ABC Family channel is NOT family friendly

Here is an email that I sent to Robert Iger at Disney about another gross TV show about two teens who begin dating and both have fathers that are transgender and going through sex change procedures! ACK! The channel is deftly trying to desensitize America's youth by airing this kind of anti-family, anti-God's-plan for families. See below and feel free to copy and send your own letter. I copied this letter from OneMillionMom's website.

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Subject: ABCF continues to push away viewers and sponsors
As a grandparent and a member of, I am concerned about this new ABC Family Channel program called "Becoming Us." I am disgusted that your network finds this suitable content for a family channel. ABC Family Channel is being irresponsible and causing great damage to our culture.

I am appalled that ABC intends to air a show that features the transgender lifestyle in a positive light on a family channel. I strongly encourage ABC to drop all plans to air the program "Becoming Us."

I am extremely concerned that ABC Family feels a lack of responsibility toward the MAJORITY of families in the U.S. This need to be politically correct has crossed the line in pushing the LGBT agenda into what the MAJORITY of families would expect to be safe entertainment. Less than .4% of Americans admit to being homosexual, and less than that are transgender! It's sickening how this channel panders to the extreme minority!

Two men transforming into women is not natural and is completely unacceptable material for a family network. Obviously, ABC Family Channel is attempting to desensitize America’s youth. There is plenty of time to do the right thing and pull the plug on this series.

My family and I commit to contact sponsors that advertise during this program if your network follows through with this show. We will urge advertisers to place this program on their "do not advertise" list AND urge them to put the entire ABC Family Channel on their "do not advertise" list in protest of pushing mature and offensive content on children all across America.

My family and I will not be watching "Becoming Us" or anything else on ABC Family Channel in order to avoid seeing the previews for this new show, unless you make some needed changes to your lineup. 
Gina Burgess

Soreness of the Soul

Do you ever get a sore soul? I mean a soreness like a sore tooth in your spirit. The feeling just washes through, leaving a feeling of dread or bleakness. I usually get this feeling when something bad is going to happen. This feeling could develop because the Holy Spirit is grieved for you. God speaks to believers in many different ways. When friends and/or fellow believers speak out or do things to harm you, a child of the living God, that deeply grieves the Holy Spirit.

I'm not talking about when believers have sinned, and there is a feeling of guilt. That is something that comes from Satan, and I know this through experience. I am talking about some special kinds of trials and tribulations that God allows His children to live through so that He will be glorified.

Case in point...

Did God allow Job to be harmed past endurance? Did God share with Job that Satan was the one playing havoc in his life? Were any of us around when God laid the foundations of the world and when He hung the stars in place?

Well, if you answered "yes" to any of those questions, please email me, we need to talk.

No, God did not allow harm to Job beyond Job's endurance. Anyone else might have committed suicide, or followed the stupid advice of Job's wife. God knew the exactness of Job's strength, faith, will, and mental health. God did not allow him to be pushed past a point of no return. God will do no less for us today. He is the same past, present and future... we can depend on that.

Some scholars say that we cannot depend on experience, but must depend on and lean on exactly what the Bible says, forgetting feelings... rejecting feelings. But look at the "set up" in Job 1: Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, his name was Job. And this man was perfect and upright, and fearing God, and turning away from evil.... Job 1:9

And Satan answered Jehovah and said, Does Job fear God for nothing? Job 1:10 Have You not made a hedge for him, and for his house, and for all that is his all around? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock have increased in the land. Job 1:11 But put out Your hand now, and touch against all that is his, and see if he will not then curse You to Your face.

First, Satan has no power except that which God allows. There is also another factor--that which we give. Knowing this, we are forewarned and forearmed against an evil foe. However, just like Job we have to endure. The point with Job was not at all to teach Job, but to prove a point to Satan.

I am convinced that Job had that soreness in his soul that spread through every fiber of his being. This is such a huge lesson that I just sit back and marvel. I had always thought all our trials and tribulations were forms of education, tests and basic school work that prepares us for our eternal purpose.

That is true in part, but God's good purposes may not be for the person that undergoes the trial, but for the education of an observer... or for later ministry to someone who will go through the same thing... or to prove to Satan some Truth. Those kinds of trials are extremely hard (the things that happened to Job are tremendous stress triggers as well as huge grief causers). What an amazing thing.

The glory of God proved to Job's wife who said, "Curse God and die." She had 10 more children.

The glory of God proved to Job whose wealth was restored and multiplied!

Job's friends who had advice that produced such contempt from God. Job 42:7 And it happened, after Jehovah spoke these words to Job, Jehovah said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My anger glows against you and your two friends. For You have not spoken the right about Me, as My servant Job. Job 42:8 And now take for you seven young bulls and seven rams and go to My servant Job, and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. And My servant Job will pray for you. Surely I will lift up his face so as not to do with you according to your folly, in that you have not spoken the right about Me, as My servant Job.

But, look! How sweet the thought... worth living through all the storms, pain, and soul-soreness, "I will lift up his face..." Job 42:9

Run don't walk to safety

Sometimes we react to a situation instinctively. We run in fear, or we swallow hard and stand our ground. One way or another, fear can actually be our friend by helping along a healthy reaction.

One beautiful morning I was drinking coffee and reading my bible, all was right with the world. My cat Scooter had just jumped from my lap to stretch, then  he wandered to the sliding glass doors to bask in the sunshine behind the curtains. All was right with the world.

Engrossed with the Psalms, I forgot about him. Suddenly, there was such a commotion and scrabbling I jumped up from my chair. What was that? What was happening?

Scooter comes streaking out from behind the TV leaving the curtains flying in his wake. He was intent on gettingt away from something  terrifying. He planted himself between my feet, his sides heaving in terror, and faced his demons from the safety of his Gigi's protection.

