Friday Tidings

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Posted 1/29/15 at 8:15 AM | Karen Kramer

Sex Sells Burgers?

One Million Moms website

After last year’s relatively decent Super Bowl ads, Carl’s Jr. is dedicating their millions of Super Bowl advertising dollars to use a naked woman to promote their “All-Natural” burgers (no added hormones, antibiotics or steroids).

The nude young woman walks through a farmer’s market and her exposure is partially hidden by appropriately placed veggies. Not until the final seconds do viewers see her dressed in a string bikini eating a Carl’s Jr. hamburger. The sex sells philosophy dominates Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s advertisements (owned by CKE Restaurants).

Erika Napoletano, branding consultant, says of the ad: It’s like porn meets American Pastime. It makes NFL cheerleaders—underpaid and underclothes—look like nuns in comparison.

Women are 46% of the Super Bowl TV viewers—this ad could and should create a backlash. For family viewing, it’s totally inappropriate. One Million Moms asks you to respond to their campaign to pull the ad from the Super Bowl line-up. And next time you have a chance to eat at a fast food chain, consider the advertising policy of the franchise and choose one that doesn’t use sex to sell its burgers.

Posted 1/26/15 at 8:33 AM | Karen Kramer

One Million Dads

American Family Association, the sponsor of One Million Moms, has just launched a new website, One Million Dads (1MD).

By God’s design, men are to be the leaders. In an effort to educate and encourage men, One Million Dads will provide resources and support. One Million Dads is about learning how to be a better dad, or grandpa, or uncle—or just a God-honoring man in today’s ever-changing culture.

And men don’t need to be fathers to join. Men need leadership skills to disciple others in their families, their churches, their workplace, and community. Stay connected men! Click on the Facebook link and on Twitter. Join today and make an impact with a group of men who share your values.

Posted 1/26/15 at 8:27 AM | Karen Kramer

Girls Just Wanna Have Guns

Girls Just Wanna Have Guns website

Regis Giles, gun-rights activist and creator of Girls Just Wanna Have, is a Millennial voice for Second Amendment rights and self-defense. In her view, women need guns for their own protection.

If not guns, then a taser, knife, or some form of martial arts to go from being prey to being a formidable defender. Concerned with gun control and its potential to disarm Americans, Giles is trying to raise awareness.

On her fundraising website she states:

  • Guns save more lives than they take.
  • Almost 7000 times every day, law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves.
  • Each year, 200,000 women use a gun to defend themselves against sexual attacks.
Girls Just Wanna Have Guns website

Giles believes that a gun in a woman’s hand is her best chance at survival. She has partnered with some experienced filmmakers in hopes to produce a 90-minute documentary about our American gun rights. FULL POST

Posted 1/16/15 at 8:12 AM | Karen Kramer

Sanctity of Human Life Begins at Home

                              Sanctity of Human Life Sunday: January 18, 2015

“I was 18 years old when I found myself pregnant. I was a sophomore in college, living up to the expectations of my family. Then came the night when I bought a pregnancy test and my life shifted completely. Many girls find themselves there, in a place where they aren’t ready to be. It’s then that you come to realize how the choices you have made were hurting you, but it’s too late to change. I searched for an easy way out and found my answer. Abortion seemed like the way to go; I wouldn’t disappoint anyone. My religious family wouldn’t have to know I had sinned. I could go on living my life as if nothing had happened. Only after my experience did I realize how much more pain I caused myself. Now I’m 20 and only be sheer will power do I keep going. Those who support abortion would probably call me a success. I’m a college graduate on my way to a Masters degree. I didn’t lose out on life because of an unplanned pregnancy. But now I suffer in a different way. Every day I feel the pain I suffered and it takes great effort to continue living. I think of my ‘other’ life each time I see a child, knowing the price I have paid for my choice. I wish that I could have had someone in my life to give me better advice, to explain the consequences of my action. Abortion is not the easy way out, and I hope that more girls will receive counseling so they can make an educated choice. I will be living with my mistake for the rest of my life, my wish is that other girls won’t do the same.” FULL POST

Posted 1/16/15 at 8:05 AM | Karen Kramer

Puberty Plight

Opal had worked the front desk of the elementary school for nearly five decades. Long past retirement age, this was not work; it was her life.

Fresh out of secretarial school back in the early-sixties, she found a position at a brand new school in the quiet community she loved.

Having been the school secretary for such a span had given Opal the chance to enroll kids in Kindergarten and watch them throughout their early schooling—and then have some of them bring their own kids to enroll years later.

