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Bring Back the Monkey

       In High School, when we went to blocked internet sites, this little monkey popped up shaking his head "no," telling us we weren't allowed to go there.  Usually I was online filtering through music videos, ESPN, or joke websites, but occasionally when I clicked on one of those sites I would "get the monkey."

       In today's world, one of the most damaging and relevant things today within the student (and adult) culture is the ability to view free and anonymous pornography. And most times, the monkey probably isn't there to block it.  Think it’s too early to talk with your student about pornography? IT’S NOT.  According to the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, “the average age of first exposure to internet pornography is 11.”  In case you didn’t get that, the AVERAGE age of first exposure to internet porn is ELEVEN YEARS OLD. ELEVEN is the AVERAGE…meaning many of our kids view it earlier than that. Not in 8th grade.  Not in High School.  And not college.  ELEVEN.  For a few brief stats and effects on porn as well as what to do about it, click on the link below.

Discussion Questions with MS students: What's your experience like with this sort of thing? What kinds of things are your friends doing? Have you ever accidentally run into these types of images online? How did you handle it?

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The Legacies We Leave

Editor's note: This week we get to hear from Lori Borgman, who is an author and columnist and also the speaker for ZPC's Women's Gathering on Saturday, January 23. After reading Lori's post, you'll understand one of the reasons it's going to be a great time! In addition to Lori's teaching, we will share lunch, worship, and relational time. Please join us!

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When the women of ZPC asked if I would speak at a retreat on legacy, my first response was “hmmmm.”  Truthfully, I’d never thought too deeply about the topic before. But being that I’ve spoken to ZPC groups before and know you all to be warm, wonderful and thoughtful, I immediately agreed and plunged in feet first.

Legacy is a great topic. We all have inherited legacies and we will all leave a legacy no matter how long or brief our lives. And, get this—we enjoy legacies of others whom we’ve never even known every single day (you’ll have to come to retreat to find out what they are!).

We’ll cover the gamut at retreat. We’ll start with how legacy and history are related and then visit the Old Testament admonitions to “remember.” We’ll look at why God commanded His people to remember and a few ways the Israelites practiced “remembering.”

In our second session, we’ll look at the difference between legacy and inheritance. As a preview, let me just say that nobody is going to stand around at your funeral talking about how much money you left. They will, however, stand around talking about what kind of person you were, telling stories about your personality, your character traits, what mattered most to you and how you responded to a challenge.

Finally, we’ll examine a few legacies found in the New Testament where people were remembered in only eight or nine words. Ack! Your entire life boiled down to two phrases linked by one comma! Crazy, right?

There will be discussion groups after the sessions. Women always come up with amazing and creative ideas for applying truth. If you’ve heard me speak before, you know that each session will move fast (but I’ll work hard not to talk too fast). There will be biblical truth as well as stories. And more stories. And laughter.

Maybe you’re wondering if this event would be a good fit for a questioning or non-believing friend. The material is primarily addressed to the believer, but it would also be interesting, thought provoking and challenging to someone questioning or a non-believer. You never know who is listening, what burden they are carrying, or what stage of faith they are in, so I always cast wide net. So yes, by all means, yes! Bring a friend.

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