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The opening ceremonies for the 2021 Summer Olympics are today in Tokyo, Japan.The Olympics is one of the greatest displays of skill, physical ability, and dedication in all the world. Not only are the athletes performing on a world stage, but they're competing at such a high level and under such intense pressure (decades of hard work and training often boil down to a single performance) that we often never consider the very real limitations each athlete must face and overcome.The post Overcoming Adversity Through Faith and Sports appeared first on Jim Daly.
What's your favorite song?One reason it's probably your favorite is because you enjoy hearing the vocals of the lead singer. But more than you realize, another cast of characters is 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.What if every marriage had backing singers? Imagine a church where every follower of Jesus served as a backing singer to someone's marriage – a chorus of voices uniting to strengthen the marriages of everyone around them.The post Encouraging Marriages in Your Sphere of Influence appeared first on Jim Daly.
On our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Appreciating God's Design for the Human Body,” we're exploring a familiar passage from the Old Testament. Psalm 139 expresses wonder at God's creativity: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”Our guest is best-selling author Philip Yancey, who shares how every aspect of the human body's design points to the glory of God our Creator.The post Appreciating God's Design for the Human Body appeared first on Jim Daly.
Before Bob Kraning died in April 2020, he and his wife Carol were married for over sixty years. When it comes to enjoying a happy relationship, you might say that they had a lifetime of experience.Whenever I hear about a couple like that, I can't help but wonder, “What's their secret?”Bob provides answers in a recorded message we're airing on our Focus on the Family Broadcast called “Twenty-Five Years and Still in Love.” Bob's and Carol's “secrets” are actually timeless truths available to all of us.The post Twenty-Five Years and Still in Love appeared first on Jim Daly.
What kind of tools are in your parenting toolbox?In a regular toolbox, like the one in your garage, you'll find hammers, screwdrivers, and different sized wrenches – tools with very particular uses for specific problems around the house. There's an old saying: if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything will look like a nail after a while.There isn't one tool to rule them all.It's the same with parenting. Some moms and dads only have one tool in their parenting toolbox that they use in every situation – like anger, overly strict rules, or permissiveness.The post Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting appeared first on Jim Daly.
The president returned to familiar turf inside the United States Capitol on Wednesday to meet with Democrat lawmakers to discuss the budget, a massive spending proposal that promises to plunge the country deeper into debt. Since we were kids, we've been told that money doesn't grow on trees, but you wouldn't know that from the way Congress has been doling out dollars of late. Based on media reports, the Senate majority are expected to ask for somewhere between $3.5 trillion and $4 trillion dollars for the upcoming fiscal year. Of course, contained within those trillions are vital and critical items – military spending to ensure our nation's safety, infrastructure to keep America operational and, especially in the midst of a global pandemic, measures intended to protect our citizens' health and well-being. Yet, also included are dollars many liberals and radicals want to “transform” America – i.e., turn upside down and inside out fundamental values and traditions that have distinguished the United States for well over two centuries. Sadly, there seems to be a prevailing philosophy in Washington these days that money will solve any problem, and the more money we spend, the fewer problems we'll have. It's just not true. Take for instance our ongoing battle to eradicate poverty. Since President Johnson declared a war on poverty in 1964, nearly $26 trillion in taxpayer funds has been spent to fight it.The post More Government Spending Won't Strengthen What's Weak in America appeared first on Jim Daly.
By David Kier“…in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, in order that the opponent may be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.” Titus 2:7-8 NASBIn my early years at college, I met a few guys from out east who had brand new fancy cars and really nice clothes and wondered why they were at a small midwestern college.The post GUEST POST: The Example We Set appeared first on Jim Daly.
One of your most important responsibilities as a parent is to pass your faith and values on to your children. It may also be one of your most challenging tasks. A shocking turn of events at the 2008 Summer Olympics illustrates why.Both the U.S. men's and women's 4 x 100 relay teams were expected to compete for the gold medal. Instead, neither team made it to the finals. Their exit from competition wasn't because another country outran them.The post Making Virtues a Daily Part of Your Family Life appeared first on Jim Daly.
