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Focus on the Family and The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) are once again co-hosting Evangelicals for Life, the only major prolife conference for evangelicals in conjunction with the March for Life, the flagship pro-life event.The Evangelicals for Life event debuted in 2016, and was designed to help invigorate the evangelical pro-life community to greater service and involvement in the pro-life cause.This year's event will take place on Jan. 18–20 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.The post Three Ways to Participate in Our Pro-Life Conference appeared first on Jim Daly.
Joni Eareckson Tada says that suffering is “like a little splash-over of hell.”Few people can talk about the intensity of suffering with more authority than Joni. A tragic accident fifty years ago left her a quadriplegic, requiring 24-hour care. She's also survived a stage-3 breast cancer diagnosis, the removal of a 3-inch tumor, and months of chemotherapy that followed.So when she talks about how to handle suffering in a way that enriches our lives and glorifies God, we all do well to listen.The post A Quadriplegic, Cancer-Surviving Woman Talks About God and Suffering appeared first on Jim Daly.
Parents often discipline in terms of behavior modification:“No backtalk.”“Say please and thank you.”“Stop picking on your brother” (with two boys, Jean and I have said that one a lot over the years).“Put away your backpack.”Outward behavior is an important part of raising children of character. But it's only one side of the coin. The other is developing their inner motivation.The root word of discipline is “disciple.” As disciples of Christ, we follow His teachings outwardly because our hearts are being transformed from within.The post Disciplining Your Kids with Love and Limits appeared first on Jim Daly.
I could have been aborted.I was born in the '60s prior to Roe v. Wade, but even then many people felt my mother would have been justified to abort me. She was the perfect candidate. She was 42 and in a high-risk pregnancy. My dad was an alcoholic, and I was the fifth child of a marriage that was already struggling to stay together. I was born into a household in turmoil.I could have been aborted.The post Expressing Pro-Life Views in a Winsome Way appeared first on Jim Daly.
Julie and Clay's first baby was due any time. To celebrate and to enjoy one last date night – at least for a while – Julie planned a romantic dinner at their favorite restaurant.That evening, Julie arrived before Clay, and waited.And waited.He was supposed to come there straight from work, but twenty minutes passed and still no Clay. She called his phone. No answer.Thirty minutes passed.Then an hour.Clay and Julie lost their reservation, and Julie's expectations for the night were ruined.The post Uncovering the Secrets to a Happy Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
Marriage is central to what we do here at Focus on the Family.We believe that marriage is the foundation of the family. We also believe that God's design for marriage is a relationship where both husband and wife are committed to loving and caring for one another for a lifetime.The problem is, men and women are selfish creatures, and their selfishness comes out in all kinds of unhealthy ways. One of the most devastating aberrations is an affair.The post Affair Proofing Your Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
Last night’s Democrat-led Senate filibuster of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would make it illegal to abort a baby after 20 weeks, is an egregious and cowardly case of radical ideological politics coming at the expense of innocent life.The Senate needed 60 votes in order to advance the bill. In the end, 51 senators voted for it and 46 against. Three Democrats crossed the aisle to support life – Joe Manchin (West Virginia), Bob Casey Jr.The post Pain Capable Bill Defeat Is a Cowardly Case of Radical Politics appeared first on Jim Daly.
Several colleagues and I were in Washington D.C. last week for our Evangelicals for Life Conference along with the annual March for Life.A few observations:Last week's massive March for Life rally on the Mall unfolded in familiar fashion. Just before noon, pro-life stalwarts from every state convened to stand in solidarity, many of them carrying signs declaring life as the better choice. It was the 45th consecutive gathering and the longest-running demonstration of its kind.The post A Tale of Two Rallies appeared first on Jim Daly.
Dr. Kevin Leman humorously says of children, “We have seen the enemy, and they are small. They're unionized. The ‘ankle-biter battalion' is on the move, so you better have a game plan.”I'm sure many parents would heartily agree with that assessment. To that end, Dr. Leman is with us on our program “Game Plan for Raising Well-Behaved Children” to share a wealth of practical tips that can bring order to the chaos in your home more quickly than you might think possible.The post Making Children Mind without Losing Yours appeared first on Jim Daly.
