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Fire can cook you a nice steak, or it can burn your house to the ground. The difference lies in how well you harness its power.It's the same with a strong will. There is a lot of good that comes from having what LeRoy and Kimberly Wagner describe as a “fierce” personality. But a strong will gone wild can wreak havoc in a person's life.Fierce doesn't have to mean obnoxious, loud, or rude. A fierce woman can be strong and beautiful.The post Harnessing a “Fierce” Personality to Bless Your Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
There are currently more than 20 million people in regions of Africa and the Middle East who are at risk of starvation and famine.The United Nation's humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien, delivered the dire news to the U.N. Security Council last week.The problem is partly due to “deepening drought.” But as Mr. O'Brien shared, political conflict is also helping to create the desperate situation that impacts people dying from hunger in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and northeast Nigeria.The post It's the Largest Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945 appeared first on Jim Daly.
The big news out of Washington, D.C., this week is, of course, the Supreme Court nomination hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch. Focus' own Tim Goeglein, who is based in Washington, attended Monday's hearing.I'm actually in D.C. today for some meetings, and the hearings are what everyone is talking about here in the nation's capital – as I suspect is the case across the country.Today, for the third day, Judge Gorsuch is answering questions from the 20 Republican and Democrat senators who are part of the Senate Judiciary Committee.The post Why Won't Judge Gorsuch Promise to Overrule Roe v. Wade? appeared first on Jim Daly.
I want to tell you a story that recently made a big impression on me.A few weeks ago, Rick and Linda (not their real names) checked into our Hope Restored Marriage Intensive Experience at the Focus on the Family Retreat Center in Branson, Missouri.The counselors at Hope Restored specialize in bringing severely broken marriages back from the brink of divorce.Rick and Linda's union was in deep trouble, riddled and rocked by infidelity, among other things.The post Hope for Marriages on the Brink of Divorce appeared first on Jim Daly.
Trevor Hendershot is quite a young man. I think you'd like meeting him.Cheerleaders in his high school once made banners to cheer him on, and he was so popular he was voted homecoming king. He was a little quirky, too. He had a habit of loudly singing Christian songs in the hallway before, during, and after school. He gave everyone he talked to a high-five, a hug, or a fist bump.He's now in his mid-20's and works for the Los Angeles Angels, a Major League Baseball franchise.The post How Raising a Child with Down Syndrome Changed One Dad appeared first on Jim Daly.
Over the course of the last seven years, I've had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Tim Keller many times. The senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, Tim is one of our most popular broadcast guests.He's also become a good friend.A quiet, cerebral, steely man of sound doctrine and strong conviction, Dr. Keller has been referred to as the C.S. Lewis of our time, and with good reason. A gifted teacher and preacher, whether in print or speaking from the pulpit, he knows how to engage both the head and the heart.The post Tim Keller's Reward is in Heaven. It's Princeton that Loses the Prize. appeared first on Jim Daly.
Life Magazine once published a list of the “Most Important Events of the Millennium.” Among the top ten were the discovery of germ theory, the Holocaust, and the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence.Number one on that list was the Gutenberg Bible printed in the 1450s and the first book to be mass produced. According to Life Magazine, no other event in the past 1,000 years has changed the world as dramatically as the Bible becoming available to the common person.The post The Most Important Event of a Millennium appeared first on Jim Daly.
Exactly 40 years ago yesterday, on March 26, 1977, the first Focus on the Family broadcast aired – and a global, Christian family-help ministry was born.The entire Focus staff gathered this morning to commemorate this milestone anniversary and celebrate God's goodness over the years. Our time of reminiscing and worship ended with a rousing, heartfelt rendition of “Great is Thy Faithfulness” – because when we look back on these 40 years, God's faithfulness is precisely what we see.The post Happy 40th Anniversary, Focus on the Family! appeared first on Jim Daly.
There's probably no more important word to define marriage than this one: love. But what is love, really? Is it simply an emotion we feel, or is it something deeper?In some ways, you can't fault most of us in the English-speaking world for being confused. The word love has itself become something of a generic term in American culture. The richness of its meaning has been lost.Ancient Greek had four different words for love, each of them conveying a very particular nuance.The post What Does Love Really Mean in Marriage? appeared first on Jim Daly.
