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Fun, engaging conversations about what it takes to build stronger, healthier marriage and family relationships. Join hosts Dave and Ann Wilson with FamilyLife Today® veteran cohost Bob Lepine for new episodes every weekday.

Episode Date
Becoming Like Him
31:57

Non-Christians often give Christians a bad rap. Do we deserve it? Pastor Scott Sauls talks about becoming the kind of Christians who are irresistible to the world. Sauls admits a lot of damage has been done in the name of Christ, and it's time we changed that. Doing so, however, will require us to boast more about Jesus and what He has done for us. Christians will need to exude the aroma of Christ by loving our enemies and responding to their insults with gentleness, and welcoming the lonely and lost into our homes and churches.

Jun 25, 2019
Abiding in Christ
28:59

Jesus commands His followers to be great neighbors. Are we? Scott Sauls, author of "Irresistible Faith," talks about what it would look like to live so compellingly and lovingly in our cities and nations that, if we were removed, people would miss us terribly. To truly be salt and light, Christians must think first how to bless others, rather than how we can protect what we have. The starting place must be abiding in Jesus and assuming His likeness.

Jun 24, 2019
Sin Is Like a Weed
38:19

When sin is crouching at our door, how do we overcome it? Pastor Alex Kendrick shares the six stages of spiritual death that accompany unrepentance, as he talks straight to men about living out our roles as spiritual leaders.

Show Notes and Resources

Official website for the Kendrick brothers' new movie, Overcomer.  http://www.overcomermovie.com/
Love Like You Mean It® Cruise 2020.  https://www.lovelikeyoumeanitcruise.com/
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jun 21, 2019
“My Job is to Make You Happy”
27:17

Even if couples make it past the selfish first stage and into stage two, "I'm here to serve my spouse," Bob Lepine says there's a third and even more profound stage of marital union.

Show Notes and Resources

Love Like You Mean It® Cruise 2020.  https://www.lovelikeyoumeanitcruise.com/
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jun 20, 2019
“You Complete Me”
24:55

According to pastor Bob Lepine, marriages often begin with the misguided idea that "She's here to complete me." This popular and misguided first step trips up many couples in the early years of marriage. Bob Lepine describes what he calls the "Three Phases of Marriage."

Show Notes and Resources

Love Like You Mean It® Cruise 2020.  https://www.lovelikeyoumeanitcruise.com/
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jun 19, 2019
Test You and Teach God’s Love
26:51

Sexual intimacy is just that, intimate, and that makes discussing the topic difficult. But Christians must push past our personal discomfort if we are to have any hope of conveying a Christ-honoring vision of biblical sexuality to our children.

Show Notes and Resources

Love Like You Mean It® Cruise 2020.  https://www.lovelikeyoumeanitcruise.com/
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jun 18, 2019
Cementing Your Covenant
26:46

If God created marital intimacy, why exactly is the Church so silent on the subject? Counselor and therapist Juli Slattery explores the things the Church needs to address if we are reclaim a Christian worldview on this important topic.

Show Notes and Resources

Love Like You Mean It® Cruise 2020.  https://www.lovelikeyoumeanitcruise.com/
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jun 17, 2019
Real Men Leave the Boys Club
32:53

The old boys club that is pervasive in our culture teaches men to treat women as a commodity. But Jesus, a radical for His time, treated women with respect and dignity. Dave Wilson encourages men to follow Christ's example.

Show Notes and Resources

Dave Wilson speaking at Kensington Church on biblical manhood. http://web.familylifetoday.com/fl2019-06-14-bonus.mp3
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jun 14, 2019
Eternity Is Now in Session
27:53

When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be." What about now? Pastor and theologian John Ortberg provides a fresh perspective on the nature of eternity and our own connection to an eternal Creator.

Show Notes and Resources

Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily - 14 days of devotionals for blended families. https://www.familylife.com/encouragement-for-your-blended-family/
Listen to the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast with Ron Deal. https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-blended-podcast/
To learn more and register for the Summit on Stepfamily Ministry visit. https://www.summitonstepfamilies.com/
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jun 13, 2019
Staying Calm in the Storm
28:23

Moms Amber Lia and Wendy Speake realized their anger was triggered by what their kids were doing, or sometimes even just by life. Speake struggles with anxiety, and often responded emotionally to her kids. She realized if she stayed on top of what she was feeling, she could avoid taking things personally. Now when her kids jump out of bed at nap time, or drift from the table at meal time, she can stop to consider what she's really feeling and reign in her response. Together they talk about the triggers of fatigue, frustration, and sibling rivalry.

Jun 12, 2019
Facing the Triggers
28:45

Once frustrated moms, Amber Lia and Wendy Speake talk honestly about triggers that used to set them on edge. For Speake, it was a messy house. She realized that what she really needed, rather than a spotless home, was self-control. Together Lia and Speake share that triggers--whether messiness or a child's immaturity--are really opportunities, and moms must remind themselves that they don't have to get angry. They can abide with Christ and gain His peace no matter the circumstances.

Jun 11, 2019
Are Your Kids Driving You Crazy?
29:00

Moms Amber Lia and Wendy Speake can relate to the mothers worldwide who get frustrated with their kids. Lia and Speake talk about some of the 31 triggers that can provoke a mom to lose her cool. Lia, a mom to three boys, recalls the day when, alone with the kids, she emotionally snapped, only to be interrupted by a knock at the door. Fearing the neighbor had heard her tirade, she asked the Lord to change her from the inside out. Lia and Speake tell what you can do to become a kinder, gentler mom.

Jun 10, 2019
Is She the One?
29:37

Pastor Ben Stuart remembers the first time he saw his wife, Donna, and walks us through the circumstances that lead to their courtship and eventual engagement. Stuart talks about the importance of clarity in a relationship and tells how he made his intentions clear as his relationship progressed.

Show Notes and Resources

Weekend to Remember® https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jun 07, 2019
What to Look For
26:54

Ben Stuart remembers the season he took a "time out" from the dating scene to focus on the Lord and recover emotionally after his parents' divorce. He reminds single men and women that singleness exists for devotion to the Lord, and encourages them not to settle for someone outside the body of Christ, but to lean into Jesus as they walk in faith and wait on Him to lead them.

Jun 06, 2019
Single and Dating
28:51

Would you like your son or daughter to have the same dating experience as you? Ben Stuart, pastor of Passion City Church in Washington, D.C., talks about the dating culture and practices on today's college campuses. As former Executive Director for Breakaway Ministries at Texas A&M, Stuart remembers his own initiation into the campus traditions, as well as his dating missteps. Describing his dating life like "a dumpster fire," Stuart tells how he found a faith community where he belonged and, eventually, found love.

Jun 05, 2019
The Risk of Rejection
28:21

College pastor Shelby Abbott talks about dating and why the important parts should not happen digitally, including asking for a date. Abbott encourages parents to teach their daughters early on how a boy should treat them by talking to them about dating expectations and even taking them on daddy/daughter dates. As they grow to understand Jesus' love for them, they'll have that example to refer to when they decide who they will date.

Jun 04, 2019
Dating in the 21st Century
26:41

Author and campus minister Shelby Abbott reminds us that Scripture calls us to something greater and healthier in our relationships with the opposite sex. It calls us to love through self-sacrifice, communication, service, and patience. How does this apply in the dating phase? Shelby, now married, shares his own dating history and talks about how technology has changed the dating game.

Jun 03, 2019
Service and Submission
24:26

Author and Bible teacher Chip Ingram coaches husbands on how to live out Ephesians 5 in their marriages. Husbands, he explains, need to own the responsibility to care and nurture their wives, ultimately helping their wives become all they were made to be. Wives, on the other hand, need to be sensitive to their husbands, especially their fear of failure, and need to be available to step in where help is needed.

May 31, 2019
How to Make a Marriage Work
26:39

So many people marry for what they are going to get out of the marriage, rather than for what they are going to give as they supernaturally lay down their life for the other person. Author Chip Ingram explains the difference between a marriage covenant and a marriage contract, and talks about the biblical definition of love vs. the culture's idea of love. Ingram reminds us that conflicts and challenges are normal in any marriage, but they don't have to break up the union.

