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 Dec 9, 2018

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Join Dennis Rainey, Bob Lepine and leading experts for daily help and encouragement as they discuss marriage and family issues from a biblical perspective. Find out more at

Episode Date
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 25, 2019
I Believe in Resurrection
Their marriage was strong. Until it wasn't. Christian singer Plumb (Tiffany Lee) and her husband, Jeremy, recall the dark years of their marriage. Together they tell how God got their full attention and started slowly drawing them back together. They fondly look back on the day they decided to choose hope and remarry in a surprise wedding.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 24, 2019
Slipping Toward Isolation
Sometimes life blindsides you. That's what Christian recording artist Plumb (Tiffany Lee) felt when her husband, Jeremy, told her he wanted out of the marriage. Holding fast to the Word, Tiffany tells how she gave her sinking marriage over to God, trusting Him for the outcome. Jeremy joins her in the studio.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 23, 2019
A Heart-to-Heart With Plumb
Her life seemed to fall in place easily, as did her music career. It wasn't until she was married with children that life took a downhill turn. Christian recording artist, Plumb (Tiffany Lee), and her husband Jeremy, fondly remember the ski trip that brought them together, and the challenges that hit them hard 11 years into marriage.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 22, 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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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."<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 03, 2019
Dating, Relating, 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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 02, 2019
Time for a Radical Sabbatical
Are you feeling overwhelmed with busyness? If so, you'll want to hear about the radical steps one over-extended mother took to step out of the rat race and refocus on her family. With extra time back in their schedules, author Joanne Kraft talks about some of the fun family field trips they took and her favorite family memories from their relaxing and rejuvenating year off.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 01, 2019
Breaking Free From Busyness
Remember time-outs? Have you ever wished there were time-outs for families—time away from all the to-do lists generated by our culture and more freedom to do what you really want? Recovering too-busy mom Joanne Kraft recalls the day when she and her husband decided their family was going to take a year off from all sports and extracurricular activities to spend more time together. Find out how they benefited from a slower pace of life, and how you can do the same.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 31, 2018
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?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 27, 2018
Facing the Storms
You vowed "for better or for worse." But did you stop to consider what "worse" really means? Barbara Rainey joins her husband, Dennis Rainey, to talk about walking through the storms of life. Barbara reminds couples that hardships come to every marriage, and the best way to prepare for them is to walk in God's truth and live each day with a purpose. Barbara recalls the decade before becoming empty nesters as being one of their hardest seasons of life, and tells how they continued to believe in God's sovereignty through it all.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 26, 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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 20, 2018
Lessons We've Learned as Parents
Some of the greatest lessons of life come through parenting. Michael and Sharon Dennehy, the parents of 12 children, nine of whom are adopted, have spent much time in life’s classroom and reflect on what adoption has taught them. The Dennehys remind listeners that as believers, we’ve all been adopted by God, and that expanding their family through adoption hasn’t depleted the love they have to give, but has enlarged it.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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’ve 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 in these children.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 17, 2018
Cherish as Protection
Cherishing begins with the desire to protect your spouse emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Gary Thomas, a husband to Lisa for 30 years, tells a story shared by Dr. Greg Bledsoe, now surgeon general of Arkansas, who learned a powerful lesson in cherishing as he watched an elderly man care for his invalid wife.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 14, 2018
To Love and to Cherish
Gary Thomas, author of "Cherish," encourages husbands and wives to cherish their spouses by celebrating who they uniquely are. A person needs to see their spouse as their one and only, and must be careful not to compare. Cherishing means affirming and loving our spouse, and being eternally grateful for them.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 13, 2018
What Does It Mean to Cherish?