Thanks to Vice President Mike and Mrs. Karen Pence, it seems like everybody's talking about boundaries in marriage right now – and as a husband-and-wife team that equips couples to strengthen their marriages, we couldn't be happier.This national conversation started after a Washington Post profile of Karen Pence that highlighted how close and loving her marriage to the vice president is – and also included this line:“In 2002, Mike Pence told the Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won't attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either.”That sentence has sparked a lot of controversy from critics who think the practice is sexist, outdated, or might hinder a professional woman's career.The post Mike Pence Is Right to Keep Boundaries around His Marriage (Guest Post) appeared first on Jim Daly.
Monday I shared how the staff celebrated Focus on the Family's 40th anniversary with a time of prayer and singing during our usual Monday morning stand-up meeting.But I didn't tell you the whole story.Turns out, a few of us wanted to commemorate the milestone – and surprise the staff – in a very 1977 sort of way.And what's more 1977 than disco?That's right. Our preparation for Monday's standup meeting included a disco ball, costumes… and a short, choreographed number to “Stayin' Alive” for Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast co-host John Fuller and me.The post WATCH VIDEO: Focus Flashes Back to 1977! appeared first on Jim Daly.
“You may ask, ‘Why is God landing in this enemy-occupied world in disguise and starting a sort of secret society to undermine the devil? Why isn't he landing en force, invading it?' Well, Christians think He's going to land in force. We don't know when, but we can guess why. He's delaying. He wants to give us the chance of joining His side freely.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere ChristianityProfound truth like that is why C.S.The post C.S. Lewis Through the Eyes of His Stepson appeared first on Jim Daly.
Thanks to Vice President Mike and Mrs. Karen Pence, it seems like everybody's talking about boundaries in marriage right now – and as a husband-and-wife team that equips couples to strengthen their marriages, we couldn't be happier.This national conversation started after a Washington Post profile of Karen Pence that highlighted how close and loving her marriage to the vice president is – and also included this line:“In 2002, Mike Pence told the Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won't attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either.”That sentence has sparked a lot of controversy from critics who think the practice is sexist, outdated, or might hinder a professional woman's career.The post Mike Pence Is Right to Keep Boundaries around His Marriage (Guest Post) appeared first on Jim Daly.
Parenting can be messy.From your children's earliest days, you set boundaries, you discipline, you pour your life into your kids and trust that they'll be drawn to your Christian faith and embrace it as their own. But one night, years later, your head hits the pillow, and you stare up at the ceiling through the darkness, distraught and wondering, “Where did we go wrong? We raised our kids in church. We prayed with them. We read the Bible to them.The post How to Answer Your Millennial Child's Doubts About God appeared first on Jim Daly.
The miraculous, hope-filled story of Easter might have been closer to a Shakespearean tragedy if God had left it up to the men.Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver and hanged himself. Peter denied Jesus three times. Thomas doubted the Resurrection. And all of the disciples hid fearfully behind locked doors for three days. And when they were told that Jesus had risen, the message “seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe it” (Luke 24:11, ESV).The post The Women Who Helped Save Easter appeared first on Jim Daly.
Does this visual remind you of your parenting style? You probably recognize that formula from a math class somewhere in your past. It guarantees that every time you add A and B together, you get C. So 2 + 2 always equals 4, and 1 + 5 always gives you 6. Every time. It's simple. It's reliable. It's predictable.That certainty is why formulas are the go-to parenting method for so many moms and dads.The post The Four Messages Kids Need to Hear from Their Parents appeared first on Jim Daly.
Ask a 20-something a few generations back what their religious affiliation was, and chances were the answer would fall within predictable lines: Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, or Jewish, for example.Ask the same question of today's young adults, otherwise known as “Millennials,” and you might hear something new.“I'm spiritual,” they might say, or “I believe in a higher power, but I'm not religious.”That's because Millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) are more comfortable than any other generation in identifying their religious affiliation as “none of the above.”In fact, about 35 percent of adult Millennials are religiously unaffiliated, according to Pew Research Center.The post The Four Things You Can Do To Increase the Chances of Raising Kids Who Keep the Faith appeared first on Jim Daly.
