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With 50 years of experience, we "get" that things are always changing! That's why we've dedicated a section of our website to provide the very latest information about the speakers and ministries we serve--and about us, too. Come take a look at "what's new"--or use the sidebar options to take a deeper look at areas of particular interest. In case you wonder what we think, we've dedicated a space for commentary (including guest posts). And take a look at who's been to Ambassador lately in our own version of the Greenroom!

Religion Matters

Do you attend church services regularly?  Are you a committed member and participant at a local church?  If so, then you are likely someone who volunteers and gives to charitable causes, beyond your involvement at church.

FamilyFacts.org from The Heritage Foundation reports that two in five adults (almost 40% of American adults) attend church at least weekly.  Religious faith and practice can have a profound impact on charitable giving and volunteering, which ultimately benefits our society.

We know that knowledge is the beginning of wisdom and each day, the radio program "Family Facts" relates information based on in-depth research ...

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It's not just about Steve Jobs . . .

Steve Jobs (photo from Wikipedia)As I'm sure you are already aware, the internet is flooded with articles, photos and other comments about Steve Jobs. Of the millions of comments, I want to talk to you about a comment by Brad Mattes, Director of the Life Issues® Institute, which changed the conversation for me:

"World mourns Steve Jobs who was adopted. Imagine the world's loss if his mother had aborted him! Imagine all the others we've already lost." - @BradMattes

Steve's mother could never have imagined that her son would accomplish all that he did. Had she aborted him the world would ...

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Joni and Friends®— Standing Tall

GracieThere is a wonderful blog post on the Joni and Friends® webpage, detailing the story of Gracie Rosenberg and how the tragedy of losing her legs in a car accident turned into "Standing with Hope", a ministry aimed at providing prosthetic legs to amputees in developing countries.

What an amazing picture this paints in my mind. Imagine, after years of distress and hardship close to the cold, hard earth, to suddenly be able to stand tall and walk again.

I was 18 months old when I received my first prosthetic arm. It was the "crawler model" so I wouldn't ...

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Traditions

Don't you just love the Fall?  I think it's my favorite time of year!  PumpkinsSome of my fondest memories with my family are centered around activities we did every Fall - driving out to the apple farms to go apple picking, and visits to the pumpkin patch to try to find the biggest pumpkin we could!  

Emilie Barnes says that the memories and lessons that come from family traditions are important to children.  It's the reinforcement of love to one another, and creating of values that they can pass down to their own families some day.  

She feels ...

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Taking the Next Step

Did you see Courageous this past weekend? 

After hearing "FamilyLife Today's" interview with Alex and Stephen Kendrick (the movie's producers), my husband and I were eager to give it our support.  We weren't alone.  USA Today reported that Courageous grossed $8.8 million in its opening weekend at the box office, taking fifth place!  That's an incredible showing for a faith-based movie (although you and I know, not impossible). 

Taking Next StepIf you haven't yet seen it, I'd encourage you to do that soon ... and take your spouse with you.  Not only does it challenge men ...

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Refreshment in the Desert

10-yearIndeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places.  And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and sound of a melody. (Isaiah 51:3)

With hopefully no offense to our many friends from Texas, a recent trek to Austin reminded me of the juxtaposition of a Southern California coastal landscape to that of the Lone Star State's vast prairies.  Even though it was officially Fall, during my visit the weather remained at the 100 degree mark ...

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