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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
Bible Bee 2019

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

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

Apr 18, 2019
Dating Done Right

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
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?

Marshall Segal, a writer and managing editor for, 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
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

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
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

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
The Torchlighters: Heros of the Faith
Who Was Richard Wurmbrand?  Pastor Richard Wurmbrand (1909 – 2001)

Apr 12, 2019
Identity In Blended Families

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Bob Lepine's Tribute to Dennis Rainey (9.2MB).
Phone call tributes from listeners (9.2MB).

Mar 01, 2019
Reflecting on 26 Years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 including the CAN DO poster.Show Notes and ResourcesResources from Kristen's website including the CAN DO poster.

Feb 15, 2019
Protecting Your Children From Porn

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 including the CAN DO poster.Show Notes and ResourcesResources from Kristen's website including the CAN DO poster.

Feb 14, 2019
Leveraging Your Differences

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec 19, 2018
The Realities of Adoption

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.

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Dec 18, 2018
Nurturing a Heart for Adoption

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.

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Dec 17, 2018
Teaching Kids to Love God

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
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Dec 07, 2018
The Family as a Training Center

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

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

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

Dec 04, 2018
The Big Secret

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.

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Dec 03, 2018
Struggling With Infertility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Rediscovering Gratefulness

Grumbling comes naturally for most of us. Mary Mohler, wife of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler, takes a biblical look at griping, complaining, and grumbling and identifies some gratitude robbers that may be stealing our joy like loved ones who aren't walking with the Lord, busyness, and doubt.

Nov 06, 2018
Training Your Heart to be Grateful

Are you a grateful person? Author Mary Mohler reminds us gratefulness isn't an option for the Christian. We were all hopelessly lost, but God was rich in mercy and paid our sin-debt for us. Because of this, we should be living lives overflowing with gratitude. Even in adversity, we need to remind ourselves that nothing can separate us from God's love, and we must trust that He knows what's best in this season.

Nov 05, 2018
Finding Peace in Parenting

Eryn Lynum, author of "936 Pennies," tells how the gift of a jar of 936 pennies at her son's baby dedication transformed her family's life by keep them intentionally focused on the importance of each passing day. Lynum explains that parenting isn't always a peaceful process with mess, chaos, and noise in a houseful of kids, but Jesus can meet us there and carry us on the days when we feel discouraged.

Nov 02, 2018
The Joys of Intentional Parenting

Author Eryn Lynum was given a great gift at her infant son's dedication. After she and her husband, Grayson, vowed to raise their child in the Lord, the pastor handed her a jar of 936 pennies. Each cent represented one week she and her husband would have with their child until he turned 18. With the jar of pennies serving as a reminder, Lynum began to see her life and motherhood clearer. Each penny represented a week she would never get back, so she tells how she started parenting intentionally in order to live a life of no regrets

Nov 01, 2018
The Team Approach

Dennis and Barbara Rainey know that parenting is hard work. That's why they encourage parents not to try to parent alone, but to be in community with other parents. The Raineys were a part of a small group at church, where they gleaned wisdom from other parents and often found comfort with like-minded moms and dads. They also invited heroes of the faith into their home so their children could hear their stories.

Oct 31, 2018
What Do You Want Your Kids to Be?

Dennis and Barbara Rainey know a little about raising kids. They have six of their own and now have 20-plus grandkids. Today the Raineys remind us to carefully consider what kind of person they want their children to become and how they can cultivate those character qualities. The Raineys remember having differing values when they started their parenting journey, and tell how a weekend retreat gave them time to prioritize their top 10 so they could nourish those values in the lives of their children.

Oct 30, 2018
Leaning on the Lord

Dennis and Barbara Rainey, authors of "The Art of Parenting," talk about the character traits needed to be a good parent. The first thing moms and dads need is to be growing in their relationship with the Lord and their reliance on Him. Church attendance is great, but individual time in God's Word is vital. Children need to see mom and dad in love with Jesus.

Oct 29, 2018
Broken Families: A Casualty of War

Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife, Heather, talk honestly about the realities of deployment. Besides the obvious casualties of war, one casualty that is rarely spoken about is marriage. After completing seminary in 2006, Darren was commissioned in the Army and almost immediately deployed. Their experience of that first deployment is captured in the movie, "Indivisible," which releases October 18. Dr. David Evans, the producer of "Indivisible," and his wife, Esther, tell how they first heard about the Turners and what motivated them to turn their story into a movie.Show Notes and - Movie Trailer and Theater locations

Oct 26, 2018

Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife, Heather, join producer David Evans and his wife, Esther, to talk about the release of the new feature film about the Turner's life, "Indivisible." The Turners remember how they met and what it was that first drew them into the military. Darren's deployment challenged him in multiple ways, and raising the children alone came with its own set of problems for Heather. In the blur of service, Darren's faith grew stagnant and his heart grew numb as he watched more and more men die in battle.Show Notes and - Movie Trailer and Theater locations

Oct 25, 2018
Believe God, Not the Deceiver

Who are you listening to? Dennis Rainey explains that all of life is one long process of asking and answering the question, "Who am I going to believe?" In Genesis, we see Satan, the big deceiver, questioning Eve about what God had told her. Eve began to doubt God, and mankind has been struggling ever since. Rainey cautions listeners not to follow Eve's footsteps, but to believe what God has promised in His Word and to hold onto that truth for life.

Oct 24, 2018
From a Boy to a Man

Boys play house. Men build them." Pastor and entrepreneur Joe Pellegrino tells how his life and legacy changed for the better after giving his heart to the Lord. Pellegrino agrees that sexual purity for young men is important, but a man also needs to be pure in character. It's only then that a man can find and pursue his purpose in life.Show Notes and ResourcesMore about Joe Pellegrno's ministry at

Oct 23, 2018
Legacy Minded Man

May 26, 1995 is a reset date for Joe Pellegrino, a men's pastor and founder of Legacy Minded Men. On that day at a Promise Keepers conference he committed himself to the Lord. Before he knew Christ, he was a man who built his house on the sand. He was cutting corners in order to build himself up. Now he shares what he's learned about following God's better blueprint.Show Notes and ResourcesMore about Joe Pellegrno's ministry at

Oct 22, 2018
Talking About Sex

Dr. Juli Slattery and Michelle Hill, "FamilyLife This Week" host, join Dennis Rainey in a lively discussion about sexuality. Slattery gives insight on how mothers should talk to their daughters about sex. Instead of just saying "don't go there," mothers can talk about a daughter's longings and help dispel fear while explaining God's good design for sexuality. Hill, who is single, explains how she is expressing her sexuality while still honoring God.Show Notes and ResourcesFamilyLife This Week® with Michelle Hill

Oct 19, 2018
Sex and Singleness

Christian counselor Juli Slattery teams up with "FamilyLife This Week" host Michelle Hill to talk about sexuality as it relates to singleness. Slattery explains there are many things that impact how a woman sees her sexuality, but one of the biggest factors is her family of origin. Slattery and Hill both share how the topic of sex was handled in their homes. While most Christian homes, and churches, endorse purity, pushing that message alone leads to problems. Hill, who is single, talks honestly about being single in a sex-crazed culture.Show Notes and ResourcesFamilyLife This Week® with Michelle Hill

Oct 18, 2018
Growing Into a Woman of Character

Jaquelle Crowe joins her father, Sean Crowe, to talk about connecting as a family. Sean shares what he and his wife did to help Jacquelle grow into a woman of character. They focused on the law when Jacquelle was younger, but also made sure she understood grace and saw it lived out. Jacquelle talks about her dad losing his temper and how her parents were quick to confess when they made mistakes.

Oct 17, 2018
A Teen’s Relationship With His Parents

Jaquelle Crowe, a contributor on as well as the Gospel Coalition, talks about the relationship teens need to have with their parents, friends, and the opposite gender. Each person's first relationship is with their parents, and she learned to honor her mom and dad at an early age. Crowe reminds teens that their parents are doing the best they can, and that they are only human--with insecurities, fears, and doubts, just like them.

Oct 16, 2018
Gospel Living

Jaquelle Crowe, editor-in-chief of, explains how her parents modeled the gospel as she grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Attracted by the infectious joy her parents possessed and their hope in their Savior, Crowe tells how she prayed to receive Christ at age 4. While she had her doubts and rebelled a bit in her early teen years, she never walked away from her faith. Crowe coaches parents on how to make the Christian life attractive to their kids.

Oct 15, 2018
Radically Loved by God

Mental Health Practitioner and author Lee Wolfe Blum exhorts women everywhere to define themselves as radically loved by God and full of worth, not because of what we do but because of what He’s done. Instead of judging one another, we need to encourage each other. Many of us are in hard situations and are being so brave. Blum shares the stories of several women who rose above their circumstances and relied on the Lord for His courage to live bravely.Show Notes and ResourcesAs part of the #MeToo movement, what can we all do to bring healing to the culture and those who are hurting? Author Shaunti Feldhahn joins us on this important topic.

Oct 12, 2018
Everyone Is Fighting a Battle

Mental health practitioner Lee Wolfe Blum remembers her youth and the powerful, damaging message, "you don't matter." Overhearing her mother tell someone she was an accident compounded that negative thinking. As a result, Blum sought perfection but her quest lead to an eating disorder. Blum encourages women to be authentic in the midst of struggles, because each person has them and is brave and courageous in her own way.Show Notes and ResourcesAs part of the #MeToo movement, what can we all do to bring healing to the culture and those who are hurting? Author Shaunti Feldhahn joins us on this important topic.

Oct 11, 2018
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Oct 10, 2018
Guarding Our Mouths

Most of us think we communicate effectively using our devices. Pastor and author Dr. Emerson Eggerichs reminds us that the best communication still occurs face to face, utilizing vocal tone, body language, and complete sentences. The danger of electronic communication is the digital footprint we leave. That means that whatever we put "out there" is never going away. Let's remember the audience of One who is always watching and listening.Show Notes and ResourcesBefore You Hit Send Assessment: Find patterns that will put you on the path to improved communication

Oct 09, 2018
The Golden Rule of Communication

Have you ever hit send, and then regretted it later? Communications expert Dr. Emerson Eggerichs encourages listeners to ask themselves four questions before saying and sending anything to another person: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? Is it clear? If you can answer any one of these with a "no," then reconsider sending the message. Speak the truth in love with care.Show Notes and ResourcesBefore You Hit Send Assessment: Find patterns that will put you on the path to improved communication

Oct 08, 2018
Compounded Loss

Albert Hsu, author of "Grieving a Suicide," talks frankly about the loss of his father to suicide. Hsu shares how suicide heightens the regular grief that comes with the death of a loved one. Not only is this person no longer with you, but you have to grapple with how they left you. Hsu shares how his new wife's presence ministered to him in his time of crisis, and what others did that encouraged him or discouraged him while he grieved his father. Hsu reminds us that God is with us in our suffering.

Oct 05, 2018
Tough Questions About Suicide

Author Albert Hsu talks about how people search for answers after experiencing a suicide. Hsu shares about the pitfalls of remembrance, the importance of talking about depression, and to help people know that they are not alone.Show Notes and

Oct 05, 2018
Complicated Grief

Author Albert Hsu is a suicide survivor. He didn't try to take his own life, but he has grieved his own father's suicide. Hsu remembers his brilliant 58-year old father, an electrical engineer by trade, who had been stricken with a stroke just three months prior to his suicide. He recalls his father's battle with clinical depression and his lost sense of hope as he fought for normalcy in rehab. Hsu talks about the effect his father's suicide had on their family and gives us a first-hand look at this complicated loss.

Oct 04, 2018
Continuing to Hope

When a family member is an addict, the entire family suffers. Rick Van Warner talks honestly about his son Tommy's drug addiction, and he and his wife's continued efforts to love and believe in him. Van Warner shares how they questioned why God was allowing this to happen to their family, but they never stopped praying for Tommy, even when their faith wavered. Others have rallied around their family with prayer and encouragement, and Van Warner continues to walk this day-by-day battle with his son.

Oct 03, 2018
A Daily Battle

Businessman and father of four, Rick Van Warner, has always wanted the best for his son, Tommy, who has been addicted to opioids since the age of 16. Van Warner talks about his son's first trip to rehab, and his brokenness and sorrow over his actions once he got out. But Tommy was hooked, and his behavior escalated. Manipulation, lying and relapses have been common over the course of Tommy's 10-year addiction. It's a "cycle of madness" for the Van Warner family, but Rick continues to hold on to hope.

Oct 02, 2018
Descending into Drugs

Opioid-based pain pills are the cause of thousands of deaths each year. Author and businessman Rick Van Warner is all too aware of the crisis. Van Warner gives us a glimpse of what it's like to live with and love an opioid addict, his son, Tommy. Van Warner first realized his 16-year old son had a problem when he went missing. Five days later Van Warner found Tommy in an old, abandoned building in town, barely recognizable and on the brink of an overdose. Detox and rehab came next, but it wouldn't be his last.

Oct 01, 2018
Four Conversations for Kids

Teen researcher David Eaton knows that Smart phones are hugely popular among adolescents, but they're often misused. Eaton challenges parents to have four different conversation with their kids before giving them a cell phone. Start with the questions, "How is the smartphone very good, and how is it cursed, and how can we as a family redeem it?" and end with a conversation about trust. David Eaton is a contributor to Dennis and Barbara Rainey's book, The Art of Parenting.Show Notes and This free video series will help you have four important conversations about the smartphones in your teen's life.

Sep 28, 2018
Smartphone Detox

Axis founder David Eaton encourages parents to talk to their kids about appropriate cell phone usage. Eaton reminds parents it's not so much about how to use the phone but why we use it. Eaton also lets parents know what the non-negotiables are regarding cell phone use, like porn and sexting, and helps parents coach their kids on how to stay safe online. David Eaton is a contributor to Dennis and Barbara Rainey's book, The Art of Parenting.Show Notes and This free video series will help you have four important conversations about the smartphones in your teen's life.

Sep 27, 2018
Finding Connection

Rev. Milan and Kay Yerkovich tell husbands and wives how to connect to their spouses. Milan, an admitted task-oriented avoider, and Kay, an avowed vacillator, tell how they learned to understand and connect with one another to form a lasting bond. They share how their "soul word list" helped them learn to describe what they were feeling and to say the things they needed to say.Show Notes and ResourcesThe Love Style Quiz

Sep 26, 2018
Growing Compassion and Empathy

Are you emotionally connected to your spouse? Rev. Milan Yerkovich and his wife Kay, a marriage and family therapist, explain the what and how of emotional attachment. They also explain how differing people manage stress, and how each person's style affects a marriage. The Yerkovich's illustrate what a secure attachment looks like and tell listeners where to look to take an emotional assessment online.Show Notes and ResourcesThe Love Style Quiz

Sep 25, 2018
Childhood Lessons of Love

Rev. Milan Yerkovich and his wife Kay, a licensed marriage and family therapist, talk about their early years of marriage and the difficulty they had breaking out of old communication patterns. They tell how delving into their family backgrounds helped them understand the unseen forces governing how they loved each other. For the first time, they understood the source of their frustrations and why they were stuck. Kay also helps us understand emotional attachment.Show Notes and ResourcesThe Love Style Quiz

Sep 24, 2018
Starting Over

Author Shauna Shanks felt wave after wave of discouragement, but she refused to give up on her marriage. She shares what inspired her to give herself completely in obedience to God's word. Shanks remembers the day when she gave her wedding ring back, and recalls with joy the day her husband put it back on her finger again.Show Notes and

Sep 19, 2018
Persisting in Love

Author Shauna Shanks never imagined her husband would ask for a divorce after ten years of marriage. But she made a decision not to give up. She also decided not to base her love on her feelings, but to love her husband based on what the Scriptures teach in 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter. Her husband, Micah, resisted her at first. Then he admitted to having an affair. Shanks cried out to God. Find out how her perseverance and patience paid off.Show Notes and

Sep 18, 2018
For Better or Worse

Spring break 2003 couldn't have been better for college co-ed Shauna Shanks. That's when her boyfriend, Micah, proposed at the bottom of the Golden Gate bridge. They were blissfully unaware of the future challenges. After all they both loved Jesus and each other, so what could go wrong? Marriage happened, children arrived quickly, and work was hard to come by. As the years passed resentment and restlessness began to set in. Shanks tells of the shock she felt when Micah asked for a divorce ten years into the marriage.Show Notes and

Sep 17, 2018
Changing the Way You Relate

Author Laura Taggart, a licensed marriage and family therapist, explains how the wounds and lessons of childhood carry over into our marriages. This often leads us to overreact to situations that might confuse our spouse, and even us. Once we understand our spouse's past, we can extend compassion. Taggart encourages listeners to fully embrace their identity in Christ, and to start seeing themselves, and their mate, through His eyes.

Sep 14, 2018
The Lightening Round

Bob and Dennis fire off a "lightening round" of questions to our guest Laura Taggart. They take on big issues couples are facing like finances, how couples spend time together, and sex.

Sep 14, 2018
Overcoming Despair

Licensed marriage and family therapist Laura Taggart knows what it's like to despair over your marriage. Taggart explains how the wheels fell off her marriage around year 13 when her husband decided he'd had enough of her criticism and left for a brief time. That's when Taggart knew she and her husband had to do something different for the sake of their marriage and their children. Taggart talks about conflict she sees couples having, and explains how marrying later in life often leads to high expectations, and later, high disillusionment.

Sep 13, 2018
The Weight of Debt

At a point in their marriage, D.A. and Elicia Horton had to file for bankruptcy which led them to recognize their need to repent of their greed, which had driven them to live beyond their means in the quest to obtain the American Dream. Now financially stable, the Hortons reflect on what they would say to their younger selves about financial stewardship.

Sep 12, 2018

Married in 2003 after almost calling off the wedding, D.A. and Elicia Horton continued to battle in the early years of marriage. Years later they learned that the Bible was to be used for mutual edification, not ammunition. Becoming parents caused them to take a second look at their behavior and their priorities.

Sep 11, 2018
Fighting for a Gospel-Saturated Life

Authors D.A. and Elicia Horton have had wrestling matches occur in their relationship-first as a dating couple, and then later as newlyweds. Although they had grown up together, their family backgrounds and different communication styles often clashed, leading to loud vocal matches and heated debates. One shouting match under a street lamp lead them to question their engagement, but they sought counseling and went ahead with the wedding.

Sep 10, 2018
Needs of Kids Part 2

Dennis and Barbara Rainey spent 28 years parenting their six now grown children. The Raineys gladly share their wisdom about what they learned over the years regarding what every child needs.Show Notes and ResourcesWhat Every Child Needs top ten list

Sep 07, 2018
Needs of Kids Part 1

Mom and Dad: Do you know what your parental assignment is? Family experts Dennis and Barbara Rainey, parents to six and grandparents to twenty plus, list the top 10 things each child needs to be healthy, happy, and whole, which includes a home that isn't child-centric and that's led by intentional parents.Show Notes and ResourcesWhat Every Child Needs top ten list

Sep 06, 2018
God’s Got Your Back

Dennis and Barbara Rainey, co-authors of The Art of Parenting and parents of six, talk about the joys and hard work of parenting. Dennis shares a heartwarming story from when his daughter Deborah was a teenager, and the lesson she learned through her wandering parakeet, Sweet Pea. Through the week the Raineys will talk about what every child needs: relationships, character, identity, and purpose or mission.

Sep 05, 2018
Teen… Rebel?

Self-admitted non-rebel Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach interviewed former teen rebels. Lindenbach tells what she learned from these prodigals about being heard and understood, household rules, dating, and more.

Aug 31, 2018
What Is a Rebel?

Some kids rebel. Others don't. Why? Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach, author of the book, "Why I Didn't Rebel," looks back on her teen years and explains what rebellion is and what it is not. Lindenbach recalls how her parents responded to her mood swings and teen angst, and encourages parents to really listen to their teens and equip them to face life's disappointments and challenges.

Aug 30, 2018