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A Man Called Norman (Part 2 of 2)

A Man Called Norman (Part 2 of 2)

On this classic program, a favorite among Focus on the Family listeners, Mike Adkins tells the humorous and poignant story of his efforts to befriend and share the Gospel with his neighbor Norman, a social misfit who was mocked by virtually everybody in their small town. You’ll hear how God not only changed Norman, but also changed Mike!
Original Air Date: September 6, 1984

Excerpt:

Mr. Mike Adkins: He looked at me out of those eyes, out of those thick glasses. And I said, “Norman, do you know who Jesus is?” He said, “Do you know who Jesus is?” I said – ’cause people were beginning to look, I said, “Norman, did you ever think about asking Jesus to come into your heart and your life?” He never repeated me. For the first time, he said, “I’ve given it serious consideration.”

End of Excerpt

John Fuller: Well, that scene in an ice cream shop was just the beginning of a 29-year friendship between our speaker today, Mike Adkins and a man called Norman, a man who the Lord had asked Mike to befriend. On today’s edition of Focus on the Family with our president and author, Jim Daly, we’ll hear the lessons that Mike Adkins learned. And, uh, these are lessons that will benefit each and every one of us.

Jim Daly: John, I’ve always loved this message because it’s a motivator. It motivates us to act, not simply to just read our Bibles and pray, which are very important, but to actually do. And I think the story of “A Man Called Norman,” it’s profound in so many different ways. The first is the fact that God loves Norman. And even though he’s not perhaps as sharp as everyone else and he has other issues, God sent Mike Adkins as his neighbor to befriend him and to learn more about Norman and to care for Norman. And it’s a beautiful story, I think that could come right out of the Scriptures for us today if they were still being written…

John: Mm-hmm.`

Jim: …And to illustrate the beauty of brotherly love, one for another. And that really captures it, doesn’t it?

John: It does, and I really like the way that God worked on Norman and Mike, too. I mean, Norman had to be pulled of a life of abuse, outcast – and yes. And Mike had things that he had to wrestle with and God spoke to both of them and through both of them to many, many people. And it really is an amazing testimony of God doing remarkable things.

Jim: And last time, we even heard Mike talk about the Lord laying on his heart to invite Norman on his family vacation. Now I don’t know about you, John, but if I had kind of a strange neighbor and I felt the Lord saying to me, “Take Norman on your family vacation,” first of all, I’d have to get through that myself. Then Jean and I would (chuckling) have to…

John: I’d have 101…

Jim: …And Jean… (laughter)

John: …Reasons not to do this.

Jim: And again, it just is a great testimony to Mike’s faithfulness, and he did it and look at the beautiful bouquet that Norman became…

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: …Because of Mike’s faithfulness.

John: Well, let me just quickly introduce Mike Adkins for those who weren’t with us last time or haven’t heard the previous airings of this presentation. He was a federal coal mine inspector, until God led him into a full-time ministry of evangelism and singing. And he’s got a number of Gospel music albums and lives now in West Frankfurt, Illinois with his wife, Carmel. And, uh, after we hear this portion of Mike’s message, we’re going to do something, Jim, a little different. We’re gonna give him a call and get an update about what God’s been doing in Mike’s life and I know he’ll have a story. He always…

Jim: He does.

John: …Has a story to share.

Jim: He’s a great storyteller.

John: Indeed and, uh, let’s go ahead and let our listeners hear. We’re gonna roll back just a little bit, get a recap from the last time. And, uh, with that, here’s “A Man Called Norman” on today’s Focus on the Family.

Mike: He walked out of that house and I saw that he lived there, and I said, “Oh, no!”

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: I said, “Lord, that’s weird Norman over there!”

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: I said, “You had me buy the house across the street from weird Norman.”

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: This time he came out to work on his lawn mower out in the backyard. Suddenly the presence of the Lord settled all over me. I didn’t expect it, I was surprised by it, but it settled all over me and when it did, it seemed that faith or confidence – I don’t know the right word – more than I normally possessed, it began to well up in me. And I did something that surprised even me. I got up, barefoot, coveralls, walked across that street and walked up to Norman in his backyard by his lawn mowers. I said, uh, (clearing throat) “You having trouble with your lawn mower, Norman?” He looked at me and he said, “You having trouble with your lawn mower, Norman?”

