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Ann Dunagan

With a passion for the Lord and the lost, Ann is an international minister alongside her husband, a homeschooling mother of seven, and the author of several books including The Mission-Minded Family.

Posted 11/12/12 at 10:51 AM | Ann Dunagan

Freedom's Obligation for the Next Generation

Our country's freedom, like a relay race, is preserved and protected as each great generation passes the baton of duty on to the next.

In honor of Veteran's Day, United States veterans and current military families, I want to feature a patriotic essay, written by our eldest son, when he was in high school. This speech was presented for a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Voice of Democracy competition, taking 1st place in Oregon and 12th place at Nationals, and also presented at various patriotic events including a statewide Memorial Day ceremony.

Now, nearly a decade later, these words touch my heart in a much deeper way. After graduating from university, our son worked hard, accepted a great challenge and became a United States Marine Corps officer. He honorably served our nation, specializing in ground intelligence and commanding snipers in Afghanistan. Recently, he completed his commission and is now in the USMC Reserves, while earning his MBA at Harvard. It's amazing to realize that my son is now a veteran.

I'm a proud mom, yet I am continually humbled by the lives and examples of others. I'm so grateful to God for bringing my son home and for giving our family His grace during his dangerous deployments. Yet my heart goes out to other military heroes -- along with their moms, and their wives, and their children -- who have made (and who are currently making) much greater sacrifices than I ever did.

My son's speech concludes, "Freedom is definitely not free. There is a duty, a responsibility, an obligation that comes with it. That obligation is to preserve and protect freedom for future generations." FULL POST

Posted 11/8/12 at 12:30 AM | Ann Dunagan

Legalized Marijuana? How Can Christian Families Prepare their Teenagers?

“It’s not for you, O Lemuel!”

Did you know that Colorado and Washington State just voted to legalize marijuana for personal and recreational use? As Christian families, we need to prepare our teenagers to think through the issues of our day. We need to equip our youth to resist temptation, by God's grace, and to live for His glory!

Our country is becoming an increasingly post-Christian society. Many actions may be legal, yet in God’s eyes they are wrong and sinful (such looking at pornography, “sleeping together” before marriage, or getting an abortion). Other actions may be illegal, yet in God’s eyes they are good (such as reading the Bible in a classroom or having a US military chaplain pray in Jesus’ name).

Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s right. Just because everybody’s doing it, doesn’t mean we do it.

So let’s take a look at what just happened, regarding marijuana use, in the 2012 election.

In Colorado, Amendment 64 passed by an estimated 53% of the vote giving residents the freedom to possess marijuana for personal use and to give away. Just ponder that phrase, “to give away.” Colorado residents can now give “marijuana-gifts” to their friends and loved ones. Perhaps for Christmas? Or a unique college graduation present? Or maybe for a birthday? FULL POST

Posted 2/8/11 at 10:30 AM | Ann Dunagan

Mission-Minded Families & SUB-Mission

It may sound more important to dream about boarding an internationally-bound 747, or to imagine doing something benevolent or "big" in some prestigious-sounding foreign city; but right now, that might not be the most strategic decision for God's long-term plan for your family.

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Posted 2/1/11 at 2:08 PM | Ann Dunagan

Mission-Minded Families . . . in February

February holidays provide great outreach opportunities and ideas for MISSION-MINDED FAMILIES.

As we learn about Valentines Day, Chinese New Year, President's Day, and Black History Month,  we can teach our children about God's love for all people, our need to pray for Christians who are being persecuted, and the importance of sharing the God's love with our friends and neighbors.

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Posted 1/25/11 at 7:19 PM | Ann Dunagan

How Can I Find Time to Pray?

We all have 24 hours in every day. No matter how much we try to give the excuse that our schedule is beyond our control, we need to acknowledge (with all honesty) that we ultimately take time for whatever we want to take time for; and in most of our lives and personal schedules, there's a lot of wasted time.

There's time to watch that movie we want to watch. There's time to browse the internet ('cause we want to just rest our brains for a minute). And there's time for a cup of coffee.

We're busy people. With busy lives. And yes, we love God and want to follow Him. But what about when we seriously can't "find time" to pray? As a busy mom of seven, I can definitely relate to this struggle; but with all honesty, I think we've got it backwards.

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Posted 12/28/10 at 2:21 PM | Ann Dunagan

SEEK GOD for a Mission-Minded 2011!!!

This year, don't just make New Year's resolutions that you're likely to forget by February; instead, earnestly pray and seek God for His specific plans and purposes for your LIFE.

I invite you to SEEK GOD for a more effective and focused 2011, and welcome you to utilize a FREE 15-page New Year's Guide for you and for your family, for reflection, projection, and prayer.

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Posted 12/22/10 at 9:31 PM | Ann Dunagan

A Mission-Minded Christmas Story: "I Gave Myself"

It was Christmas, and the Liberian Christians had been asked this year instead of receiving gifts, to help carry the Gospel to others . . . 

Training our children in giving and self-sacrifice is a natural "fit" for the Christmas season. As we put up our family nativity set, or wrap our presents, we can remember how God loved the WORLD so much, that He GAVE His only Son, Jesus. And as mission-minded Christian families, we can take it a step farther . . .

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Posted 12/16/10 at 1:38 PM | Ann Dunagan

Christmas GIVING, or SURRENDER?

An important family focus for Christmas is to realize that Jesus gave infinitely more than a token gift for this world. Our Lord surrendered everything by coming to this earth to be born as a baby, to live a sinless life, and to die on the cross for our sins. And as we remember his birth, we need to remember that Jesus surrendered everything, not only save us, but to provide His salvation for the whole world!

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

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Posted 12/13/10 at 3:54 PM | Ann Dunagan

The Purpose for Christmas is His PRESENCE!

MISSION-MINDED FAMILIES with ANN DUNAGAN:  During the Christmas season, it's important to guard your family against peace-robbers like "stuff" and "striving" and "stress"; instead, remember that your purpose in life as a Christian family is simply to glorify God, day by day, and to enjoy Him forever.

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Posted 12/6/10 at 1:43 PM | Ann Dunagan

I'll Be Home for Christmas?

"But that's not fair! Since we already live near your relatives, we should spend Christmas with my family!"

For many families, where to spend Christmas is at best, a yearly dilemma; for others, it's an all-out annual battle, with heated discussions and terribly hurt feelings.

Mission-Minded Families, with Ann Dunagan

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