Proverbs 13:4 A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied

Football coaches and scouts will describe a player possessing a high level of intensity or fight as someone who “has some dog in him.” Here in Georgia, particularly after that incredible Rose Bowl game, we have to spell it “Dawg,” but the meaning is just the same.

Christian, do you have that Dawg in you? And, no, I’m not simply asking if you will be wearing red as Georgia prepares to take on the Tide. I want to know: do you have that fighting spirit?

Countless people around the country have made a list of “resolutions” for the New Year. I have, and perhaps you have too. Most of what is “resolved” to be done will be a dream unfulfilled. That’s why those new faces I so often see around the gym in January are long gone by February.

To accomplish real change, you have to do more than wish it. You have to want it, will it, desire it. You have to have that Dawg in you.

As we enter 2018, we also welcome in a new legislative session and a campaign season that will just be heating up. This means new opportunities, new threats, and more questions as to whether Christians will rise up and glorify their God with engagement- or simply hide behind the four walls of their church or home.

This year, Family Policy Alliance of Georgia will strive to be faithful as we take the lead in fighting for the Right to Life, parental rights, educational freedom, and against assisted suicide. We will also endorse true champions running for office, not those that bow to special interests, out-of-state corporations, or the radical liberal agenda.

Our efforts- and you partnering with us- will take courage. Those of you that support us financially and in other ways are faithfully sharing our vision that we can, one day, forge a Georgia where God is honored. The legislators that stand with us, sponsor our bills, and vote for Georgia families are running against the wave of radical leftists. And, those bold candidates that we support know that arrows will be coming- from the media, from the political establishment, and from out-of-state corporations.

Because we are truly resolved to see God glorified in our labors in 2018, we need your prayers. And, we ask that you not just include us. Include all who labor alongside, partner with, and share in the joy of glorifying the King in the public square.

Pray for all those who have that Dawg in them. Because, no matter how determined and resolved we are, we need His strength to succeed.

A brief note of thanks: To all those who supported our year end campaign, THANK YOU! It was a huge success! Because of you, we continue to grow and improve our positioning to make an even greater impact here in Georgia. I cannot thank you enough for all you do to support our ministry!

 

In His Service,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

 

 

In his Stoplight® commentary, Stuart Shepard shares 14 things that are unassailably true about the NFL protest, the First Amendment and Mr. Trump.

Whether you agree or disagree with the players who are kneeling during the anthem, whether you think President Trump’s coarse language in saying they should all be fired was spot on or not fitting for a president, you’ll want to consider this sharp opinion on how all of this should play out in a free society.

And most of all, what this says about some other people who are fighting for the right to protest, but who are not getting nearly as much attention.

Thank you for sharing Stoplight with your friends.

Family Policy Alliance is proud to work alongside Cole Muzio and Family Policy Alliance of Georgia, one of our 40 state-based allies. Cole has a great message about the importance of increasing education freedom in Georgia—and every state!

You can smell it in the air, can’t you? Can you feel it? The wonder, excitement, pure joy, and exhilaration that comes with the “most wonderful time of the year” … the beginning of football season!

This time of year is a much-treasured time in my family. NFL teams are suiting up for training camp, college teams have launched practice, and high school football will begin playing games in just a few short weeks. It’s a time that brings back many great memories, ushers in boundless joy, and makes me think of the day when my sons will update the record books (Hey, a dad can dream).

But, for many Georgia families, it’s a time of year best embodied by a closed door.

For those parents and children who have decided their best course of action is to homeschool, the road to athletic participation is closed. Regardless of the talent or passion of the student, Georgia is one of the few states committed to keeping those kids from participating in public school sports – which, by the way, are paid for by the tax dollars of their parents.

A system that penalizes those who exercise the right to be educated as best suits their family is broken. Denial of access and opportunity undermines choice, denies parental rights and harms Georgia’s students.

My friends, Georgia is lagging behind. Many states have already passed a version of a “Tebow Bill,” legislation that allows homeschoolers to participate in public school sports. Instead of encouraging participation and genuine school choice, our state is one of the most restrictive in the nation!

However, we are preparing to push back. Strong, pro-family leaders like Sen. Michael Williams – a candidate for governor – and others are partnering with us on this issue in the upcoming legislative session.

The freedom of families to choose the educational options that best meet their child’s needs is critical in Georgia, and every state. Making sure homeschoolers in every state can access athletics is one piece of Family Policy Alliance’s effort in increasing families’ freedom in education. We’ve made a quick-reference map so that you can see if your state is a state like Georgia that needs more freedom in education with a “Tebow bill” or if your state already secures this freedom for homeschooling families. We’re working to make sure every state on this map turns blue instead of gray!

States with Tebow Laws or Similar Provisions for Homeschoolers

Believe it or not, there are strong, well-funded opponents to equal access for homeschoolers. We need your partnership and financial support in order to build a nation where families, not the government, drive education needs and funding. Children’s dreams and successes shouldn’t be shackled by government interference and powerful teachers’ unions. Will you partner with us on education freedom today?

In His Service,

Cole Muzio
Executive Director
Family Policy Alliance of Georgia

Some NFL players are protesting by kneeling during the national anthem. In his Stoplight commentary, Stuart Shepard sets aside the controversy for a moment and considers the important principles underlying that right to protest, and considers what they mean for Christians.