What's your favorite song?The reason it's your favorite is probably because you enjoy the vocals of the lead singer. But perhaps more than you think about, you also enjoy the song because of a cast of characters who some would say are just as important as the lead: the backing singers.Their chorus of voices harmonize with the lead and give the song a beauty, richness, and texture the main vocalist could never achieve alone.The post Be an Advocate for the Marriages Around You appeared first on Jim Daly.
Joshua Becker says, “I don't know if the three most common words in American homes are, ‘I love you,' or ‘Let's go shopping.'”The amount of stuff the average American owns is astounding. Our cabinets, crawl spaces, garages, and storage rooms are filled to capacity. Some people even rent additional space at a storage unit to hold even more stuff.The statistics are unbelievable. American homes have tripled in size in the last 50 years, yet 10 percent of families rent offsite storage.The post The Three Most Spoken Words in American Homes May Not Be “I Love You” appeared first on Jim Daly.
Nobody yet knows why a 15-year-old student opened fire today in Benton, Kentucky, at Marshall County High School.The latest reports suggest this morning's horror resulted in the death of two 15-year-old students, one boy and one girl, along with more than a dozen wounded students.Over the years, school shootings have become an all-too-familiar tragedy.At an afternoon press conference, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin remarked, “These children belong to this community, and to specific families in this community.The post Tragedy in Kentucky appeared first on Jim Daly.
From the White House:Today, we focus our attention on the love and protection each person, born and unborn, deserves regardless of disability, gender, appearance, or ethnicity. Much of the greatest suffering in our Nation's history — and, indeed, our planet's history — has been the result of disgracefully misguided attempts to dehumanize whole classes of people based on these immutable characteristics. We cannot let this shameful history repeat itself in new forms, and we must be particularly vigilant to safeguard the most vulnerable lives among us.The post Presidential Proclamation / National Sanctity of Human Life Day appeared first on Jim Daly.
Of the many moving highlights of last night's State of the Union address, my favorite had to be when President Trump recognized New Mexico police officer Ryan Holets and his wife, Rebecca. You might recall that it was Officer Holets who boldly stopped a pregnant woman from injecting heroin. When it was first reported last year, the story quickly went viral. The Holets were so moved by the plight and need of this troubled young addict that they wound up adopting her baby and named her, quite appropriately, Hope.The post From President Trump's State of the Union to the State of the Family appeared first on Jim Daly.
I recently had the opportunity to have lunch with Kirk Cameron. He’s a good friend to Focus and he’s currently promoting his new movie event, Kirk Cameron: CONNECT.Those of you of a certain age will remember Kirk as the teen star of the Growing Pains TV series in the 1980s. More recently, he has starred in a number of successful faith-based films, including Left Behind and Fireproof.CONNECT addresses a subject that is very important to all of us here at Focus, and if you’re a parent, it’s probably important to you as well.The post If You’re Concerned about Social Media, You Should See This Movie appeared first on Jim Daly.
Human trafficking is a part of the seedy underbelly of our society that most of us would rather not have a conversation about. It's hard to conceive of hundreds of thousands of people, most of them children and women, being either kidnapped or manipulated into psychological enslavement. So we turn our attention to more pleasant topics.That's exactly the behavior traffickers count on from us to keep their activities hidden and their operations running smoothly.Even the lowest estimates suggest that something like 100,000 kids are taken into human trafficking every year in the U.S.The post Signs of Human Trafficking and What You Should – and Shouldn't – Do to Help appeared first on Jim Daly.
Last night's Super Bowl in Minneapolis, which featured an upset win by the Philadelphia Eagles over the New England Patriots, was sports drama of the highest order. The game came down to the last play, a “Hail Mary” heave from the Patriots' Tom Brady. And although he passed for a Super Bowl record 505 yards, along with three touchdowns, the seemingly timeless Brady came up short.Thankfully, to the legions of football fans tired of New England's dominance, there would be no come-from-behind win this time.The post Philadelphia Eagles Take a Knee and Give God the Glory appeared first on Jim Daly.
