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Living Together Before Marriage? God’s Best Is Worth the Wait, Research Shows

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They say some of the smartest people in the world move to D.C., but take one look at the housing costs, and you may beg to differ. If you’ve ever lived in the vicinity of our nation’s Capital, you know it’s not cheap.

My fiancé took one for the team and recently moved to the D.C. Metro area — the plan being that he’d rent a one bedroom apartment for half a year, then I would move in after the wedding. When we told people, they were shocked and even a professing Christian was slightly surprised.

We got questions like, “Don’t you want to test it out first and see if you’re compatible?” or “Don’t you want to save money?”

I felt like responding, “Is the Pope Catholic? Does Hillary delete e-mails?” Of course we want to live together, but instead we simply replied, “To us, it’s worth it.”

The wait, that is.

But “wait” is not a word we hear often today.

We Americans have developed a short attention span; whether it’s social media, fast food, or even relationships (thanks to the hook up culture), the more quick and “hassle-free” the better. As a result, people both inside and outside the Church are becoming increasingly willing to settle for substitutes of God’s best — especially regarding sex and marriage.
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North Dakota Now Officially Opposes the Federal Transgender Bathroom Mandate

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Great news!  Last week North Dakota joined Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming in seeking an injunction preventing federal agencies from implementing a mandate that transgender students be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity (as opposed to their birth certificate) or the school districts will lose Federal funds under Title IX.

We have North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to thank for this courageous action as he joined the nine other state Attorneys Generals.  Please take a moment to thank him!

As you know we sent out an e-alert last May on this subject and asked you to contact Attorney General Stenehjem and other state officials concerning this issue of a federal mandate.  Thank you for responding!  You made a difference!

Now there are twenty-one states in total standing up in different ways to this federal overreach!

In a news release on Friday, July 8, Stenehjem firmly stated:

“The federal government does not have the authority to mandate that North Dakota schools require students to share locker rooms and bathrooms with children of the opposite sex.”

“North Dakota districts, not Washington bureaucrats, are in the best position to make decisions that affect our students.  And in North Dakota, the local schools already review these isolated cases as they occur to establish, on a case by case basis, the appropriate measures to protect student privacy.”

The news release sent on to say, “States are threatened with a loss of federal funds if they do not comply with the federal Title IX mandate. When a federal agency takes such unilateral action in an attempt to change the meaning of established law, it leaves state and local authorities with no other option than to pursue legal clarity in federal court in order to enforce the rule of law.”

CWA of North Dakota is grateful for your response to our May E-Alert! Your calls to the offices of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, State Superintendent of Schools Kirsten Baesler and Gov. Jack Dalrymple were heard.  We know our state leaders listened to your voice.

Take Action!

      1. Contact Mr. Stenehjem and thank him for joining the injunction to prevent federal agencies from implementing a mandate allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity (as opposed to their birth certificate). Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem:
        701 328-2210
        [email protected]
        600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 125
        Bismarck, ND 58505
      2. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to contact Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
      3. Pray!  Thank God for our leaders who have the courage to do what is right in the eyes of God and on behalf of our children.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” I Corinthians 13:4-7

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]


Defending the Born Identity

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The battle over when life begins ultimately boils down to differing worldviews. But when the conversation flips to life outside the womb, it should be a bipartisan, basic human rights issue … right?

One would think.

Astonishingly, the conversation has in fact moved to babies outside of the womb, and members of Congress are recognizing the need for language which now protects living, breathing babies who are born alive as the result of an attempted abortion.

It is mind-boggling that a child’s right to life outside the womb is even in question. But, seeing as the U.S. is only one of the seven nations in the world that allows abortion past 20 weeks or has no restriction on gestational age — in a camp with nations like Canada, China, The Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam — explains the progression from where such a thought stems. Ultimately, it underscores just how lax we have become about respecting human dignity.

Currently, there is no federal directive to ensure abortion providers report the care given to infants who survive failed abortions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 2003-13 query shows 362 newborn deaths due to an attempted termination of pregnancy. That said, experts say the actual numbers are likely much greater but go unacknowledged due to voluntary underreporting.

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STOP SB 1146 – An Attack on California’s Christian Colleges

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SB 1146, a bill sponsored by Equality California and several LGBT groups, has passed the California Senate and is making its way through the Assembly.