In the last of couple decades she’d seen a darker side too—child custody issues, abuse, and drugs. But for Opal, it was still her life and even though she saw the brokenness, the pieces were real children, and they were precious to her.

Yet, one thing was an enigma to her—why were the girls seemingly getting older so much faster? She remembered in the early years how the school district nurse would gather the 6th grade girls, mostly 12 year olds, and explain puberty—and all of the changes to come. It was done quietly and respectfully. FULL POST

Posted 1/12/15 at 8:32 AM | Karen Kramer

Naked Disapproval

Discovery Channel

Parents expecting after-school programming on Discovery Channel to be educational and enlightening should be advised that Naked And Afraid has been moved to a 4:00 PM timeslot. A naked couple can now entertain students after school before their parents get home from work.

The premise for Naked And Afraid is that one male and one female—who don’t know each other, are left in the jungle without food, shelter—or clothes. Frontal nudity is blurred out, but total backsides are exposed throughout the show. Cold temperatures at night require them to survive by using body heat. Viewers observe the couple pressed next to one another to keep warm.

Depicting bare backsides qualifies as soft porn and having this show air in the afternoon will attract young viewers. To make matters worse, on Wednesday January 14, Discovery Channel is featuring a Naked And Afraid five-hour marathon. That’s a lot of nudity. One Million Moms has an action plan. Click here to send an email directly to the show’s sponsors. FULL POST

Posted 1/9/15 at 8:22 AM | Karen Kramer

Football and Faith

David Zalubowski/AP Photo

There’s something special about the Oregon Duck’s quarterbacks. Five exceptional players are on the starting rotation, but Marcus Mariota has claimed the fame and spotlight. Yet Mariota says that he shares something with his fellow quarterbacks—something more important than football or fame.

Scott Frost, the Duck’s quarterback coach describes the five athletes as good players, but great people. They support and encourage one another and aren’t concerned with who has the starting spot. He says that it “stems from the fact that they have faith in Christ.”

Brian Bahr, Getty Images

In December, Mariota was honored as the 2014 Heisman winner—the first time in Oregon’s history. With that honor comes a future in football, but Mariota brings more than talent to the game. According to Les Steckel, President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, “Marcus is a force on the football field and a force for Jesus Christ. His passion for the game matches his passion for his convictions, and it is wonderful to see him live out his faith both on and off the field. He is certainly an inspiration for many young athletes.” FULL POST

Posted 1/9/15 at 8:07 AM | Karen Kramer

Terror Target

Keep quiet or be a target—that seems to be our choice in this world of radicalized beliefs. After the Paris terror attacks—where innocent people were systematically executed for jesting about the Prophet Muhammad, things can only get worse. Mainstream media’s politically correct reporting and world leaders diplomatic lingo attempts to appease Muslims without inciting more Islamic terror attacks, while the world wonders who’s next.

screen grab from Glenn Beck website

But on the Internet, fearless bloggers are lambasting the Paris gunmen and the faith they purport to represent. Some Islamic-bashing blog posts have been shared thousands of times on social media. Matt Walsh, who blogs for Glenn Beck’s Blaze Network, called Islam the most violent religion in the world. I wonder if he fears being targeted, or how about his family? FULL POST

Posted 1/2/15 at 8:16 AM | Karen Kramer

America’s Great News!

Let’s begin 2015 with some encouraging news. We’ve all heard about the slow economic recovery, the disappearing middle class, and stagnate incomes—but compared to fifty years ago, we have it incredibly good.

Back when I was a youngster thumbing through the annual Sears Christmas Catalog, the most desired offerings were real budget busters. For instance, the Sears Silvertone entertainment center sold for $750.00.

Sear Christmas Catalog

If we use the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) inflation calculator, that would be $5700.00 in 2014 dollars. American shoppers in the mid-sixties who bought this state-of-the-art entertainment center could never compete with today’s buyers. FULL POST

Posted 12/31/14 at 8:26 AM | Karen Kramer

The Last Days are in 2015

Today’s news seems to shout “End Times”. It’s easier to live in fear than in faith. God’s Word provides us with the guidance we need to recognize the Last Days, but more importantly to prepare us for work that needs to be done.

You should know that in the last days there will be very difficult times. People will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God (2 Timothy 3).

We can see the slanderous, adulterous, boastful, prideful, and shameful actions increasing around us. We are living in the last days. But that’s by God’s design. By His provision, we will be able to inaugurate the New Year.

So what can we do while we wait Jesus’ return? FULL POST

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