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A Christian Response to Racial Tension

A Christian Response to Racial Tension

Senator Tim Scott and Pastor Al Pittman offer their insights regarding the heightening of racial tension in the United States and the havoc it's currently wreaking. Our guests also offer guidance on how Christians can respond to this situation with God's love and grace.
Original Air Date: June 4, 2020

John Fuller: Welcome to Focus on the Family with your host, Focus president and author Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller. And, you know, with all the terrible violence that we have seen over these past couple of days, the sickening sadness of it all, we wanted to address that today on our broadcast. And we have a couple of guests joining us to help us with that.

Jim Daly: John, this is an important conversation. And, yes, our hearts are heavy. Over the weekend, I did work on a blog and when you think about it, the thing that I was so concerned about is where are the answers? You know, and then with all the violence breaking out this week, it seems hopeless. But you know what? In Christ, we can have hope.

John: Mm hmm.

Jim: And I think that’s the core thing is that my biggest concern is that how do we provide hope to hopeless people? And that’s black and white. It’s both sides. It’s all sides. And to me, it comes down to that idea of spiritual revival. Especially, though, in a culture where the elites shame people of faith…

John: Mmm.

Jim: …That becomes even more difficult. And I thought it would be great to have a discussion with some good friends of ours today.

John: Yeah. And earlier you spoke, Jim, with Senator Tim Scott and we’re going to hear that first and then a little bit later today, we’ll hear from one of our board members, Pastor Al Pittman. Senator Scott is only the seventh African-American serving in the U.S. Senate in history, representing the state of South Carolina since 2013 and he was a state representative before that. Here now is that conversation Jim had with U.S. Senator Tim Scott.

Jim: Senator Scott, it’s great to have you with us. Thank you.

Sen. Tim Scott: Absolutely. It’s good to be back with you on the show. Thank you for your ministry to millions around the country and, frankly, probably around the world.

Jim: Yeah. That is – it’s an honor to be able to speak into people’s lives. And frankly, that’s the reason I wanted to have you on quickly to speak to the issue that our nation is in. You know, over the weekend, Senator, I was just heavy hearted because we’ve been around this situation so many times over the last two decades, three decades, particularly with police brutality. I don’t know a single person that agrees with the aggressive force that was used against George Floyd. This is over $20, right?

Sen. Scott: Yes.

Jim: A counterfeit 20 dollar bill that he probably didn’t even know was maybe counterfeit. I mean, you think of the cost to the culture and to those business owners, et cetera, over 20 bucks.

Sen. Scott: Absolutely.

Jim: It is sad in every way. And yet, I still found myself without an answer on how to move forward. From your perspective as a U.S. senator, what is going on?

Sen. Scott: I think we all embrace the concept that we have intrinsic value that comes from the Lord. The question is, do we have equal intrinsic value? And one of the things that we struggle with, especially in the area of law enforcement and the communities of color, is that manifestation of intrinsic value or equal value isn’t there. And that is not true in every incident, but it’s true in too many incidents and, frankly, as a guy who’s been supportive of the law enforcement community for my entire life and who will continue to be supportive of the law enforcement community for the rest of my life, because I’ve seen too many – so many law enforcement officers who are trying to do their jobs, go home to their families. But for the people within law enforcement that continue to have their thumb on the scale, it’s just hard to digest and, frankly, the history of it is even harder. It’s not Mr. Floyd alone. It’s just so many incidents where now with a camera, we can see what others have been saying for at least four decades that I know of.

Jim: Yeah. And, you know, in a blog I did a few days ago, I simply mentioned, it seems like from a Christian perspective particularly, this is like the Gordian Knot of mythical dimension. And the Gordian Knot was the knot that could not be untied. It was – that’s the myth of it. This feels like a Gordian Knot. I don’t know what we can do and how we can move forward in a human context.

Sen. Scott: Yes.

Jim: It seems like revival and commitment to Christ and forgiveness of one another, letting anger and bitterness go so that we can have a better nation to live in. How do we go that way? How do we get there?