As author and speaker Lee Strobel tells it, someone once came between him and his wife, Leslie, that almost destroyed their marriage. It wasn't a co-worker or an old boyfriend.It was Jesus Christ.Leslie had become a Christian. Lee remained a staunch atheist.Their worldviews were diametrically opposed to one another. The friction that created is why God gave us the sort of wisdom found in 2 Corinthians 6:14, which says, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.”Yokes were heavy wooden implements that were fitted over the necks of two animals, so they could pull a plow together.The post Lee Strobel on What to Do When Your Marriage is Spiritually Mismatched appeared first on Jim Daly.
After eight years of an administration that was friendly to abortion in any and every instance, Congress and the Trump Administration have taken steps to pull back pro-abortion policies on a couple of fronts – and that's good news.Here are the details.Last week, the U.S. Senate followed the House of Representatives in repealing an Obama-era rule that banned states from denying federal funds to groups that commit abortions, including Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.The post Praise for Two Pro-Life Policy Moves appeared first on Jim Daly.
Tim Goeglein, Focus on the Family's vice president of external and government relations in our Washington D.C. office, had the privilege of being a guest for the swearing-in of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the newest member of the United States Supreme Court. Here are his reflections. – J.D.Today was the most beautiful day of the year in Washington. The skies were blue; the birds were singing; the spring tulips were in full bloom on the South Lawn of The White House; it was a festive occasion as the newest member of the Supreme Court prepared to take his seat at the high bench.The post Personal Reflections on Judge Neil Gorsuch's Swearing In Today (Guest Post) appeared first on Jim Daly.
“How much is enough?”Somebody asked John D. Rockefeller that once. His answer?“Just a little bit more.”I wonder if most of us secretly agree with him. We try to be content, but it's hard with so many shiny things to choose from and advertisers convincing us of needs we didn't know we even had. We're easily lulled into believing that we could be happy if we had just a little bit more.But how much is enough?The post He Minimized His ‘Stuff’ and Maximized His Life appeared first on Jim Daly.
This is my statement on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States. – J.D.**“As a fellow Coloradan, I am thrilled that our very own Judge Neil Gorsuch, from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was confirmed today by a vote in the U.S. Senate. Judge Gorsuch now becomes ‘Justice' Gorsuch upon taking the oath of office – and he will be the type of justice our Founders envisioned.The post Gorsuch Will be the ‘Type of Justice Our Founders Envisioned’ appeared first on Jim Daly.
Laura Story and her husband Martin Elvington have often told people that their marriage went from the honeymoon straight to the E.R.! That wasn't just a metaphor.Barely two years into their lives together, they thought the world was open to them. They could do anything they wanted to do, and they were happily anticipating all that God may have had in store.Within a few months of a big move to Atlanta for Martin to attend grad school, he began experiencing physical symptoms that went undiagnosed for nearly a year.The post God's ‘Blessings’ in Laura Story's Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
Tomorrow is Good Friday and Sunday is Easter. Those holidays don't mean much for a lot of families. It's just another routine Friday followed by a warm spring day where kids get all the candy they want and hunt for colorful eggs.There's a deeper significance to those days that many people overlook. I remember years ago, back when video stores were still around. My wife and I went looking for a well-known film that told the story of Easter.The post The Deeper Meaning of Easter appeared first on Jim Daly.
Today is Maundy Thursday, the date marking the end of Lent and the beginning of the Easter Triduum—the three-day period leading up to Easter Sunday. The term “Maundy” stems from the Latin word “mandatum”—which means “commandment” and alludes to Jesus’ words as recorded in the 13th chapter of John’s Gospel: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”When you think about it, this is the essence of who Jesus is and why He came to earth, isn’t it?The post Reflections on the Last Supper appeared first on Jim Daly.

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