Best-selling author Gary Thomas explains that when you show off the beauty of your spouse and showcase them instead of yourself, you are cherishing them. Conversely, demoralizing or discouraging your spouse is a characteristic of contempt, and the opposite of this high value.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 12, 2018
A Spiritual Action Plan
Terence Chatmon, CEO of Fellowship of Companies for Christ, excelled at drafting business plans. But Chatmon wanted to develop a plan to help his family come to love and serve Christ always, not just in this generation, but in generations to come. Find out how Chatmon introduced this plan to his family, and how it's energized their faith and family time.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 11, 2018
Putting God First in Your Family
When author Terence Chatmon and his wife, Wanda, slipped away for a 15th anniversary vacation, he knew they'd be refreshed. He didn't know, however, that their family's spiritual life was about to change. In pondering the question about where their family was headed, Wanda brought up her concern that their children weren't prepared to defend their faith after high school. Hear about Chatmon's radical plan to help his family grow in the faith.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 10, 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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 05, 2018
Hope for the Abused Wife
Dr. Ramona Probasco hid a dirty little secret for years. While her marriage and family might have seemed perfect from the outside, the reality was much different. She was emotionally and physically abused by her "Christian" husband regularly, despite her fervent prayers. Probasco tells what led her to seek help, and what she did to finally leave her abusive marriage once and for all.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 26, 2018
Keeping the Covenant
Good stories usually involve a person defying the odds. If that’s the case, then Jay and Katherine Wolf's love story is a classic. After four years of happily-ever-after, Katherine, a model, endured a massive stroke and spent two years in the hospital and in rehab. Still challenged by this injury, Katherine and Jay share just a little of what they've had to face since then and what God is teaching them about love and hope.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 23, 2018
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, Really?
Trials come in various shapes and sizes. It's how we respond to those trials that determine who we really are. Katherine Wolf, joined by her husband, Jay, talks about the massive brainstem stroke she miraculously survived just months after giving birth to their son. The Wolfs recall what drew them together as college students and what their life was like on the sunny California coast before this life-altering trauma.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 22, 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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 19, 2018
Are Children Inherently Good?
Your child is a good child, right? Paul David Tripp says, "not so fast." Parents often make the mistake of expecting Christian character to be built in at birth. When they let this false premise govern key aspects of their parenting, the child suffers. Tripp provides practical parenting advice for developing gospel-centered Christian character in your child.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 16, 2018
Parents: God's Ambassadors
Best-selling author Paul David Tripp understands parents' desire to get their kids to behave. Tripp encourages parents to see themselves as God's ambassadors. Children are created to live under God's authority. So next time those little fights crop up about what to eat or when to go to bed, remember it's not really about food or bed time but about rescuing a child from himself.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 15, 2018
Parenting With Mercy
Paul David Tripp talks honestly about parenting children with the love, wisdom, and mercy only God can provide. Tripp recalls a few of his own parenting failures. While children need the law for guidance, Tripp reminds parents the law has no power to change the heart. Only grace can do that.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 14, 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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 15, 2018
Radically Loved by God
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 11, 2018
More Than Funny
Comedian Michael Jr. joins Dennis Rainey to talk about his feature film releasing October 18 called, "More Than Funny." While the movie is indeed funny, Michael explains why this movie is more than just a way to be entertained. He hopes it will serve to motivate viewers to use their gifts to serve others.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 24, 2018
Thinking the Best of Our Spouse
How we think influences how we act. Author and blogger Sheila Wray Gregoire lays out nine thoughts that will change the way you look at your marriage, including the fact that "I'm called to be a peacemaker, not a peacekeeper." Gregorie shares what she's learned in over 20 years of marriage about conflict resolution.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 21, 2018
Stinkin' Thinkin'
Are you asking God to change your husband? Perhaps God wants to change you! Sheila Gregoire, author of "9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage," reflects on her early years of marriage and the countless hours she spent praying for God to tame her husband's sex drive. Realizing that God is pro-sex, Sheila decided to change her way of thinking, and it was then that her marriage began to improve.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 20, 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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 05, 2018
Why Are You Single?
Who's fault is it that you're single? Lisa Anderson, author of "The Dating Manifesto," talks candidly about the reasons some singles find themselves spouse-less. Anderson considers her own dating experience, and reminds singles of one great comfort-that God is sovereign and ultimately good.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 04, 2018
Inching Toward Marriage
Are you eager for marriage? Lisa Anderson, host of "The Boundless Show," gives singles advice on how to make their marriage dreams come true. Anderson encourages singles to be in relationship with other singles, whether that's through work, church, or hobbies. Also, singles need to find married people who know and love them, who could introduce them to other eligible singles.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 03, 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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 30, 2018
Equipping People to Find a Social Cause
Love God and love others, in that order. Author Tim Muehlhoff encourages families to not just be against something in the culture, but to be for something by serving in their community. Muehlhoff advocates partnering on the things you can partner with, even if you don't agree with everything. As believers, our lives should be characterized by always showing love and care to those around us.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 29, 2018
Speaking Truth in Love
Author Tim Muehlhoff, a professor of communication at Biola, talks about the importance of balancing truth and grace in our speech. Muehlhoff believes Christians should familiarize themselves with opposing beliefs in order to understand that perspective. The gospel, he states, gives us humility to say, "I can learn from people I disagree with, and even if we disagree, I still care about you and your community."<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 28, 2018
Putting Your Spouse in the Front Seat
Ron Deal, director of FamilyLife Blended, talks honestly about struggles that take place in a blended family between the biological children and the new spouse. While it's tempting to want to put the children first, Deal cautions against it. The marriage must always come first, Deal advises, and parenting must come from a position of unity.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 27, 2018
Changing Our Thinking About Human Sexuality
Dr. Juli Slattery, author of "ReThinking Sexuality," explains what it means when parents sexually disciple their children on the biblical view of sex. From outward appearances, the world has won in the sexual arena, but Slattery tells why she believes Christians need to reclaim lost territory. Every sexual issue is ultimately a spiritual issue, and what we think about sex begins with what we think about God.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 24, 2018
What Does God Think About Sex?
God created each one of us as a sexual being. How does that fact influence who we are? Clinical psychologist and author Dr. Juli Slattery encourages parents to talk to their children about God's design for sexuality, even if the conversation is awkward. Slattery lists some of the key points parents need to discuss with their kids, like why sex is sacred to God's heart.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 23, 2018
Welcoming Your Neighbors
Rosaria Butterfield and her husband, Kent, wanted to get to know their neighbors when they moved into their new neighborhood. So they moved the grill and picnic table into the front yard, and now it's become a favorite meeting place for friends and neighbors alike. Butterfield illustrates how she practices radical hospitality, caring for her neighbors, welcoming the stranger, and loving the lonely. By doing this, she explains, we can live out the gospel in front of others and build relationships, and hopefully see others come to Christ.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 22, 2018
Radical Ordinary Hospitality
Wife and mom Rosaria Butterfield talks about practicing radical ordinary hospitality as a way to live out the gospel. It's not always practical or sensible, and opening up your home to soothe and serve the lost will cost you something, but the blessings are unfathomable. Jesus is alive, and our neighbors are image-bearers of a holy God even if they don't know Him yet. Butterfield reminds us that hospitality isn't just an event that you do when the cat hair is off the couch and you've swept the floor, but our homes are the places where we can take the church to the people.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 21, 2018
Knowing and Loving Your Neighbors
Author Rosaria Butterfield illustrates how "radically ordinary hospitality" can be a bridge for bringing the gospel to lost friends and neighbors--something she experienced herself on her own faith journey. She tells how she and her family befriended her former neighbor, Hank, and recalls how a couple reached out to her years earlier when she was a lesbian activist teaching at Syracuse University. Butterfield reminds listeners that real hospitality involves open invitations to your home and seeking out strangers with the love of Christ.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 20, 2018
What About ME?
