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Ted Cunningham

Ted Cunningham is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, Missouri. He and his wife, Amy, have been married for over 20 years and have two children, Corynn and Carson. Ted is the author of Fun Loving You, Trophy Child, and Young and In Love, and coauthor of four books with Dr. Gary Smalley including The Language of Sex and From Anger to Intimacy. Ted’s most recent release is A Love That Laughs. He is a comedian on the Date Night Comedy Tour and a frequent conference speaker at churches and events across the nation. Ted is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Learn more about Ted by visiting his church’s website.

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Encouraging Marriages in Your Sphere of Influence

Pastor Ted Cunningham discusses the value of couples encouraging and supporting their friends’ marriages, and allowing friends to support their own marriage as well.

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The Importance of Leaving and Cleaving

Pastor Ted Cunningham offers wisdom to newlyweds about the importance of separating emotionally, relationally, and financially from their family of origin in order to form a strong bond with their new spouse.

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Adding Some Spice to Your Marriage

Pastor and author Ted Cunningham combines humor with practical advice for enjoying more connection and intimacy in your marriage.

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Preparing Couples for a Solid Marriage

Marriage is a sacred covenant that is a legal, public, and binding agreement. Just as you wouldn’t sign on the dotted line if you knew the car salesman was shady, you most definitely shouldn’t sign if you think the one you are marrying is hollow in character.

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Bringing Laughter to Your Marriage

On this lighthearted broadcast, Pastor Ted Cunningham shares humorous stories from life with his spouse to illustrate how laughter is a key component for a thriving and lasting marriage. He explores the emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits of laughter, and encourages listeners to discover their “humor muscle” and flex it on a daily basis.

Learning from the Tiny House Movement

Facilities are important tools in reaching and leading people. I encourage you to walk through your facility as a guest. Maybe invite someone who has never visited your church to do a walk-through with you. See the space from their perspective.

Learning from Adversity

Adversity can come in many forms. Lean into other ministry who have been there before and can help you through even the toughest of times.

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Enjoying Marriage at Any Age

In this Best of 2019 broadcast, Pastor Ted Cunningham outlines the benefits of marriage, and encourages young adults to consider marrying sooner rather than later. He offers great advice for couples of all ages to help keep the joy in your relationship.

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Creating a Comfortable Guest Experience This Sunday

Preach God’s Word with passion this coming weekend. May the repentance of sin and placing faith in Jesus get our utmost attention. Let’s remove every unnecessary, uncomfortable distraction from the proclamation of Gospel.

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Are You a Good Listener?

Pastor Ted Cunningham shares one of his own personal challenges – becoming a better listener. He explains the obstacles we face when it comes to listening well, and offers ideas for overcoming those obstacles in order to hear what our friends and family are trying to tell us.

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10 Wedding Considerations That Esteem Marriage As Highly Valuable

Weddings honor marriage. The visual of a man separating from his parents and uniting with his wife esteem marriage as highly valuable.

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Resolving Anger in Your Marriage, Part 7

Overcoming anger can lead to a beautiful marriage. John talks with Greg about how anger must be dealt with at a personal level before it’s solved in a marriage.

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Resolving Anger in Your Marriage, Part 6

Have you ever had to say, “Honey, I’m sorry,” to your spouse? If so, you are not alone. Greg and John discuss how to be a safe spouse in your marriage. Featuring Ted Cunningham.

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Resolving Anger in Your Marriage, Part 5

How you deal with anger can help or hurt your spouse. Greg and John talk to husbands about handling their anger well. Featuring Ted Cunningham.

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Resolving Anger in Your Marriage, Part 4

Being filled with God’s love helps you to love your spouse. John, Greg and Erin give advice for allowing God’s love to help you connect with your spouse, and not become distracted by social media. Featuring Ted Cunningham. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Resolving Anger in Your Marriage, Part 3

Being filled with God’s love helps you to love your spouse. John, Greg and Erin give advice for allowing God’s love to help you connect with your spouse, and not become distracted by social media. Featuring Ted Cunningham. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Resolving Anger in Your Marriage, Part 2

Sharing your feelings in a healthy way can lead to greater intimacy in your marriage. John, Greg and Erin share practical ways for dealing with feelings of anger in your marriage. Featuring Ted Cunningham. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Resolving Anger in Your Marriage, Part 1

Anger toward your spouse is usually rooted in something deeper. John, Greg and Erin talk about how to process your emotions with your spouse in a healthy way. Featuring Ted Cunningham. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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The Weekly Getaway And The Two Most Common Excuses That Keep You From It

Pastor Ted Cunningham helps leaders think through what rest looks like when the chaos of pastoral ministry.

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Five Ways to Add Fun to Your Marriage

Where you are and what you do are simply factors in the equation, but they are not the summation of a good time. Stop looking for fun in your marriage and start creating it!

Preaching on the Importance of Family

Distractions come in all shapes and sizes. Pastor Ted Cunningham shares how pastors and church leaders—though often distracted—can prioritize their families even in the midst of preaching a sermon.

Honoring Marriage With Truth, Not Myths

Marriage should be honored among pastors and church leaders. The way a pastor models his marriage is the way his flock will live theirs.

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Embracing the Ministry Opportunities God Places Before You

Serving the community alongside other churches can be a rewarding experience. How do pastors and church leaders do this well?

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Adding Humor To Your Sermons

Adding humor to your sermons must be done with wisdom. Pastor Ted Cunningham shares how he has injected humor into his sermons and talks over the past few decades of pastoral ministry.

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Resolving Anger in Your Marriage (Part 2 of 2)

Pastor Ted Cunningham talks about his personal experiences with anger and explains how he worked through his emotional struggles in order to protect his marriage. (Part 2 of 2)

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Resolving Anger in Your Marriage (Part 1 of 2)

Pastor Ted Cunningham talks about his personal experiences with anger and explains how he worked through his emotional struggles in order to protect his marriage. (Part 1 of 2)

The Best Way to Properly Apologize to Your Spouse

A thriving marriage requires two spouses who are good at giving apologies that reflect personal responsibility. A great marriage requires a husband and wife who are quick to apologize and forgive.

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Having Fun in Your Marriage

Pastor Ted Cunningham describes the symptoms of a “stuck marriage,” and what couples can do to inject fun, happiness, and enjoyment back into their relationship.

The Intimacy of Prayer

Praying with your spouse intensifies and strengthens your spiritual bond. When you pray together, your vulnerability with your heavenly Father deepens and enriches your marriage relationship.

Marriage Means Leaving Home and Cleaving to Each Other

Whatever the gap between leaving and cleaving may be, a thriving marriage only works when both husband and wife leave their parents’ home in numerous ways.

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Enjoying Mealtime as a Family

Pastor Ted Cunningham offers practical suggestions for making family mealtimes more meaningful in a discussion based on his book Come to the Family Table: Slowing Down to Enjoy Food, Each Other and Jesus.

Marriage Notes: How do I truly forgive?

You might think you’ve forgiven your spouse, but true forgiveness comes with a sense of peace. And the ability to forgive others — and yourself — only comes from God.

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Does Performance Drive Your Parenting?

Stop being a trophy parent. 

Remember How It All Began

Few things prepare your children for success more than growing up with a mom and dad who thoroughly enjoy each other. They need you and your spouse to be great parents and great lovers.

Choosing to Enjoy Married Life

Culture says that chemistry and compatibility are keys to an enjoyable marriage, but character and commitment are really the essential qualities.

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Newest Release - Episode 5: It’s Going to be Amazing!

After a couple has chosen life, hear the heartwarming stories of children that culture would have cast aside, yet are making tremendous impacts in their communities. Whether the diagnosis was adverse or the circumstances were difficult, these stories will inspire you to come along side of families who have chosen life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

Hear real life stories of parents who have made the decision to choose life even though the circumstances were overwhelming. You’ll see why “ALL” life is precious to God and why choosing life is always the right decision!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

So, after all you’ve seen through the SeeLife ‘21 Episodic journey; what can you do now? We’ll share how you can partner with some amazing organizations that are making significant impacts in the pro-life movement! You want to Celebrate Life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

Have you ever wondered what a baby looked like in the womb? With today’s technology, Moms and Dads can see the baby’s heartbeat, facial expressions, and movements! You’ll find out why more women choose life once they hear their baby’s heartbeat and realize it’s a real living human!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

Discover the amazing work our PRC’s Directors, Nurses, and Volunteers are making in their communities! You’ll see firsthand testimonies of a PRC in action, and that there are other options outside of abortions! You’ll also discover how your family can support your local PRC!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

In this episode, we will tackle tough questions like, “When does life begin?” and “What does the Bible
say about Life?” You’ll discover and understand the stages of pre-born life and that babies are more than
just a clump of cells!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!