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In August, I wrote about a Washington State high school football coach named Joe Kennedy who was fired for praying silently, after the game, on the field's 50-yard-line.At the time, I was incredulous.As a former teenage boy who was once helped by a man in the mold of Coach Kennedy, I suggested we need more men like him.Instead of firing him, school officials should be feting him!In the months since I first spoke up in his defense, I've had the opportunity to get to know this good man personally.The post Hear from the Coach who was Fired for Praying Silently appeared first on Jim Daly.
One of the most powerful forces God created for humanity exists in the realm of love, sex, and romance. The potential for both pleasure and blessing is virtually immeasurable. So is the potential for destruction.As a group, Millennials and younger generations don't tend to believe that. A significant percentage see sex as a purely physical experience. That shouldn't surprise anyone. From an evolutionary standpoint, there isn't anything sacred about sex. If there is no God, then sex is strictly biological.The post Returning to a Godly Perspective on Sex and Romance appeared first on Jim Daly.
Not again.That was my first thought Sunday when I learned about the tragic shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.As you know by now, 26 people were killed when a gunman burst into the 11 A.M service of the small congregation and opened fire.The youngest victim was a pre-born child. The oldest was 77. The church pastor's 14-year-old daughter was also murdered.Additionally, 20 congregants were wounded.Reports today suggest the gunman was deeply disturbed and motivated by a dispute with his ex-wife's family.The post Tears in Texas appeared first on Jim Daly.
Do you get the feeling that we've crossed a line in this country?I do.As I mentioned yesterday, the most recent outburst of bloodshed and mayhem – the tragic gunning down of twenty-six worshipers at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas – has left most of us breathless and reeling.It's dawning on us that, somehow or other, senseless violence has become the “new norm” in America.Again and again celebrities, news anchors, and politicians have responded to this unthinkable situation with a familiar refrain:“We're sending thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.”Most of us appreciate their sentiments. The post Are “Thoughts & Prayers” Enough? appeared first on Jim Daly.
Last month Focus on the Family was proud to be part of the nationwide theatrical release of “MULLY,” an award-winning docudrama that shares the inspiring true story of Charles Mully.More than 100,000 people around the country showed up to watch Mully overcome personal tragedy and poverty to achieve wealth and power – only to give it all up to help rescue more than 12,000 children living on the streets of Kenya.And now, “MULLY” is back for an encore showing on Thursday, Nov.The post Another Chance to Watch “MULLY” on November 9! appeared first on Jim Daly.
It's been said it's “easier to build a boy than to mend a man.” I agree. So how do we build the next generation of boys into men?John Wooden was the men's basketball coach at UCLA for nearly thirty years and is widely recognized as one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game. The dominance of his teams remains unprecedented into the modern era.Surprisingly, though, his lessons on the court had more to do with being a man than with basketball.The post Inspiring Boys to Become Men appeared first on Jim Daly.
As one who grew up an orphan, I applaud the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Ways and Means Committee for the action taken today to restore the Adoption Tax Credit (ATC). Our friends and listeners responded to our calls to contact members of Congress and amend the initial proposal. In turn, our elected officials have heeded our plea.The ATC is a vital tool supporting the life-affirming and life-saving act of adoption. It is a crucial part of a pro-life and pro-family policy agenda.The post Jim Daly on the Restoration of the Adoption Tax Credit appeared first on Jim Daly.
John Murphy was on a routine training jump at Fort Bragg when it happened.He'd just gotten home from a deployment to Afghanistan a couple of months before. John was a proud soldier who was so eager to serve, he dropped out of a full Army ROTC scholarship at Michigan State so he could go straight into active duty.John grew up with godly parents who loved the Lord and who loved him. But he was a nominal Christian at best.The post In Honor of Veterans Day appeared first on Jim Daly.
What can you do tonight to deepen your relationship with your children and empower them to develop strong character?Simply this: in a genuine way that fits you and your child, make an effort to connect. It doesn't have to be expensive, complicated, or excessively time-consuming. Even the simplest gesture of love, affection, and physical touch can strengthen the relationship between a parent and a child.That advice comes from clinical child psychologist, Dr. Todd Cartmell, my guest on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Raising Kids of Character.” He'll be providing equally helpful answers to questions that many parents ask:How do I get my children to listen to me?The post Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids appeared first on Jim Daly.
