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In 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to successfully fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The flight took him thirty-three hours, thirty minutes and thirty seconds.Lindbergh didn't sleep for nearly 55 hours. His flight from New York to Paris required him to dodge storm clouds at 10,000 feet and skim over wave tops as low as 10 feet. He continually had to alter his altitude to keep ice from building on The Spirit of St.The post Discovering What It Means to Be a Man appeared first on Jim Daly.
Jesus said to believers, “You are the salt of the earth,” and “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13 and14, ESV).What did Jesus mean? Lee Strobel – well-known as the former atheist who wrote the best-seller The Case for Christ – says that Jesus meant if you're going to follow Him, make people thirst for God. Shine His message of hope, grace, love, redemption, and eternal life into areas of darkness and despair.The post Evangelism It's Easier Than You Think appeared first on Jim Daly.
It is with a heavy heart that I write to let you know that our friend and longtime Focus colleague, the Reverend H.B. London Jr., passed away this morning after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 81. He died at his home in Palm Desert. His beloved wife, Beverley, was at his side, as were other members of the London family.Our feelings are conflicted because, on the one hand, we rejoice that H.B.The post Reverend H.B. London, Jr., Pastor to Pastors, Has Died at 81 appeared first on Jim Daly.
There aren't many things more devastating than losing a child.Pam Vredevelt and her husband have endured the incredible pain and grief of losing two children.After nine years of marriage, Pam became pregnant for the first time. The baby was developing right on schedule, but at a routine check-up, Pam's doctor said, “I'm not seeing any heartbeat. I think the baby is dead.”They had three more children after that. Their youngest, Nathan, was born with Down Syndrome.The post Finding Hope and Healing After Losing a Child appeared first on Jim Daly.
Earlier this week former First Lady and Democrat candidate for president, Hillary Clinton, made an astonishing statement. In fact, I believe that it succinctly sums up the dangerous and dysfunctional state of today’s American political affairs.“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Mrs. Clinton told a reporter.One day later, the former attorney general, Eric Holder, echoed Mrs. Clinton's endorsement of incivility and potentially even mob violence by suggesting it was time for Democrats to act “tough.” Playing off of former First Lady Michelle Obama's famous declaration during the 2016 presidential campaign, Holder said bluntly, “When they go low, we kick ‘em.”This past summer, Democrat Representative Maxine Waters, one of the most liberal members of Congress, had urged supporters to physically harass Republican officials with whom they disagree.The post The Death of Civility appeared first on Jim Daly.
No one is beyond God's reach.Not even Kelly Stigliano. By age 13, she was sexually promiscuous and involved in divination, witchcraft, and the occult. She and her friends regularly smoke, drank, took drugs, held séances, and vandalized the neighborhood. By age 18, she was pregnant and suicidal.Kelly married the father of her children and within two weeks she was caught in a cycle of abuse. At its worst, she begged her husband to kill her, so the abuse would end.The post God's Amazing, Unconditional Love appeared first on Jim Daly.
While the national media focused on D.C.-based controversies and character smears last week, at least 650,000 students were busy setting a different kind of example in their schools.Courageous youth—kindergarten through college age— celebrated Bring Your Bible to School Day, an annual, religious-freedom event for students sponsored by Focus on the Family on Thursday, Oct. 4.They shared their faith by highlighting its source—the Bible, sharing God's Word with classmates throughout the day and talking about their experience on social media using the hashtag #BringYourBible.The post 650K Students Set an Example for the Nation—One of Hope, not Division appeared first on Jim Daly.
When you first got married, did you assume your relationship with your spouse would remain pretty much the same from year to year? Many couples do. That's probably why so many wind up shocked and utterly confused when life around them changes … and their marriage along with it.According to our guests on today's program, relationship experts Bill and Pam Farrel, the key is to recognize that changes are coming – probably sooner than we think – and to prepare for them.The post Tackling Midlife Transitions in Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
Being a parent takes wisdom, courage, and heart. And being the parent of a girl often requires an extra measure of love and tenderness.Our next edition of the Focus on the Family Broadcast will encourage you to trust God with your daughter and equip you to help nurture her relationship with God, with her family, and with the world around her.We're airing a special conversation we recorded a few months ago with Jonathan and Wynter Pitts, parents of four girls.The post Raising Daughters in God's Wisdom appeared first on Jim Daly.
