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Did you ever think parents would have to be concerned a

Dear Amy: My teenage daughter has a close friend named “Edward.” Edward used to be a girl and began transitioning to male last year. Their circle of friends has been intact for years, and they have all been very supportive of Edward.

We are planning a slumber party for my daughter’s upcoming birthday. She would like to invite six girls plus Edward to spend the night. Normally, there would be no way that I’d allow a boy to spend the night, but this situation is very different.

I don’t want to exclude or hurt Edward. I just don’t know what is appropriate.

If we do invite him, must we tell the other parents that there will be a boy (although he’s biologically a girl) spending the night? I want to act with compassion but still be prudent and responsible. Please advise?

Teen’s Mom

Teen’s Mom: I think that (almost no matter the question concerning your child’s plans) if you are worrying about telling other parents, or wondering whether to tell parents, then you should probably tell the parents.

I shared your question with Shannon Garcia, director of TransYouth Family Allies ( She responded, “Often times, the topic of gender identity is a touchy one. People don’t know what to say or how to act in situations that differ from societal expectations. The best policy is to acknowledge everyone with equal dignity and respect.”

( Billy’s thoughts – I would not have turned to the person Amy asked for input on this matter. You can read the full answer here. My question/thought is would you have a boy to sleep over for girls, or a girl to sleep over for boys. No matter what, it is sad parents, along with their children are facing this. )

After Georgia, Republicans celebrating, Dems searching

DUNWOODY, Ga. (June 21, 2017) — Republicans can enjoy some breathing room after winning a Georgia special congressional race that morphed from an afterthought in the usually conservative Atlanta suburbs into an expensive national proxy for Washington wars ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Source: After Georgia, Republicans celebrating, Dems searching

Message to Families from the late Vince Foster who worked for President Clinton until his death ( good message regardless what your politics is ) 

Listen to a commentary by Dr. James Dobson right here.

When a kid is hurt, do not be concerned about the hurt young person,instead focus on those who feelings are hurt by prayer ( give me a break ) 

A school district is under attack by atheists after an anti-Christian group filed a virulent complaint against a Tennessee school system because its staff bowed their heads while a youth pastor prayed for a seriously injured high school football player down on the field.
When the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) caught wind of coaches bowing their heads while an adult got down on his knees to pray for an injured player on the field, it filed a complaint against the district that includes East Ridge High School and Central High School.
Need permission to pray?
Pastor Eric Dill of Bayside Baptist Church insists that his intention was solely to help the injured player – not to make anyone feel uncomfortable, make a religious statement, for recognition or to get 25,000 Facebook views – which were triggered from FFRF’s complaint.
Dill came to the aid of a player who was down on the field for nearly half an hour after receiving a hard blow to the neck that made him unable to move his legs while waiting for an ambulance.
“A neck injury is the scariest part of football,” the youth pastor told WRCB TV, adding that when a player asked him to pray, he merely submitted to God’s will. “It was almost dead silence … about the only thing I could hear on the field was like sniffling, and just players getting emotional.”

( Atheist group challenges prayer for injured player )

The Magi, the Epiphany, and Ben HurSHINE THE LIGHT OF CHRIST

Today on BreakPoint: an Oscar-winning film, a Civil War general, and an important, but often overlooked Christian holiday.

