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“And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29).If we're being honest, a lot of us would admit that we like the idea of loving our neighbors more than actually getting to know them and investing part of our lives into theirs.I'm sure your family's schedule looks a lot like mine. You're busy with work and kids and everything that goes into making that all run smoothly. If you're introverted, maybe just breaking the ice with the couple next door and starting a conversation is hard.The post How to Love Your Neighbor… Without Being Weird appeared first on Jim Daly.
Author Leo Tolstoy once said, “What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.”Tolstoy's profound insight is precisely why a successful marriage isn't a matter of fate, chemistry, or a roll of the dice. Good relationships are about finding common ground in the midst of differences that naturally occur between two people.The problem is, a lot of couples give up on each other too easily.The post Incompatibility Doesn’t Have to Destroy Your Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
Every February the nation observes Black History Month and recognizes the many contributions of African Americans to the United States and the world. Here at Focus on the Family, it's no different. We recognize the special commemoration during our monthly chapel service with our staff and through other special educational and celebratory activities over the course of the four-week period.While reflecting on the celebration, I was reminded about something that happened last August on C-SPAN's Washington Journal.The post He Told Her He Was Prejudiced. This is How She Responded. appeared first on Jim Daly.
A recent video from the pro-life advocacy group Live Action shows that Planned Parenthood's frequent insinuations that it provides widespread prenatal care for pregnant women are misleading at best.The video highlights Planned Parenthood representatives, including its president, Cecile Richards, making the claim that women rely on Planned Parenthood for prenatal care. Yet when investigators tested those assertions by calling 97 facilities across 41 Planned Parenthood affiliates and asking for prenatal care, they found that only five of the facilities provided that service.The post Planned Parenthood Caught in Another Sting appeared first on Jim Daly.
Ashton Kutcher's recent testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on his efforts to end sex trafficking has gone viral.The popular actor has been working to end modern-day slavery for some years now. Back in 2009, he helped found Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, an organization that builds software to fight human trafficking.He currently serves as Thorn's chairman, a role that has allowed him to meet trafficking victims and learn the heartbreaking stories of others.The post Ashton Kutcher's Senate Testimony on Sex Trafficking Goes Viral appeared first on Jim Daly.
I like how author Joanne Kraft describes the hectic schedule she used to run herself ragged trying to keep. She swept through her days like a “busy mom hurricane.”Can you relate? Do you feel like you're always running? Is your “busy” switch permanently in the “on” position, and you just go, go, go?If so, maybe you can also relate to what Joanne's busyness cost her. Like the time she skipped her son's baseball game for potato salad.The post Does Your Family Need a Year Off? appeared first on Jim Daly.
I want to speak directly to the men today.Some of you are probably tired of reminders about the importance of your sexual purity. But I encourage you to join me today and tomorrow for our broadcast, “Men: Maintaining Sexual Purity.” Our guest is author Fred Stoeker, the president of Living True Ministries and an expert in this area.He speaks from personal experience and from biblical wisdom to show both younger and older men the value of honoring God with their sexuality.The post Men Can Escape the Trap of False Intimacy appeared first on Jim Daly.
I've shared with you many times about the growing number of Christian businesses who are being sued for refusing to service same-sex commitment ceremonies and weddings.At first blush, one would think that this is a religious freedom issue – and obviously, that is the case.But have you considered that these are also free speech cases?Let's look at what's happening to Washington State florist Barronelle Stutzman, who is the owner of Arlene's Flowers.A born-again Bible-believing Christian, Mrs.The post Christian Business Owners Who Dissent on Same-Sex Marriage are Free Speech Heroes appeared first on Jim Daly.
Our spirits are uplifted when we see ordinary men and women who overcome amazing obstacles in their lives through unwavering faith.Like Corrie ten Boom. Almost 34 years after her death, she is still a spiritual giant for millions of Christians around the world. We're drawn to her because she was a common person who had moments of doubt, but who also had tremendous faith in God.While imprisoned in a German concentration camp, her barracks were overrun with lice.The post Meet Two “Ordinary” People God Used to Accomplish Great Things appeared first on Jim Daly.