Sen. Scott: Well, first, it does help to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and it’s one of the most important foundational truths that changes lives. It changed my life as a kid that was despondent, who was disillusioned about my own value and the value that I had in this country and because of my faith in Jesus Christ at 11-years-old and a recommitment to Jesus at 17-years-old and then a great mentor who came along in the middle of that, who happened to be a white guy who joined forces with my African-American mother who believed that prayer was the key and faith unlocks the door, that combination set me free to live out more of my human potential given by God. And so, the answer is kind of simple and it’s why I’m excited about the future of our country. I know most of us are really heavy and burdened. That’s good news. It’s a sign that we love our Lord and we are confident that there are solutions, but we’re frustrated because we can’t find those solutions. But there’s good news and the Lord shared it with me yesterday in my own heart and He basically said to me that I am a resource, but He is the source. And if I recognize my job isn’t to solve the problem. My job is to allow the Lord to use me as a part of that solution. It takes the weight and the burden off my shoulders, not the responsibility, but the weight and the burden. And it’s – we both know the Scripture that says, “My – My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” My responsibilities might be heavy, but I am now set free and I was a captive the last several days of fear and anger and challenges and I woke up this morning having spent last night in prayer and this morning in the Word of God and I realized that I have been set free and my goal is to share this sense of optimism. This leaning in that solutions will become more and more apparent as believers stand up and are counted in the fight. It’s when we find ourselves willing to tackle the issues of the heart that we find progress and it’s – it’s today where we can look into Proverbs 3:5 and 6 and I’m reminded “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. And in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.” What may happen, Jim, is you may find that your path is directed by the Lord to form a friendship with a friend who’s of a different color.

Jim: Yeah.

Sen. Scott: It’s not just one time, though. It’s committing and having the discipline to walk along someone of a different race for six months.

Jim: Right.

Sen. Scott: Breaking bread and having fun and having friends. It’s the conversation you and I had several years ago, and it wasn’t about race and racism. It was just about life and living it together as one and you said that the members of your board of trustees were diverse.

Jim: Yeah.

Sen. Scott: You were talking about filling our lives in a way that reflects heaven. If we do that here on earth, we – it’s hard to hate up close. It’s hard to hate what you know. And if we’re going to be excited about our future, if we’re going to overcome the murder of George Floyd, and we’re going to rebuke the violent protesters that have nothing to do with George Floyd and everything to do with selfishness.

Jim: Yeah, abs – and that is so well said. Um, the other day I was watching the news and I think it was the former NYPD Police Commissioner, Bernie Kerik, said that last year there were 10 million arrests in the U.S. Officers were involved in fatal shootings 1004 times. Of that, 41 suspects were unarmed. Now, that’s horrible. And, you know, these police officers, I want to give the disclaimer. I get it. They’re making split second decisions about their lives, protection of others and sometimes there are errors made. I get that. But within that 41, 19 of the – those who were unarmed and shot by police were white. Nine were black. And I think the point that he made that was so interesting was within that group, 89 police officers died. But, you know, it is – it’s important to emphasize every death in that regard. But those numbers kind of suggest, wow, everybody is suffering in some degree with those, kind of, again, split second decisions that police officers have to make. But speak to that issue that, you know, some are trying to exploit these bad and poor decisions and then it kind of inflates everything, correct?

Sen. Scott: Yeah. I do think we have to take a serious look at all the statistics available as it relates to police shootings. One of the reasons why I have legislation to actually understand where the police shootings are happening, when they’re happening, and why they’re happening and what circumstance, so that we can actually lead to solutions by understanding those statistics. I’ve heard those statistics that you’ve just mentioned before, and I think of part of the understanding of the 19 white folks who were shot unarmed versus the nine blacks who were shot unarmed from those statistics – I have not verified them, but I do think that they make a lot of sense from my perspective. It’s to remember that African-Americans are 12 percent of the society…

Jim: Right.