“Why can't they get their shoes on and get in the car?”“Why do they always get out of bed at bedtime?”“Why can't they just do what they're supposed to do?”Do you ask yourself questions about your children like that? Do you get frustrated for not handling daily challenges as well as you'd like?We've got help for moms who struggle to respond in a productive manner when their kids misbehave – moms who promised themselves that they would never yell at their children or speak to them harshly.The post Saying the Right Thing When Your Child Misbehaves appeared first on Jim Daly.
We're grateful that President Trump is recognizing and celebrating Down Syndrome Awareness Month.All individuals with Down syndrome have intrinsic value and worth as beings created in the image of God, and we're excited that the White House has vowed to continue creating great opportunities so that men, women and children with Down syndrome can reach their full potential.As an organization dedicated to the sanctity of life, we are also encouraged that the Administration has recognized that often preborn children with Down syndrome are never given a chance at life because of abortion.The post Jim Daly Applauds Recognition of Down Syndrome Awareness Month appeared first on Jim Daly.
If you've followed this blog for a while you probably remember me telling you about Bring Your Bible to School Day, an annual Focus-sponsored event that empowers kids to celebrate religious freedom and share the love of God with their peers by doing one simple thing: bringing their Bibles to school with them! Just a couple of weeks ago, I told you that Sadie Robertson author of the best-selling book Live Fearless and formerly a teen star on Duck Dynasty is serving as this year's Honorary Chairperson for BYBTS.The post Tomorrow is Bring Your Bible to School Day appeared first on Jim Daly.
Is it possible to change your husband?Well, yes and no.Researcher John Gottman says that around 60 percent of the dynamics in a marriage will never change. When you marry somebody, you're marrying them essentially as they are. A person who's perpetually late may never care if they're on time. A neat-freak will never feel comfortable with clutter.Author Gary Thomas says that still leaves 40 percent for a relationship to grow, and for spouses to learn to approach their marriage in different ways.The post How to Positively Influence Your Husband appeared first on Jim Daly.
We are pleased to hear of the U.S. Senate's passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 98-1. This followed an earlier House vote of 393-8. The bill now goes to President Trump, who last year declared the opioid crisis to be a national emergency, for his signature.The opioid epidemic in this country is destroying lives and families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 63,600 people died in 2016 from an overdose in the United States, of which 42,249 involved an opioid.The post Focus on the Family President Jim Daly Praises Passage of the Opioid Response Act appeared first on Jim Daly.
We are extremely pleased that Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.Judge Kavanaugh is a man of proven judicial temperament, fair and impartial to all who appear in his courtroom. He has served almost three decades in public service. He deserves to sit on the nation's highest court, and the nation will be greatly served because of it.The road to today's confirmation has been ugly and clearly one of the most contentious ones the nation has ever witnessed.The post Jim Daly Statement on the Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared first on Jim Daly.
What do you think a typical week is like for your pastor? A few hours of study and a sermon on Sunday? The occasional hospital- or home-visit?I recently talked with two couples – Marshall and Merrie Eizenga, and Sam and Pauline Doerksen – who say many pastors routinely experience stress akin to first responders.The Eizengas served as pastors for 35 years in Ontario and co-direct the Kerith Creek Retreat Center in Alberta, Canada. The Doerksens were pastors for 22 years and co-direct the Kerith Retreat Center in Manitoba, Canada.The post Hope and Renewal for Our Pastors appeared first on Jim Daly.
I'm sure you've heard the term “separation of church and state.” It usually gets tossed about by those on the political left when Christians engage in social issues in a public forum. We're told that the “separation of church and state” requires that we keep our religious views to ourselves.The late Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist had a different opinion. He said that “separation of church and state” as it's currently used is a “misleading metaphor” that has proved useless as a guide to judging.The post Protecting Your Child's Faith in Public School appeared first on Jim Daly.
