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Jim Daly Christian Blog and Commentary Archives

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Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family and host of its National Radio Hall of Fame-honored daily broadcast, heard by more than 2.9 million listeners a week on more than 1,000 radio stations across the U.S. He is husband to Jean and father to Trent and Troy. Jim's Focus on the Family Blog
5 Things Christians Can Learn from Adoption

I recently had the opportunity to write a piece for The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, a group dedicated to engaging the culture and speaking to issues in the public square.

VIDEO: Boys, BB Guns and Christmas

Ralphie Parker wanted just one thing for Christmas: "An official Red Ryder, carbine-action, two-hundred-shot, range-model air rifle. " Fans of the perennial Yuletide favorite “A Christmas Story” know the plot like the back of their hand. Many even recite the lines from memory.

VIDEO: Troubled Boy Has a Dad-Sized Hole in His Heart

This 40-second clip demonstrates the need for engaged dads more than a thousand research papers ever could.

One-Hundred Year-Old Wisdom About Living a Joyful Life

Just a few miles to the west of the Focus campus stands one of the premier ministries in all of Christendom. There, in the shadow of the red rocks of the Garden of the Gods park is headquartered the Navigators, an international, interdenominational organization committed “to know Christ and Make Him Known.”

The Waitress and the Hoax

You may have heard the story of the homosexual New Jersey waitress who claimed some customers left her a hateful note instead of a tip. It turns out her story appears to have been a hoax.

November, Football and Parenting

I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Today I want to share with you my November newsletter. Thank you for your support—it’s one of the things I’m grateful for today!

An Orphan is Home for the Holidays

Amanda was almost 18 and about to “age out” of the foster care system. But while our nation’s laws consider someone who’s 18 to be an adult, you and I know there’s still a lot of growing up left to do at that age. Even young adults need a mom and a dad.

Who Can You Invite to Thanksgiving Dinner?

She first saw the elderly gentleman at a cemetery on Thanksgiving morning. She watched him cry at a grave, holding a bouquet of flowers. After observing him for a bit, Hortencia Pérez left the friend she was accompanying and made her way over to the man. Although she wasn’t entirely comfortable speaking in English, she chose compassion over fear.

Guest Post: Adoption is Gritty and Glorious

The fourth post in my National Adoption Month guest series highlights The Batura Family. Paul Batura is a longtime Focus team member who currently serves as Focus’ vice president of communications. He and his wife Julie adopted their three boys at birth.

C.S. Lewis: Thirteen Quotes Fifty Years Later

His death wasn’t front-page news in America; in fact it wasn’t reported until three days later on page 18 in The New York Times. That’s because the passing of the beloved Christian author Clive Staples (C.S.) Lewis fifty years ago today (Nov. 22, 1963) happened to coincide with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

VIDEO: Children Make a Difference

One of the greatest tasks of any parent is to raise children who care about others, and who show God’s love to their fellow man. While there is no “10-step” program to ensure our kids will grow up to value “the least of these,” there’s something we can do to help instill this heart of compassion in our little ones. We can create an environment of awareness, and encourage our children when they seek to live their faith.

Christians at the Intersection of Faith and Laws

What would you do if you were asked to compromise your religious convictions? For an increasing number of believers in this country, that’s not a hypothetical question anymore. It’s a real-life decision they’re having to make – and the cost for standing for their faith can be high.

Guest Post: The Schmitts Adopt Abby

For many families looking to adopt, the ride can be scary and expensive. That was the case for friends of Focus on the Family, Jonathan and Amanda Schmitt. The Schmitts’ story is the third in the adoption series I’m running during this November, National Adoption Month.

What Would You Tell Yourself?

The other day I found my boys, Trent and Troy, giggling over an old photo album they’d found. After plopping into the couch with them and enduring some good-natured ribbing about old hairstyles and clothing choices their mother and I had once made, one photo in particular grabbed my attention.

VIDEO: Share in a Daly Family Annual Tradition

Today I want to share with you how my family is personally involved with sharing our faith through this great program.

Guest Post: When It Comes to Adoption, Community Makes All the Difference

We’re in the middle of National Adoption Month, and I’m taking the occasion to highlight various adoption stories of real-life families.

Good Parenting Usually Isn’t Efficient

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!

Guest Post: Dear Parents with Young Children in Church

This stay-at-home mom’s blog post has already encouraged many parents who, week after week, faithfully attend church services with their young children.

Complimentary CD for Military Families

Today is Veterans Day, when we honor the brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces.

This Operation Christmas Child Grew Up and Paid It Forward

In my post last week “How Shoeboxes Help Spread the Gospel,” I talked about how Operation Christmas Child provides children around the world with what might be their only opportunity to receive the Gospel message. I also shared pictures taken by a Focus staffer of the boys and girls in Senegal, Africa, as they received boxes.

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