Value of the circumcised heart

The Torah was so steeped in sacredness that the elders of Israel put a hedge of protection around it so that no man could misunderstand and break the Law. Then the next generation put a hedge around that hedge, and again another hedge around that hedge on down through the centuries until Tradition out weighed the Torah by 18 volumes of tiny type to one small volume held in one hand.

Deuteronomy 10:16 And you shall circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and you shall not harden your neck any more.

God and His Glorious Ways

Psalm 131:1  A Song of Ascents. Of David. LORD, my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me.

Isn't it amazing that the mighty King David said his heart was not haughty, nor his eyes lofty. This king knew beyond doubt exactly who was in charge... and he loved it that way. He recognized God's ways were so much greater than mere human understanding could possibly ascertain. Here we see a most humble heart toward God, as ours should be when we want the absolute best for ourselves and for our family. We just can't go wrong with a God as

Loving pleasure or loving to please?

There are certain things that just naturally give pleasure.

We derive pleasure from what others do for us, and from what we do for others there is a certain pleasure that comes from altruism, certainly. As Margaret pointed out below one may say pleasure and another say "joy." Defining the term pleasure God says:

The one who loves pleasure will become a poor man; whoever loves wine and oil will not get rich. Proverbs 21:17

In these days of soft-soap Christianity and the feel-good-do-it society,

Talk about HATE rhetoric

There's this fellow named Dan Savage who is a hatemonger concerning all things Christian and biblical. He is an atheist, and has said some awful things about Christians and to Christians.

I'm all for allowing any U.S. citizen his right to free speech, and to voice his opinions, but when ABC and Disney buy into this hate-mongering by putting on a sitcom loosely based on this guy's life, I have to draw the line!

Media Research Center has put together a video about what this guy has been saying. It's quite shocking to me. Although, it probably isn't shocking to less sheltered people. I have MTV blocked on my TV. I find it quite distasteful. I don't listen to the shock jocks on radio so I wasn't exposed there. Perhaps, the most shocking thing I saw in this video is how Obama has endorsed Dan Savage and what he's been saying. Well... view the thing for yourself. What do you think?

Amazingly, Jesus died for this guy, too. No matter how despicable one's actions are, Jesus still offers His blood to cover them.

Love divine, all loves excelling, 
 joy of heaven, to earth come down; 
 fix in us thy humble dwelling; 
 all thy faithful mercies crown! 
 Jesus thou art all compassion, 
 pure, unbounded love thou art; 
 visit us with thy salvation; 
 enter every trembling heart. 

2. Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit 
 into every troubled breast! 
 Let us all in thee inherit; 
 let us find that second rest. 
 Take away our bent to sinning; 
 Alpha and Omega be; 
 end of faith, as its beginning, 
 set our hearts at liberty. 

3. Come, Almighty to deliver, 
 let us all thy life receive; 
 suddenly return and never, 
 nevermore thy temples leave. 
 Thee we would be always blessing, 
 serve thee as thy hosts above, 
 pray and praise thee without ceasing, 
 glory in thy perfect love. 

4. Finish, then, thy new creation; 
 pure and spotless let us be. 
 Let us see thy great salvation 
 perfectly restored in thee; 
 changed from glory into glory, 
 till in heaven we take our place, 
 till we cast our crowns before thee, 
 lost in wonder, love, and praise. 
The United Methodist Hymnal Number 384, Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788, Music: John Zundel, 1815-1882, Tune: BEECHER, 
Meter: 87.87 D Home

Grace does not run in the blood

Grace pours out from Heaven in such a flood that it cannot even be compared to Niagara Falls. But grace does not run in bloodlines.

A study of Jesus' lineage shows a curious mixture of good and bad royalty. Even in those written in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews were counted righteous, but certainly were not sinless. Humans have this wonderful tendency to be oh so very good, but when bad are particularly horrid.

Something I had not thought about before is those wicked kings that show up in Jesus’ lineage. Matthew Henry points out that grace does not run in the blood. Here’s what he says:

Some observe what a mixture there was of good and bad in the succession of these kings; as for instance (Matt. 1:7-8), wicked Roboam begat wicked Abia; wicked Abia begat good Asa; good Asa begat good Josaphat; good Josaphat begat wicked Joram. Grace does not run in the blood, neither does reigning sin. God's grace is his own, and he gives or withholds it as he pleases.

Often times we think because of who our father is or who our mother is  that gives us a hall pass to do as we please. Some of that is ego, but most of it comes from a false belief of entitlement. That respect paid to the “great” person in our life has a tendency to bleed down (or over) to us, but it truly is because of nothing we have done.

By the same token, that respect and love given to us as believers in Christ from other believers in Christ first comes because Jesus commanded it. Then as relationships blossom that trust and respect comes to us because of who we are in Christ, how we relate to others, and even returning that respect and love we initially received.

Then, because we are humans and fallible, something goes wrong, tension rises, anger flares, feelings are hurt and we suddenly withdraw our trust of the other believer. We steer clear of him or her. We hold grudges. We might hold back gossiping about it, and feel very pious about that. When all the time Jesus is saying, “Forgive, love, because that is the only way the world knows Who I AM!”

Just as God delivers grace to those whom He will so, too, should we. Who are we to withhold grace from our brothers and sisters in Christ when the ultimate forgiveness and love was poured out from Heaven to the cross and swept the world?

Grace does not run in the bloodlines, but receiving it is a definite choice. There are we happy. That is a two-way heart throb that God pours out from Heaven directly into our hearts if we open them up to it. We sing the song, Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord. My question is, how can He if we lock the doors of our heart and keep them embedded in stone?