Monthly Archives: January 2019

Thursday Memo — Snowflake Babies

In about 2001, while serving as Vice President at Focus on the Family, I did a radio broadcast with Dr. James Dobson about “Snowflake Babies.” These were the unborn, frozen embryos that were left over from couples utilizing artificial reproductive technologies. I’ve just received some amazing feedback on how the first three “Snowflakes” are doing as they enter adulthood: Continue reading

Monthly Family Update – January 2019


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Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

1) “How to have a crazy good marriage” webinar
2) Lifetime Achievement Award
3) “Fit After 50” Cover Released
4) Last Month’s Events
5) Upcoming Events


Barb and I hope you and yours had a Christ-centered, warm-memory-creating, family filled Christmas and have a most Blessed New Year.

1) “How to have a crazy good marriage” webinar

Barb and I were privileged to be on a one-hour webinar for the Authentic Intimacy Ministry with Hannah Nitz discussing our book “His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage.” We had a lot of fun and there were plenty of laughs and “ah-ha’s.” We hope you’ll enjoy it and you can find it at https://tinyurl.com/yc7e335f.

2) Lifetime Achievement Award

I received this notice from Marquis “Who’s Who in America,” a publication in which I’ve had the honor of being listed for a number of years:

Congratulations! You’ve been named a 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Less than five percent of Marquis Who’s Who listees are selected for this honor. An accomplishment of this magnitude can be of significant value to you both professionally and personally. Our talented editorial staff will write a press release explaining why you were chosen for this honor. This will include a full narrative documenting your complete story of success. We will highlight in depth your entire career progression, all of your accomplishments and all of your accolades. We will distribute this article to media outlets and your name will appear in searches on all major search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. 

I am honored to be recognized, but like a much-more-accomplished man wrote about 2000 years ago: 

The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness. I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally. (Philippians 3:8-11 The Message).

Hmm … would you prefer to receive a “Lifetime Achievement Award,” or “An Eternal Reward”? I guess I’m casting my lot on “Door #2.” Saint John wrote to the first-century followers of Jesus this reassurance:

My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion.(1 John 5:13 MSG).

So, a huge question is this, “What is eternal life?” Fortunately, Jesus gave us the answer when He said, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). 

3) Fit Over 50

For the last six months, my friend Phil Bishop and I have been working on a book for Harvest House Publishers titled “Fit Over 50.” We’ve completed and turned in the manuscript and the publisher has sent us their proposed cover. We like it. How about you?

Our Proposed Cover

4)  Last Month’s Events

  • Nov 29—Dec 4: Barb and I attended a “Christmas in New York City” event sponsored by the Ministry of CRU New York City. You can view last year’s amazing talks here. We stayed an extra two days to celebrate our 45th Wedding Anniversary and to enjoy all of the pre-Christmas decorations and to see a Broadway show (“Come From Away,” which we loved!). It was a magical and wonderful trip. We savored every moment.
Outside Radio City Music Hall
A duplicate of the crystal star that sits on top of the Christmas tree at Rockerfeller Center
The Christmas Tree and skating rink at Rockefeller Center
  • Dec 13-14: I flew to Birmingham, AL, to present a two-hour training session on “How to be an Everyday Missionary Right Where You Are Planted: Spiritual Interventions in Healthcare.” The event was sponsored by Christ Health Center and involved all of their staff, family medicine residents, and faculty. I think it went very well and Christ Health has invited Bill Peel and me to return and teach a Grace Prescriptions Conference to their residents and faculty in March. God is doing some amazing things through this incredible ministry.

5) Next Month’s Events

  • Jan 15-20: Barb and I will be in Fort Myers, FL, where I’ll be attending an AMA RUC meeting. We’ll be looking forward to some beach and shell hunting time on Sanibel and Captiva should the weather cooperate.

6) Past Issues of Our Family’s Newsletter

  • December 2018: Wonderful Encouragement, Snowflake Babies)
  • November 2018: Update on WWII Book, Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  • October 2018: Feedback on Bryson City Books, “What do you mean by love?”
  • September 2018: Marriage Ministry, Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column, Feedback on Ministry in China, Feedback on RESOLUTION Blogs.

You can get more information on many of our upcoming events here.