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: I said, “I’m not – I’m not much of a lawn mower mechanic, Norman” and I heard him say, “I’m not much of a mechanic, Norman,” as I looked at him.

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: I cleaned a spark plug, tightened a screw or two. I don’t know anything about a lawn mower. And I prayed and pulled that rope and it ran like it’d been to the repair shop. It just hummed, just “hmm.” I got up and I looked at him and he looked at that lawn mower and he looked at me and he looked at that lawn mower and he did something. For the first time I saw when he grinned real big, I saw a green and yellow tooth right here.

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: And I saw one over here and one here and one here.

It’d been a busy year, busy year.

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: I’d been workin’ at the coal mine and, uh – and I was tired, and I’d been singing in churches on the weekend and I was telling the Lord about it, you know, ‘cause my vacation was comin’ up. You know what the Lord told me? He said, “Why don’t you take Norman with you on vacation?”

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: I said, “I’m gonna go to Opryland, Lord. Norman at Opryland just… ” And He said – I said, “Lord, I’m not gonna do it, now. Sir, I – I’m tired and… ” A couple of weeks later we was going down the highway to Opryland, Norman sitting in beside me, my wife and kids in the back

We got to Opryland and, uh – and I found the bumper cars. We got him in there. He sat down in that big old bumper car and he got everybody in the place caught over to one side.

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: They turned that ride on. He had the whole crowd pinned and he had his car sideways and had them jammed in over there and they were mad.

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: And he was looking around, going – and looking at me going, “Heh.” And he couldn’t figure it out and we began to laugh. And finally, somebody got loose, and the ride was about half over and they felt like they’d been cheated, and they were in a hurry. They came all the way around that rink, and they wanted to hit somebody before that ride was over. And there sat Norman and they hit him full speed ahead. He went, “Oh.” And then he really tried to get that thing going. And here comes someone else and they were starting to get loose now in great numbers and one-by-one, they’d come around and they’d hit Norman. And the Spirit of the Lord spoke to me and He said, “That’s what they’ve been doing to Norman all his life. People been hitting on him.”

I had taken Norman an old suit of mine that I didn’t wear any more. God brought that to my attention. And I – I went over and looked in his closet and I couldn’t believe my eyes: old shoes of every description you can imagine, old suits, sweaters that hung this way, all kinds of ties – bolos, sparkly ties, big wide ties, little ties. Nothing that anyone would want to wear.

I said, “God, give me an opportunity to – bless me some way, Lord.” And a revival to sing at came in and I know they – they gave me an offering at the end of the revival. And the Lord said, “Buy Norman a suit.” I went downtown. I bought one of the nicest suits I could find. I made sure it cost at least more than any suit I owned in my wardrobe. And I went to get him and take him, and he picked it out. He liked it. It was kind of dark blue. He had good taste. It had a little stitching around here. It was polyester. It was nice. It was expensive.

And I said, “Norman, you ever been clean?”

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: He said, “It’s been years.” He said, uh…

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: He said, “I’m a hermit, you know. My dad got killed in the coal mines about 50 years ago. Went to work one day. I was just a little boy and he didn’t come home. Some men came to our house and said, uh, the roof fell in on him. I remember his funeral. I saw my uncle, haven’t ever seen him again.” I said, “Norman, I’m gonna run some water for you in your bathtub and I really want you to get clean, ‘cause tonight I want to take you down to a church that’s having a gospel singing.”

I went in his bathroom. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I pulled the curtain back – oh. The floor was like dirt. The tub was so filthy, I had to take all the sacks out of it first. He saved paper sacks. I didn’t know why. I took ‘em all out and then I cleaned the tub with SOS pads and – and when I turned the hot water faucet on, it fell in the tub.

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: And I got it back up and taped it back on and got it – it leaked a little, but it worked all right. And I got his hot water ran in there and I went in there and I said, “Now, Norman, let’s really get clean. I mean, you know, really, really…” And – and I said, “When you’re through, holler at me, okay?”