My wife and I approach recipes differently. Jean has a degree in biochemistry. She's smart and sees life as a series of precisely calculated moves. To her, recipes are a detailed road map to be carefully followed. If the instructions call for one cup of flour, she'll measure exactly one cup. She'll even use a knife to scrape off the excess.I'm more of a free spirit with recipes. I don't see them as “a roadmap to follow” as much as “a few things to keep in mind.” I kinda, sorta measure ingredients, but not very carefully.The post Getting on the Same Team Financially in Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
Have you ever witnessed a miraculous healing? You're about to!On our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Experiencing God's Healing Hand,” you'll hear the actual moment when Pastor Duane Miller's throat was healed, after three years of only being able to speak in a whisper.In January 1990, Duane became sick with influenza. He spent 10 days in bed with his throat swollen shut as if someone was squeezing his windpipe. Medication helped, but for three years, Duane could only whisper.The post Experiencing God's Healing Hand appeared first on Jim Daly.
You thought you married the perfect person. Then, over time, you began to notice flaws. Your spouse wasn't as kind and loving as they used to be. Now you fight with each other, you blame each other, and you never really discuss tough issues because that leads to more conflict. You wonder if you made a mistake.What if there's something deeper going on? Is it possible that Satan is attacking your marriage and you're experiencing spiritual warfare?The post The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
By: Michelle EastonHow can you be sure your daughter remains a conservative woman of faith once she leaves your home? Given toxic social media, radical indoctrination in schools, and a popular culture that promotes non-traditional values, parents can't assume she'll stay conservative because she went to church. The best parenting mimics the way our heavenly Father loves his children, so our default parental setting should be to return to the immutable and transcendent Judeo-Christian truths that shaped America's founding.The post GUEST POST: How to Raise an Anti-Woke Daughter appeared first on Jim Daly.
Bill Butterworth had something of an awakening when his father died.At the funeral, Bill stood behind the lectern and spoke as the family representative. As important as what he shared about his father is what he didn't share about his father.Bill didn't mention his father's career or his real estate holdings. He didn't talk about his father's bank account or his stock portfolio. Instead, he shared about what his father believed and valued, and recounted some of the meaningful life lessons his father had taught him.The post Leaving a Legacy of Love appeared first on Jim Daly.
Kristin Schell discovered the value of community during a summer immersion program in France. Although she was a stranger in a foreign land, she had never felt so welcomed, loved, and connected before – and she couldn't even understand the language. Many European countries are like France: community takes place around the table. Family and friends join together to celebrate food, life, and each other.That sense of community came back to Kristin years later. By then she was a wife and a mom who spent more time with her children in her minivan than she did around the kitchen table or the fire pit talking about life and God.The post Going on Mission in Your Front Yard appeared first on Jim Daly.
How would you like to eavesdrop on the events leading up to the Revolutionary War?Imagine witnessing the dumping of nearly 350 crates of tea into Boston Harbor – or searching for lanterns in a church tower while riding a horse at full gallop to warn colonists about a British invasion.You and your family can experience the drama of the American Revolution and Paul Revere's midnight ride on a special edition of our Focus on the Family Broadcast featuring an episode of Adventures in Odyssey called “The Midnight Ride.”If you're new to Focus on the Family, Adventures in Odyssey is a radio drama for children (check out our website for more information).The post The Midnight Ride appeared first on Jim Daly.
By a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court has ruled that a California law requiring charities to disclose the identities of their donors is unconstitutional.Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts called such disclosure requirements a “dragnet for sensitive donor information” and found that such a law violates an individual's First Amendment right to free association.Big Brother may always be watching – but after Thursday's ruling, he won't be seeing as much as some government bureaucrats and bullies wished he would.The post Supreme Court Upholds Right of Free Association appeared first on Jim Daly.