Throughout her 69 years, Norma McCorvey, aka “Jane Roe” of the tragic 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states, was a woman whose complicated and grief-laden life spanned the spectrum from abortion activist to pro-life stalwart.The product of a broken home, Ms. McCorvey was repeatedly raped by a relative, dropped out of school when she was in the 9th grade, married at 16 and divorced shortly thereafter. She had three children, all by different men. The post Norma McCorvey’s Life Demonstrates Nobody is Beyond God’s Grace appeared first on Jim Daly.
There is good news out of the new Administration in Washington, D.C., this time for the nation's students and their parents.The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice “Dear Colleague” guidance letter issued Wednesday revoked a controversial and misguided Obama-era education policy. That previous policy directed the nation's schools, upon threat of the loss of federal funding, to allow boys who identify as girls, and vice versa, to use the restrooms, shower facilities and locker rooms of, and participate in programs designated for, the opposite sex, such as a women's choir or track team.The post My Thoughts on President Trump Revoking the Obama Administration's Bathroom Mandate to Public Schools appeared first on Jim Daly.
Here's a scenario that will likely play out tonight in households everywhere.Somewhere a parent will sit down with his or her son and jump into a long-winded monologue that forces the son to sit still and patiently listen. Over the course of that talk, the son's eyes will glaze over, and the parent will repeatedly say, “Sit still and look at me while I'm talking to you.” When they're done, the parent will feel compelled to ask, “Did you hear what I just said?” and the son will feel compelled to answer, “Umm, not really.”The nursery rhyme says it all.The post Why Parents Should Raise Boys Different Than Girls appeared first on Jim Daly.
My sons are now becoming young men, and along with it comes the memories of a simpler time, when they were boys. Today I want to share with you a blog post that ran back in 2007. The main idea of this piece – to allow your children to make mistakes as they grow up – remains true today. I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane with me… and that you heed the lesson I learned years ago while hanging out with my boys at a local Lowe's store.The post Hammer Time appeared first on Jim Daly.
Southern Colorado has been rocked by teen suicides recently, and it's been devastating.Our sons go to school in a district that has faced three student suicides in the past two weeks. During the last 13 months, there have been nine deaths in the district, between two schools located only a mile apart. And in nearby Pueblo, there were five student suicides last month. These recent deaths follow 29 student suicides that occurred in El Paso County (Focus' home) between 2013 and 2015.The post Teen Suicide Clusters: What Parents Need to Know appeared first on Jim Daly.
Is it possible to enjoy an argument-free marriage? Fawn Weaver, our guest on yesterday's radio program, says that you can.Now, before you dismiss her belief in marital bliss too quickly, I encourage you to give her a listen. She'll tell you plainly that you won't build an argument-free marriage by striving for peace at all costs, by avoiding serious conversations, or by sweeping important issues under the rug.She says the key to eliminating arguing is effective marriage communication that gets to the truth of a matter and that genuinely resolves conflict.The post Is It Possible to Have an Argument-Free Marriage? appeared first on Jim Daly.
Have you ever said to God, “What are You doing? I've served You to the best of my ability. I've tried to be an honest, godly person. Why am I suffering through this trial?”Many of us have. Several years ago, my good friends Bo and Gari Mitchell endured an unimaginable time of trouble. Until then, neither of them had been guilty of anything worse than a traffic ticket. But that changed the day Bo stood before a judge who declared him guilty of a felony and sentenced him to prison.The post An Accidental Felon’s Stint in Federal Prison appeared first on Jim Daly.
Tim Tebow liked it.“Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines recommend it.But blogger Tim Challies refuses to even see it.I'm talking about “The Shack,” the film adaptation of the 2007 novel of the same name, which is reviving the controversy around William P. Young's bestselling book about a grieving father who encounters the Holy Trinity … in human form.The movie debuted in theaters across the nation last Friday, making a very respectable $16.1 million during its first weekend.The post ‘The Shack': Must-See Movie, or Stay Away? appeared first on Jim Daly.
