Sexually oriented pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry annually in the United States. It is estimated that every second $3,075.64 is spent on sexually explicit material. Nearly 25% of total internet search engine requests (i.e. Google, Yahoo) are pornographic in nature, totaling approximately 68 million hits per day. The average age of first exposure to pornographic material is estimated at 11 years old.
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he headline recently ripped through the nation - "Doctor Accused of Severing Babies' Spines With Scissors in House of Horrors" - leaving a wake of shock, disgust and outrage, as well as resurfacing a never-fully-gone but all-too-often-forgotten discussion in the Church over protecting the rights of the unborn. acebook and Twitter blew up with trending condemnations of Dr. Kermit Gosnell's actions and a new wave of debate began over abortion amidst the fresh wounds of the most recent scandal.
Jesus was the ultimate Church planter. He gathered a core group of followers, navigated the nuances of leadership and effectively started a movement of the Gospel that continues to thrive today. While He didn't plant a "church" per say, He did plant THE Church by planting the Kingdom into the hearts and lives of people.
In 1973, John Darley and Daniel Batson, two Princeton University psychologists, conducted a social experiment inspired by the biblical story of The Good Samaritan. This New Testament story is a familiar one - a lone traveler has been beaten and left for dead by robbers on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho.