Happy Thanksgiving!

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (I Chronicles 16:34)

It’s a wonderful thing to live in a nation that, once a year, sets aside an official day of thanksgiving. We certainly are a blessed people, and there is much to give thanks for. I hope you and your family are enjoying the day.

If you are looking for something to do with your family that will emphasize the themes of thanksgiving, forgiveness and friendship, may I suggest listening to today’s broadcast, “Squanto: A Thanksgiving Drama”? Today we are airing part two of this broadcast. This condensed version of a Focus on the Family Radio Theatre production is based on the true story of the first Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

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WATCH: How This Church’s Gift Saves Lives

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for a small country church and its big-hearted members.

We first learned of Silver Lake Church of the Bible (Silver Lake, Oregon) from a simple letter. The story Pastor Leon Baker shared in that letter started in 2006.

After listening to a Focus broadcast, “The Lord laid it upon my heart to begin collecting for the purchase of an ultrasonic machine,” he wrote.

And for eight years, that’s what Pastor Baker and his congregation did.

Eight years of praying and giving in order to partner with us in our Option Ultrasound Program.

I am very happy to report the goal … has been reached, due to the generous and caring, prayerful support of the Christian Community of South Central Oregon. Please find a cashier’s check in the amount of $28,000.00.”

Eight years of sacrificing so they could help women grappling with an unexpected pregnancy and their babies.

We trust that this machine will be used by Father God to allow expectant mothers to ‘see’ their babies and choose to carry them to full term.”

Eight years of believing the Gospel message and living out their faith in one very practical, life-giving way.

We certainly bring no condemnation to anyone, but rather stand with Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ, whose commandment is life, and who came to give us life.”

We’re encouraged, buoyed and blessed.

And we’re thankful.

We’re grateful for the sacrificial givers who partner with us in this calling to love others, protect the vulnerable and stand for life.  What we do at Focus on the Family is only possible because of our friends who support us in prayer and through giving. And that’s something all of us at Focus on the Family will thank God for tomorrow, during this Thanksgiving Day. I hope you have a blessed holiday!

But let me ask you. What are you thankful for this year? Please let me know.

 

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WATCH: How This Church’s Gift Saved Lives

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for a small country church and its big-hearted members.

We first learned of Silver Lake Church of the Bible (Silver Lake, Oregon) from a simple letter. The story Pastor Leon Baker shared in that letter started in 2006.

After listening to a Focus broadcast, “The Lord laid it upon my heart to begin collecting for the purchase of an ultrasonic machine,” he wrote.

And for eight years, that’s what Pastor Baker and his congregation did.

Eight years of praying and giving in order to partner with us in our Option Ultrasound Program.

I am very happy to report the goal … has been reached, due to the generous and caring, prayerful support of the Christian Community of South Central Oregon. Please find a cashier’s check in the amount of $28,000.00.”

Eight years of sacrificing so they could help women grappling with an unexpected pregnancy and their babies.

We trust that this machine will be used by Father God to allow expectant mothers to ‘see’ their babies and choose to carry them to full term.”

Eight years of believing the Gospel message and living out their faith in one very practical, life-giving way.

We certainly bring no condemnation to anyone, but rather stand with Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ, whose commandment is life, and who came to give us life.”

We’re encouraged, buoyed and blessed.

And we’re thankful.

We’re grateful for the sacrificial givers who partner with us in this calling to love others, protect the vulnerable and stand for life.  What we do at Focus on the Family is only possible because of our friends who support us in prayer and through giving. And that’s something all of us at Focus on the Family will thank God for tomorrow, during this Thanksgiving Day. I hope you have a blessed holiday!

But let me ask you. What are you thankful for this year? Please let me know.

 

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14 Different Faith Traditions Agree on This

You may have heard of the recent interfaith conference on marriage at the Vatican. The three-day event brought together 14 faith traditions from 23 countries, and included the participation of prominent evangelicals such as Dr. Russell Moore and Rick Warren. Focus marriage expert Glenn Stanton also attended the event.

The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Colloquium” served to gather leaders and scholars to examine marriage “in order to support and reinvigorate marriage and family life for the flourishing of human society.” It reaffirmed the centuries-old belief shared by the different faiths that vital to marriage is the complementary nature of man and woman.

But enough of the “academic” descriptions of marriage; what I want to share with you today is how beautifully marriage was described by the conference’s closing statement.

“A New Affirmation of Marriage” makes the miracle of marriage fresh again.

It can sometimes be too easy to take God’s creation of marriage for granted. We become bogged down in our daily routines of paying bills, going to work and helping kids with homework that we forget to take a moment to lift our eyes and see the wonder of what’s happening around us.

If you’re in that rut, this statement can serve as your “wake-up call.” I hope you take a moment to really take in the poetic truth it shares.

 “A New Affirmation of Marriage”

Why do weddings still move us? We do not become emotional when business partners strike a deal. We shed no tears at a friendly handshake. We feel no such joy to hear of “casual” mating.

A wedding is different. Here stand a man and woman, entering together into a new life.

And yet it is more than this. They are about to enter the generations. Their union proclaims life: their parents and grandparents still live within them. Humankind lives within them. The cultures and creeds of the world live within them. They are there—in the blood. Those bearing witness know this truth. They too have been born from a union of man and woman.

See the grandmother who looks on, now frail. She was once that bride, and the memory of her own mother and father dwells within her still.

See the brother who welcomes guests—he will one day be that bridegroom, and he too will enter in a new way the long history into which he was born.

See their friends and neighbors. They are more essential than any might guess. For it is they who will help make this marriage flourish. Their investment will return to them, for marriage is a cup that runs over.

See the mother of the bridegroom, hugging her son amid smiles and tears. He was once a helpless baby whom she nursed at the breast. Now he stands tall above her, and his voice is deep, and his shoulders broad. She remembers his birth. He who was once her child will one day be a father.

See the father of the bride, holding her by the hand. He recalls when her mother bore her, and he envisions in her what is so hard to believe, the mother-to-be. She is the bearer of a future. She is irreplaceable.

See man and woman together. They are not just two people. He is for her, and she for him; it is inscribed in their bodies. Their union will bring life that binds and mingles families, encourages faith to flourish, and brings humankind and the world’s diverse cultures to flower again.

Both are eager to undertake their new responsibilities—their gift of self to the other—and think little about what is owed them. They know nothing yet of the difficulty of the years ahead, only of their desire to travel it together.

It is hard now to speak of such obvious and beautiful things, but they are there. All the witnesses know it. It is the music of man and of woman. Man with woman brings out the finest in him, directing his blood and his mind toward what makes life possible; and woman with man brings out the finest in her, directing her love and her care toward what makes life sweet.

Today, however, the homes that marriage makes are exposed to an army of distractions, and to the thief and the enemy who comes to steal and destroy. Weddings are rarer and children fewer. Where poverty erodes, marriage feels out of reach. Where war afflicts, families are crushed. Anywhere marriage recedes, we lose the transcendent and material goods that all human beings should enjoy.

And we too are at fault, for when marriages are exposed to the wind and the rain, we have paid little attention. When the needs of children succumb to the wishes of adults, we have often remained silent. Love is reduced to a consumer item, an airbrushed image, or a slogan to export. It will not work. We will not flourish.

For marriage is no mere symbol of achievement, but the very foundation—a base from which to build a family and from there a community. For on earth marriage binds us across the ages in the flesh, across families in the flesh, and across the fearful and wonderful divide of man and woman, in the flesh. This is not ours to alter. It is ours, however, to encourage and celebrate.

And so it is that we rejoice at weddings.

This we affirm.

I affirm it, too.

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Teaching Kids to Be Grateful

Isn’t it strange that in a nation nicknamed the “land of opportunity” that so many struggle to find happiness?

I think, in part, that’s because we haven’t learned the discipline of gratitude. I’m not talking about the brief moments here and there where we acknowledge God’s blessings. I’m talking about living a life of gratitude.

Maybe gratitude is difficult because cynicism is too easy.

By nature, I’m an optimist. But it’s easy to turn pessimistic from time to time. Just surf the Internet, pick up a newspaper or tune into the evening news and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the darkness.

And let’s face it, sometimes we have to search for reasons to be grateful. Life can be difficult. It isn’t all sweetness and light.

That’s something our guests on today’s broadcast, Susie Larson and Lisa Anderson, understand all too well. Life isn’t always smooth sailing and when we face a crisis, we discover that gratefulness isn’t just an emotion we feel; it’s a choice we make.

Perhaps we’re having trouble at work. We can still be grateful we have a job. Or maybe our child is making poor decisions. Although we’re disappointed, we can be thankful they’re healthy and safe at that moment. Or it could be we or a loved one is facing a terminal illness. That’s the sort of earth-shaking reality where we turn to Truth that’s deeper than our suffering. When all else seems lost, we can be grateful for our family and for a God who has promised never to leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5).

Do you see what I mean?