Darrell Waltrip was one of the most successful drivers on the NASCAR circuit in the 1980s.Together, he and his wife, Stevie, are chairpersons for Motor Racing Outreach, a Christian organization that holds chapel services for the drivers, crews, and their families. They also distribute Christian literature and offer other support for those in the NASCAR community. I appreciate the work they perform at NASCAR tracks on weekends.I got the opportunity to speak with Darrell and Stevie on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Marriage in the Stressful World of NASCAR.” We recorded at the Darrell Waltrip Museum in front of a live audience of Focus friends right before a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.The post Marriage in the Stressful World of NASCAR appeared first on Jim Daly.
The death of a dream can be painful and disorienting, but it can also open the door for even better ones to come along.Over a decade ago, author Kathi Lipp went through a painful divorce and became a single mom. She felt disillusioned, believing that her dreams of someday becoming an author and a speaker could never happen. But God taught her that He could do more than she ever thought possible. Through what seemed like insignificant choices at the time, God opened doors and brought her dreams back to life.The post Taking Steps to Live Out Your Dreams appeared first on Jim Daly.
God wants to help you become an overcomer.Like Joni Eareckson Tada. At 17, she dove into shallow water and surfaced a paraplegic. For nearly 50 years now, Christ has worked through her story to encourage others with disabilities similar to hers.Or like the late Louis Zamperini. As detailed in Unbroken, the book and Hollywood movie about his life, he was shot down in World War II and barely survived 40 days adrift at sea.The post The Timeless Truth of Christ appeared first on Jim Daly.
In our current era of woke politics and a blurring and morphing of the differences between males and females, are we losing sight of distinctly manly qualities? We believe we are, and these are very different than mere male characteristics.Being male is a function of distinct body parts and DNA. Being a man is wholly a question of character—about what a man chooses to do and how he does it. It's incumbent on fathers of sons to exhibit and teach their boys what it takes to grow up and assume their unique role in society.The post What Fathers Need to Possess in Order to Man Up in an Increasingly Feminized World appeared first on Jim Daly.
Are you a mom wanting to do something big for God, but you don't have the energy or the time?Maybe God has already given you your greater purpose.Author and mom Shontell Brewer recalls feeling guilty every time her pastor talked about making a difference through mission work. She was the mother of five children and struggled with feeling like she couldn't get to the real work of missions until she completed the childrearing phase of her life.The post Are Your Children Your Mission Field? appeared first on Jim Daly.
Matt Hammit was the lead singer of the Christian rock band Sanctus Real for 20 years. In the early years of the band, performing at a music festival, he noticed a beautiful girl in overalls dancing like no one was watching. The next day, at another worship event over three hours away, he saw her again.Her name was Sarah. Raised in a Christian home, she became a “party girl” in college. When she saw Matt onstage at the music festival leading worship, she felt drawn to him and prayed, “God, I'll quit drinking if you let me marry that guy.” They began dating and quickly fell in love.The post Fighting for Your Marriage No Matter What appeared first on Jim Daly.
By: Gary SchneebergerWhile I was in Boston on business a few weeks ago, I picked up a Father's Day card for my Dad at a tony downtown stationery shop. I've long been both a card guy and a card snob, so the simple but elegant bifold printed on recycled paper drew me like catnip entices a tabby.On its outside it simply says, “I love you, dad” – with the subtle flourish of the period at the end of the sentiment being a red heart.The post GUEST POST: My Dad Just Died; These Five Fatherhood Lessons He Taught Me Live On appeared first on Jim Daly.
You remember Clark Kent. He was a mild-mannered man … until he pulled open his shirt and revealed the superhero outfit underneath that announced his true identity. Then he was Superman, faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.Dads don't wear a superhero's outfit under their clothes, but don't let that fool you. They have true heroic power. Their mere presence has a dramatic influence in the lives of their children.The post Encouraging Dads to Be Heroes appeared first on Jim Daly.
What “season” is it for your marriage? Is it summer because things are warm and sizzling with your spouse? Or is it winter because things feel a little chilly?I remember how it felt when Jean and I fell in love. Like many couples in a new relationship, we enjoyed being together every chance we could, and daydreamed about seeing each other when we couldn't. It was easy to think, “We'll always feel this way!”But relationships are like the weather; they change.The post Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.

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