Sen. Scott: …And whites are 70 percent of society. So, you have to understand those statistics when you’re a third – almost third of the deaths and only 12 percent of the population, it’s a different world. But, in the end, what they both suggest to me is that if you’re working in a vacuum or in the midst of darkness, you don’t have the ability to see true light. Understand the situations that surround those shootings are really important and then doing the research this year, last year, last decade. Are we making progress or are we not making progress? That’s where you find hope in the midst of statistics or patterns that need to be addressed.

Jim: Right. And it certainly doesn’t let anyone off the hook…

Sen. Scott: Not at all.

Jim: …For prejudice and discrimination. So, I don’t want to give that impression. It’s just when you look at numbers, they do tell a story. You know, the other story…

Sen. Scott: Sure.

Jim: …Is Kerik went on to say last weekend in Chicago 89 people were shot, 19 killed. Much of that black-on-black violence. And that gets me back to my weekend pondering that, you know, I think it was Senator Moynihan years ago in the 60s did a report on the breakdown of the family, the breakdown of the African-American family particularly, and the consequences of that. Now, you and I are, I guess, poster guys about coming out of a single parent household and, you know, the Lord, thankfully, allowing us to succeed. But in that regard, the deck is stacked against most people that come out of environments of difficulty. And as an African-American man, as a senator, when you look at the breakdown of the family, how much of a role is this playing in cultural decline?

Sen. Scott: There’s a new book out, I think called Coming Up – not new. It’s like three or four years old – where Charles Murray, who ran into some trouble in the 80s or 90s because of the book that he wrote about statistics, did a new book called Coming Apart where he studied the impact on the – really the devastating impact of the loss of family life. African-Americans, around 72 percent of kids are growing up in a single parent household. The new statistic he talked about is white kids are now at 40 percent. What I typically like to say is that when you see what’s happening in this country within the African-American community, just know that’s a precursor for the rest of the country. And so, one of the challenges that we have is, yes, the breakdown of the family has had a devastating impact on the African-American community. It is now having a devastating impact on the entire country. And when we start understanding that we’re all in the same boat. If someone pokes a hole in it, sooner or later, we all drown because we’re in the midst of the ocean and not in a river or the backyard. So, I’ve often said, and I love the fact that you went to the statistics as relates to violent crime in Chicago, rather, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Detroit, those are really important statistics. Another really important statistic is to realize that 33,000 gun related deaths last year, maybe it was 36,000, 65 percent of those deaths were suicides.

Jim: Mm.

Sen. Scott: Said differently, our nation, whether it’s because of the single parent households or whether it’s because your child feels like they’re bullied in school, we should ask ourselves, what is the cost to our society of the dysfunction that typically starts in your childhood? Where does that lead? And we’re having manifestations throughout this country of where it’s been leading. And that is a serious problem we need to wrestle with. This has been a heavy year for Americans and one that really takes the Gospel of Jesus Christ and this love that is unconditional to literally saturate the souls and the consciences of the average person as well as our society.

Jim: Well, Senator Scott, you have said it well. I’m so proud to have a friend like you in the Senate – what the Lord has done with your life. Both of us coming from broken homes. And I would say to the single parent moms and the single parent dads, your child’s destiny is not set in stone.

Sen. Scott: Amen.

Jim: It’s just – it’s just going to be a harder mountain to climb. And both the Senator and I have climbed it and it’s because of Christ in our life.

Sen. Scott: Yes.

Jim: And that’s the way to go, is to embrace Christ and to be humble and to learn from Him. And I think you would say a hearty amen to that, Senator.

Sen. Scott: There’s no doubt that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Light and not just Life, but the Light. And I will say this, that as a kid who experienced the American dream brought to me on the shoulders of a praying mother and a powerful mentor, you and I both have the same story that in this country, anyone from anywhere at any time can rise to the level of Ephesians 3:20 and 21 that, “God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or imagine.” Let’s just get to it.

Jim: Man, that is so well said. I would ask our listeners to pray for you specifically.

Sen. Scott: Please.

Jim: What can we do other than pray for you? What are – again, encounter people, engage people that are different from you. What else would you suggest our listeners do?

Sen. Scott: You know, there is something about self-reflection, examining your heart. Jeremiah 17, speaks to the fact that no one knows the evil in their own hearts…

Jim: Hmm.

Sen. Scott: …Not to suggest that we’re all evil, but to suggest that we’re all unaware of our own intentions at times.

Jim: Yes.

Sen. Scott: The more we know ourselves in the light of the Lord, the more we see our actions to be directed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the more we will have fewer problems to deal with on the outside because they all start from the inside. It’s, uh – as Matthew, that reminds us that “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” And I believe James 2:17 would add to that “our – our bodies follow where the mouth leads.”

Jim: Wow. I’m so glad you’re in the Senate, sir. God bless you. Thank you, Senator Scott.

Sen. Scott: Thank – thank you for your ministry.

Jim: (Laughter).

Sen. Scott: I love, love, love Focus on the Family sincerely and completely.

Jim: Yeah. Well, I’m looking forward to having dinner with you when I’m back in D.C.

Sen. Scott: Oh, vice versa. I’ll come see you in Colorado Springs…

Jim: Let’s do it.

Sen. Scott: …One of my favorite places on Earth.

Jim: Let’s do it, my man. Take care.

Sen. Scott: Take care, now. Bye-Bye.

Jim: Bye now.

Jim: John, we just recorded that earlier today. And, man, isn’t it awesome…

John: What energy…

Jim: …To have a senator like that? (Laughter)

John: …And fire he had. Wow.

Jim: That’s what encourages all of us. Uh, his colleague, James Lankford from Oklahoma, similar spiritual commitment – was a youth pastor. I tell you, the two of them are friends. I can only imagine what their conversations are like as senators talking about the spiritual dimension of our country, which, again, so many people that don’t know the Lord that serve the country, they’re not going to have that discussion. Um, let’s turn a corner right now. You heard Senator Scott mention the Focus on the Family board. That’s something we talked about years ago at a dinner he and I had. But it is a privilege and an honor to have my former pastor here in Colorado Springs, Pastor Al Pittman of Calvary Worship Center here in the Springs, join us. He’s on the Focus board. He serves, along with others to make sure that we’re moving strategically in the right direction, that we have the financial integrity that lifts up the Lord’s mission for this place and also prays for the staff, for me, to make sure we’re doing the job we need to do. And, Al, it is an honor to have you here at the table.

Pastor Al Pittman: It’s an honor to be here. So, blessed.

Jim: And, you know, you’ve listened to that. We’ve just played it. Um, I think the first question is just what’s your initial response of what the Senator said and where the country is at, again, as a pastor and as an African-American citizen of this country?

Al: Well, I – I agree wholeheartedly with what he said. I mean, it’s – we are in a desperate situation right now as a nation. And, um, you know, it’s a sad time. But it’s also a time, I think, uh, for opportunity.

Jim: Yeah.

Al: I think the time for the church, uh, to be the church. And so, I agree with what he said. It’s, you know, our real – our only hope – our real hope is faith in Jesus Christ I believe for America.

Jim: Absolutely. And that’s the – kind of the conclusion I had over the weekend just thinking about, Lord, what – where do we go from here?

Al: Yeah.

Jim: It’s only hope in Christ and you hear that in Tim Scott and I’m hearing it in you.

Al: Yeah.

Jim: You – you are the senior pastor of an ethnically diverse church. You’ve got everybody at your church.

Al: (Laughter) Yeah.

Jim: And we just love you in this community for what you do and how you do it and, man, the zeal that you bring to the pulpit, your love for Christ. It draws people to your church and it’s awesome to see. But to pick up that conversation, where do we go from here? What are we – let me just ask you bluntly, as a white man, what am I not seeing that would be helpful for me to understand from you, my brother in Christ?

Al: Yeah. Well, you know, there’s sort of that preconditioned response that we see out there, people who believe in the world that, you know, white people are the problem. I actually heard an anchor on the news the other day say that that the problem is really white people, um, that type of thing. But, uh, I think people have to be aware, just as the Senator was saying, you know, personal reflection, saying, “Lord, you know, David said, ‘Search my heart. See if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way that that is everlasting.’” That, you know, when we search ourselves, we – we can’t see certain things because, you know, racism is like a blindness. You can’t see it, but other people maybe can see it in you.

Jim: Right.

Al: And, uh, but we – the best inspector we can go to is the Holy Spirit, is the Lord. Say, “God, search my heart. And, uh, am I walking in love? Am I treating people different? Am I showing preference for other people?” And that type of thing. I think that’s where we all need to start, because the problem is not the skin. It’s the sin…

Jim: Right.

Al: …As they say.

Jim: Well said.

Jim: So, it’s – is really – is really, you know, the heart of man. And so, it’s not about getting all white people in America to act certain way so then we can have a better country and black people will be more free because basically what you’re saying to me as an African-American is that, you know, my salvation is in the way white people treat me or my security…

Jim: Wow.

Al: …Is in the way white people treat me. It’s not. My security as a Christian, you know, not as a black Christian, but a Christian who happens to be black – because I live according to God’s kingdom. I’m supposed to be living according to the principles of another kingdom, not the kingdom of this world. So, my – my salvation, my security, my hope is not in how someone else treats me. It’s in my relationship with the Lord.

Jim: How do we – how do we get past this idea? And I – I think this was Tucker Carlson the other night who mentioned this and I thought it was really good. He said, “Listen, if you’ve had racial thoughts, if you’ve had that kind of bias and you’ve offended somebody, go to that person and ask for forgiveness. But if you haven’t offended somebody because you’re not a racist, the color of your skin doesn’t determine that you’re racist. It’s an attitude. It’s not your skin color.”

Al: Yeah. Absolutely.

Jim: And there are many – and I think that’s the difficulty. There are many white people that don’t believe they’re racist and they’ve never done anything to hold themselves guilty to that. You know, they’ve embraced a Christian approach, um, and said, “I love all people.” And I think that’s the perplexing nature of this, is that we know people who are racist.

Al: Absolutely.

Jim: And there’s going to be subtle bias. We might talk about that where we look at the looting and the things going on and we go, “Whoa. What is happening here?” And so, maybe jump into that discussion about guilt by association and how we have to avoid that. But if you’re guilty, man, do something to compensate for that.

Al: Jim, I couldn’t agree more in that. I know years ago there was a great movement across America where people would fill up stadiums and – and there would be someone up front, you know, a white person, apologizing for the atrocities of white people, you know, over the last 300, 400 years in America. And I always thought – that always hit me strange as, you know, a black Americans sitting there listening, they’re going, “You know, that means really nothing to me. What means something to me is that if someone comes up to me and says, ‘I have been a racist against you, please forgive me.’”

Jim: Yeah.

Al: The Bible says, “If your brother offends you, you go to your brother.” So, going to that individual – I can stand in a stadium with 70,000 people and say, “Hey, forgive me.” But it’s harder for me to go knock on your door and say, “Brother, I’ve treated you wrong” and to personally apologize. So, that’s huge. I think one of the things that – that concerns me today with some of the reaction we see in the streets and all is that, uh, we’re in danger I think many times in the African-American community of becoming the very thing we hate.

Jim: Yeah.

Al: Becoming, you know, the Klan. Becoming filled with the same hatred that they had toward white people as the Klan had toward black people…

Jim: Wow.

Al: …And racists have toward black people. I think we’re in danger of that and I think God calls us in the church to behave according to the principles of His kingdom so we’re not sucked in by that same vitriol and hatred that we see out in the streets that were once directed toward us, is still directed toward us in many ways, that now we’re becoming the very thing that we hate. And I think that’s something that we need to be careful of and, of course, without Jesus Christ, it’s hard to know the difference.

Jim: Pastor Al, let’s do this. Let’s have you pray for the country right now and demonstrate that. And again, I’m so grateful that you’re my neighbor and, uh, you’re in my life and – and, uh, you’re part of Focus. And I’m grateful for that.

Al: Thank you, brother. Amen. Father in heaven. Lord, we thank You, dear God, that in the chaos that Christ is still King. We thank You, Lord, that You’re not alarmed. You’re not – You haven’t fallen off Your throne. Father, we thank You that You are able, Lord, to be – You are Lord over this storm. And so, Father, I pray that Your people – this is a time for Your people to stand up, not sit down, to not hide behind the skirts of government, but to be bold. I pray that You give boldness to Your church. Not curse the darkness, but to light a candle because the enemy has no defense against Your great love and the Scripture tells us that we “overcome evil with good.” So, Father, I pray that for the church, I pray for our nation. I ask that You have mercy on our country. I pray for our leadership that You would give them wisdom. I pray for humility in our leadership that they would bend the knee before You, dear God. And Father, that You indeed, Lord, will bring a healing to our nation as You said to the nation of Israel, “I am the God who healeth thee.” Lord, You are our Healer. We cannot heal ourselves. We ask that You’d help us, Lord, now in this hour of desperation. We commit it all to You. And we know that You are Lord and You are God and You are on the throne. And we ask this all in Jesus’ name, amen.

Jim: Amen. Pastor Al Pittman, board member of Focus on the Family, thank you so much for being with us.

Al: Thank you, brother.

John: Obviously, we want to be in continual prayer for peace in our nation. And as you move forward in your thinking and reflection in your heart about this matter of race, we have a great book that we want to bring to your attention. It will help you examine some of the issues inside.

Jim: That’s true, John. And I want to encourage everyone to get a copy. This is written by former NFL star Benjamin Watson and a good friend of ours. It’s called Under Our Skin. And we had a broadcast taping with him some time ago and covered the content of the book and people can get that, I think, in the archives. But it’s a wonderful resource talking about the issue of race and what needs to be done, at least from Benjamin’s perspective and I think he’s got some great ideas in there. And we’ll make this available to you if you can support the ministry of Focus on the Family with the gift of any amount. We’ll send it as our way of saying thank you. If you can’t afford to send a gift in that way, we’ll get it out to you, because it’s an important time to get this right and better understand what’s happening with the racial issues that we face in our nation today. Also, when you donate today, there’s a matching opportunity. Some great friends have put up the dollars, I think almost a million dollars, to match your gift. So, if you can send $10 dollars, $25, it’s going to be, you know, $50. They’ll double it dollar for dollar. And that really will help the ministry right now.

John: And as Jim said, regardless of your ability to give right now, this is a really critical topic for us to get right. I like how you said that, Jim. Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race, Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us, that so captures the tone of the day and Ben Watson writes very eloquently. Let us know you’d like this book. We’ll send it out to you. Our number is 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY. Or stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. And there is an element that’s come through loud and clear in both of these conversations, Jim. And that is, if you do not know Jesus Christ, we want you to get to know the Giver of life and peace and joy and hope. And we have a free booklet online and also, we can send a copy if you’d like. It’s called Coming Home. Just ask for that when you’re in touch or look for that online. On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for joining us today for Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller, inviting you back tomorrow as we once again help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work

“Most marriages survive by gritting teeth and holding on. But marriages can and will not only survive but thrive when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another.” Those are the powerful words of bestselling author Gary Thomas in his newest book–Cherish. And in a world desperate for marriage redemption, it is needed now more than ever. Thomas shows that although there are a countless number of marriages consisting of two people just going through the motions, there are real ways this pattern can be reversed: when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another in proven, loving, and everyday actions and words.

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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 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 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 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 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!

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

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Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

To be an effective parent, you must be a leader in your child’s life, guiding with a gentle hand and setting a solid example. Dr. Randy Schroeder provides the insight you need to be a leader-parent. As he explores the foundational Rs—relationship, routines, responsibilities, and rules—you’ll better understand the role you play in your child’s life. You’ll learn great phrases to employ such as “Either/Or/You Decide” and “When You/Then You”. While there is no perfect parent, this nuts-and-bolts material will equip you to lead your child in a loving, confident manner.

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

Dr. Randy Schroeder has spent more than four decades writing, counseling, speaking, and teaching. For nearly 25 years, he was Vice President of Student Personnel Services, Dean of Students, and a professor of pastoral counseling at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. He’s also led a successful counseling practice helping individuals, couples, and families to thrive in their lives and relationships.

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

Effective parenting is now within your grasp! With this inspiring how-to comprehensive book, achieve extraordinary results in raising a child to be self-assured, self-reliant, and responsible! You will be able to successfully lead and lovingly encourage your child toward a Godly life!

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

God designed marriage to reflect His love to the world; and because of this, the enemy wants to destroy God’s beautiful design. Based on his book, Defending Your Marriage, Dr. Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff share about the reality of spiritual warfare against marriages, and how to combat the enemy’s lies with the truth of God. Couples will be encouraged that they’re not alone in the fight for a godly marriage and better equipped to be a shining example for the world around them.

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

Dr. Tim Muehlhoff is a professor of communication at Biola University in La Mirada, California where he teaches classes in family communication, interpersonal communication, apologetics, gender, and conflict resolution.  Tim and his wife, Noreen, are both on staff with Biola’s Center for Marriage and Relationships  where he is a co-host of The Art of Relationship podcast. 

Defending Your Marriage

Is your marriage under attack? Sometimes it can feel like the world is trying to tear your marriage apart. Internal conflicts or external pressures might make you wonder if something sinister is going on. How can you tell if you’re facing spiritual opposition? And what can you do about it? Tim Muehlhoff provides a straightforward resource for protecting your marriage from the threats of the evil one. He looks at what Scripture says about spiritual warfare and how our everyday struggles have deeper spiritual realities. And he provides practical steps for guarding our marriages with the whole armor of God.

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

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Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

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Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

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Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

Cover image of Rhonda Stoppe's book "Moms Raising Sons to be Men"

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

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Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

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Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 2

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

As a spouse, you have three roles to play—a friend, a partner, and a lover. On this one-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Pastor Kevin A. Thompson explores those different roles and challenges you to live them out by investing emotionally, physically, and mentally in your relationship. As friends, he suggests we learn to play and laugh together. As partners, he equips us with solid ways to handle conflict and communication. As lovers, he offers some thoughts on how to bring back the sizzle. He shares five keys to saving your marriage: humility, respect, mercy, communication, and resilience. You’ll be encouraged to intentionally invest in your marriage.

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at kevinathompson.com.

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Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin Thompson shows how to live out three distinct roles in marraige. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

You can confidently and lovingly share your faith—you just need to learn some new tactics to do so! In this Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast, apologist Greg Koukl outlines the “Columbo” tactic of asking questions, the “self-defeating argument” tactic to find holes in your opponent’s arguments, and other specific methods for engaging in faith-building conversations with others. Greg pulls from his over 30 years of experience debating atheists and agnostics to help you share your faith with grace and truth.

Mr. Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl is a writer, public speaker and talk show host who’s spent 30 years advocating for and defending the Christian worldview. Greg has written or contributed to 15 books, including The Story of RealityTactics, and Precious Unborn Human Persons. Greg has published nearly 230 articles and has spoken on 80 college and university campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

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Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you’ll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

As an abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Patti Giebink believed she was helping women. Later, she began reading scripture and God gradually changed her heart on the abortion issue. Patti tells the story of her long journey from abortion doctor to pro-life and encourages listeners to share the message of life with compassion.