Gratitude isn’t merely thankfulness when everything is going right. Gratitude is understanding we live in a broken world, yet choosing to be thankful anyway. To do that, we have to choose to see the goodness in our lives. That can be tough because the smallest blessings can be the hardest to notice. But they’re also what help give our life richness and meaning.

That’s a profound lesson not only for us adults, but for children as well. Our kids will likely follow in our footsteps. They’ll either learn to walk through life with a dark cloud over their head, or they’ll learn to rely on God’s grace to help them see the blessings that surround them at that moment despite their circumstances.

I hope you’ll join us for today and tomorrow’s program, “Teaching Kids to Be Grateful,” when Susie, Lisa, and I will discuss practical ideas for raising kids who live with gratitude. And you’ll probably discover some nuggets of wisdom for yourself along the way. You can hear the program on your local radio station, online, or via our free, downloadable mobile phone app.

 

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Recycling 2.0 – Changing Consumer Behavior Amid Changing Waste Streams

Consumer recycling, once seen as the most basic of environmental practices, has become decidedly more complex. Some communities have mandated aggressive, long-term, zero-waste goals to divert sometimes up to 90 percent of their waste from the local landfill. That can lead to a  wide array of what’s collected — and what’s not —  engendering confusion among residents (citizens).

The result: After decades of growth, recycling rates have plateaued, or even dropped.

How can cities regain the momentum? There are some tried and true methods, but it takes a village, literally — producers, recyclers, municipalities and consumers, working together to find solutions.

In this hour-long webcast, you’ll hear how waste streams are changing;  the latest data about what consumers think about recycling and what messages resonate with them; how one of the nation’s largest recycling companies is working with cities to increase recovery rates; and the secrets behind one of the most successful municipal recycling programs in the United States.

Among the things you’ll learn:

  • Current recycling trends and the true bottom-line impacts of non-recyclable materials such as “flexible packaging”
  • How recycling programs influence how consumers think and recycle
  • The differences between what consumers say about recycling and how they actually recycle (what they are actually doing)
  • Specific examples from Hennepin County, MN demonstrating how their innovative recycling education initiatives work    

Click here to register to attend the webcast and receive the recording when it concludes.


Speakers:

Susan Robinson, Director of Public Affairs, Waste Management
 

Susan Robinson is the Director of Public Affairs for Waste Management.  She has worked in the environmental industry for 30 years in roles that span the public sector, non-profit, consultancy, and over twenty years in the private sector.  Since joining Waste Management in1999, Susan has been instrumental in the company’s implementation of new recycling programs in the Western U.S.  She currently supports the company’s public policy efforts associated with materials management technologies.  Susan is on the Board of Directors of Ameripen, served on the Washington State Governor’s Beyond Waste Working Group and is past president of the Washington State Recycling Association. She attended Stanford University and the University of Washington, and holds degrees in Applied Earth Sciences and English.  Her Masters work in Environmental Studies is from the Evergreen State College. 

 

Julie Colehour, Principal, Colehour & Cohen
 

Julie Colehour is a Partner at Colehour+Cohen, a 36 person social marketing and public relations firm with offices in Seattle and Portland, Oregon. She has 24 years of experience creating and implementing social marketing campaigns that encourage consumers to adopt environmentally-friendly behaviors. Her experience includes 17 years working with EPA on ENERGY STAR including creating the plan that launched the brand in 1997. She works on behavior change campaigns that span a number of important social issues including recycling, waste reduction, water efficiency and healthcare. She is frequently called upon to speak on social marketing at venues across the country. Julie has been recognized for her work through many awards including eight Silver Anvils from the Public Relations Society of America. In 2001, she was named one of The Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40 young outstanding executives. She is also co-author of The Environmental Marketing Imperative (Probus Publishing).

 

Angie Timmons, Environmental Education Coordinator, Hennepin County, MN
 

Angie is the Communications Coordinator for Hennepin County Environmental Services. She has fifteen years of environmental education experience. Recent projects include launching a multimedia campaign called “Recycle Everywhere” to encourage away from home recycling and promoting an environmental recognition program for businesses.

Angie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas

Moderator:

Joel Makower

Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group 

For 25 years, Joel has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. Joel is co-founded GreenBiz Group Inc., including its website, research reports and events on the corporate sustainability strategy and trends. He hosts the annual GreenBiz Forums and VERGE conferences around the world, and is author of the annual, award-winning State of Green Business report.

In 2012, he was awarded the Hutchens Medal by the American Society for Quality, which cited “his ability to tell compelling stories that both inform and inspire business leaders toward profitable action.” In 2014 he wasinducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 1:00pm
Sponsored by: 
Waste Management
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