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Coach Joe Kennedy's victory at the Supreme Court today is a win for religious freedom. The fact that a majority of the justices upheld the right of a high school coach to kneel down after a game to give thanks for keeping his players safe strikes me as not just a victory for the First Amendment, but a victory for common sense.Why is it that our kids can be exposed to all kinds of negative role models in schools today, but not a positive one like Coach Joe?The post Jim Daly Reacts to Coach Kennedy’s Victory at Supreme Court appeared first on Jim Daly.
It was Thomas Jefferson who once observed, “God is just” and “His justice cannot sleep forever.”? After nearly a half-century and over 60 million deaths, the horrifying and tragic ruling of? Roe? has finally been overturned. It was bad law then – and a majority of the Supreme Court has affirmed it is bad law now. No court has the right to deprive a child of the right to live. We celebrate this milestone today and applaud the six justices who have courageously and correctly interpreted the United States Constitution.The post Jim Daly on Historic Reversal of Roe appeared first on Jim Daly.
The hashtag #ToGodbetheGlory is trending on Twitter today – and for good reason!The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe to uphold the MS abortion and return the issue of abortion to the states is the most consequential legal ruling of our lifetime.? I want to alert you to an exciting national campaign Focus on the Family is launching tonight on Tucker Carlson's Fox News television program. For the next two weeks, we'll be running advertisements celebrating both the beauty and fragility of life.The post A Victory for Life! See Our New Ad. appeared first on Jim Daly.
Parenting each child according to his or her deepest identity is the concept outlined in Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (ESV).The wisdom of the verse is that every child within a family is unique. One child is a reliable, conscientious list-maker who likes things done well. Another child is rough and tumble and hangs tough through thick and thin.The post How Birth Order Affects Your Parenting? appeared first on Jim Daly.
First Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”Life often gets in the way of our desire to connect with Jesus as our source of contentment and joy. We get busy raising children, investing in our marriages, and building our careers. We get distracted by technology and lost in tough circumstances. Life overwhelms us, and we disconnect from God.The post Staying Connected to God: a 60-Day Challenge? appeared first on Jim Daly.
When my two sons, Trent and Troy, were born, I thought Jean andI would be able to raise them the same way. Boy, was I wrong. When it came to parenting, what worked for Trent didn't always work for Troy.Trent and Troy share a lot of the same interests, but spend an afternoon with each of them, and you'll discover just how different they are. Trent is thoughtful and smart, but sometimes he struggled in school.The post Developing Your Child's Unique Personality? appeared first on Jim Daly.
By: Jeff Johnston, The Daily CitizenIn June 1972, Campus Crusade for Christ sponsored? Explo '72, a music, evangelism and training event featuring the Rev. Billy Graham and Dr. Bill Bright. They brought together artists like Love Song, Andrae Crouch and the Disciples, Larry Norman, Children of the Day, Johnny and June Carter Cash and Kris Kristofferson.Around 80,000 college and high school students came together at the Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas, Texas. After training in evangelism, the students scattered across the city to spread the good news, before heading back home to share their faith in cities across the country.The post GUEST POST: Together '22 – Cotton Bowl Stadium Event Features Christian Speakers and Artists appeared first on Jim Daly.
David and Jason Benham's childhood was filled with wonderful memories of baseball with their dad, who became a lifelong fan as a kid when his dad surprised him with tickets to a Yankees game.Later, when David and Jason came along, he played catch with them and coached their Little League teams.Then there was the stadium. Each time the Benham family drove through Shreveport, Louisiana, they passed by Fair Grounds Field, the stadium home for the San Francisco Giants' Double-A affiliate, the Shreveport Captains.The post Seeing the Fruits of a Dad's Faithful Prayers? appeared first on Jim Daly.
Over the course of a calendar year, nature experiences seasons. From winter to spring to summer and fall, each season presents nature with both challenges and opportunities for growth.And so it is with marriage.When winter sets in, a couple's relationship becomes cold. They don't communicate well. They argue. They disconnect. But if they endure, winter will give way to spring.Spring is an exciting time. The couple is forward-thinking, has great plans for the future, and anticipate a happy relationship together.The post Embracing the Various Seasons of Marriage? appeared first on Jim Daly.
As we approach Father's Day this Sunday, a thought:It's been said that it's easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.Sadly, that's becoming more and more common.There's no test or final exam to qualify for fatherhood, though it would seem like a good idea if somehow there could be.But some years ago, I developed what I call “Dad's Report Card” for our boys, Trent and Troy – to evaluate me!The post WATCH: Jim Daly Almost Flunked His First Dad's Report Card appeared first on Jim Daly.
Author Amy Carroll remembers the moment God's love broke through her struggle with perfectionism.She was one of several speakers at a women's conference. To help attendees visualize God's love, another speaker asked the women to participate in a mock wedding, complete with a veil, a bouquet of flowers, and aisle to walk down. Her groom, waiting for her at the altar, was Jesus.One of the last women to participate was a 90-year-old woman who was barely able to shuffle down the aisle.The post Accepting Your Imperfect Life appeared first on Jim Daly.
Ominous signs of the pending Supreme Court decision on the Dobbs' Mississippi abortion case are everywhere.Earlier today, a man was arrested in Maryland near the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He was carrying a gun and proclaimed his desire/intent to kill the jurist.I was in Washington, D.C., a few weeks ago, and increased police presence, along with eight-foot metal fencing around the High Court, make clear that officials are bracing for the potential of a violent reaction to the decision.The post Life Hangs in the Balance at the Supreme Court appeared first on Jim Daly.
Have you ever considered raising your children as an act of worship to the Lord?Author Gary Thomas calls that approach “sacred parenting.” It elevates parenting to something beyond raising children who do their homework, brush their teeth, and do their chores without being told.Practical growth points like those are important, but they can also distract us from the bigger reasons God gave us children to raise, and from what He wants to accomplish in and through our families.The post Discovering God's Plan for Your Parenting appeared first on Jim Daly.