SB 1146 strikes at the heart of our First Amendment-protected freedoms, pluralism, and basic institutional self-governance.  If a faith-based school accepts Cal Grants, this bill would, among other things, ban that school from requiring moral conduct codes, and from incorporating their religious beliefs into the school’s curriculum. Christian institutions must be able to govern their campuses based on the tenets of their faith without interference by the government.

“Any system of education … which limits instruction to the arts and sciences and rejects the aids of religion informing the characters of its citizens, is essentially defective.

… No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

~Noah Webster, “Schoolmaster to America”

Please act:

  1. The Assembly Higher Education Committee members need to hear from you before their hearing on June 21!  They must vote “no” on SB 1146.  Please feel free to use this sample letter from Biola University.
  • Assembly Member Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair. (916) 319-2061; click here to e-mail.
  • Assembly Member Catharine Baker (R-Dublin), Vice Chair. (916) 319-2016; click here to e-mail.
  • Other committee members/ contact information can be found here.
  1. If you live in the Sacramento area, please attend the hearing on June 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol, Room 437.
  2. Forward this e-mail to like-minded California friends and family.

Please pray for God to bring clarity to the minds of these legislators.  That they will recognize, affirm, and protect the First Amendment rights of students and colleges.

Thank you for your prayers and action on this important bill!


Kori Peterson
Area Director
CWA of Southern California
[email protected]

Why I Support Snooping on our Kids

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Editor’s note: The following oped is excerpted from “Feisty & Feminine” (Zondervan, April 12, 2016) by Penny Young Nance.

When my daughter Claire was around eighth or ninth grade, she came home one day in a bad mood. Granted, at that point in her life being moody was not that odd, so I didn’t question her, but when she came to me to talk, I realized something was wrong. Claire told me that a girl one year younger than she, whom I’ll call Jane, had come to her for help. Apparently a boy had asked Jane to send him a naked picture of herself.

Jane is a smart, cute young woman, but insecure. Her parents are divorced, her dad was never around, and her family life has always been unstable. Sadly, on impulse Jane sent this boy the picture he requested. What happened next is typical. The young man, finding this salacious picture too interesting to keep private, shared it with his friends on his sports team. Some of his teammates were horrified, but none of them told an adult. They did, however, let Jane know what they had seen, and others too. Jane was humiliated and reached out to Claire for help. Inside, I was frantic, but outwardly I kept calm. Not only was Jane’s reputation and emotional state in tatters, but the young man had potentially committed a felony by possessing and distributing child porn.

Thank God I took a deep breath and kept my face sympathetic. I asked my daughter a few questions, ending with “May I share this with the proper adults?” She was torn between not wanting to breach a confidence and knowing she was in over her head. Together we prayed for Jane and decided that I should let the school know so they could intervene.

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Let Ohio Vote on Court Nominee

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Growing up in Cincinnati, you realize the region features two types of people: chili junkies and political junkies. Cincinnati is a hotbed for party debate and often a wild card when it comes to elections – which can be a positive as it gives Ohioans an influential voice in national decisions. We might disagree on the issues, but one topic Ohioans seem to agree on is “We the People” are distrustful of the current administration.

Not long ago, Ohio voters broke records for having the lowest job approval rating of President Obama in Quinnipiac poll history, nationally or in any state. At the time, 61 percent of Ohio voters disapproved of how he was handling his job. Fifty-seven percent of Ohio voters believe Obama is not trustworthy.

Given that, the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has created a constitutional minefield. Scalia was one of the most logical, clearheaded advocates for judicial restraint and adherence to the text of the Constitution. He represented the opposite of the liberal ideology ascribing to a “living, breathing” Constitution that can be molded to fit the times – times like today, when our relativistic society allows feelings to trump fact.

Obama has the constitutional authority to nominate a candidate. But the Senate’s role is pivotal, too.

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SCOTUS, Remember That Abortion Safety Truly Cares for Women

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In the first major abortion case in almost 10 years, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the Texas abortion case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a challenge to new Texas regulations requiring hospital admitting privileges and Ambulatory Surgical Center health and safety standards that abortion clinics must now meet.

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