face as He looked down at me. Placing His hand on my shoulder He gave my shoulder a slight squeeze. “You’ll be fine My child. Church is there for hearing My Word, for worship, and for fellowship. If the fellowship is absent, remember, I am there with you for it is My presence that counts. I sent you there for a purpose.” Then I awoke.

There are times when the Lord sends us to a church to be a witness, an example, to bring encouragment, or a warning to that body. We go in obedience.

“Whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.” 1John 2:6

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Blessings to you.