John Stonestreet
Today is a major Christian holiday that most Americans know little about: the Feast of the Epiphany. From the Greek word meaning “manifestation,” it celebrates the visitation of the Magi to the infant Jesus and his family in Bethlehem.
Until recently, in much of the Christian world, gifts were exchanged on Epiphany, not Christmas day. A colleague of mine, who lived in Puerto Rico when he was kid, recalls neighborhood children leaving straw out for the Magi’s camels on the night before Epiphany.
While people in Puerto Rico, like people elsewhere, have shifted their gift-giving to December 25, Epiphany still remains central to our Christian faith and is worthy of our attention.
Among those who understood this was Lew Wallace. Few, if any, Americans have lived as eventful a life as Wallace did. Civil War buffs will tell you he may have saved the Union at the Battle of Monocacy in 1864. His forces delayed Confederate General Jubal Early long enough to prevent him from possibly capturing Washington, D.C.
Later, as territorial governor of New Mexico, Wallace dealt with the likes of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
But it was a reunion of Civil War veterans that led to the action for which Wallace is best known today. John Murray, head of the Central Christian School in St. Louis and a commissioned Colson Fellow, told the story a few years ago at the Fox News website.
On a train ride to an 1876 reunion in Indianapolis, Wallace was reunited with Colonel Robert Ingersoll, who was known as the “great agnostic.” Ingersoll traveled across the country deriding and challenging people of faith.
daily_commentary_01_06_17Ingersoll didn’t spare his old comrade-in-arms, even though Wallace, at the time, was at best “indifferent” to his own Christian faith. Wallace later wrote, “To lift me out of my indifference, one would think only strong affirmations of things regarded holiest would do. Yet here was I now moved as never before, and by what? The most outright denials of all human knowledge of God, Christ, Heaven, and the Hereafter which figures so in the hope and faith of the believing everywhere. Was the Colonel right?”
Determined to prove Ingersoll wrong, Wallace returned to a short story he had written during the Civil War. The story centered on the Magi, “who had captured his attention as a young boy — taking a ‘lasting hold on his imagination.’ ”
Wallace asked “Who were they? Whence did they come?” Above all, “what led them to Jerusalem asking of all they met the strange question, ‘Where is he that is born King of the Jews?”
Starting with this meditation on the Epiphany, Wallace expanded his story over the years, adding more and more meditations on the life of Christ.
And eventually, in 1880, he published his finished work. Perhaps, you’ve heard of it: “Ben Hur: The Tale of the Christ.” The story about a fictitious Jewish prince named Judah Ben-Hur was the means by which Wallace “showed the necessity of a Savior.”
It remained the best-selling American novel until “Gone with the Wind” in 1936. And of course it was the basis of the 1959 film starring Charlton Heston, which won a record 11 Oscars.
By the time Wallace died in 1905, he believed he had met Ingersoll’s challenge. Millions of Americans agreed. And it all began with his reflecting on the visit of the Magi.
A reflection that led Wallace, like the Magi before him, to take the light of Christ to those around him. Not just to Ingersoll but to the millions who read “Ben Hur.” And similarly, Murray, the Colson Fellow I mentioned earlier, shared this light again by re-telling the story of Wallace and Ben Hur on Fox News. In both instances, the light went forth.
Our calling at the Colson Center is to help prepare you to shine the light of Christ in your world, so please come to and check out our Colson Fellows program, and learn about the upcoming Wilberforce Weekend.

A version of this commentary was originally aired on January 6, 2014.

2016 reflections/2017 Goals/Prayers 

I thought I would share with all of you what I will be doing today as we come to the end of the year. This has been a tradition of mine for at least the last few years.
   I stay up late doing this. So for that reason chances I will miss church this Sunday New Year’s Day. It won’t be because I am backsliding. It will just be because I am too tired. 

OK now for what I will do to end the year, and bring in the new year. I try to pray in the new year. 

Then I reflect on the old year. I write this all down on my IPad. I think about what happened the last year, good, and bad. Everything from deaths, to births, to new jobs, to leaving old jobs.

   Then I pick out some stuff from the Bible that I want to be part of my life in the new year. Verses I want to get to know. 

           Last of all I make out goals, or prayers. I know the goals will only be completed as God moves. So I also call them prayers. The goals can be anything from excise more, eat better to read through the Bible, go on a missions trip. Pray more for doors to open to witness to others. Be a better witness in my lifestyle, read more books, etc.

I hope this helps. Perhaps you will want to try it this New Year’s Eve 2016, or keep it on the backburner for another day, or another New Year’s Eve.

I pray you have a God filled, Grace filled 2017. 

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Nebraska voters restore death penalty

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Halloween after October 31 for a special boy 

BENNINGTON, Neb. (WOWT) — A Bennington neighborhood recreated Halloween Monday for a very special boy. It was an amazing Halloween that may be this boy’s last.

Faron Schreiner is a 7-year-old full of friendly confidence.
“I just want to introduce myself,” he said. “Hi, I’m Faron.”
About three weeks ago, Faron was running around and playing like any other little boy.
“I’m trying to make as many good memories as we can for him,” said Faron’s mom Sunny Schreiner.
He’s just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Only about 300 kids are diagnosed with it every year.
“He was in the hospital during Halloween, which is like his favorite,” said Sunny.
On October 30th Faron was playing with family friends all day but started to fall asleep much earlier than he normally does. After rushing him to the ER they didn’t know if he would ever wake up again. Doctors were able to treat him but he didn’t make it out of the hospital in time for Halloween.
On Monday, thanks to the love of about 50 neighbors he didn’t miss out on his favorite night. It was a very special Halloween for Faron.

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Ailing 10-year-old surprised by pack of his favorite sled dogs

Ian Dustan is a lot like any other 10-year-old kid.
He likes playing with Legos. He loves video games. He’s fascinated by zombies.

And his favorite type of dog is a husky.
But Ian has a problem that most kids his age couldn’t fathom: mitochondrial disease, an incurable condition that has begun to contribute to organ failure and the debilitation of his neurological system.

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Check out an old item I posted some years back. You can read, or listen to the commentary here.