May 30, 2019
Learning to Love Each Other
27:38

Author and pastor Chip Ingram has a great marriage now, but it wasn't always this way. Ingram, who has been married to Theresa since 1978, reflects on the hardships they faced as newlyweds. He never imagined that marriage would be so difficult, but by the grace of God they sought help through counseling and learned how to resolve their issues. Ingram shares what he's learned about building a strong, healthy relationship that will last a lifetime.

May 29, 2019
The Good News About Marriage
29:30

Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce, right? Wrong. In this encouraging exploration of the real state of marriage, researcher and author Shaunti Feldhahn teams up with Ron Deal for a deep look at the facts behind the statistics.
Show Notes and Resources

Listen to Shaunti Feldhahn on the FamilyLife Blended® Podcast with Ron Deal. https://www.familylife.com/podcast/familylife-blended-podcast/the-good-news-about-marriage/
Shaunti also appears on season 1 of the Married With Benefits podcast with Brian Goins. https://www.familylife.com/podcast/married-with-benefits/
To learn more and register for the Summit on Stepfamily Ministry visit. https://www.summitonstepfamilies.com/
Visit FamilyLife Blended® online for articles, videos, resources, for blended families. https://www.familylife.com/blended
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

May 28, 2019
What Submission Isn’t
1:04:59

Bob Lepine goes through the book of Esther to find descriptions of what biblical submission is, what it isn't, and why it is important.

May 27, 2019
Therefore, I Have Hope
28:12

Everyone dreams of a life free of trouble, and Cameron Cole seemed to be one of those lucky few who actually achieved the dream. He lived a trouble-free childhood and adolescence and even married his high school sweetheart. But in one day Cameron's illusion of charmed perfection was shattered by four shocking words: "Our son is dead." How can someone who's life seemed so blessed continue to exhibit a vibrant faith in a God who seems to have slipped up?
Show Notes and Resources

Listen to the entire podcast with Cameron Cole on the Unfavorable Odds™ with Kim Anthony. https://www.familylife.com/podcast/unfavorable-odds/therefore-i-have-hope/
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

May 24, 2019
Living in a Leah Marriage
27:19

Dave and Ann Wilson respond to a listener who wrote asking for guidance about her difficult marriage. The Wilsons offer hope and encouragement using the story of Leah's experience as one of Jacob's two wives.

May 23, 2019
Overcoming Differences
31:20

It's often the little things that can annoy you about your mate. Widower and father of four Jonathan Pitts reminds us that the goal of the Christian life is to be filled with and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and to be conformed to the image of Christ as we live out the fruit of the spirit. Pitts shares how he was intentional in trying to die daily to his own wants in order to serve his wife and family, and illustrates this with a story from his marriage about changing a bad habit he had since childhood.

May 22, 2019
The Blessings of a Poured Out Marriage
29:55

Author Jonathan Pitts reflects on his marriage to his now deceased wife, Wynter, and the conflict that showed up early and often in their relationship. He recalls her telling him that her idea of a husband was a man who would spoil her like Richard Gere did for Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman" and his idea of a wife was someone who would care for him like his mom did. Neither were right. Pitts tells how they learned that for marriage to work, both husband and wife have to empty themselves of "me" so that they can love each other better and become a united "we."

May 21, 2019
An Unexpected Tragedy
30:45

Jonathan and Wynter Pitts had learned through trial and error what it took to have a great marriage. They felt like they had grown a lot spiritually and emotionally over the years, raising their four daughters, and were ready to share that knowledge in a book they had written called "Emptied." However, a few hours after Jonathan turned the manuscript into the publisher, Wynter died unexpectedly. Jonathan tells us more about that day, and how he and his girls are walking through that tragedy with hope and faith.

May 20, 2019
Finding Freedom By Inviting Others In
33:03

Mental health counselor Jay Stringer encourages those struggling with unwanted sexual behavior to invite others into their story. According to Stringer, half of those who struggle with pornography or infidelity felt they didn't have anyone to talk to. If they'll share their story and talk about their shame, they'll invite others in, and then they can start asking the hard questions like, "What is it in my story that pulls me into this behavior?"
Show Notes and Resources

Journey into the Heart of Man Journey with Jay Stringer, a guided journey for men and women out of unwanted sexual behavior. https://www.heartofmanjourney.com/
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.  https://www.familylife.com/legacy

May 17, 2019
Why Do I Stay?
34:14

Is there more to your unwanted sexual behavior than just being tempted? Mental health counselor Jay Stringer, author of the book, "Unwanted," delves into the topic of sexual brokenness and shares what he considers to be at the root of the issue. While a person's problem may seem to be all about lust, Stringer believes it may actually be about anger or rejection. Indulging in our sin only makes us feel worse. Stringer assures those who are hurting that God has so much more in store for us, as long as we are courageous enough to look at our past and develop new ways to handle our anxiety.
Show Notes and Resources

Journey into the Heart of Man Journey with Jay Stringer, a guided journey for men and women out of unwanted sexual behavior. https://www.heartofmanjourney.com/
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.  https://www.familylife.com/legacy

May 16, 2019
How Did I Get Here?
33:16

Licensed mental health counselor Jay Stringer talks about sexual brokenness and our culture's growing obsession with sex. A crisis, like the threat of divorce or the loss of a job, often drives people to seek help when their behavior is exposed, but often what they are taught is merely lust management--how to bounce your eyes, or avoid tempting situations--which doesn't get to the root issue. There is nothing random about a person's unique brand of sexual brokenness, and it's a counselor's job to uncover where that attraction comes from, and how to deal with it.
Show Notes and Resources

Journey into the Heart of Man Journey with Jay Stringer, a guided journey for men and women out of unwanted sexual behavior. https://www.heartofmanjourney.com/
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.  https://www.familylife.com/legacy

May 15, 2019
Believe in Your Kids
28:48

Mike Berry, author of "Confessions of an Adoptive Parent," gives an honest look at the challenging side of adoption. A father of eight adopted children, including four with fetal alcohol syndrome, Berry talks about the loss his kids have experienced and the overwhelming needs they face physically, emotionally, and mentally. Berry tells parents considering adoption that their number one need is for education and community, and promises there will be hardship alongside the joy. Berry shares what has kept him and his wife, Kristin, from giving up, and how Jesus has come alongside them.
Show Notes and Resources

ConfessionsofanAdoptiveParent.com
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.  https://www.familylife.com/legacy

May 14, 2019
Hope and Help From the Trenches
27:58

Author Mike Berry, a husband and father of eight adopted children, tells what led him and his wife to pursue adoption and foster parenting. When they first started their journey they didn't understand childhood trauma, but now they do. Berry encourages couples to adopt if they feel led, but warns them that at some point there will likely be a moment when they feel they are running into a wall. He believes it's critical for them to understand that kids in chronic trauma are functioning in survival mode, and don't always know why they act the way they do.
Show Notes and Resources

ConfessionsofanAdoptiveParent.com
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.  https://www.familylife.com/legacy

May 13, 2019
Longing for Motherhood
25:37

For 17-year-old Chelsea Sobolik, key signals of her passage into womanhood were late-very late. As she prepared to enter college, a visit with her physician revealed that she had been born without a uterus, confirming Chelsea's worst fear: She was permanently infertile. Chelsea Sobolik reveals how this difficult diagnosis led her on a journey of self-discovery.
Show Notes and Resources

Listen to Chelsea's story on Unfavorable Odds™ with Kim Anthony. https://www.familylife.com/podcast/unfavorable-odds/longing-for-motherhood/
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.

May 10, 2019
Lying Lips
37:53

The tongue may be small, but it's impact is great! That's why author Ginger Hubbard believes parents need to put their kids on the right track early by teaching and training them to be wise with their words. If a parent is unsure whether a child is telling the truth, Hubbard believes he should err on the side of mercy. But if a parent knows for certain a child has lied, they need to address the issue and remind the child of the relational consequences of their behavior, and then apply suitable discipline.
Show Notes and Resources

Dave and Ann Wilson on Spanking and Discipline.
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.

May 09, 2019
What’s With All the Whining?
31:06

Do your children whine? If so, then maybe author Ginger Hubbard can help! As a mother of two, she knows a thing or two about whining and shares a few "how to's" to nip it in the bud. Ginger pulls examples from her own experience, and reminds parents that until you reach a child's heart, their behavior isn't likely to change. To help a child consider his or her behavior, Hubbard encourages parents to ask their children thought-provoking questions, and then have the kids repeat their request, but in a more respectful tone.

May 08, 2019
Getting Real in Marriage
31:20

Catherine Parks, author of "Real," believes that trust has to be established before a person can truly open up to another, and this applies to marriage. Parks remembers how, early in her marriage, she would stuff what she was feeling, afraid to rock the boat. Over the years, however, she learned that relationships grow through honesty and authenticity, with the end goal of confession being right worship of God. Ultimately our security must come from Christ, and not what others think.

May 07, 2019
Taking Off the Mask
29:51

Author and Bible teacher Catherine Parks reveals the surprising secret to deeper relationships. Parks tells what happens when we decide to get real about our sin through repentance and confession. She remembers how she learned the basics of forgiveness as a child, and how her parents modeled self-reflection and grace. Parks recalls her friendship with her friend Amber, who consistently asked her the deeper questions. Though resistant at first, Parks remembers how freeing it was to finally be honest and open with her friend, and what she's doing to encourage others to do the same.

May 06, 2019
Being Your Man’s Cheerleader
33:37

Pastor Brian Tome, author of "Five Marks of a Man," talks to wives about the importance of encouraging their husbands. He also reminds men of their calling to lay down their lives for their wives. Tome shares what he's done to nurture and love his wife, and tells women what affirmation does for a man.
Show Notes and Resources

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May 03, 2019
Men Have Vision
30:20

What is a man? Brian Tome, pastor of Crossroads Church, talks about the qualities that make men unique. Tome recalls his youth and the irresponsibility that marked much of it. Tome explains that a man has a vision for his life while a boy lives day to day.
Show Notes and Resources

Find resources at https://shop.familylife.com/.
Help FamilyLife® continue to produce our radio and podcast programs by visiting https://donate.familylife.com/legacy-partner/.

May 02, 2019
Men Are Protectors
28:42

Adolescent boys often do crazy things like drinking, smoking, and carousing with girls to prove that they are men. But are these the types of qualities that really distinguish men as men? Pastor Brian Tome talks about the five marks of a man, beginning with protection. Tome reminds men that they exist to protect those around them, either physically or through their wisdom. Men who stay boys, on the other hand, are predators.
Show Notes and Resources

Find resources at https://shop.familylife.com/.
Help FamilyLife® continue to produce our radio and podcast programs by visiting https://donate.familylife.com/legacy-partner/.

May 01, 2019
Managing Love and Money
29:35

Brian and Cherie Lowe know a little about managing money. Working together, they paid off $127,000 worth of debt in four years, and they've never been happier, or more intimate! The Lowes tell how working as a team to manage the household finances can lead to surprising benefits.
Show Notes and Resources

Find more from Cherie Lowe at QueenofFree.net.
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.

Apr 30, 2019
Indebted to Love
29:40

Could arguing about money be negatively affecting your intimacy? Brian and Cherie Lowe, authors of "Your Money, Your Marriage," think it can. It certainly did theirs. The Lowes tell how they found themselves $127,000 in debt. After Brian cast a vision for what their life could be debt-free, they started paying off their bills, and as they did, their love life began improving. The Lowes encourage couples to slay the debt dragon and fall more in love!
Show Notes and Resources

Find more from Cherie Lowe at QueenofFree.net.
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.

Apr 29, 2019
Unpacking the Baggage
28:48

On our wedding day we think the vow we make to our spouse will be enough for our marriage. Andy Stanley says, "promises are not substitute for preparation." Dave and Ann Wilson share about some baggage that we need to prepare for prior to marriage.
Show Notes and Resources

FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember®.
Vertical Marriage: The One Secret That Will Change Your Marriage by Dave and Ann Wilson.
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.

Apr 26, 2019
Old Rules, New Rules
33:45

The culture has old rules on how to do love, sex, and dating and they really don't work. Dave Wilson explains some new rules that do work.
Show Notes and Resources

FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember®.
Vertical Marriage: The One Secret That Will Change Your Marriage by Dave and Ann Wilson.
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.

Apr 25, 2019
Seven Wise Choices
27:47

Pastor Ron Zappia and his wife, Jody, had a marriage that almost unraveled after the first year. After giving their lives to Christ, however, they decided to give the marriage another chance. The Zappias share seven principles that, if faithfully practiced, will tighten the marriage knot and bring couples closer together.
Show Notes and Resources

FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember®.
Purchase The Marriage Knot and Vertical Marriage at a special savings and receive a free copy of FamilyLife's Building Your Marriage to Last Couples Study.
The Marriage Knot: 7 Choices that Keep Couples Together by Ron and Jody Zappia.
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.

Apr 24, 2019
A Re-fresh
30:09

Ron and Jody Zappia might have looked like a couple that had it all together, but their marriage was falling apart. After Ron's infidelity, Jody sought comfort at a local church, and instead of finding a reason to leave the marriage, she found a reason to live, with Christ's help. The Zappias talk about the day they surrendered their lives and marriage to the Lord, and how He gave their marriage a fresh start.
Show Notes and Resources

FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember®.
Purchase The Marriage Knot and Vertical Marriage at a special savings and receive a free copy of FamilyLife's Building Your Marriage to Last Couples Study.
The Marriage Knot: 7 Choices that Keep Couples Together by Ron and Jody Zappia.
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.

Apr 23, 2019
A Rocky Start
30:12

Ron and Jody Zappia, authors of "The Marriage Knot," thought that marriage would be easy, since they had dated on and off in high school and college. Jealousy over Jody's corporate success, however, led Ron to look outside of his marriage for fulfillment. Jody thought she would surprise him and return from her business trip early, but she was even more surprised to find that he wasn't alone. The Zappias share how God intervened and gave them the help they needed.
Show Notes and Resources

FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember®.
Purchase The Marriage Knot and Vertical Marriage at a special savings and receive a free copy of FamilyLife's Building Your Marriage to Last Couples Study.
The Marriage Knot: 7 Choices that Keep Couples Together by Ron and Jody Zappia.
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.

Apr 22, 2019
Bible Bee 2019
31:38

Hannah Leary, former winner and co-host of the National Bible Bee Competition and National Bible Bee Game Show, joins 12-year-old Seth Ross, the Chairman's Oratory Award winner in 2018, to talk about the excitement and challenge of the competition, as well as the personal benefit of Bible memorization.

Show Notes and Resources

National Bible Bee website
Thank you to our Legacy Partners, our regular donors, who make this show possible!

Apr 19, 2019
His Porn, My Pride, Our Problem
29:59

He used porn, she used "helpful" words; both behaviors contributed to a marriage on the rocks. Meg Miller tells her story to Kim Anthony.

Show Notes and Resources

NEW PODCAST Unfavorable Odds with Kim Anthony
FamilyLife launches a new Podcast Network
Benefit of the Debt: How My Husband's Porn Problem Ruined Saved Our Marriage by Meg Miller
Learn more about Meg S. Miller at www.benefitofthedebt.com.

Apr 18, 2019
Dating Done Right
29:56

Marshall Segal talks to singles about the purpose of dating. Segal, who admits to having his share of dating regrets before finally meeting and marrying his wife, encourages singles to slow down and thoroughly get to know the person they are interested in. Singles should try and enfold the person into their community of family and friends, and plan activities they can do in a group setting.
Show Notes and Resources

Bonus Audio: How parents can prepare their kids for a season of singleness. DOWNLOAD MP3 (5.3 MB)
The book Not Yet Married by Marshall Segal who is a writer and managing editor for desiringgod.org.
Articles on Choosing a Spouse.
Resources for couples who are dating, engaged or newly married.
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner.

Apr 17, 2019
Hopeful or Hopeless?
27:47

Marshall Segal, a writer and managing editor for DesiringGod.org, knows that most singles want to get married. But how do they prepare for that day, especially when they're not dating? Segal encourages young women to wait on the Lord and keep their eyes open for men who love godliness. You want a man to love Jesus first and foremost. No one is calling you to be joyful about singleness, but joy can still be found in the presence of Christ.

Show Notes and Resources

The book Not Yet Married by Marshall Segal who is a writer and managing editor for desiringgod.org.
FamilyLife Articles on Choosing a Spouse.
Resources for couples who are dating, engaged or newly married.
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, what we call a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.

Apr 16, 2019
Dating With Purpose
36:00

Author Marshall Segal explains what it means to live and date with purpose. Segal, who is a husband and father now, reflects on his single years and the lessons he learned while pursuing love and marriage. Admittedly, he jumped into the dating game way too early, stayed in relationships way too long, and crossed a few boundaries sexually. Eventually he learned how to do it right. Segal takes a moment to coach parents whose teens are eager to date.

Show Notes and Resources

The book Not Yet Married by Marshall Segal who is a writer and managing editor for desiringgod.org.
FamilyLife Articles on Choosing a Spouse.
Resources for couples who are dating, engaged or newly married.
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, what we call a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.

Apr 15, 2019
Pilgrim’s Progress
30:59

Award-winning producer Robert Fernandez joins Revelation Media founder Steve Cleary to talk about their new animated feature film, "Pilgrim's Progress," coming out April 18 and 20 in theaters nationwide. Based on John Bunyan's classic book, the movie follows Christian's journey as he travels from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City.

Show Notes and Resources

The Pilgrim's Progress | Official Trailer (2019)
The Pilgrim's Progress in theaters April 18 and 20, 2019.  Official website and Find a Theater.
The Pilgrim's Progress Movie Facebook Page.
The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come is a 1678 Christian allegory written by John Bunyan, from Wikipedia.org
The Torchlighters: Heros of the Faith
Who Was Richard Wurmbrand?  Pastor Richard Wurmbrand (1909 – 2001)

Apr 12, 2019
Identity In Blended Families
30:18

When Dave Bondeson was growing up, his father told him over and over, "Remember, you're a Bondeson and a Christian." That helped shaped his identity. But as a father himself, Dave finds it challenging to translate that into a blended family situation with a stepdaughter whose last name is not Bondeson.

Show Notes and Resources

FamilyLife Blended® Podcast
FamilyLife Podcast Network
Blended & Blessed® Livestream event April 27, 2019

Apr 11, 2019
The Whole Truth About Sex
27:23

What message are we giving our kids about sex? Siblings Jessica Thompson and Joel Fitzpatrick felt like they got the message loud and clear that "sex before marriage was bad." Now parents themselves, they wanted to build a better view of sexuality for their children. Inside of just saying "NO," they want their kids to understand their identity in Christ. Together they share how they do that.

Show Notes and Resources

Mom, Dad...What's Sex? by Jessica Thompson and Joel Fitzpatrick
FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™ video series
FamilyLife has developed Passport2Purity® to assist you in building heart-to-heart communication with your preteen while laying a foundation of purity that will prepare them for the turbulent years ahead.

Apr 10, 2019
Healing From Sexual Abuse
27:53

Brother and sister Jessica Thompson and Joel Fitzpatrick explain why it's important to talk to your children about sex. Joel talks honestly about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a distant family member, which began around the age of 6, and the shame, confusion, and guilt it caused in his heart. Though the abuse did skew his thinking about sex, Joel tells how God renewed his mind and redeemed his pain.

Show Notes and Resources

Mom, Dad...What's Sex? by Jessica Thompson and Joel Fitzpatrick
FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™ video series
FamilyLife has developed Passport2Purity® to assist you in building heart-to-heart communication with your preteen while laying a foundation of purity that will prepare them for the turbulent years ahead.

Apr 09, 2019
Being Intentional With Your Kids
27:25

Siblings Jessica Thompson and Joel Fitzpatrick, both married with children, know the challenge parents face of talking to our kids about sex. They also know that the culture we're in requires that we intentionally educate them. Jessica remembers how she responded the time her 7-year-old daughter asked her about sex during a Walmart run, and Joel shares how he uses ordinary activities, like taking a walk or driving in the car, to talk about the birds and the bees with his kids.

Show Notes and Resources

Mom, Dad...What's Sex? by Jessica Thompson and Joel Fitzpatrick
FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™ video series
FamilyLife has developed Passport2Purity® to assist you in building heart-to-heart communication with your preteen while laying a foundation of purity that will prepare them for the turbulent years ahead.

Apr 08, 2019
Erring on the Side of Truth
27:37

We live in a fast-pace culture and our kids often feel the weight of that. Wife and mom, Kay Wills Wyma, talks about the stress our kids often feel to achieve and how achievement doesn't have to be the boss of them when they know who they are and whose they are in Christ.

Show Notes and Resources
FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember®

Apr 05, 2019
Embracing the Truth
27:05

Does life feel overwhelming? Author and mother of five, Kay Wills Wyma, encourages listeners to find perspective and freedom by being overwhelmed with the truth instead. Wyma shares how dropping the need to do it all can lead to a happier, more fulfilling life.

Apr 04, 2019
Finding Freedom
33:15

Christopher Yuan knows what it's like to be a captive. A former drug dealer and homosexual who discovered he had HIV while serving time in prison, Yuan shares how God got his attention and eventually, his heart. Yuan explains what it's like for him now that his identity is in Christ.

Show Notes and Resources
LISTEN: Christopher Yuan and his mother, Angela, talk about the way God slowly and patiently drew Christopher to Jesus Christ.

Apr 03, 2019
When Your Identity is in Christ
31:29

Author Christopher Yuan, who was an agnostic gay man before believing in Jesus, talks freely about his identity as a Christian. Yuan explains that when he lived as a gay man, being gay wasn't what he did but who he was, or so he thought. Realizing he's in Christ and bears God's image gave him a new identity as a Christ follower.
Show Notes and Resources
LISTEN: Christopher Yuan and his mother, Angela, talk about the way God slowly and patiently drew Christopher to Jesus Christ.

Apr 02, 2019
What is Holy Sexuality?
27:27

Christopher Yuan delves into the meaning of holy sexuality as prescribed in the Scriptures: chastity in singleness or faithfulness in marriage. Yuan explains chastity is more than just abstinence. It's about holiness and wholeness. While faithfulness includes being faithful emotionally and physically, there's more to that, too. Hear Yuan explain how Christians find their identity in Christ, not sex.
Show Notes and Resources
LISTEN: Christopher Yuan and his mother, Angela, talk about the way God slowly and patiently drew Christopher to Jesus Christ.

Apr 01, 2019
Walking with God in the Valley
32:18

Matthew Arbo wants couples who struggle with infertility to know God is with them. Arbo shares how men and women process infertility differently and cautions couples from isolating in their pain. Instead, he encourages couples to seek out a counselor or pastor to help process their grief and loss.

Mar 29, 2019
Comfort Through the Valley
30:06

Ethics professor Matthew Arbo tackles the tough topic of infertility. Arbo's heart for this issue was born out of a personal story, having witnessed his brother and sister-in-law's struggle with infertility, and he has seen the pain this causes couples. Arbo offers words of comfort to those who long for a child.
Show Notes and Resources
Video: Meet the Wilsons and  Dave and Ann Wilson on the Today Show

Mar 28, 2019
Abiding in Hope
27:56

Pastor Drew Hill addresses what parents can do when they are discouraged and disappointed in their children. There are many things that can trip up our kids, which is why parents need to be proactive in talking with their kids about issues, like porn, beginning when they are young.
Show Notes and Resources
Video: Meet the Wilsons

Mar 27, 2019
Relational Engagement
27:07

Pastor Drew Hill talks straight with parents about engaging kids emotionally. Hill tells parents how to persist in connecting with their teens, even while those same teens are pushing away. Quantity time leads to quality time. Hill recommends parents repeatedly initiate with their kids by going on family walks and enjoying family meals.

Mar 26, 2019
Loving Teens with the Gospel
29:21

Pastor Drew Hill invites parents to see their teens through the lens of the gospel. Letting teens know how much God loves them is a great place to start. Hill believes teens run toward things that bring them comfort and affirmation. Hill encourages parents to ask good questions, like Jesus did, rather than always issue a command.

Mar 25, 2019
Finding Success in the Workplace
32:27

Chick-fil-A operator Josh Burnette and Young Life leader Pete Hardesty want young men to find success in the workplace. In order to see that happen, young men have to learn the value of hard work, punctuality, and responsibility. Burnette and Hardesty tell how they can get there.

Mar 22, 2019
Relationships With Adults
28:22

Part of raising boys to be men includes teaching them about relationships. Josh Burnette and Pete Hardesty, authors of "Adulting 101," encourage young men to build a healthy relationship with their most trusted allies, their parents, and advises parents to listen and be there for their teens.

Mar 21, 2019
What’s My Purpose?
29:08

Josh Burnette and Pete Hardesty have a heart for seeing young men grow into adulthood. Their practical book, "Adulting 101," lays out all the things young men need to know by the time they reach adulthood, from doing laundry to changing a tire. Burnette and Hardesty also give insight to the most important question: "What is my purpose?"

Mar 20, 2019
The Impact of Divorce
27:12

Authors Dave and Ann Wilson talk to Ron Deal about the impact divorce can have on a person's life. Dave, who lived with his mom after his parents' split, shares what it was like visiting his dad and how he felt about his dad's new family. The Wilsons share how the divorce impacted Dave's ability to resolve conflict in a healthy way.

Mar 19, 2019
The Emotional Side of Divorce
27:47

Pastor Dave Wilson and his wife, Ann, talk to Ron Deal, Director of FamilyLife Blended, about the hard realities of his parents' divorce when he was seven years old. Dave recalls his family's last Christmas Eve together, when they arrived home from church to find Santa's gifts waiting for them. The next morning, Dad was gone. Hear firsthand how divorce impacts a child.

Mar 18, 2019
Praying For Your Wife
44:24

One barrier that prevents many husbands from praying for their wives is a feeling of inauthenticity--praying the same thing every night. Voddie Baucham offers suggestions for different scriptures a man can use to pray for his wife.

Mar 15, 2019
Seasons of Drifting
30:19

A panel of experts answers your questions about forgiveness in marriage. Voddie Baucham, Juli Slattery, DA and Elicia Horton, and Ron Deal address difficult situations with truth from Scripture.

Mar 14, 2019
Frustrations with Intimacy
30:51

A panel of experts answers some of your toughest questions about marriage, especially pertaining to marital intimacy. Voddie Baucham, Juli Slattery, DA and Elicia Horton, and Ron Deal address difficult situations with truth from Scripture.

Mar 13, 2019
Love Will Keep Us Together
29:14

Trent and Andrea Griffith address the myth "Love will keep up together" with truth from the Bible, and explain how that truth can affect your marriage.

Mar 12, 2019
Marriage will Make Me Happy
27:06

Trent and Andrea Griffith share truth from the Bible to counter some common myths about marriage, including "Marriage is obsolete" and "Marriage will make me happy."

Mar 11, 2019
Bullies, Bullied, and Bystanders
33:18

Jonathan McKee, author of "The Bullying Breakthrough," reminds us that every child is either the bully, bullied, or a bystander. McKee explains the difference between real-time bullying and cyber-bullying, and he encourages parents to delay their child's involvement with social media and Smartphones, both of which are avenues for bullying. McKee advises parents to discuss proper phone usage early on with their kids and to focus more on training than on correction and reproof.

Mar 08, 2019
The Burden of Being Bullied
31:02

Author Jonathan McKee, known years ago as "Bucky Beaver" because of his prominent overbite, knows a thing or two about bullying. McKee was bullied throughout his school years and gives wise advice on how to handle the bullies in your child's life. McKee recalls how the bullying affected him socially, even after he got his braces off, and remembers contemplating suicide. McKee talks honestly with parents about what to do if their child is being bullied.

Mar 07, 2019
Finding Your Identity in Christ
27:35

Author Jackie Hill Perry, a wife and mother of two, talks about her former life as a practicing homosexual. Perry reminds us that homosexuality is a verb, not a noun, and that ultimately we are all sinners saved by grace, each bearing the image of a living God. The devil and the flesh will tell you that because you are tempted you aren't a believer, but even Jesus was tempted. The question isn't why you're tempted, but when. We have to be honest about our sin, and bring it into the light. Perry advises parents on what to do if their child is gay.

Show Notes and Resources
(VIDEO) Jackie Hill Perry "What Is a Woman?"
(VIDEO) Jackie Hill Perry "Tell Me the Good News"

Mar 06, 2019
Love’s Pursuit
31:17

Jackie Hill Perry, author of "Gay Girl, Good God," remembers the first time her friendship with another girl became sexual and what she enjoyed about her homosexual identity. Despite her gay lifestyle, Perry sensed that God was actively pursuing her. In 2008, Jackie felt God speaking to her heart. For the first time, she saw all her sin rightly and believed that the wages of sin really was death. She knew she couldn't stop sinning on her own, but she knew God could help her. From that point on, Perry tells how her life slowly began to change.

Mar 05, 2019
A Deliberate Rebellion
26:57

Writer and poet Jackie Hill Perry reflects on her youth and the circumstances that influenced her to consciously rebel against her upbringing and her God. Perry was 17 when she first decided to act on her feelings and experience homosexual relationships. After "coming out" to her mother, Perry couldn't shake the feeling that God was relentlessly pursuing her. Now a born-again Christian, wife, and a mother of two, Perry tells how God is renewing her mind and her marriage.

Mar 04, 2019
Trading Sunsets
30:46

Dennis and Barbara Rainey reflect on more than 25 years of ministry through FamilyLife Today. Listeners chime in on how they've been blessed by both the Raineys and the radio program. Joining in on the affirmation is the Rainey's oldest daughter, Ashley.

Show Notes and Resources
Announcement: Dennis Rainey Transitions as Host of FamilyLife Today® with video announcement.
40 Years of Faithfulness 2 CD set.
Follow Dennis and Barbara Rainey at DennisandBarbara.com.
Bob Lepine's Tribute to Dennis Rainey (9.2MB).
Phone call tributes from listeners (9.2MB).

Mar 01, 2019
Reflecting on 26 Years
31:49

Dennis and Barbara Rainey reflect on more than 25 years of ministry through FamilyLife Today. Three of the Raineys' children, Samuel, Rebecca, and Laura, call in to pay tribute to their parents. We'll also hear feedback from listeners on the impact of their ministry.
Show Notes and Resources
The classic "caged bird" story with Rebekah
Announcement: Dennis Rainey Transitions as Host of FamilyLife Today® with video announcement
40 Years of Faithfulness 2 CD set

Feb 28, 2019
What We’ve Learned about Trials
31:34

Pastor Dave Wilson and his wife, Ann, who are longtime FamilyLife speakers, talk about all they've learned from watching the Raineys, especially as they walked through trials. The Raineys tell what kept them going through the hardships, like Barbara's heart issues, a son's diagnosis of MS, and losing a grandchild. Dave and Ann also answer Dennis' favorite question: What is the most courageous thing you've ever done?

Show Notes and Resources
40 Years of Faithfulness 2 CD set

Feb 27, 2019
Transitions
25:55

There's great value in remembering where you've come from. Dave and Ann share what the Raineys have taught them about marriage through their example, as well as their teaching. Ann's biggest takeaway from the Rainey's life is a great marriage is one that puts the marriage before the children. She shares how they've tried to put that principle into practice. Dave tells what he's learned about making your spouse your main disciple.
Show Notes and Resources
40 Years of Faithfulness 2 CD set

Feb 26, 2019
What Being Mentored Taught Us
28:37

Dave and Ann Wilson talk to Dennis and Barbara Rainey about what they've learned about marriage through the years. The Wilsons, who joined FamilyLife's speaker team more than 30 years ago and serve at Kensington Church in Detroit, talk about attending a Weekend to Remember marriage getaway just two weeks before their wedding. Together they share how Dennis and Barbara have mentored them throughout the seasons of life.

Show Notes and Resources
40 Years of Faithfulness 2 CD set

Feb 25, 2019
Releasing Your Children
30:32

Dennis and Barbara Rainey believe that children are meant to be received with joy, intentionally raised and then released. Although releasing typically happens after high school, it actually begins bit by bit when children are babies, beginning with feeding and dressing themselves, starting school, and getting their first job. The Raineys remind us that a parent's assignment is to receive their arrow, aim them high, and release them.

Feb 22, 2019
Thinking Biblically about Mission
25:06

Dennis and Barbara Rainey believe parents should give their children a sense of mission as it relates to Ephesians 2:10, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works." To do this, parents must first evaluate whether they are living for Christ. It's only then that they can help their children identify their gifts and help them think through how they might serve Christ.

Feb 21, 2019
Getting Closer to God and Each Other
26:11

Dave and Ann Wilson, parents of three grown children, want couples to know that when they draw closer to God, they will become closer to their spouses emotionally and sexually. Ann, who has led a bible study for the wives of the Detroit Lions for 30+ years, remembers one time when she encouraged a wife to surprise her husband on their anniversary by treating herself to some new lingerie. The wife later revealed that it was the best night of their relationship. The Wilsons tell how past sexual experiences can affect a husband or wife's current sex life.

Feb 20, 2019
How to Resolve Conflict
25:04

Pastor Dave Wilson and his wife, Ann, talk with Dennis and Barbara Rainey about marital conflict. The Wilsons admit that they had a lot to learn about conflict when they got married. Ann's family background included loud fights, which was a far contrast from Dave, who learned at an early age not to rock the boat. Together they share what they've learned over the years about the finer points of conflict.

Feb 19, 2019
Shut Up and Repent
31:27

Dave and Ann Wilson, authors of the book, "Vertical Marriage," look back on a turning point in their marriage. They had two children, Dave was starting a church, and he served as a chaplain for the Detroit Lions. Ministry demands occupied all of his time and Ann was feeling the strain of his absence. Dave takes us back to his big wake up call, and together they share what they did to get their marriage back on track.

Feb 18, 2019
Protecting Our Vulnerable Kids
28:06

Kristen Jenson, the founder of a website dedicated to helping parents empower their kids to reject pornography, talks to parents about the dangers of porn. Jenson has written a book called, "Good Pictures, Bad Pictures," and reminds parents that age seven is the average age of exposure. Through her book, Jenson helps parents teach children what porn is and what children should do when they encounter it.

Show Notes & Links
Resources from Kristen's website ProtectYourMind.org including the CAN DO poster.Show Notes and ResourcesResources from Kristen's website ProtectYourMind.org including the CAN DO poster.

Feb 15, 2019
Protecting Your Children From Porn
25:09

Pornography is an epidemic in our country. Kristen Jenson, author of the Good Pictures, Bad Pictures series of read-aloud books, joins Dennis Rainey to talk about porn-proofing your children. Jenson remembers a phone call she received from a desperate mom whose teen had been sexually molesting his younger siblings after viewing porn. Jenson wanted to help so she created a book that parents can read to their children to warn them about the dangers of porn.

Show Notes & Links
Resources from Kristen's website ProtectYourMind.org including the CAN DO poster.Show Notes and ResourcesResources from Kristen's website ProtectYourMind.org including the CAN DO poster.

Feb 14, 2019
Leveraging Your Differences
26:19

Crawford and Karen Loritts share how they've learned to leverage their distinctive differences to make their marriage stronger. Crawford praises Karen's organizational and money management skills now, but he was slow to appreciate those skills early on. Crawford, on the other hand, excels at casting a vision for their future. Together they remind us that the goal of marriage isn't to change one another but to press into Jesus and accept the differences.

Feb 13, 2019
When Storms Come
26:23

Weekend to Remember conference speakers Crawford and Karen Loritts remind listeners that all marriages have storms, but those storms don't have to be the end of hope to those who are anchored in Christ. The Lorittses remember storms they've weathered, including the loss of their baby years ago, and Karen tells how the empty nest syndrome hit her hard once their four children left home. The goal of marriage isn't to be stress free, but to tell the truth about our Savior.

Feb 12, 2019
The Common Ground of the Cross
26:45

Crawford Loritts, senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia, and his wife, Karen, reminisce about their courtship and early years of marriage. Both admit they had no idea what they were getting into when they married and soon realized that their approach to life and their backgrounds were very different. Despite that, they both had a strong commitment to Christ and were determined to make their marriage work. The Lorittses encourage young couples to link arms with older couples to help them walk through the first years of marriage.

Feb 11, 2019
Strength in Weakness
29:16

Heidi St. John, author of "Becoming MomStrong," talks about how a mother's past affects her present. Heidi delves into her own past, and tells how the discouraging words she heard from her parents haunted her once she began her own family. St. John talks about her struggle with general anxiety disorder (GAD) and tells how saturating herself in the Word of God helped her. She also shares how the Great Healer worked in her to help her truly forgive her parents.

Feb 08, 2019
How to Fight for Your Family
28:25

Popular speaker and author Heidi St. John tells how she came to realize three children into her mothering journey that she needed to depend on God each day for His strength and wisdom. She recalls some of her "mommy fails," and reminds women that bad days don't make bad moms. Motherhood is made up of little moments that add up over time and it's exhausting, but it will pay off. Every ounce of energy you invest comes back to you in due season, but you must continue to feed your heart on the Word of God.

Feb 07, 2019
Commitment: Will He or Won’t He?
26:19

Pastor Deepak Reju gives valuable advice to a woman about what to do if her boyfriend won't commit to marriage. When a man spends time with a woman, it perpetuates the relationship, but he needs to commit to her to alleviate her fears. Love isn't just a feeling, but a commitment and self-sacrifice. If a man won't commit and continues to be ambiguous about the relationship, a woman needs to break it off and let him grow in his faith.

Feb 06, 2019
What’s Wrong With Missionary Dating?
24:55

Pastor Deepak Reju, author of "She's Got the Wrong Guy," talks about what happens when Christian women date men who aren't believers or are new believers. While "evange-dating" seems like a compassionate and faith-inspired thing to do, it sends mixed messages. If a young man does convert, will it be an act of faith or to get the girl? Reju delves into the reasons why it's not wise to be unequally yoked, and why Christians are to only marry in the Lord.

Feb 05, 2019
Why Do Women Settle?
28:48

Biblical counselor and pastor Deepak Reju explains why young women settle for less when it comes to their relationships with the opposite sex. The influence of Disney movies and the fairy tale belief in happily-ever-after, the fear of missing out, and the fear of being alone, all contribute to this flawed decision-making process. Reju talks about what it looks like to be a lady-in-waiting on God.

Feb 04, 2019
Lies, Lies, and More Lies
25:57

Author Robert Wolgemuth points out lies the culture promotes that men readily believe if they're not careful. He exposes nine areas where men get deceived, and shares about his childhood and how he learned the difficult consequences of lying.

Feb 01, 2019
Lies Men Believe About Sexuality
25:35

Robert Wolgemuth, husband of Revive Our Hearts host Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, talks about the many lies men believe about sexuality, like: a little pornography is harmless, my sin isn't hurting anyone, what my wife doesn't know won't hurt her, and more.

Jan 31, 2019
Developing Gender Identity In Your Children
27:24

Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the increasing need for parents to talk to their children about sex and sexual identity. In addition, parents need to give their children a biblical view of sex as defined in Genesis, where God made male and female, and talk to their children about what that means.Show Notes and ResourcesJim Elliff, talks with Dennis Rainey about leading your children to faith in Christ.

Jan 30, 2019
Developing Your Child’s Spiritual Identity
27:48

Do your children know who they are in Christ? Dennis and Barbara Rainey, parents of six and grandparents to 24, talk about a parent's key assignment: to raise children with a spiritual identity. Knowing they are image bearers of the Almighty, who created them for a purpose, will affect everything else they do. Parents can help children understand who God is by pointing out what God is doing in their lives.Show Notes and ResourcesJim Elliff, talks with Dennis Rainey about leading your children to faith in Christ.

Jan 29, 2019
Emotional Identity
26:58

Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about identity, one of the four pillars of parenting. When actively parenting, they were conscious that they were helping their six children know who they were, especially in regards to their gifts and talents. Looking back, however, they wish they had been more aware of their children's EQ or emotional quotient, than their IQ. The Raineys stress the importance of teaching children what to do with their emotions.Show Notes and ResourcesJim Elliff, talks with Dennis Rainey about leading your children to faith in Christ.

Jan 28, 2019
Marriage Reset
27:55

Blended family expert Ron Deal tackles the delicate topic of sexual intimacy. As Deal explains, to be intimate with someone is to know them at a deep level. But what does a person do with their sexual past, especially as they enter into a new marriage? Deal answers those questions and more.

Jan 25, 2019
The Life and Legacy of Dr. King
35:53

Everyone has a context. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is no exception. Jemar Tisby, author of "The Color of Compromise," and Bob Lepine have a candid conversation about how the Lord prepared Dr. King through his childhood, his family, and his education, to be the right person at the right time to be the figurehead for the Civil Rights movement in the 1960's. Program Note: Bob Lepine mentions the entire conversation is online. The web version and podcast feed is not edited down fore time and includes the longer conversation.

Jan 21, 2019
Spiritual Warfare and Your Marriage
27:21

Tim Muehlhoff, a professor of communication at Biola, talks about the reality of spiritual warfare in marriage. Muehlhoff reminds believers that the enemy of our souls is still alive and well and would love to see your marriage fail. He explains where a couple might see evil's influence and how a couple can fight back with faith.

Jan 18, 2019
The Enemy of Your Marriage
26:31

Tim Muehlhoff, author of "Defending Your Marriage," exposes the real enemy of your marriage--Satan. Muehlhoff reminds couples that their marriage is taking place on a spiritual battlefield, and evil forces have husbands and wives in their crosshairs. Couples need to put on the armor of God and pray for protection for their marriages.

Jan 17, 2019
Facing Conflict
27:02

Every couple will have conflict. But it's how they handle that conflict that makes all the difference. Author Jim Burns explains that fear is often hiding behind our defensiveness. He feared that his wife wouldn't like him, for example, and his wife, Kathy, often feared Jim would leave her. But once you realize your fears, you can face them and handle conflict better. In some cases, a couple might have to agree to disagree, and that's okay.

Jan 16, 2019
Laugh for a Happier Marriage
27:41

The best thing a couple can do for their marriage is to pray together every day. The second best: laugh. Author and counselor Jim Burns encourages any couple who wants to win in marriage to laugh a lot. Burns realized the fun had slipped from his own marriage when his daughter came home one day and said the couple she had been babysitting had told her that her parents used to be so fun and funny. She wondered why they were so different now. Burns tells how they got their fun back by investing in their marriage.Show Notes and ResourcesWhat's a Perma Jack®?

Jan 15, 2019
The Critical Years of Marriage
25:35

Jim Burns, executive director of the Homeward Center at Azusa Pacific University, explains why the early years of marriage are critical. Burns looks back on his own early years of marriage and the difficulties that arose from having a high-maintenance marriage. Burns reminds couples to use wisdom by building their marriage on the Rock, not the sand. Change will happen and struggles will come, but Christ's presence can help a couple weather any storm.

Jan 14, 2019
Father Wounds
25:13

Author Jonathan Edwards gives keen insight into the reality of what occurs in the life and heart of a child when a parent chooses to leave the family through divorce. Edwards tells what his relationship was like with his dad as he was growing up, and talks about the attempts he made to emotionally connect with his dad with no success. Hear where his relationship with his dad stands now, and why he chooses not to give up hope.Show Notes and ResourcesBetter Together: 7 Days of Prayers for Couples

Jan 11, 2019
Holes: The High Cost of Leaving
25:40

When Jonathan Edwards' father left, his absence left a giant hole in the hearts of his family members. Edwards shares how important it is for parents to be there for their children, and the consequences that result when they aren't, including financial hardship, loneliness, and grief. As Edwards admits, "There is a different pain that comes from being left."Show Notes and ResourcesBetter Together: 7 Days of Prayers for Couples

Jan 10, 2019
Who Does God Say You Are?
26:56

Each of our children are different, but their identity in Christ and that they are made in the image of God are the same. Phillip Bethancourt tells how he and his wife intentionally shape their children's identity through the three c's: connect, create, and and compete. They try to create an environment where kids can interact with each other rather than a screen; where kids can create things for themselves with chalk, colors, and Legos; and where they compete and challenge each other to be their best. Bethancourt also shares how kids are being shaped by technology, and how their family is setting boundaries for its use.Show Notes and ResourcesBetter Together: 7 Days of Prayers for Couples

Jan 09, 2019
Your Kids and Sexual Identity
28:52

Our sexuality is at the core of who we are. Phillip Bethancourt, author of "Christ-Centered Parenting," believes parents need to have conversations with their kids around the topic of sex and sexuality starting when they are young. The fact is, children are learning about sex from their peers, older siblings, and kids on the bus. Young children can learn the basics about their bodies, and Passport2Purity is a great way for older children to learn about the birds and the bees while parents are available to field questions. Regardless of age, parents need to keep coming back to those gospel foundations about sexuality.Show Notes and ResourcesBetter Together: 7 Days of Prayers for Couples

Jan 08, 2019
The Gospel Impact on Parenting
28:05

Author Phillip Bethancourt explains how the gospel has a profound impact when applied to parenting. Bethancourt, a husband and father to four boys, recalls the time his 7-year-old asked him what it meant to be gay. It's time like these that parents have a prime opportunity to help their kids think biblically and to disciple them based on what the Scriptures teach. According to Bethancourt, the solution for how to equip children to face the culture is not giving them a window into the culture, but rather wisdom.Show Notes and ResourcesBetter Together: 7 Days of Prayers for Couples

Jan 07, 2019
The Blessing of a Confident Expectation
26:38

Jen Weaver, author of "A Wife's Secret to Happiness," knows that marriage is a lot like dancing: One partner has to lead while the other has to follow. Otherwise, you're only stepping on each other's toes. Weaver shares how she's tried to curb her assertiveness so that her husband can lead their family. This especially applied to children, which she waited to have until Jared felt peace about the timing of their family. Weaver admits she could have fought to get her way, but believed that God was at work in her husband and she would have a baby in due time.

Jan 04, 2019
A Cord of Three Strands is Strong
28:42

Author Jen Weaver made a vow to her husband on their wedding day that she would "try" to love, honor, and obey him. She soon realized how much she needed Jesus to be the third party in their union. Weaver remembers once when she was complaining, she sensed God's still, small voice ask her if she was going to talk to Him about this. That's when she knew she needed to be intentional about enlisting God's help for their marriage.

Jan 03, 2019
Relating, Dating, and Marrying
24:55

Steve and Holly Crain's greatest passion is ministering to single adults in their home church, First Baptist of Houston, Texas. The Crains give insight into a single person's day-to-day world, and encourage parents to help their sons understand that the goal of dating is marriage, which requires them to be self-sacrificing. They also give some of the reasons singles fear marriage, and some of the mistakes singles make along their dating journey.

Jan 02, 2019
Complex World, Complex Answers
33:06

Dennis and Barbara Rainey team up with David Robbins, president of FamilyLife, and his wife, Meg, to answer more tough questions from listeners such as: How do I introduce technology to my kids? What should I say to my adopted kids? What does a grandmother do when she doesn't agree with how her grandkids are being raised?

Dec 28, 2018
Tough Parenting Questions
25:24

Our culture is increasingly complex and some issues are hard to manage. Dennis and Barbara Rainey team up with David Robbins, president of FamilyLife, and his wife, Meg, to answer questions from listeners such as: How do I encourage my teens to make good decisions? How do I handle sibling rivalry? How do we relate to a cousin with same-sex parents?

Dec 27, 2018
Why Jesus Came
28:29

Bryan Loritts turns to Isaiah 9 to remind us of who Jesus is, what He came to do, and what He came to deliver us from.

Dec 25, 2018
Herod and Me
28:13

Herod knew there could only be one king. He was right. Pastor Bryan Loritts talks about the sovereignty of God at work--even in the ugly parts of the Christmas story.

Dec 24, 2018
An Unexpected Miracle
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Kate Clark, author of "Where I End," looks back on the freak playground accident that doctors said would leave her in a wheelchair permanently. But Kate refused to give up and asked God for a miracle. To everyone's amazement, Kate began to slowly improve in the months following her injury, and she eventually walked on her own. While her recovery was stunning, Kate tells how she wrestled with a deep grief, and shares how her injury still affects her to this day.

Dec 21, 2018
A Paralyzing Injury
30:33

May 29, 2009 is forever etched in the mind of Kate Clark and her family. What started as a lovely spring day playing outside with the kids at her son's school soon turned into a tragic playground accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Clark talks about the surgery she had to try to repair her injured spine and the doctor's prognosis that she would likely never walk again. Facing the possibility of life in a wheelchair, Kate and her family boldly prayed to God for a miracle, and then watched the hand of God move.

Dec 20, 2018
Lessons We’ve Learned as Parents
28:19

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10 Ideas: Ministering to Orphans

Dec 19, 2018
The Realities of Adoption
24:54

Adoption has its challenges. Michael and Sharon Dennehy, known as the “United Nations” couple due to the number of international adoptions they have pursued, talk about the challenges and realities of adopting children with special needs. Sharon admits there are days when parenting seems overwhelming, and she just wants to take a long nap. Then she remembers God’s calling, and she realizes afresh the amazing blessing she has is these children.

I Like Adoption - The Dennehy's story
10 Ideas: Ministering to Orphans

Dec 18, 2018
Nurturing a Heart for Adoption
26:45

Have you ever considered adoption? Michael and Sharon Dennehy didn’t, at least not in the early years of marriage as they dreamed about their ideal family. But God began to change their minds. And then they saw George, a little boy from Romania with no arms, and knew they wanted him to be their son. Michael and Sharon talk about the incredible family God designed for them, which includes 12 children, nine of whom are adopted and many of whom have special needs.

Are you called to adopt?
10 Ideas: Ministering to Orphans

Dec 17, 2018
Teaching Kids to Love God
28:36

Do your children know who God is? Dennis and Barbara Rainey remind us what Jesus said when he spoke about the greatest commandment to "Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself." A parent's assignment is to demonstrate for their children how to respond to the love of God. This takes more than just teaching the Word; it takes modeling day-by-day what a relationship with Christ looks like.
Show Notes and Resources
How to Know God

Dec 07, 2018
The Family as a Training Center
30:09

Have you thought of your home as a training center? Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about some skills children need to learn while they live at home. It's important that kids learn to love those who aren't like them, and this includes learning to love and appreciate their siblings. Children also need to be trained in handling and resolving conflict. Hear about some of the mishaps in the Rainey home as Dennis and Barbara tried to teach the six Rainey children these skills.

Dec 06, 2018
The Bridge That Love Built
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Family experts Dennis and Barbara Rainey encourage moms and dads to be intentional in their parenting, being especially careful to demonstrate unconditional love and grace as they pursue their children's hearts. Parents also need to make forgiveness part of their family's DNA, modeling godly sorrow and repentance.

Dec 05, 2018
Hope for the Abused Wife
28:29

Dr. Ramona Probasco tells what it's like to be married to an abusive man. She provides insight into why abused wives don't leave their husbands sooner, and how the abuse affected her children. Probasco tells what led her to seek help, and what she did to finally leave her abusive marriage.

Are you in an abusive relationship? Download Ramona Probasco's Abuse Evaluation Assessment
www.DrRamona.com

Dec 04, 2018
The Big Secret
27:03

Author and family therapist Dr. Ramona Probasco tells what it's like to be married to an abusive man because she's been there. The man she thought was her knight in shining armor on her wedding day began physically abusing her just three years into the marriage. She prayed for years that her husband would change, and that God would give her the strength to save her marriage, but she saw little improvement. Probasco provides insight into why abused wives don't leave their husbands sooner, and how the abuse affected her children.

Are you in an abusive relationship? Download Ramona Probasco's Abuse Evaluation Assessment
www.DrRamona.com

Dec 03, 2018
Struggling With Infertility
25:10

Chelsea Sobolik, author of "Longing for Motherhood," was devastated when her doctor told her she couldn't have children. Sobolik was 19 at the time, and she grieved all she would miss out on in the future. After learning of her rare condition, Chelsea immediately began to struggle with whether she was a "complete woman," and whether any man would want her. Sobolik shares how she found healing for her grieving heart and talks about the wonderful man she married.Show Notes and ResourcesAnn Voskamp talks about the blessing of thanking God in the hard times. God loves us in our brokenness, and it is from that place that we can give thanks most powerfully.

Nov 30, 2018
A Silent Sorrow
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Author Chelsea Sobolik tells the heartwarming story of her adoption from the former communist nation of Romania. Unable to have children, her adoptive parents were led overseas where they prayed God would show them which child to adopt. Eventually, God led them to a teen who couldn't take care of her baby, and the rest, they say, is history. Sobolik, like her mom, always loved children and hoped to have some of her own, but when she turned 19, medical tests revealed that something was amiss, and Sobolik's dream of having biological children was dashed.

Nov 29, 2018
My Brother, My Friend
28:53

Barbara Rainey reminds us that Christmas isn't about falling in love with your life or the season, but about falling in love with Jesus. In our culture, names don't have a lot of meaning, but in biblical times they did. God reveals who He is by telling us his names, like Emmanuel - God with us. Over the past seven years, Barbara has designed Christmas ornaments that boast of God's powerful names. This year's ornaments are His Family Names--Provider, Teacher, Friend, and Brother.

Nov 28, 2018
Redeeming the Holidays
25:42

Christmas is a special time of year. Barbara Rainey, designer and founder of Ever Thine Home, joins her husband, Dennis, to talk about the Advent season and what you can do to make the holidays more meaningful.

Nov 27, 2018
The Beginning of Something Good
25:57

Dennis and Barbara Rainey recall the events that led to Barbara's inspirational product line called Ever Thine Home. They share how the idea for Ever Thine Home began to germinate at a planning retreat. Now Barbara reveals her new line of Christmas ornaments, the family names of Jesus.

Nov 26, 2018
Slaying Sexual Sin
30:45

Roger Fankhauser, author of the book, "Stormproof Men," gives hope to those struggling with sexual sin. Sin gets its strength in the dark, and shame tells us not to tell, but the Bible gives us a better way to be set free. At the root of sexual sin, Fankhauser explains, is the feeling of false intimacy that pornography gives you. In truth, porn only tears down the trust between a husband and wife, and that's tough to rebuild. Freedom from sexual sin won't be found apart from confession and accountability.

Nov 21, 2018
Overcoming Sexual Sin
26:52

Sexual sin is a pandemic in our culture. Roger Fankhauser, Senior Pastor of Burleson Bible Church, talks about living sexually pure in a sex-saturated world. Fankhauser reminds us that it's possible to live a pure life, but the key is "wanting to." Also important is developing a healthy view of God and sin to overcome temptation.

Nov 20, 2018
Glorious God, Glorious Gospel
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Pastor David Michael and his wife, Sally, co-founders of Truth78, have a strong passion to see parents discipling their children in the faith. Although children are often taught the main Bible stories about Noah, Samson, Jonah, and the like, which capture children's imaginations, the Michaels find that the main character of the story, God, is often overlooked. They encourage parents to talk to their children about God, and point out what He is doing in their lives.

Nov 19, 2018
The Freedom Of Forgiveness
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Meg Miller wasn't sure her marriage would survive after she discovered porn on their home computer. The pain she felt after her husband's betrayal consumed her. She felt she had been a good wife, only correcting her husband here and there when she had a better way of doing things. Miller remembers her desperation as she begged God for healing, even telling God to change her if that's what it would take. Hear how God answered her prayers and gave her insight on how to better relate to her husband.

Nov 13, 2018
My Husband’s Porn Use Saved Our Marriage
26:10

Meg Miller knew marriage was going to be hard when she first tied the knot. After all, that's what everyone says. But three years into the marriage, Meg was shocked to find porn on their home computer, and she was devastated. Though her husband was repentant and sought counseling, Meg just couldn't get past it and thought this just might end their marriage. Miller tells what she felt after her discovery and what goes on in a wife's heart when she finds her husband is secretly lusting after other women.

Nov 12, 2018
Your Family Is a Mission Field
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Author September McCarthy talks about the challenges and joys of motherhood. September reminds us that children are made to be received and later released. She remembers feeling restless when her son, Benjamin, turned one, and she considered pursuing something outside the home. The Lord, however, showed her that her family was her mission field, and she could be fulfilled serving and teaching her growing family.

Nov 09, 2018
Life In a Large Family
28:32

Author September McCarthy and her husband, Dan, tell the story of how they met and married. The McCarthys also give their best parenting advice for many challenging issues.

Nov 09, 2018
The Losses of Motherhood
27:55

September McCarthy talks about the adventures of raising a large family. But initially, having a big family wasn't on her radar. When expecting her first child, she felt a mix of excitement and trepidation. Unfortunately, the pregnancy ended in miscarriage, and their second child also died shortly after birth. God used that transforming moment to show her the sacred in the suffering and to change her heart about motherhood.

Nov 08, 2018
Thanking God for the Thorns
26:51

It's easy to thank God for the blessings, but thanking Him for the thorns, not so much. Author Mary Mohler tells the story of hymn writer George Matheson, whose fiance left him when she learned he was going blind. Though heartbroken, Matheson remained faithful, thanked God for his thorn, and threw himself into his theological studies. Mohler gives listeners ten practical examples of how we can thank God in the midst of our pain.

Nov 07, 2018