The late Dr. Adrian Rogers once said that if you can learn to laugh at yourself you'll never run out of things to laugh at!In that spirit, the following video from the talented comedian Jon Crist is for all my pastor friends out there – or for all of us who love our pastor.The post Jon Crist Video: Monday Morning Press Conference appeared first on Jim Daly.
Several years ago, I asked whether or not you thought pets went to Heaven.The response was robust!Personally, I've always appreciated how Dr. Billy Graham responded to that question:“God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there.”But today I thought I'd ask a less eternally minded question, but a practical one nonetheless:What's the best family dog?According to the American Kennel Club, here are the ten best:1.The post What's the Best Family Dog? appeared first on Jim Daly.
“Why should I focus on my past? It's over. I can't change anything about it.”Answer: If your past still affects your present, it's not really in the past.Wounds from our past can imprison us within ourselves. Satan is a master at dredging up old hurts and using them against us. Sinful and dysfunctional behavior today is often in reaction to the pain that litters our yesterdays.Guilt, shame, bitterness, resentment, and anger are a long, slow path to destruction.The post Escaping the Prison of Your Past appeared first on Jim Daly.
Marital relationship studies generally examine the factors that contribute to the downfall of a marriage. One revolutionary study took an opposite approach. It followed 373 happy, successful couples for 22 years and looked at what went right.One of the pivotal conclusions the study reached was that couples enjoyed higher marital satisfaction when wives affirmed their husbands. That's a simple enough premise, but it can be surprisingly difficult for many women to do.Christian women desire to be good wives and desire to connect with their husbands.The post This is What Happens When You Affirm Your Husband appeared first on Jim Daly.
Gerald Harvey Jones, a former industrial arts teacher who would go on to become one of America's most highly regarded painters by creating masterpieces that hearkened back to simpler times when virtues such as faith, courage, patriotism, hard work, and compassion were revered, has died. He was 84.“G. Harvey,” as he was known to his fans and collectors, was a friend of mine, as he was to many around Focus on the Family. A man of incredible generosity, Gerald began a tradition in 1987 of commissioning a yearly painting for the ministry, which we were then able to make available to our friends.The post On the Death of G. Harvey appeared first on Jim Daly.
If I handed a baby to you, the infant would likely snuggle face first into your shoulder for comfort.That's not how it was with my colleague John Fuller's youngest son. They adopted him when he was nine months old. Even as a baby, he would physically turn away when he was held. He'd accept chest-to-chest and back-to-chest snuggles, but never face-to-face.That's how deep attachment issues in adopted children can run. Many children who have lost their parents in some fashion suffer from a sense of rejection and lack of emotional connection that reaches to their soul.lJohn and adoptive parents like him will agree with you that it's tough.The post Practical Help for Adoptive Parents appeared first on Jim Daly.
Week Ending November 19thTake Your Life Back (Stephen Arterburn & David Stoop)Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (Ben Carson, MD)8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids (Dr. Todd Cartmell)10 Things a Husband Needs from His Wife (Erin Smalley)All the Colors of Christmas Advent CalendarHow to Stop the Past from Controlling Your Future (Stephen Arterburn & David Stoop)Upside Down Prayers for Parents (Lisa T. Bergren)Adventures in Odyssey Children's BibleUnder Our Skin (Benjamin Watson)You Have a Brain (Ben Carson, MD)Swipe Right (Levi Lusko)The Sacred Search (Gary Thomas)Adventures in Odyssey: Advent Activity CalendarAdventures in Odyssey: Countdown to Christmas Advent CollectionStanding in the Fire (Tom Doyle)Enjoy!: The Gift of Sexual Pleasure for Women (Cliff & Joyce Penner)Raising Kids of Character (Dr.The post Focus on the Family Best Seller List appeared first on Jim Daly.
