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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.
Today is Good Friday, and many of us will be spending a portion of the day in church or at home, thinking reflectively about the sacrifice our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ made when He gave His life for us on Calvary.It's something American Christians can do without worry or concern, because we live in a nation where, despite some cultural opposition, we can worship freely and without persecution.But around the world, there are fellow believers who are risking their lives every time they meet for corporate worship – especially during holidays like Holy Week.The post The Cross of Christ Makes Forgiveness Possible after Palm Sunday Bombings appeared first on Jim Daly.
Humorist Erma Bombeck once said, “There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain.”Chonda Pierce has been tip-toeing that line for a long time. She's been doing stand-up comedy for 25 years and is the top-selling female comic in history. She has a unique ability to describe life's most challenging moments all while making you laugh out loud with her humor.Focus on the Family was privileged to have Chonda as a guest speaker at a recent chapel service here at the ministry.The post Chonda Pierce: Laughing in the Dark appeared first on Jim Daly.
Many women who have been sexually assaulted endure a similar struggle: “God, where were you?”That's a gut-wrenching question with no easy answers, but it deserves a heart-felt response. Few people can offer hope and healing in the wake of sexual assault better than our guests on today's and tomorrow's programs, Leila Sommerfield and Kathleen Terrill.They understand sexual assault as only survivors can, and they'll be sharing exactly where they believe God was in the midst of some of their deepest suffering.The post Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Assault appeared first on Jim Daly.
At the risk of stating the obvious, it isn't easy being a Christian student in a public school these daysEvery day, these young people go to classrooms and cafeterias where discussions center on sensitive topics like homosexuality, transgenderism, gender identity – and most of the time, the conversations are one-sided.That's partly because an increasing number of teachers and school officials suggest there's only one right way to think about topics related to sexuality.Now, I know that's a big claim, so let me back it up by giving you an example of how the “new” sexuality is being promoted in public schools.The post Christian Students Overcome Public Schools' Double Standards with Day of Dialogue appeared first on Jim Daly.
I never knew my grandparents, but family friends – Mr. and Mrs. Hope – became something like surrogate grandparents to me. They led my mother to the Lord, and treated her, my siblings, and me as part of their family.Some of my fondest childhood memories are visiting with “Grandpa Hope,” as we called him. He would sit in a big recliner in his garden atrium, play checkers with us kids and – like any good grandfather – lose on purpose often enough to build our self-confidence.The post The Powerful Influence of a Grandparent appeared first on Jim Daly.
The murder of Robert Godwin, Sr., on Easter Sunday shocked the nation. The 74-year-old Ohio resident was walking home from a holiday meal with his family when he was shot and killed by a complete stranger.The murderer recorded the killing on his phone and later uploaded it to Facebook where it was watched thousands of times.After a two-day manhunt, the man who pulled the trigger took his own life as police moved in to arrest him.The post Family of Facebook Killer's Victim Forgives the Murderer (video) appeared first on Jim Daly.
Just a few wayward sparks. That's all it takes to start a fire capable of burning through an entire city.The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is proof of that. It is one of the largest disasters in American history. According to popular accounts from the time, Catherine O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern in a humble barn on DeKoven Street. What started as a small fire grew into an inferno that destroyed miles of homes and razed Chicago's business district.The post Managing Your Emotions During Stressful Moments appeared first on Jim Daly.
Does this routine sound familiar? Fold the laundry, change the diaper, buy the things for that science fair project, make dinner, walk the dog. It never seems to end!When you're in the middle of a long to-do list it's easy to fall into the temptation of measuring a day's success by how many of those items you manage to cross off. That's why in this post, I'm not going to share tips with you on how to get it all done.The post Good Parenting Usually Isn't Efficient appeared first on Jim Daly.
