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I wonder if you've ever thought of raising your children as an act of worship to the Lord.Author Gary Thomas calls that “sacred parenting.” That term isn't meant to drum up imagery of a mom and dad who have “arrived” spiritually and emotionally and are pulling their kids up to their level of perfection. It's more the idea that we're guiding our children along the same journey that we're on. We're all experiencing victory and stumbling from time to time, all the while seeking forgiveness, redemption, and growth in God's grace.The post Discovering God's Plan for Your Parenting appeared first on Jim Daly.
Several weeks ago, I had the privilege of being in Washington, D.C., to talk with media and government leaders about the importance of the family in the culture.Two of my meetings were with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky and Senator James Lankford from Oklahoma. They both shared perspectives about faith and family that I believe Focus on the Family's listeners will want to hear. We're airing those conversations on our broadcast “Protecting Life and Family Values in the Senate.”Our discussions weren't specifically political, but, still, that is the Senators' sphere of influence.The post Senators Mitch McConnell and James Lankford on Faith, Family, and Leadership appeared first on Jim Daly.
The death today of former first lady Barbara Bush, the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush and the mother of the 43rd, President George W. Bush, marks the earthly conclusion of a remarkable and well-lived life. She was 92.Lovingly nicknamed the “Silver Fox” by her adoring husband, the Bushes were married for 73 years, a record for a presidential couple. As a wife, her commitment was unprecedented and as a mother to six, her love was unconditional.The post Jim Daly Statement on the Passing of Barbara Bush appeared first on Jim Daly.
A little over three years ago, in February of 2015, 21 Christian men were martyred by ISIS on a beach in Libya. Their story captured the world’s attention for a brief time, but soon other stories, both important and trivial, stepped in to grab the spotlight. Such is the nature of the news cycle.On occasion, I have used this blog to bring updates on what is happening in the area where those brave men sacrificed their lives in Christ’s name.The post Beauty from Ashes appeared first on Jim Daly.
There's a reason that Jesus talked so much about money: Our relationship with God and our stewardship over money are inextricably connected. He said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21, ESV).God wants to help us align the desires of our hearts – what we love, what we're passionate about – with the stewardship of our resources. Stewardship isn't about building our own kingdoms. It's about using money in a way that brings God glory and furthers His kingdom.The post Discovering Your Money Type appeared first on Jim Daly.
I am delighted to announce that Focus on the Family's NIrV Adventures in Odyssey Children's Bible has been nominated as a finalist for best Bible of the year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).As I've mentioned before, The NIrV Adventures in Odyssey Bible provides an exciting journey through the Scriptures hosted by familiar characters from the beloved Adventures in Odyssey audio drama. Designed for children ages 7 to 12, this full color Bible includes both the Old and New Testaments and these special features:66 book introductions100 word searches200+ devotionals300 fun trivia factsA 30-day guided reading planMaps of key biblical eventsEight comic-book adventures illustrated by Marvel/DC Comics artist Sergio CarielloThe ECPA's Christian Book Award “recognizes the highest quality in Christian books and Bibles and is among the oldest and most prestigious awards program in the religious publishing industry.” The program began in 1978 and now includes 11 categories including Bibles, Bible Reference Works and Christian Living.The post Adventures in Odyssey Children's Bible Nominated as Bible of the Year Finalist appeared first on Jim Daly.
For over 40 years, our society has promoted the idea that abortion is as simple as a woman's choice. Abortion affects her and no one else.Pro-abortion activists never mention the babies, the men, and the families who are impacted forever by an abortion.They also never talk about children like Melissa. Her 19-year-old mother was in her third trimester when she was given a saline abortion. The procedure injects a toxic salt solution into the amniotic fluid surrounding the womb.The post She was Aborted … and Survived appeared first on Jim Daly.
Headlines about social media privacy concerns with Facebook are in the news as CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress on Tuesday.But there's another story that caught my eye – and this one involves your kids.Earlier this week, consumer advocacy groups filed a complaint and asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate YouTube for collecting and profiting off of data collected from children under the age 13, which would be a violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.The post What Does YouTube Know About Your Kids? appeared first on Jim Daly.