My friend and colleague Glenn Stanton penned a strong response to a recent Washington Post column that hailed parents for letting their three year-old toddler supposedly choose their sex. His comments appeared in The Federalist.Here is an excerpt:Naya is almost three years old. She/he/them is being raised by two guys, Jeremy and Bryan. The adults know the sex on Naya's birth certificate, but that's their secret. Not even Naya will know. They believe her real gender exists in her mind, not on a major medical and government document.The post Washington Post Celebrates the Ignorant Delusion of Letting Toddlers ‘Choose' Their Own Gender appeared first on Jim Daly.
The escalating drama and controversy surrounding the Supreme Court confirmation proceedings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh have reached a disturbingly feverish pitch. At stake is a seat on the nation's highest court, of course, and a man's honor and public reputation is also now on trial. Sexual assault charges are serious, even allegations from several decades ago. The timing of the accusations, the partisan individuals representing the accusers and the irresponsibility with which they've been handled by key members of the United States Senate, all establish a dangerous precedent. The post My Latest Thoughts on Judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared first on Jim Daly.
Brian and Cherie Lowe paid off $127,482.30 in debt in just over four years. They know that number to the penny because, as they'll tell you, when you put in the work and the sacrifice to pay off a dollar amount that high, you remember it to the penny. How did they do it?Financial foreplay.Yep, you read that correctly. That's a term Brian and Cherie use to explain how intricately connected finances are with marital intimacy.The post Finding the Secrets to Financial and Romantic Success in Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
We're greatly encouraged by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' decision to terminate its contract with a company that provides aborted human pre-born tissue. We've learned that officials at HHS are also reviewing how they use the tissue of aborted babies across the department given the moral and ethical issues that such usage creates. HHS is also looking into alternatives for pre-born tissue and wants to make sure that those efforts are accelerated and funded.The post Jim Daly Applauds HHS Decision appeared first on Jim Daly.
On Easter Sunday in 1972, Raul Ries waited for his family to come home … so he could kill them.Raul had grown up with an abusive, alcoholic father who taught him to handle problems with violence. Raul was in and out of trouble throughout his teen years until at eighteen, he was arrested and given a choice: prison or the military. He chose the Marines and was sent to Vietnam. After 11 months of bad behavior, he was bound in shackles and a straightjacket and spent six months in a naval hospital.The post From Prodigal to Pastor appeared first on Jim Daly.
Ron and Opal Erickson call themselves “musicianaires.” Ron is an accomplished steel guitarist, and Opal an accomplished vocalist. They've made beautiful music together for over 40 years.They've also walked through the fires of a marriage that seemed irreparably broken. Through God's grace and wisdom, they survived adultery, rejection, and betrayal and created a new marriage forged in trust, love, and grace.God has done a remarkable work in their marriage, and we are so excited to share their story with our listeners on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Restoring Hope to Your Marriage.” Listen on your local radio station, online, on iTunes, via Podcast, or on our free phone app.The post Restoring Hope to Your Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
Sadie Robertson knows what it's like to be afraid, especially as a student. “I went through a season in my late teens when the fear became extreme, and that's when I realized things had to change,” she shares in her new book, Live Fearless. After overcoming that mindset through immersion in God's Word, Sadie now has a heart for empowering thousands of other young people to boldly live out their love for Jesus in the public square.The post Special Message from Sadie Robertson: Don't Let Fear Stop You From Expressing Your Faith appeared first on Jim Daly.
According to pediatricians, babies should be lifting their heads when they're around 4 months old and rolling over by 5 or 6 months old. They should be taking their first steps around 9 to 12 months and walking unassisted between 14 and 15 months, probably no later than 18 months.Most parents know their children should be feeding themselves by a certain age, talking by a certain age, and hitting the right height and weight markers by certain ages.The post Leading Your Child Through Emotional Milestones appeared first on Jim Daly.

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