On our program today, we're airing a classic Focus' presentation you won't want to miss.It's a tribute to teachers, featuring a talk by Guy Doud, voted Teacher of the Year in 1986. His inspirational and humorous message highlights the powerful difference teachers can make when they reach out to students who feel like outcasts relegated to the sidelines of their school.Maybe you've been the beneficiary of a kind-hearted teacher. I sure have. I'll always remember Mrs.The post Have You Benefited From a Kind-Hearted Teacher? I Have. appeared first on Jim Daly.
I had the privilege of being with a unique group last week: Christian CEOs. They're part of a ministry that began within the walls of Focus on the Family. They're now an independent and self-sustaining fellowship, regularly meeting to pray together and encourage one another in both their faith and careers.Corporate America can certainly be a challenge for Christians to navigate.Of course, navigating a secular workplace isn't unique to just Christian CEOs. Believers who strive to live out their faith at their places of employment must sometimes steer through choppy waters.The post This Video Shows the Challenge of Being a Christian in the Secular Workplace appeared first on Jim Daly.
Picture two people.One speaks Chinese. The other speaks English. Let's say their relationship makes it imperative that they communicate effectively. What do you suppose would be the best way for them to do that?Not only do they speak different languages, their entire view of the world may differ radically from one another. Short of having a translator at the standby every waking moment, one of the two is going to have to learn the other's language.The post Wives, Do You Speak “Male”? appeared first on Jim Daly.
How would you answer these three questions?When does human life begin?What makes human life valuable?What is our Christian duty to the preborn?Some of you hesitated to answer.That may explain why so many Christians are quietly pro-life. They believe abortion ends a human life, but they really don't know how to defend the position to others, so they generally keep quiet about it.If that's you, you're certainly not alone. I'm surprised by the number of Christians who have never had the opportunity to learn a solid Christian response to abortion and other pro-life issues like physician-assisted suicide.The post This Will Help Quiet Pro-Lifers Speak Up appeared first on Jim Daly.
The beauty pendulum swings both ways for young Christian girls and women.To one side is a woman's God-given desire to look and to feel beautiful. That pursuit usually involves some combination of exercise, hair style, cosmetics, and clothing choices, all of which must work together for a woman to feel attractive.The other side of the pendulum diminishes outer beauty. Women are told that how they look or feel is inconsequential. Real beauty is only on the inside.The post The Beauty Trap: Is Outer Beauty Everything, or is it Nothing? appeared first on Jim Daly.
Some of you have just discovered you're pregnant with your first baby. To that I say, “Congratulations!” You're about to embark on one of the most sacred journeys a human being can undertake.But it's also one of the most challenging. Some big changes will be here before you know it. That precious new little one you'll soon bring home will dramatically alter your entire way of life. From sleeping patterns to schedule changes, the demands on new parents can be rigorous.The post Things You Might Want to Know Before You Become a Parent appeared first on Jim Daly.
File this under the best news you haven't heard much (if anything) about.Since Jan. 20 – the day Donald Trump was inaugurated as president – law enforcement authorities have arrested more than 1,500 people for sex crimes ranging from sex trafficking to pedophilia.At first glance, that might seem like bad news, until you realize that according to the FBI, in all of 2014, there were less than 400 sex trafficking-related arrests.In other words, it's not that sex crimes are on the rise – it's that the enforcement of sex crime laws have become a priority.The post Why Isn't More Being Made of This News? appeared first on Jim Daly.
Today's broadcast, “Changing the World Through Adoption,” features a conversation with my friend, Focus colleague and co-writer, Paul Batura. The discussion is based on his latest book, Chosen for Greatness: How Adoption Changes the World.Paul serves as our vice-president of communications. He's currently in his 20th year at the ministry.Although Paul often works behind the scenes, you might remember him from a Focus program several years ago where he discussed his popular book, “Good Day!The post The Improbable Adoption Story of Steve Jobs appeared first on Jim Daly.

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