Howard and Danielle Taylor's relationship is evidence that a biblical understanding of the purpose for marriage is the foundation for weathering the rough seasons of life … together.Danielle grew up unchurched, and Howard was raised without a dad. Both adopted unhealthy cycles of relationship they'd learned from their parents. The result was not harmony and intimacy, but arguments, stress, and conflict.Over time, they learned new patterns of relating and communicating with each other, all rooted in a biblical understanding of marriage.The post Discovering God's Design for Your Marriage appeared first on Jim Daly.
If you're a stepparent, you may have discovered that blending two families is harder than you thought it would be. You've tried “everything” to connect with your stepchildren, but nothing bears much fruit, and you're discouraged.We're offering you hope on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Staying Connected with Your Child After Divorce.” We've invited Lauren Reitsma to be our guest. Lauren is Vice president of Strategy and Communications for The Center for Relationship Educationin Denver, CO.The post Staying Connected with Your Child After Divorce appeared first on Jim Daly.
We all like to be liked.But that raises questions.Doesn't the Bible instruct us to serve others by putting their needs before our own?If so, where is the line between being a pleasant person and being a “people pleaser”?The boundaries can be murky.In high school, my wife Jean once said yes to three different boys who asked her for a date on the same night.Dr. Mike Bechtle, a writer, public speaker, and communications expert, had trouble telling his children no because he wanted them to like him.The post Giving Up People Pleasing for a Better Way to Live appeared first on Jim Daly.
Have you ever noticed how often Jesus' ministry was centered around meals?Among others, there was the wedding at Cana, a dinner with the reviled Zaccheus, and the beautiful symbolism of the Last Supper. Jesus was even criticized for eating with “tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 9:11).As one scholar put it: “Jesus ate his way through the Gospels.”For author Bri McKoy, Jesus' ministry through meals became a model for creating community and sharing God's love with people He brought into her life.The post Sharing the Heart of the Gospel at Your Table appeared first on Jim Daly.
Our hearts break hearing the tragic news of yet another school massacre, this one claiming the lives of 19 children and two teachers in Texas.? As a citizen, I am sickened and saddened. As a father, I am enraged.? Please join us in praying for this horrific situation.Lord, bring comfort to the grieving families. Please have mercy and bring peace to the chaos of our spiraling culture.The post Prayers for the Heartbroken Families in Texas? appeared first on Jim Daly.
On our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Finding God's Healing After a Suicide Loss,” we're talking with Rita Schulte, a licensed counselor who specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders as well as grief, loss, and trauma. She's also a member of Focus on the Family's Christian Counselors Network.Rita experienced God's healing after losing her husband to suicide. My wife, Jean, who is also on our program, overcame the loss of her brother to suicide.The post Finding God’s Healing After a Suicide Loss appeared first on Jim Daly.
The idea for Deborah Pegues' book 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue came to her after she didn't control her tongue.Deborah thought she was helping a friend when she told her something that she shouldn't have. When her “help” backfired, Deborah discovered firsthand what happens when words aren't used wisely.In response, Deborah went on a “tongue fast.” For 30 days, she refused to speak negatively about anything – not the traffic, not the weather, nothing that she couldn't directly and positively influence.The post Controlling Your Tongue? appeared first on Jim Daly.
It's easy to get numbed by numbers, especially when it comes to bad news. We hear so many, and all day long. ? But it's different when the numbers have names, isn't it?? In their photographs, they're smiling back at us – images caught from earlier days – cheerleading, basketball games, first communion, a party in the backyard. Kids being kids.? The heartbreak of their parents, loved ones and friends is unfathomable. Depthless. There are the teachers, Eva and Irma.The post Grieving Evil in Texas and Beyond appeared first on Jim Daly.
If you have a teenager, then you already know that the day is soon coming when your son or daughter will leave home. That moment for you will be the culmination of years of dedication, focus, and sacrifice. It will also be accompanied by a whirlwind of emotion – part accomplishment and relief, part loss and grief.Some parents react to the struggle of letting go of their children by not letting go. They cling to their need to feel needed.The post Setting Your Teen Free to Soar appeared first on Jim Daly.
It was Easter Sunday 1972. Raul Ries was in the middle of his living room with a rifle in his arms, waiting for his family to come home so he could kill them.Raul was no stranger to violence. His alcoholic father abused him, contributing to Raul being in and out of trouble throughout his childhood. At eighteen, he was arrested and given a choice: prison or the military. He chose the Marines and Vietnam. After 11 months of destructive behavior, Raul was bound in shackles and a straitjacket and spent six months in a naval hospital.The post From Prodigal to Pastor? appeared first on Jim Daly.
American history is at a critical juncture. Critical Race Theory, cultural Marxism, and other troubling ideologies have gained a foothold. Our culture seems more unsettled than ever before.A lot of people look for solutions in politics. Our civic duty to vote is an important part of influencing the culture for Christ, but our ultimate citizenship and allegiance is to God's kingdom. We can take hope that God's light often shines the brightest when circumstances are at their darkest and most bleak.The post Rediscovering Faith in a Culture of Chaos? appeared first on Jim Daly.
How do you respond when your children won't put on their shoes, clean their room, or get into bed the first time you ask them? Or when they won't eat the food you cook or do their homework without fussing about it?Some moms struggle to navigate situations like that without yelling or speaking harshly to their children. And when they do succumb to knee-jerk reactions, they feel guilty and angry with themselves.If you respond in unhealthy ways when your children misbehave, there's a better approach.The post Saying the Right Thing When Your Child Misbehaves appeared first on Jim Daly.

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