He went in there, in the bathroom and I went into the living room to look at that unbelievable house he lived in. Wallpaper sagging – rain had got in – falling off the walls and the ceiling and dirt everywhere. He had an old coal furnace that belched smoke in the wintertime. Something was wrong with it. I don’t know how he lived at night when he turned that on in the wintertime. Sometimes he didn’t use it. I saw that he had several covers on his bed he’d just crawl under.

And that old mattress, it was like that and – and I shook the curtain and (cough) dust just came out of it. And I said, while he was in there in the bathtub – I heard him in there. He was in there soaping, “Oop-a-loopa, loopa, loopa, loopa,” he was beginning to sing. He finally said, “I’m okay, I’m ready. I’m ready. I’m clean.”

I went in there and I pulled that curtain back. I had told him to get out of the tub and just put a towel around him. There he stood. His glasses were off, water dripping in the floor and I – with a towel around him. And I looked at him and I – have you ever seen mud that had just been smeared?

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: I said, “Not clean enough Norman. I want you to get back in the tub? Now, Norman, I’m serious, now get clean. We want to be…” And went back into the living room, looked – went back in after he said he was okay. That went on time and time again.

Finally, the floor was wet; the mirror was wet; the tub was wet; I was wet; he was wet, but when he got finished, I had scrubbed his head. I got him down like this – I didn’t hurt him, but I got him in a headlock where he couldn’t get away.

I got an SOS, I got some Lava soap, and I got a sponge and I began to rub the top of his head. I’d rub it and he’d go, “Mm-m-m, m-m-m.”

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: I rubbed it and pretty soon I looked and there was a bunch of white showing through. He had beautiful white hair. I scrubbed some more. I said, “Put your face up here.” And he went – and I scrubbed his face and I gave him the sponge. I said, “All right, big boy, from the neck on down is yours. Get it clean.”

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: When we got finished – water all over the place – you could rub your thumb on him anywhere and he’d squeak.

(LAUGHTER)

John: You’re listening to Mike Adkins on Focus on the Family and we have a CD of his entire presentation, this immensely popular broadcast, when you make a donation of any amount to the ministry today. Just call 800-A-FAMILY. 800-232-6459. Or donate and request that CD at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Let’s go ahead and return now to more from Mike Adkins.

Mike: We went downtown to the church, to the gospel singing. We sat down. People come up to me and say, “Well, Brother Mike, we’re really glad to have you visiting here tonight. God bless you. And who’s your friend?” About the time they’d get his hand, I’d say, “That’s Norman,” and they’d go…

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: One Sunday right after that, the Spirit of the Lord spoke to me and said, “Today is Norman’s day. Take a Bible. Get a pastor friend.” We went over to Norman’s. We got the Book of Romans and we began to tell him how we’ve all come short of the kingdom of God, how he could receive salvation. At first, he didn’t understand and then he grasped it. He – he said to me, “Oh, I see what you mean.” He said, “I used to listen when I was a little boy to the radio. My mom would play – that preacher was on.”

And he said, “You mean like my windows right there are so dirty.” And he said, “You’re saying that Jesus, if I’ll ask Him, will clean my heart up like – like sometimes when I wash my windows?” I said, “Yeah, Norman, He’ll clean up inside of you and then – and then the outside, too.” And he said, “I – I would like that.” In that old house, with the wind blowing and the cracks in the walls – old dirty house – Norman prayed a simple prayer. And he said, “Jesus, Mike said that if I’d ask You to, You’d come into my heart and I’d like that. Come in” and he was washed white as snow.

I rejoiced and God began to do a work in him, but God began to do a work in me. I didn’t mind if everybody in town knew I was helping Norman. I used to tell ‘em down at the ball game a little bit during the intermission. A bunch of us guys would be standing around drinking a Coke and I’d say, just out of the clear blue – I couldn’t stand it anymore. I wanted so – praise so bad for this little good deed I was doing. I said, “I’m helping Norman.”

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: These guys would look at me like, “Huh?? What do you think they’re gonna do in the second half, Fred? They gonna run the…” And, um, God said, “That’s not loving your neighbor as yourself.”