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

Dr. Patti Giebink is an OB-GYN who serves on the board of the Alpha Center, a well-known pregnancy center located in Sioux Falls, S.D. She also travels intermittently to work in mission hospitals in Pakistan and other countries. After completing her medical training, Dr. Giebink worked for Planned Parenthood from 1995-1997, during which she was the only abortion-provider in the state of South Dakota. She eventually experienced a radical change of heart on the issue of abortion after receiving God’s grace, forgiveness, and love, and she is now a passionate advocate for the pro-life movement.

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Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life

Unexpected Choice is told from the perspective of a doctor who actually performed abortions through Planned Parenthood. The book chronicles her journey from being a pro-choice physician to someone speaking on behalf of the pro-life movement.

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

As a latchkey kid, Wendy Speake turned to sugar for comfort. Every Friday, she would pedal to the candy show and use her allowance to fill her bag with candy. And one day, when she was older and a mom of three young boys, she came to realize that she was still “pedaling” away from her stress and using sugar as comfort, instead of turning to Jesus. She was joyless, worn out, tired, and in need of a change. In this interview, Wendy will challenge Christians to take 40 days to focus on fasting from something they turn to instead of Jesus for comfort. She invited people to break free from a dependence on sugar and taste the goodness of God.

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

With a background in Hollywood as a trained actress, Wendy Speake ministers to women as a bible teacher by applying the power of drama, poetry and comedy to the study of Scripture and real-life application of biblical truths. She has co-authored two books with Amber Lia titled Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and their latest, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. Wendy is also the co-author (with Kelli Stuart) of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom.

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The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation

Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a fast that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us himself–the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul’s deep hunger. On this 40-day journey you’ll learn how to stop fixating on food and other things you use to fill the voids in life and instead fix your eyes on Christ. Anyone who runs to sugar for comfort or a reward, who eats mindlessly or out of boredom, who feels physically and spiritually lethargic, or who struggles with self-control will discover here not only freedom from their cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for us.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 1

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 2

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

Dr. Lee Warren is a neurosurgeon who has faced many heavy challenges in his life – from serving in the Iraq War to removing deadly brain tumors to experiencing the loss of a teenage son. He’ll share about his difficult quest to find answers to some of life’s toughest questions, while holding onto his faith in God and the sure hope of heaven

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Dr. Lee Warren

W. Lee Warren, M.D., is a brain surgeon , inventor, Iraq War veteran, and author of I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know, winner of the Christian Book Award®. His previous book, No Place to Hide, was included on the 2015 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Recommended Reading List. Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club and the CBS Evening News, and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine. His Dr. Lee Warren Podcast, which is heard in more than 60 countries, helps listeners use the power of neuroscience, faith, and common sense to change their lives.

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I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know

This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science—and between death and hope—as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

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Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

Cover image of Jodie Berndt's book "Praying the Scriptures for Your Children"

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

Cover image of Rhonda Stoppe's book "Moms Raising Sons to be Men"

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

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Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 1

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

As a pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker has seen thousands of girls come through her office through the years. They struggle with eating issues, sexual identity, social media…and many other challenges in this toxic culture. Dr. Meeker will encourage parents to invest love and time in their daughters and develop their character to give them the best opportunity for a bright future, all rooted in a spiritual foundation. The discussion also includes healthy feminism vs. toxic feminism

Mrs. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on parenting, teens and children’s health. With appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, her popularity as a an expert on key issues confronting families has created a strong following across America. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books which include Strong Fathers, Strong DaughtersStrong Mothers, Strong Sons and The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

Cover image of Dr. Meg Meeker's book "Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture"

Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Meg Meeker has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years, is a mother and a grandmother, and has seen it all. She knows what makes for strong, happy, healthy young women–and what puts our daughters at risk. Combining that experience with her famous common sense, she explains the eleven steps that will help your daughter–whether she’s a toddler or a troubled teen–to achieve her full human potential.

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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!

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