A bill threatening free speech and religious freedom is quickly moving through the California state assembly.What’s it all about?Assembly Bill 2943 (AB 2943) uses the state's consumer fraud statute to penalize religious freedom and free speech on the issues of homosexuality and gender identity.The bill adds “sexual orientation change efforts” to the state's “Consumer Legal Remedies Act.”How does this affect people of faith?Both Scripture and Christian teaching are clear about God's good plan for marriage and sexuality: God designed marriage to join one man and one woman in a committed, exclusive, lifelong relationship.The post This California Bill Threatens Religious Freedom appeared first on Jim Daly.
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The statistics are heartbreaking: One in 4 girls will be sexually abused before her eighteenth birthday. For boys, the number is 1 in 6.Sexual abuse isn't an easy conversation, but the information we have to share with parents on our broadcast “Protecting Your Child from Sexual Abuse” can help your children avoid becoming part of the disturbing statistics.An overwhelming percentage of abuse – close to 90 percent – comes from someone the child knows and trusts, like a family friend or someone from within the family itself.The post Protecting Your Child from Sexual Abuse appeared first on Jim Daly.
Christian philosopher Dallas Willard described intimacy as “shared experience.”He meant that our lives are more than flesh and blood. They're a series of experiences. The birth of a child. A great conversation. A hike up a mountain trail. A great piece of music. Intimacy is simply inviting someone to share in the experience that you're having.We do that with God and with other people every day. But some days it doesn't seem so simple, does it?The post Connecting with others in Meaningful Relationships appeared first on Jim Daly.
Week ending April 3rd:Triggers (by Amber Lia & Wendy Speake)I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is (by Michele Cushatt)I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me (by John Ortberg)Happy, Happy, Happy (by Phil Robertson)Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (by Ben Carson)How We Love (by Milan Yerkovich)The Freedom from Depression Workbook (by Les Carter)The Holy Spirit (by Billy Graham)The Mom Project (by Kathi Lipp)I Can Only Imagine (by Bart Millard)Love & Respect (by Emerson Eggerichs)Blessed, Blessed .The post Focus on the Family Best Seller List appeared first on Jim Daly.
Why did you get married?For yourself? Or for your spouse?Be honest. It was for you, wasn't it?Don't feel too guilty about that. The rest of us probably did the same thing. Most of us get married because the relationship makes us happy. We thought marriage to this person would make our lives better.That's not entirely selfish. God wants us to enjoy our relationships with our spouses, but He also has a larger purpose in mind.The post How God Uses Marriage to Transform Our Selfishness appeared first on Jim Daly.
This past Easter Sunday, Stephen Colbert's animated television show, “Our Cartoon President,” not only lampooned the President (which is expected), but Colbert also had the nation's chief executive talk crassly about severing a part of God's anatomy.Of course, his defenders will says it's just a joke – satire on steroids. After all, how can we take a cartoon seriously?Mr. Colbert is an entertainer, and as such, he understands how to get a strong response from a crowd.The post The Curious “Comedy” of Stephen Colbert appeared first on Jim Daly.
Doesn't it seem like connecting with your children ought to come naturally? So what do you do when it doesn't?Author Kathi Lipp says the “problem” is often a difference in personality. Our children have a unique way of seeing the world. Instead of hindering our relationship, what if their uniqueness became the very foundation upon which a strong connection was built?Kathi says your child's personality is a window into his or her soul. Although God doesn't create children with cookie cutter personalities, there are a lot of commonalities:Expressive.The post Connecting with Your Child When You Don't Know How appeared first on Jim Daly.
From growing up dirt poor to becoming reality television superstars, Phil and Kay Robertson, of A&E's Duck Dynasty, have persevered for more than fifty years together.It hasn't always been easy. Their first years together were defined by poverty and alcohol abuse so severe Miss Kay eventually kicked Phil out of the house. Phil says their transformation individually and as a couple was only made possible through repentance.“We look at the word ‘repent' as a bad thing,” Phil says.The post From Conflict and Marriage Troubles to a Duck Dynasty appeared first on Jim Daly.