Now, folks, I want to tell you something. When I’m in a church that needs this message because they have a lack of love, I always mention to ‘em that God is praised in a lot of places. Most Christians, generally speaking, love God, but not many love their neighbor as theirself. I’m gonna finish with this. I had pride in me. God still works on it. He said, “Are you willing to help Norman, no matter how long it takes? Are you willing to help him, take him places, make him a part of your life? Are you really willing?” I said, “Oh, God, he’s so unlovely sometimes.” He said, “Are you willing to go out there in the coal shed and bring his coal in when he can’t carry it anymore and put it in his old ‘stokermatic’?” I said, “There’s no light out there, Lord, and sometimes the snow in Illinois is deep.” And He had me do so many things in that house that it was beginning to be a routine back and forth across the – the street. And one night he challenged me with what I want to close with.

He said – in the bathroom one night, I was standing there looking at his bathroom. I had remodeled his bathroom by now, fixed his faucet. I fixed his sink. I’d got him some new walls and I put him a new Celotex ceiling in and had a light I was working on. And – and there was one thing in that bathroom that I just would not touch. It was over in the corner. And it was dirty, and I just said, “No. Mm-mm.”

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: I said, “Now, God, sing in a choir? I’d sing in choir. I love them. I love you all the time, but yeah, I’ll do that. Travel all over the country and sing and tell them about Jesus? Okay, Lord. Not that…”

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: He kept troubling me about it, troubling me about it. I kept telling Him no, kept telling Him no. I fought that thing. I said, “No way.” He said, “All I want you to do is fix that ring and lid on the top of it.” You see if you look at it and I did, it – it had the two bolts that held the ring into the ceramic part. One of those bolts has broken off. And if you accidentally bumped into it, it would just swing down by that one bolt and hang beside the bowl. And He said, “Look over there.” And I looked and someone – and I’m gonna ask Him one of these days. I’m not brash towards our Father, but I’m gonna ask Him. I don’t think He’ll mind. I’m gonna ask Him who put that there. In a plastic bag was a brand-new ring and lid. All I had to do was take a bolt off, take the old one off, throw it away, put the new one on, put the bolts on it and it was finished, but I wasn’t gonna touch it.

Sat over in front of my television. One night He troubled me so bad I couldn’t watch television. I turned – I finally turned around to Carmel, my wife and I just said, “I’m not gonna do it!”

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: She was looking at the Sears catalog or something. She looked at me like…

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: I couldn’t stand it. About an hour later, I went up and got my coveralls out of the pantry and I put ‘em on and put the collar up.

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: I pulled the sleeves down, found me some gloves that came down over the sleeves. She laughed and told me later if I’d have had an operating mask like a surgeon, I’d have had that on. I got my toolbox and I crept across the street real late over into Norman’s bathroom, got the tools out, started working on that thing. And – and – and – and that one bolt that was left, I just couldn’t – tried to get that box-end wrench on it. It just wouldn’t – and – and if I was God and a guy was finally willing to do something like this, I’d just have him touch that thing and it’d come right off, wouldn’t you? But it wouldn’t do it. I just – and – and finally, I tried to get as close as I could to it…

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: …Without touching it, you know – ”Watch it, whoa, watch it.”

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: And I’ll tell you something. You got to hug one of them things to work on ‘em, you know?

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

Mike: And I just couldn’t -I just couldn’t get it off. And so, I – I know we’re – I know we’re in a church and – and – and I’m gonna trust God, He’s got a good sense of humor, because here’s – here’s what I finally had to do. It’s true. I had – I had to get down on that old filthy floor so I could see up under that thing.

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: And I crawled, and I took that wrench and I – I finally got it on that nut and I moved it a little bit and old rust and dirt just hit me right in the eye, like that.

(LAUGHTER)

Mike: I said, “This ain’t the 700 Club! This ain’t PTL.” The Spirit of the Lord took care of it. He spoke to me and said – right there on the floor – He said, “When you do it unto the least of these, you do it unto Me.” It changed me. I didn’t care if anybody noticed. I didn’t want any money. I didn’t want any acclamation for it. I didn’t – I didn’t care anymore. I just began to see when it said, “I’ll give my body to be burned, but if I have love – not love, it’s for nothing.”

I began to understand that word “Loving your neighbor as yourself.” I went back home, and I said, “God, what else will You have for me?” He said, “Son, get in your car and take those songs that I’ve given you all over the country and leave ‘em at radio stations.”