Do you ever feel like advertisers and commercialism have taken over Christmas? Does it seem like it's gotten worse in the last 15 to 20 years? Well, if you answered yes, you might be as surprised as I was to hear that Christmas, as we celebrate it today, was almost single-handedly created by commercialism.As recently as 150 years ago, Christmas wasn't the most important holiday in our culture. That was Easter. The focus began to shift once department stores got involved.The post Where Did Christmas Come From, Anyway? appeared first on Jim Daly.
What's your EQ?Your IQ is a measure of your intelligence. Your EQ is a measure of your “emotional intelligence.”The term was coined in 1995 by Daniel Goleman, who first applied the concept to businessmen and women. He described emotional intelligence as the degree to which you understand your own emotions, the emotions of others, and can make healthy relational choices as a result. The concept eventually spilled outside the business world into other arenas.The post Is Your Marriage SMART? appeared first on Jim Daly.
Week Ending November 26th1. SMART Love (David & Jan Stoop)2. Winning with People (John C. Maxwell)3. Failing Forward (John C. Maxwell)4. People Can't Drive You Crazy If You Don't Give Them the Keys (Mike Bechtle)5. Take Your Life Back (Stephen Arterburn & David Stoop)6. Forgive, Let Go, and Live (Deborah Smith Pegues)7. Cherish (Gary Thomas)8. Adventures in Odyssey Children's Bible9. All the Colors of Christmas Advent Calendar10. The post Focus on the Family Best Seller List appeared first on Jim Daly.
As we head into the long Thanksgiving weekend and the official start of the holiday season, I wanted to share a list of ten of the top family-friendly Christmas films with you. This list was compiled by my friend and colleague Bob Waliszewski and his PluggedIn crew. Sitting down together as a family to watch a movie can be a fun way to unwind. Films can also help us communicate values and truths to our kids.The post Ten Family-Favorite Christmas Films appeared first on Jim Daly.
I love Thanksgiving.You get to eat great food – thank you, Jean – and you get to watch plenty of football. Of course, most important of all, Thanksgiving is a time to thank God for His incredible blessings.I'm thankful for my wife and two boys and for the help we're able to provide families through foster care. I'm also thankful for the Lord's work through Focus on the Family. Marriages and preborn babies are being saved.The post What are You Thankful for this Thanksgiving? appeared first on Jim Daly.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday – it's hard to keep up, isn't it?For some, shopping for that perfect Christmas gift is a tradition and a treat. For others it's a chore. To help simplify your shopping this year, I asked my colleagues here at Focus to compile ten recommended gift ideas for children. The list is hardly exhaustive, but anything and everything you get from the ministry is of high quality and can be trusted. The post Ten Recommended Christmas Gift Ideas appeared first on Jim Daly.
Earlier this year, Focus on the Family officially re-launched Brio Magazine, our publication for teen girls. It's a positive, godly alternative to most of the influences out there today for teenage girls.Our “Brio girl” for the inaugural issue was Sadie Robertson. Many of you know her from the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty and from Dancing with the Stars a few seasons ago.She's just 20, but she's an impressive young lady, and we've asked her to join us in the studio today to share how she is fearlessly living out her faith and using her public platform to be an excellent role model for girls.The post Be Confident in Who God Is Through You appeared first on Jim Daly.
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. We couldn't find it on the shelf, so we asked the young lady behind the counter if they had it available. She pointed us to several kids' videos that explained how to decorate eggs. We said, “No, we're looking for a video about the real story of Easter.”Judging by the confused look on her face, she had no idea what we were talking about.The post Reasons to Believe in Jesus appeared first on Jim Daly.
Did your boss sneak anything into the fine print of your job description that warned you your work required suffering?A college degree? Maybe.Hard work? Sure.Suffering? Probably not.Church-planting hopefuls Peter and Carol Chin were told directly and openly by leaders overseeing their training to prepare for suffering.God uses difficulty to purify our faith and to spur us toward stronger character. That's often particularly the case for those serving in ministry. Peter and Carol expected a few speed bumps.The post Finding God’s Goodness, Even in Suffering appeared first on Jim Daly.

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