Today is Good Friday, the day Christians remember Jesus' death on the cross for our sins. Sunday is Easter, the day we celebrate His resurrection.The rest of the world spends this season conjecturing about who Jesus is or debating whether or not He ever existed.Throughout the culture, the story of Easter is seen as having everything to do with personal faith and nothing to do with objective truth. Religion, it's believed, doesn't deal with facts, it deals with personal experience and feelings.The post Should Our Christianity Be Private or Public? appeared first on Jim Daly.
“A true friend always lets you in and never lets you down.”– Dr. Tim KellerThe post This Is a Great Definition of Friendship appeared first on Jim Daly.
In a surprise move yesterday, the retail giant Walmart announced that it will stop selling the controversial magazine Cosmopolitan at the checkout shelves in over 5,000 of its stores.The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company will still continue to carry the magazine, but it'll be housed in a less prominent part of the store.Meggan Kring, a spokesperson for Walmart, said, “While this was primarily a business decision, the concerns raised were heard.”Over the years, those concerns came from plenty of frustrated parents and organizations like Focus on the Family, but most recently from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE).The post Walmart Removes Cosmo. Could Brio Take Its Place? appeared first on Jim Daly.
“Who am I?”Deep down, that's a question we're all asking ourselves. Sometimes it's answered for us by others … and not always in a good way.Author Michele Cushatt remembers being 19, in college, and overhearing some fellow students talking about her. One of the boys in the group said, “Michele would be beautiful if she wasn't so fat.”She was crushed, embarrassed, and humiliated. Worst of all, his comment solidified what she already believed about herself: Beauty was out of reach for her.The post How to Find Your Identity in Christ appeared first on Jim Daly.
Are you an avoider?A pleaser?How about a chaotic or a vacillator?Those are four of the five love styles you and your spouse likely see in your marriage. Their various combinations describe the core patterns driving a couple's interactions and the problems they cause.Avoiders and pleasers don't experience much conflict, but for all the wrong reasons. Avoiders don't like to have honest conversations because they get messy, and pleasers worry their spouse will get mad.The post What's Your Love Style? appeared first on Jim Daly.
“Make each day a masterpiece.”That bit of advice comes from Coach John Wooden, a legendary college basketball coach who was respected by millions of people. He died in 2010 at the age of 99.He led the UCLA Bruins basketball team to 10 NCAA national championships in just 12 years, including an 88-game winning streak. He was the first person to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, both as a player and a coach.The post Remembering a Legend: Coach John Wooden appeared first on Jim Daly.
Yesterday, March 21st, was World Down Syndrome Day, a day to raise global awareness about Down syndrome and to celebrate the vital role people with Down syndrome play in our lives and in our communities.In recognition, our radio program is featuring the story of one couple who found God's grace through adoption … in an unusual and remarkable way.Heather and Josh Avis walked a long, difficult journey through infertility. “Why not us?” was their anguished question.The post Why They Adopted a Child with Down Syndrome appeared first on Jim Daly.
In recent years, reporters and commentators have repeatedly and regularly alleged that Focus on the Family has practiced and endorsed so-called “gay conversion therapy.”Here are the facts.As an unapologetically Christian organization, we believe sexuality is a gift from God designed to be stewarded according to the principles He has outlined in Scripture. As part of that understanding, we believe in and support the availability of professional counseling in matters of sexuality that is respectful, safe, ethical and responsive to the client's values and desires.The post Does Focus on the Family Promote “Gay Conversion Therapy”? appeared first on Jim Daly.
Social media is abuzz today concerning HBO's John Oliver's Sunday night attack on Vice President Mike Pence and Focus on the Family. The “satirical” late-night talk show host's screed was not just vicious in tone, but also vulgar and vile in every sense of the word and way.Mr. Oliver's rant was motivated by the release of a new book by Mrs. Karen Pence and daughter, Charlotte. Entitled, “Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of the Vice President,” the second family's project is centered on the Pence's pet rabbit.The post HBO's John Oliver Attacks Focus on the Family appeared first on Jim Daly.

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