I think maybe He thought, “Maybe I can trust him, maybe use him a little bit.” And I went in the car, over all the radio stations and He opened up television and suddenly, record sales came in and then doors opened to speak all over the country. But He never allowed any of that to happen in my life, not the first bit of it, no matter how much I agonized with Him for 35 years, no matter how much I hollered and said, “Why can’t You use me, God? Why am I having to wait?” until He had taught me to love my neighbor as myself through my friend, my neighbor named Norman.

John: Hmm. What an unforgettable Focus on the Family broadcast, a real classic for you today. And it should be obvious why this message has resonated with so many over the years. Jim, this is the Gospel. This is “love your neighbor” lived out and told so powerfully, so beautifully by Mike Adkins.

Jim: This is it, John. And I hope this message has inspired our listeners to really think about being a good neighbor, just what the Gospel says and befriend someone like a Norman and really allow the Lord to change their own hearts, as well. That’s what it’s about, isn’t it? And you know one of the best parts of working at Focus on the Family, John, is getting to meet amazing Christians like Mike Adkins. I mean, he’s just a wonderful human being. And I gave him a call yesterday and he agreed to be on the phone with us to answer a few follow-up questions about Norman. Mike, as you know, we’ve been listening to “A Man Called Norman,” a great story of redemption and you tell it so well, Mike.  It blesses me every time I hear it.  But over the last couple of days, we’ve been listening here at Focus on the Family.  It’s great to have you on the phone.  We really enjoyed the stories you shared in the early part of the message, which we heard last time, Mike.  But I’m just wondering, when the Lord asked you to take Norman on your family vacation to Opryland…

Mike: (Laughter).

Jim: ….Mike, what was in your head?

Mike: (Chuckling) I will – I was – I was wondering if I’d really heard God when I felt a leading to take him with us, you know, on vacation, because I – I just – I don’t know, I – but boy, it sure turned out to be the Lord and…

Jim:  Oh, yeah.

Mike:  …And He taught me so much through Norman.  I’ve often told people and they’ll say, “What’s that story about?”  I’ll say, “Well, God I thought was sending me across the street to help an old fella, get him cleaned up and everything else.  And, uh, the truth was, God was cleaning me up in a lot of ways, where maybe not physically did I need that, but I needed it a lot of ways spiritually.

Jim:  Now your good friend, Norman, he did pass away a few years back.  Tell us about that, uh…

Mike:  Yeah.

Jim: …Moment, that emotion.

Mike:  Well, it was one of the most difficult things for me to go – he had become almost a replacement for my grandfather.  My grandfather passed away when I was just a teenager or soon after.  And, uh, Norman just sort of replaced him in my heart. And in April 24th, in 2000, he went to be with Lord.  I got to be with him the last three hours and, uh – and it was the most – one of the most precious times of my life, because I felt God there so strongly, His presence. And, uh, I watched him, uh, shed his last tear and as I was comforting him, telling him that, you know, the – he was gonna see Jesus pretty soon. Everything was all right.  Uh, he was – he was at real peace.  And I think – I know he heard me and I know he understood what I was saying.  But it was one of the most difficult times for me personally, because I – I still miss him. He was a – a blessing to my life, I could never describe to ya how much really.

Jim: You know, one of the things – John and I, we were talking about last time is just the conviction that the story brings to our own hearts, to look for the people around us that are like the “Normans” in our own lives.  And you’re talking to an awful lot of people right now, Mike.  And what would you say to encourage those of us that might give the excuse that, you know, the pace of life is too fast, and I’ve got young kids and – and the list goes on and on?  What can you say?

