Top Ten Ways Focus on the Family Made a Difference in 2016

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Isn’t it a wonderful thing to look back on the year and see how faithful God has been?

Here at Focus, we’re looking back – and giving thanks for the past 12 months. It’s been a busy year for the staff, and for me. And through it all, God has been faithful to lead and provide. He’s given our team creativity to develop new resources that will help marriages and families, and He continues to open exciting new doors to share the Good News both in the U.S.

How Focus’ Staff Gives Back

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Here’s a heartwarming story as we close in on the end of the week: there’s a Colorado young woman who’s taking care of preemies and their families in a most thoughtful way.

Student Suzy Luff is 20 years old, and she’s been handknitting hats for these tiny babies in area hospitals for six years now. Her effort started small – just Luff and her loom. However, it’s since grown into a nonprofit organization called Hats 4 Hope that trains hundreds of volunteers through knitting parties.

VIDEO: “How Great Is Our God” Around the World

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God has given me the privilege of traveling the world. During my senior year of college, I studied in Tokyo. That experience gave me a glimpse of what I was to experience later during my early tenure at Focus, first as the international field director for Asia, Africa and Australia and later as the vice president of our international division.

All told, my travels have taken me to more than 70 countries. During each visit, I’ve had the honor of meeting with fellow believers.

Meet Focus on the Family’s V.I.P. Guest

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Here at Focus, we’ve been privileged to welcome many influential people for visits. Some are well-known Christian leaders and others are from the entertainment and sports worlds. We’ve hosted politicians and even public figures who passionately disagree with some of what we believe. Whoever it has been, we’ve been delighted to meet and host them on our campus.

As memorable as these opportunities are, however, they just don’t compare to the critically ill young boys and girls who have visited through the years thanks to the work of organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Focus Featured in The New York Times

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Saturday’s print edition of The New York Times featured an exclusive profile on Focus on the Family. You can access the piece by clicking here.

As I’ve shared countless times on the radio, I believe it’s our responsibility as Christians to be willing to go wherever the Lord leads us. For me this includes being willing to talk with anyone at any time about anything. It stems from my heart for evangelism and my desire to share the good news of the Gospel with those who do not know Him.

Video: Why I Will Risk My Reputation

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I had the pleasure of sitting down recently with my friend and colleague, Kim Trobee, to discuss the general principles that I wrote about in my latest book, REFOCUS: Living a Life that Reflects God’s Heart. That chat was actually broadcast live on our website. We fielded questions from Focus on the Family’s Facebook audience.

The entire interview, which lasted about 30 minutes, can be viewed here:

In the course of the conversation I mentioned to Kim that I was willing to risk my reputation in exchange for something very precious to me.

Look at What God Has Done!

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It’s always exciting to review events of the past year.

That’s because it’s only when you step back do you often fully appreciate all that the Lord has been doing in your life.

Just over the stairs in our main building here in Colorado Springs hangs a wonderful verse of Scripture:

“…and all the people were very happy because of what God had accomplished so quickly” (2 Chronicles 29:36, T.L.B.).

 

I love that verse.  It also accurately sums up the year 2012 here at Focus on the Family.

How I Will Vote

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“Character counts in the presidency more than any other single quality.It is much more important than how much the President knows of foreign policy or economics, or even politics. When the chips are down – and the chips are almost always down in the presidency — how do you decide?

Which way do you go?

What kind of courage is called upon?”

– David McCullough, Character Above All, pp. 41-42.

Meet the Man Who Changed the World

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His name was John Joseph Hughes, and he may have been one of the most important men in American history, if not the entire world.

An Irish immigrant gardener eventually ordained to the Catholic priesthood, “Dagger John,” as he was called due to the habit of punctuating his signature with a dagger-like cross and behaving with a similarly aggressive flair, became the first archbishop of the archdiocese of New York. He served between 1842 and 1864, a time of explosive Irish-Catholic growth in America.

Five Questions and Answers About My New Book

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As some of you know, I have a new book coming out tomorrow. It’s titled, ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God’s Heart. My colleagues at Citizenlink recently asked me five questions about the project. I’m delighted to share the exchange with you below.

CitizenLink: The title of your new book is ReFocus. Why do you believe it’s time we must begin to refocus our hearts and actions?

Jim Daly: I think that in the culture we’ve focused a lot on righteousness and living righteously.