Brooke McGlothlin, author of "The Gospel Centered Mom," dispels the myths of the ME gospel: "God is all about meeting my needs, wants and desires." She also identifies four main categories where she sees moms struggling most: I need rest, you must obey me, I need to take care of myself, and it's fine to focus on me.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 17, 2018
Help! I Feel Like a Failure
Brooke McGlothlin, president of Raising Boys Ministries, grew up dreaming of having little boys of her own. But parenting high-energy, aggressive boys left her feeling frazzled and drained. McGlothlin tells how she learned that her giftedness alone wasn't enough to raise her boys, and how God showed her that He was enough, and He would help her. She explains how she allowed Him to change her life dreams and be poured out for His glory.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 16, 2018
When Jonathan Daugherty found the love of his life. he believed his struggle with porn was finally over. And it was, for a while. Daugherty tells how the pressures of marriage started to weigh on him, and how he raced back to the habits he had kept secret. This time he started acting out sexually with strangers, and his wife found out. Daugherty tells what finally led him to lasting repentance and reconciliation with his wife.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 15, 2018
Secret Addiction
Recovering porn addict Jonathan Daugherty talks candidly about the effects of porn on the brain and behavior. Although involved in a Bible study in college, Daugherty led a double life and continued to satisfy his lust through porn and illicit relationships. Daugherty met his wife in 1994, and explains how he kept his secret addiction hidden as they planned their future.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 14, 2018
The Secret Begins
Jonathan Daugherty, founder of Be Broken Ministries, tells how a friend introduced him to pornography at the age of 12. What started out as a mild curiosity would eventually develop into a full blown addiction. Although he believed in God, Daugherty shares how his involvement in porn eroded his faith and affected his relationships.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 13, 2018
The Worldview Behind Abortion and Euthanasia
Nancy Pearcey, a professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, reflects on the value of human life. Our culture has a low view of human life and the body, but God created the bod,y and therefore, it is good. Pearcey explains how the culture's worldview has influenced our thinking on abortion and euthanasia.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 10, 2018
The Body and Personhood
Best-selling author Nancy Pearcey contrasts the secular view of the body with Scripture's view. The cultural or post-modern view influences how we think about abortion, homosexuality, and bioethics. In these arenas, science has usurped authority that Christians say is God's. This low view of the body, Nancy explains, is also responsible for the hook-up culture so often practiced on college campuses. Unfortunately, these worldviews are also infiltrating the Christian church. Pearcey coaches parents on helping their children think biblically.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 09, 2018
Cyber Bullying, Cyber Porn, Video Gaming
The dangers of the world used to be "out there." But now the world's dangers can waltz right into your home with or without your invitation through the use of the internet. Youth expert Brian Housman addresses parents' concerns about cyber bullying, cyber porn, and video gaming.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 08, 2018
Internet Safety Tips
One hundred and sixty eight. That's the average number of texts a teen types in a day. Author Brian Housman, founder of 360 Family, gives parents some practical advice for keeping their kids safe on the internet.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 07, 2018
Developing a Theology of Technology
When it comes to technology, are your kids light years ahead of you? Youth expert Brian Housman talks realistically to parents about engaging their kids around the topic of technology. Exhorting parents about their assignment from God to love and protect their kids, Brian reminds parents that technology is to be used in an honoring way, and this must be modeled and taught in the home.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 06, 2018
The Holy Spirit Is Enough for Your Future
Barbara Rainey explains that if you are a Christ follower, the Holy Spirit is enough for your tomorrows because He lives in you. Are you listening to His voice?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 03, 2018
The Father Is Enough for Your Present
In Isaiah 45:7, the Lord says, "I form the light and create darkness, bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things." Whether you are experiencing a sunny day or storm clouds, Barbara Rainey wants to remind you that God is in control.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 02, 2018
The Son Is Enough for Your Past
All of us have a past that includes good, bad, and ugly. How do you reconcile pain and suffering with a good God? Barbara Rainey talks about a God who is not "safe," and how Jesus is enough.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 01, 2018