Mike:  I got a call a couple weeks ago.  It was a young man’s wife from either Indiana or Ohio.  I can’t remember.  We handle a lot of correspondence.  And she said that, after seeing that story – and this really encouraged me and blessed me and – and it should Focus on the Family, I think, too. She said, “My husband started a men’s group down at our church, age 7 to 70.  And they meet once a month, this newly formed men’s group, and they have each month a project where they go out and they help someone in great need.  And that really blessed me to hear that.  And then – you know, we get, uh, some wonderful, wonderful letters.  I got one here. And this was a minister in Tennessee, and he said, one Sunday after church a man came to his office, very distraught, crying.  He said he’d been lookin’ for work all over the area, been sleepin’ in his car, driving around for six days.  And he was exhausted.  He said, “I’ve got a full tank of gas now and I heard about a job 200 miles from here, where I might get – get a – get some work.” And he – but he began to weep, and he said, “I’m so exhausted, I don’t think I can make the trip.”  So, the pastor bought him a motel room and when they went in to pay for the motel room, his wife – the pastor’s wife – and kids had followed in another car.  And when they got to the motel and went inside, his children asked their mom. “Uh, what’s – what’s going on? What’s this about?” And she explained how desperate the man was.  And they – the children were just flabbergasted.  They said, they didn’t know any human could be that alone.  And so, when the man came out of the motel office, the children ran up to him and the little boy handed him a dime.

Jim:  Hm.

Mike: And he said, uh, “The tooth fairy left this for me, but I don’t need it.”

Jim:  Oh.

Mike:  And then, the little girl had a box of Graham crackers a lady at the church’d given her.  And she said, “I don’t need this either.”  And that so profoundly impacted that man, that it gave the minister a great opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus with him.  And then on the way home, the daughter said, “That – that man reminded me of Norman.”  They’d seen that story and heard that story.

Jim: Oh, yeah.

Mike:  And, uh, his son agreed and anyway, he was thanking us for that and, uh, airing it and all that sort of thing.

Jim:  Well, Mike, it’s such a powerful story and even that little story about Norman’s impact illustrates the point and for people to get involved in their neighborhood and in their community.  That’s really the essence of it and do in name of Christ.  It’s not simply to  be a good friend, but it does have a purpose to it and that is, to lead someone to the Lord, right?

Mike:  That’s the bottom line.  That’s the bottom line, because if they don’t know the Lord, wow!  It – it’s almost like, what’s the point?

Jim: You know, one place I’d love to be in heaven is standing near you as you and Norman say hello to each other in heaven again.  That’ll be great – a great day.

Mike: (Emotion) I’m sorry

Jim:  No, it’s – I want to see you two embrace each other, my friend.  You have done well.

Mike:  I look forward to that. (sigh) I’m sorry, I didn’t want to get emotional. (sigh)  But thank you for that.

Jim:  Amen, brother. Mike, we love you.  Thank you for your witness and your example to us all.

Mike:  Thank you.

Jim:  God bless you.

Mike:  God bless you.

John: What a touching way to finish off two-day broadcast and, uh, it’s easy to see why this is a Focus on the Family classic presentation. It’s been requested, either digital download or cassette or CD, by over 40-thousand fans since we first aired this in 1984.   And, uh, we’ve so enjoyed our relationship with Mike Adkins over the years.  You can tell, he has such a big heart. I’m sure you heard that in his voice.  And I’m going to encourage you to get your copy of this presentation on CD. A lot of people still use CDs, including me. We can send that to you when you make a donation of any amount to the ministry. Contribute to the work we’re doing here at Focus on the Family. Uh, join our team and reach us by calling 800-A-FAMILY. 800-232-6459. Or you can donate online and request that CD at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. 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 as we once more help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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Popular Christian vocalist Larnelle Harris reflects on his five-decade music career, sharing the valuable life lessons he’s learned about putting his family first, allowing God to redeem a troubled past, recognizing those who’ve sacrificed for his benefit, and faithfully adhering to biblical principles amidst all the opportunities that have come his way.

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Accepting Your Imperfect Life

Amy Carroll explains how listeners can find freedom from self-imposed and unrealistic standards of perfection in a discussion based on her book, Breaking Up With Perfect: Kiss Perfection Goodbye and Embrace the Joy God Has in Store for You.

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.

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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.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

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

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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.

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

Do you love your spouse, or do you truly cherish them? Gary Thomas encourages couples to make a daily effort to go beyond the ‘duty’ of love, and combat the natural inclination to drift apart, by choosing to see the best in their spouse.

Mr. Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas is an international speaker and best-selling, award-winning author whose books include Married SexSacred Marriage and Sacred Parenting. He has also written numerous articles for several prominent national magazines. Gary and his wife, Lisa, reside in Texas and have three children. You can learn more about Gary by visiting his website, www.garythomas.com.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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 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.

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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 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.

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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!

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!