As believers, we need to get past the mentality that the only way to serve God completely is to go into ministry. Serving God isn't a race where those in full-time ministry get a head start. It's about being faithful to shine our light wherever it is God's called us to be. It's about knowing that, whether God has planted us in a ministry or a "secular" environment, we can be faithful witnesses to Him.
I believe the Board of World Vision had the best of intentions when they cited a desire for "unity" in making their original decision. But however well-intentioned, nothing is more important than adherence and faithfulness to the clear teachings of Christ. No matter how hard culture tugs, we cannot relinquish God's truth.
Maybe this tendency to yell is due to a growing reluctance among some moms and dads to use spanking as a tool of discipline. Maybe it's because our lives are becoming more hectic and fast-paced, so we have less patience with our kids. How can parents curtail the yelling habit?
Each year, I make sure to chat with people who might disagree with the principles I hold dear and that Focus on the Family promotes. Some of my Christian brothers and sisters have asked me, "Why?"
My concerns aren't mainly legal ones, though. Does simply legalizing something make it a good option? My friends on the Physicians Resource Council of Focus on the Family have drawn attention to many of the downsides of marijuana: diminished cognitive function (including concentration, memory, learning and judgment), impaired motor skills, and decrease in motivation, not to mention health problems that may result from the irritating and toxic mix of chemicals that are inhaled when pot is smoked.
If you're the parent of a toddler, you might feel like you're too tired and busy to even think about sex with your spouse – and for good reason. Your sleep schedule is off. Work levels around the house are at an all-time high. If all that isn't enough, there's still a rambunctious toddler – or toddlers - that needs to be cared for, played with, loved on, and disciplined.
October is Clergy Appreciation Month, a time when Christians are encouraged to express gratitude to their pastors, ministers and leaders. What makes a pastor a leader you can trust and follow and ultimately appreciate, not just every October but the other eleven months of the year?
By the time I accepted Christ in high school, the "hippie" movement was in full swing, as was the "Jesus movement" - a dynamic uprising of young Christians whose style and manner of worship was pretty unconventional, at least compared with that of the prior generation. Where I lived, many of these new believers were surfers and beach people. They were hungry for the Lord, but they didn't have much interest in anything traditional - especially getting all gussied up for Sunday church in neatly pressed suits and dress clothes.
Most people don't get married planning to divorce, but the research suggests so much of what they do before they wed sadly leads them to that place.
So, here are the six markers of maturity parents can teach their young kids, and encourage their older children to reach.
Americans leave as many as 175 million available vacation days unused in the typical year. I can certainly understand the stresses that might prompt workers to eschew time off and vacations. The unfortunate result is more and more Americans are making do without times of rest and relaxation. But God Himself modeled the importance of rest for us.
Exodus' closing is being hailed by some as a victory and indication that Christians are abandoning long-held convictions that living with God's design for sexuality is possible through the power of Jesus Christ - that change is possible. The reality is that while Exodus will no longer exist, there are numerous Christian ministries that continue to provide excellent help
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on two key marriage cases before the end of June. And as the nation awaits the decisions to the Prop 8 and DOMA and cases, good people are asking thoughtful questions on why marriage matters. However, it's not always easy to wade through the research and pundit talking points to get trustworthy information on this important issue. You might even find yourself in a conversation with a friend who might see things differently than you.
Nearly one year since a massive wildfire decimated neighborhoods just to the west of our campus here in Colorado Springs, we once again find ourselves glued to news reports of devastating fires destroying homes in the area.
"It's Not About the Nail" is a short video that's been making the rounds. It takes a humorous look at the differences in how men and women communicate – and if you've been married for at least five minutes, you can probably relate to what the couple in the clip is going through.
Online dating is one of those subjects that Christians enjoy debating. In one camp, there are some who believe looking for love online betrays a lack of faith in God's provision of a spouse. In their view, the seemingly endless lists of online profiles creates a superficial consumer mentality that undermines the sacrificial nature of Christ-centered love.
Standing there on the deserted trail, in the shadow of the memorial that contained the names of too many of his friends, Roger, in halting voice, shared with me his story.
So there are a lot of new things to teach our children. Important things. Critical things. But I would urge every parent to teach their children one more thing this week and emphasize it all the year through: Teach them about the meaning behind Memorial Day.
I haven't hugged Jan Daly for over 40 years, but her love and prayers have followed me all my life. Our time together was too short, but I'd like to think I inherited Mom's playful wit and humor. I miss you, Mom.
Of all the hats I wear in life, the one I enjoy most may be that of "dad." As much fun as Trent, Troy, and I have together, whether it's camping or just throwing the ball around, not a day goes by that I don't give serious thought to how my wife, Jean, and I are leading them spiritually.
Today's Focus on the Family broadcast features two of the brightest minds in the country discussing the Supreme Court's recent oral arguments on the matter of same-sex marriage.
The fact that people openly acknowledge that a news professional is taking a risk for reporting factual news reveals the depth of the media's bias when it comes to the issue of life.
Children, please turn away from the computer. Here's the secret: moms and dads aren't perfect. Sometimes we hurt our kids' feelings with the things we say, often without even knowing it.
The May edition of Reader's Digest features a breezy article titled "Is Your Marriage Normal or Nuts?" Don't answer just yet.
All this conversation about an economic cliff has got me thinking: Is there a moral cliff? And have we already reached it – or are we walking dangerously close to the edge?