The struggle against perfection begins the moment in childhood when you first recognize that other people expect you to achieve and to measure up. From your performance at school or at work to your performance at home as a parent and a spouse – almost everybody wants or needs something from you.The pursuit of excellence can fill your life with a lot of great things. It can motivate you to work hard and to excel, for yourself and for others.The post Trusting in God's Perfection Instead of Your Own appeared first on Jim Daly.
When my two sons, Trent and Troy, were born, I thought they would be a lot alike. More to the point, I thought Jean and I would be able to raise them the same way.Boy, was I wrong.Trent and Troy share a lot of the same interests, but spend an afternoon with each of them, and you'll find out just how different they are. Trent is thoughtful and super-smart. He may be the smartest one in the whole family.The post Developing Your Child's Unique Personality appeared first on Jim Daly.
Today we're re-airing one of the highest response programs of 2017 here at Focus on the Family.It was a message by Senate Chaplain retired U.S. Rear Admiral Barry Black at the National Prayer Breakfast last year in Washington, D.C.His remarks were delivered to the President of the United States, more than 4,000 government, business, and religious leaders from all over our nation and 160 countries around the world, and to Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.The post Trust Not in Kings, but in the King of Kings appeared first on Jim Daly.
Parenting is only for adults.That's what Dr. Emerson Eggerichs tells parents who struggle with what he calls the “family crazy cycle.”It works like this: When children feel unloved, they tend to react in ways that feel disrespectful toward their parents. When parents feel disrespected, they tend to react in ways that feel unloving to the child.And the cycle starts to spin.Parenting is only for adults because it's up to mom and dad – not the child – to stop the crazy cycle.The post Escaping the “Family Crazy Cycle” appeared first on Jim Daly.
Chances are good that you know a family that's been touched by the opioid epidemic. Roughly 60,000-65,000 individuals in the U.S. died from drug overdoses in 2016, with about 42,000 of those deaths caused by opioids. It's estimated that more than 11 million Americans misused prescription opioids last year, and nearly one million used heroin. Among the fastest growing groups of users are teens.Opioids are a class of drugs derived from or related to compounds naturally found in the opium poppy plant.The post Guest Blog: Three Things You Can Do Today to Help Your Child Avoid an Opioid Addiction Tomorrow appeared first on Jim Daly.
Yesterday's tragic violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is the nation's third-deadliest school shooting in history – and the 7th such shooting in 2018 alone.Sadly, we've grown familiar with the awful rhythm of these barbaric events.First comes the text alert on our phone or we hear about the horror on social media. Or maybe we learn of it from the lament of a friend or a co-worker.Before we ask “How could this happen?” we instinctively ask “How many?”Of course, we intuitively know that even one is too many, and that behind every number is a name of someone who means the world to someone else.The post Heartache and Heroes in Florida School Shooting appeared first on Jim Daly.
Valentine's Day marks the culmination of National Marriage Week here in the United States. Conceived as a “collaborative campaign to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a culture that fosters strong marriages,” the effort mirrors the ongoing daily work of our ministry.The traditions surrounding Valentine's Day may frustrate some, but I've always enjoyed them. Jean has been my Valentine for three-plus decades now, and I consider her a gift.For my fellow male readers, I'm going to assume you've already taken care of the cards, the flowers and chocolates.The post Six Free Gifts for Valentine’s Day appeared first on Jim Daly.
God has given married couples a wedding present.Sex.The Lord designed physical intimacy to be enjoyed by both husbands and wives. First Corinthians 7 tells us that sex is rooted in mutuality. Husbands are to be sensitive to their wives' needs, and wives are to be sensitive to their husbands' needs. Marriage is about serving one another, not demanding your own rights.Sadly, we live in a broken world that undermines God's sacred designs. Secular culture portrays sex as primarily for the man.The post What Is God's Design for Sex in Marriage? appeared first on Jim Daly.

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