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Missouri Family E-NewsMay 3, 2010

 
 
James Dobson Launches New Radio Ministry 
 
Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson has officially launched his new radio ministry which is called "Family Talk."  The first broadcast of the 30-minute program is scheduled today on approximately 200 radio stations across the country. 
 
Dobson will host the program along with his son, Ryan, and LuAnne Crane.  They plan to address family-related topics and cultural issues similar to those on his previous program with Focus on the Family.
 
Dobson says he is airing "Family Talk" to continue his battle for righteousness in American culture.  "Babies are dying, the very definition of marriage is under attack, the financial underpinnings of families are being destroyed by confiscatory taxation, and children of all ages are being taught wickedness and every form of godlessness."
 
Despite his advanced years, Dobson says he is not slowing his pace or toning down his well-respected public voice.  "Please don't expect me to take a 'softer, gentler' approach to the issues that burn within my soul.  I have never spoken or written without passion for the values in which I believe, and I don't intend to start now."
 
Yet Dobson says the primary mission of his new ministry will be "the raising of Godly, self-disciplined and respectful children."  In that vein Dobson has released his latest child-rearing book called "Bringing Up Girls," a sequel of sorts to his previous publication "Bringing Up Boys."
 
Dobson resigned his leadership position with Focus on the Family late last year, saying that "the time had come to turn over the ministry to the next generation of leaders."
 
You can read more about Dr. Dobson's new ministry by visiting this link: FamilyTalk
 
 
 
 
Internet Agency To Decide on .XXX Domain
 
The international agency that controls website domains on the Internet is once again considering a dedicated ".XXX" domain for pornography.  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is evaluating the issue once again after abandoning the proposal twice before.
 
Advocates of the ".XXX" domain concept say it will separate sexually explicit websites from the universe of the ".com" domain and make it easier to filter out such sites.  Yet anti-pornography crusader Patrick Trueman disputes those claims.
 
"The '.com' domain is a cash cow for pornographers and they are not leaving it," says Trueman.  ICANN has no enforcement powers to make them leave and thus clean up the '.com' domain.  Pornographers would simply maintain their current sites and expand to the '.XXX' domain, doubling the number of porn sites and doubling their menace to society."
 
Trueman is the former chief of the criminal division of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.  In that capacity, he was responsible for enforcement of federal obscenity laws and prosecution of trafficking in obscene materials.
 
Trueman says the new ".XXX" domain would be a catastrophe for the culture.  "Pornography addiction is skyrocketing among adult males and is even affecting many women and children in the same way.  Countless marriages are breaking up because of pornography use.  Pornography is destroying lives and relationships and ICANN should not be using its authority to promote more of it."
 
The deadline for public comment on the proposal is May 10th.  Trueman is urging parents and families to voice objection to the idea by sending their comments to ICANN at this e-mail address:  icm-options-report@icann.org.
 
Trueman has established a website documenting the damage pornography causes in numerous respects.  You can visit that site by clicking this link:
 
Court Decision Adds Focus to Thursday's National Day of Prayer
 
National religious leaders are issuing an impassioned call for spiritual rededication as America observes the 59th annual National Day of Prayer this Thursday.  This year's Scriptural theme acknowledges the current economic and political tribulation facing our country:  "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in Him." (Nahum 1:7)
 
"Prayer is the most powerful resource we have in this life, yet many of us only turn to it as a last resort," says Franklin Graham, Honorary Chairman of the 2010 National Day of Prayer.  "Most of us lead busy lives.  Yet if we wish to stay connected to our real Power Source, we must learn to put "self' on the sideline and put on Christ-- for it is only in His steps that we and our nation can walk with Him in victory."
 
This year's National Day of Prayer has taken on heightened attention with the recent ruling by a federal judge that formal establishment of the day by the U.S. Congress is unconstitutional.  President Obama has announced that he has instructed the U.S. Department of Justice to appeal that ruling.  The ruling does not impact the efforts of the private National Day of Prayer Task Force which organizes the event every year.
 
Shirley Dobson, chairwoman of the NDP Task Force, says that prayer is essential during this time of international conflict.  "Thirty-four U.S. Presidents have called for prayer during times of crisis...Our leaders knew that we desperately needed God's intervention during those very dark days.  America is presently engulfed in bloody wars on two fronts, where our young men and women are fighting and dying for the cause of liberty.  They need, and deserve, fervent prayers during this time of sacrifice."
 
Graham says that America must get serious about rebuilding its relationship with our Creator.  "The heart of a nation cannot be connected to God if its people are far from Him.  The reason America is in peril is because many of God's children have become passive about obeying His Word.  We have some serious work ahead of us if we are to see our beloved nation restored by the Hand of God."
 
The key to America's economic recovery and spiritual renewal, Graham says, is repentance.  "We must ask God's forgiveness and turn on backs on tolerance of sin, so that future generations will know that God's blessed Hand has not been removed from our land.  Let us pray as one that our Lord Jesus Christ will once again be exalted in the halls of government, in our sanctuaries of worship and in human hearts that need His healing touch."
 
The son of longtime evangelist Billy Graham, Franklin Graham is the President of Samaritan's Purse, the international relief organization which provides assistance in more than 100 countries around the world.  Graham has become a focus of headlines in the secular press in the last two weeks when the U.S. Army announced that they were rescinding their invitation for him to be the lead speaker at the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer observance.
 
Army officials stated that they were withdrawing his invitation to speak because of comments he has made about the Islamic religion, and his insistence that salvation is only possible through Jesus Christ.  "We're an all-inclusive military," an Army spokesman said.  It is worth noting that Samaritan's Purse has provided food, clothing, shoe boxes, and medical assistance to Muslim children around the world for decades.
 
Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, sharply criticized the Army's decision.  "Franklin Graham is a man of courage and integrity whose deeply held convictions should not be a pretext for denying him the opportunity to share the Gospel."  Perkins had been disinvited to speak earlier this year at a prayer luncheon at Andrews Air Force Base because of his opposition to the repeal of the law prohibiting homosexuals from serving in the military.
 
"This decision is further evidence that the leadership of our nation's military has been impaired by the politically correct culture being advanced by this Administration.  Under this Administration's watch, we are seeing the First Amendment, designed to protect the religious exercise of Americans, retooled into a sword to sever America's ties with orthodox Christianity."
 
Regardless of the political and cultural hostility of the day to Christian values and Biblical belief, it is important for us to keep our primary focus in the right place.  While we should be aware of and engaged in issues involving our nation's governance of our lives, we must first and foremost stay centered on the governance of God in our lives.  I close with yet another quote from Franklin Graham's National Day of Prayer statement.
 
"The Lord's heart is delighted to hear the praises of His People.  When we acknowledge Him above all things, our worries and our fears begin to pale in the light of His abundant love for us.  This helps prepare our hearts to receive His word of rebuke or blessing; conviction or comfort."  May we as individuals and as a nation yield to His rebuke and conviction, and rejoice in His blessing and comfort. 
 
We encourage you to participate in a National Day of Prayer event this Thursday in your community.  The American Family Association is calling for Americans to meet at their respective city halls from 12:20 to 12:40 this Thursday to join in corporate prayer for the nation and its leaders.  You can find out more about National Day of Prayer events scheduled in various Missouri communities by clicking this link and typing in "Missouri" in the state box :
 
You can check out further resources for the National Day of Prayer by visiting their website through this link:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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