Cohabitation, Sex on Campus, Persecution and Syria: Web-Sightings for Week of July 20, 2013

A cautionary tale on cohabiting.  I don't endorse the morality inherent in this post since I believe that all couples should either break-up or get married, not cohabit.  However, the findings of this study merit a good look:

Men and Women Often Expect Different Things When They Move In Together
A new study suggests that men are more likely than women to be not "completely committed" to their partners. W. Bradford Wilcox Jul 8 2013

Another very sad story about the number of very smart women doing very stupid things while under the influence because trying to succeed and having a relationship are seen as anti-thetical.  Please pray for the nation's young people on college campuses.  
Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too

"She had to be drunk in order to enjoy it"

"Now, she said, she and her best friend had changed their romantic goals, from finding boyfriends to finding 'hookup buddies,' which she described as 'a guy that we don’t actually really like his personality, but we think is really attractive and hot and good in bed.'”

"Women said universally that hookups could not exist without alcohol, because they were for the most part too uncomfortable to pair off with men they did not know well without being drunk. One girl, explaining why her encounters freshman and sophomore year often ended with fellatio, said that usually by the time she got back to a guy’s room, she was starting to sober up and didn’t want to be there anymore, and giving the guy oral sex was an easy way to wrap things up and leave."  

"Part of the reason men aren’t as focused on pleasing women in hookups, Dr. England said, is the lingering sexual double standard, which sometimes causes men to disrespect women precisely for hooking up with them."

Thankfully, there is some good news at the end of the article.  

Christians the scapegoat of Egyptian coup
"Egypt's Muslim extremists, enraged over the ouster, have apparently zeroed in on the nation's Christian minority, scapegoating them even though the Islamist leader was widely unpopular."

A Facebook page to remind you to pray for the persecuted church with a focus people/nation posted on a regular basis

According to the page:  A challenge to set your alarm for 8:38 PM and pray for believers who are either in prison, persecution, or danger. Romans 8:38-39.

Tom and Josh Doyle and Jason and JJ Elam were in Jerusalem, when rockets hit just south of the Capital City. The first time they had hit since the '70s. 1800 rockets were fired into Israel during that week and e3 leaders in Syria were on the run during the horrific civil war. Ministry partners and close friends had also just been denied parole while in prison in Iran. On November 15, 2012 at 3:00am, the Lord called Tom to pray. It was at this time that God directed Tom to set his watch to 8:38 each evening for focused prayer for those in prison, persecution, and danger.

But why 8:38?
- Because of the wonderful promise of Romans 8:38-39:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

- Because as we in the West are getting ready to rest, the believers in the “danger hot-zones” are getting ready to face a new day. Their day will be faced with uncertainty and probable danger simply because they follow Jesus.

Report: Israel Struck in Syria from the Sea
An Israeli submarine attacked an arms depot in Latakia last week, according to intelligence sources.
By Elad Benari

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