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4-30-2016 – A Word to the Wise: Spiritual consequences are also significant. But what is spiritual wealth? Spiritual wealth may be defined as those gifts that the Lord bestows for the common good. Some receive wisdom; others, financial insight; or others, perhaps special understanding of the demon world. Perhaps it may be the gift of healing. This refers to the special ability that some have to heal others. It is not referring to the hucksters among us who like to portray themselves as healers. Gifts are given so that we and others may grow and mature as godly people. Immorality destroys these god given gifts. The immoral forfeit their god-given gifts by their behavior and estrange themselves from the living God, impoverishing themselves in the process. Thus, when scripture refers to “leanness of spirit,” it refers to the loss of these special gifts.

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4-27-2016 – A Word to the Wise: The effects of single motherhood are consistent across different race and ethnic groups and across different social classes. They are similar for boys and girls and for children who live apart from a parent in early childhood, as well as for those who live apart in late childhood. In most instances, remarriage does not diminish the negative consequences associated with single parenthood; in fact, remarriage may worsen the problem. Children who live with a mother and stepfather or a mother and her partner do just as poorly in school and are just as likely to become teen mothers or spend time in jail as children who live with a single mother alone.

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4-23-2016 – A Word to the Wise: To get an idea of the magnitude of the effects of single parenthood, consider the following statistics. During the 1980s, the high school dropout rate was approximately 18 percent for all children in the U.S., 13 percent for children in twoparent families, and 26 percent for children in single-mother families. The statistics show that living with a single parent increases the risk of dropping out of school by a factor of two, a nontrivial effect. In general, the effects are more negative for behavior-related outcomes, such as “acting out,” skipping school, or dropping out of high school.

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4-22-2016 – A Word to the Wise: The mental consequences of living in poverty impact major areas of the child’s life. Single parenthood affects family behavior of future generations. Children who grow up in communities with a high prevalence of single-mother families find single parenthood more acceptable and are more likely to become single parents themselves than children who grow up in communities where single parenthood is less common.

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4-19-2016 –  A Word to the Wise: Note the high price children pay for adult sin.

• In 1995, 20 percent of American children—one in five—lived in families with cash incomes below the poverty line.
• The percentage of children in poverty has stayed near or slightly above 20 percent since 1981.
• Children living with two married parents are much less likely to be poor than children living only with their mothers. In 1995, 10 percent of children in two parent families lived in poverty, compared to 50 percent in female householder families.

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4-18-2016 – A Word to the Wise: Most disconcerting are the nationwide statistics. Among families with young children under the age of six, poverty rates are 74.1 percent for never-married mothers. The poverty rate for the divorced or separated group is 58.1 percent.

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4-14-2016 – A Word to the wise: Nationally much higher poverty rates are seen among single-parent and out-of-wedlock families. The price is not only paid by the mother and the children, but by society as well. Approximately half of all single mother families receive some type of cash assistance during the year, and a higher percentage receives non-cash transfers such as food stamps and Medicaid (U.S. Bureau of the Census 1993).

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