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You look my way, but don’t see me.
Looking through me, past me,
I am not present in your eyes.
I am not seen, I am not heard.
Yet God says to me, “I love you, my child.
You are my daughter, lovingly created in my image.”

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Just open a door. Even a small door. 
They will breach the surface like whales. 
They will walk with you on the waters. 
They will believe in the storm and the Storm Master. 
They will share His faith and yours. 

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Slavery. Domestic violence. Sexual harassment. Child-trafficking. Little words. Big sins. And especially cruel when they apply to you or your loved ones—a job denied, a frantic trip to the emergency room, a child lost forever. Our misuse of power and manipulation of others is one of the oldest patterns of human behavior on the planet.

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On the corner of Sidney Street and 7th Avenue, just past Sean’s Shoe Shine Chateau and Betty’s Bakery, is a building at least a hundred stories high with windows all the way up. Just above the green awning is a three-foot sign which reads, “Mr. Allister’s Advertisement Factory.” If you go inside this building, you will see that it is divided into thousands of rectangular rooms, each dedicated to advertising a certain product. 

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Crack the book that
Re-rewrites history
And grow new eyes to
Legal injustice

As a girl I watched
Color decide
The lines between human and not
Hit me
Like the whip he used on your back
Your blood flowed and your screams
Choked my sense
Of humanity
Like a millstone
Around my neck
Growing heavier
With each black face
Pushed to the dirt

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Being married to her is the greatest happiness a man could feel. I could never love anyone more. My only desire is to love her and provide for her. I have made sacrifices for her, but she is worth every single one. I always want to be there for her. I want to save and protect her. I want to shield her from worldly dangers. She is my woman, and I want to be her man.

I want to take the burdens away from her. I want to handle all the stresses of life for her. I will make the tough decisions. I don’t want her to have to worry about anything outside our home. I want to give her the perfect family and a life where she can just be a wife and a mother to our two boys. I want to give her everything.

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From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I (Ps. 61:2).

Have I known a prophet?
Yes.
I have heard her speak the wisdom of ages
And of a love that promises to heal this broken world.

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We often ask, “Why does God let abuse happen?” But I think the Lord may be asking the church, “Why do you allow it?” Martin Luther King, Jr. said that if there is one thing this generation should repent of, it’s the chilling silence of those who call themselves righteous. –Dr. José Vinces

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My daughter,

As I'm writing this, I am watching you in the corner of my eye, eating blueberries. You look at me in between stuffing your mouth with a chubby handful and you laugh with great delight. I want you to stay this way forever—one and a half years old, toddling around, fearless, determined to discover everything you can about the world, confident that you are safe because of our love, and appreciative of all the sweet things God has created for us to enjoy. But I know that time will pass and things may change. 

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Sara and I wanted to write a letter to you about something we don’t often talk about: pornography. If you are anything like me, you were introduced to pornography at a fairly young age. You may view pornography as normal and just as something that men and boys look at (whether it’s videos or photographs). You may believe it exists because guys need it. I engaged in pornography and masturbation because it felt good and I then justified this behavior with the belief that guys need to release the hormonal/sexual tension that arises in them. Yet, like me, you may also see this as an embarrassing and addictive behavior. But what you probably don’t fully realize is the distorted view pornography gives you of women and how it hurts not only them, but you as well. 

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