The History of Memorial Day

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It can be easy to think of Memorial Day simply as the unofficial start of summer or a family day filled with ice cream and barbecue.

Those aren’t bad things. However, it’s good for us to remember – and teach our children – that Memorial Day is so much more than a day of fun. It’s a day of remembrance.

I will leave you with a video sharing some of the history of this important day.

Christian TED-Style Talks

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Unless you’ve been trapped in a cave somewhere, you’re probably aware that followers of Jesus are up against a stiff cultural challenge.

As you watch factions square off and the rhetoric rage, you wish you could do something about it.

You’re thinking to yourself, “There must be a better way. There has to be a better way.”

I’ve got good news for you.  There is.

Restoring All Things” is one-night-only event hosted by Focus on the Family, WORLD News Group, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and Prison Fellowship.

Why Are Christians Criticizing The Drop Box?

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"The reason I decided to become their father was because God adopted me." - Pastor Lee

By nearly all accounts, the theatrical debut of “The Drop Box” was an unprecedented success, with more than 275,000 people attending the film throughout North America during its limited run.

In fact, we’ve heard from countless viewers who’ve expressed their appreciation via emotional and heartfelt testimonials. Some have told us the documentary inspired them to begin caring for foster children and start the adoption process. I can’t wait to hear their stories in the coming months and years.

“The Drop Box” Debuts Tonight!

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Years in the making, “The Drop Box” finally hits theaters this evening for its limited three-day run.

Have you already purchased your tickets? Theaters are selling out, so I would encourage you to make your reservation as soon as possible .

From our pre-screening events, we know this film makes a powerful impact on viewers. We’ve seen tears, smiles and standing ovations.

You can sense the impact the film has in the articles and reviews written about the movie.

Indiana Considering Its Own Drop Box

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Image of baby's feet from The Drop Box documentary trailer

As the team here at Focus gears up for the big debut tomorrow of our second film, “The Drop Box,” news that Indiana is considering the legalization of “baby boxes” made headlines late last week.

The Associated Press is reporting that these boxes might soon be available at hospitals, fire stations and churches across the state giving “mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously.”

The proposed legislation serves as a reminder that the issues and themes “The Drop Box” examines – desperate mothers, vulnerable babies, the sanctity of life, the need for compassionate “fathers” – are universal.

What a Boy Taught This Pastor

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Image of baby's feet from The Drop Box documentary trailer

January is Sanctity of Human Life month, so it’s very fitting that I share with you some more about a film project Focus has been working on called The Drop Box. I’ve highlighted this touching documentary in this blog before, and you’ll be hearing more about it in the weeks to come. The documentary highlights the work of Pastor Lee Jong-rak who leads Jusarang Community Church in Seoul, South Korea.

The hallmark ministry of Pastor Lee’s church is its care for children that are left in its “baby box,” a warm, safe receptacle where an infant can be left anonymously instead of being discarded in a cold alley or a dumpster.

New Year’s Resolutions

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I Will Live for God

It’s that time of year when we pause, reflect, regret, repent, and resolve to make some changes. I can’t say for certain, but I imagine losing weight and getting fit has to be at the top of the list for a few million people. Others desire to quit drinking or smoking, get out of debt, spend more time in with family and friends, and read more books. If you are a person of faith, resolving to spend focused time reading the Bible might be a big one, too.

Can I Have Your Favorite Christmas Recipe?

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Christmas cookies

A favorite from a few Christmases ago, this post features many interesting recipes in the comments section.  I hope some of these will inspire your family to spend some time cooking up some new memories together this Christmas… and if you think of it, please consider adding your family’s favorite recipe, too! -JD

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Food ranks high among the many wonderful traditions of Christmas. Depending upon your family’s heritage and where you were raised, you probably have your favorite holiday treats.

Our Christmas Video Gift for You

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There is something special and nostalgic about Christmas. You may find yourself back in the church of your childhood, lifting a lighted candle and singing the familiar carols of the season, your own kids by your side. Perhaps your children are now grown, and far from home this year. It might be quieter than you want it to be. Or maybe you’re far from home yourself this year, forging new traditions and experiences. Whatever your circumstance, Christmas is coming and the world’s largest birthday celebration is almost here.

Focus’ Latest Movie: Saving Babies in a Broken World

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Pastor Lee with children

Imagine you’re out walking one night. The cold wind penetrates your coat and you can see your breath in the air.

As you step forward under the moonlight, you stumble on a newborn baby that has been abandoned, alone and vulnerable, in an alley.

What do you do?

The scenario I laid out might seem improbable, but it’s exactly what happened to Pastor Lee Jong-rak of Seoul, South Korea.

Pastor Lee scooped up the baby, and the baby – and that experience – changed his life.