I hope you'll join us for our radio program tomorrow and Thursday when we'll be talking to Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, about their journey with God and each other.Through an award-winning career in music and the ups and downs of real life, Steven and Mary Beth say they feel “between heaven and the real world.” That phrase has become something of a caption to their lives. Pointing out God's grace in the midst of a very troubled world is what Steven has tried to accomplish throughout his music career.The post Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman: Between Heaven and the Real World appeared first on Jim Daly.
A lot of you know my story. My mom died when I was nine years old, and my dad wasn't around, so I spent a year in foster care.That time could have been a bright moment in an otherwise dismal period of my life, but things didn't turn out so well for me. Instead of support and compassion, I mostly remember feeling lonely, afraid, and desperate.My past is one of the reasons I'm so passionate about God's call on believers to care for “orphans and widows” (James 1:27).The post How You Can Change a Child's Life appeared first on Jim Daly.
Whether it's our marriage, parenting or our profession, it's common for us to get so consumed in our own little world of trouble that we forget that every problem we face has, in some form or fashion, also been a problem for prior generations.Nowhere is this more true than in marriage and the sexual realm. In fact, in doing research for my book, Marriage Done Right, I reviewed plenty of old pamphlets and books that were full of marital advice.The post Ten Commandments for Husbands and Wives appeared first on Jim Daly.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will reach the first 100 days milestone of their administration this Saturday, and according to the President's personal Twitter account, he'll be celebrating the benchmark with a “BIG rally in Pennsylvania.”The first 100 days have held special significance in American politics since Franklin D. Roosevelt signed 15 major pieces of legislation early in his presidency. That inspired pundits and the media to use the timeframe to measure the President, because it occurs during the “honeymoon period” when a new administration's influence is likely at its greatest.The post A Pro-Life Analysis of President Trump's First 100 Days appeared first on Jim Daly.
If you haven't already heard, in just a few days, Focus on the Family is officially re-launching 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 is 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 19, 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 Sadie Robertson: “Be confident in who God is through you.” appeared first on Jim Daly.
Over the past couple of decades, more studies than you can count have been done to pinpoint the most crucial factors for raising emotionally strong, well-balanced kids. Almost all of them have arrived at the same conclusion: Eating together as a family is one of the most significant influences in fostering healthy child development.A mountain of research indicates that the more families eat together the less likely a child will engage in drug use, suffer from depression, develop an eating disorder, or succumb to a host of other behavioral problems.The post How to Win at Family Dinners in the Midst of Crazy Schedules appeared first on Jim Daly.
Today is the National Day of Prayer.If you're not familiar with it, this annual observance is held on the first Thursday of May and invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.I hope you'll take some time today to pray on your own and perhaps to represent the Christian faith in your community.The post Lift Your Voice to Heaven on the National Day of Prayer appeared first on Jim Daly.
A few weeks back, Lysa TerKeurst was the guest on our radio program and suggested that our emotions ought to be indicators, not dictators. Our feelings can help us discern what's happening in and around us, but we don't have to allow them to determine our behavior.That's true in conflict with a friend or a co-worker, and it's true in marriage.Lysa is on our broadcast again today and tomorrow, this time with her husband, Art.The post Feelings Should Be Indicators in Our Lives, Not Dictators of Our Lives 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.
It's a new series on Netflix that's causing a lot of controversy – and if you have a teen in your life, you need to know why so many mental health professionals are concerned.The series is called “13 Reasons Why,” and it tells the story of a 17-year-old girl, Hannah Baker, who commits suicide – and who blames others for what happened. The story unfolds through the cassette tapes Hannah posthumously leaves for the 13 people she blames for her decision to end her life.The post Why We Don't Think Teens Should Watch ‘13 Reasons Why' appeared first on Jim Daly.
It's never been easy to be a mom, but social media is pressuring them in unique ways. Women are inundated with radically different ideas about what it means to be a mom. The image of perfection is everywhere.But that's all it is: a picture.There's no picture-perfect mom, and that's a good thing. There's no such thing as the picture-perfect dad, either. We're all falling short. God's grace is what brings us through, not our perfection.The post The 10 Myths of Motherhood appeared first on Jim Daly.

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