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A Vision of Christ Among the World’s Poor (Part 1)

A Vision of Christ Among the World’s Poor (Part 1)

World Vision President Richard Stearns and his wife, Renee, talk about their passion for transforming the lives of poor people in poverty-stricken areas around the globe, and encourage listeners to consider how they might help do the same. (Part 1 of 2)

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Group Singing in African Language

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John: The joy of singing praises to God. Those are Christians who are transformed by the power of Christ and you’re going to hear stories on today’s “Focus on the Family” about how you can be a part of making that kind of miraculous change possible. Our host is Focus president and author, Jim Daly and I’m John Fuller.

Jim: John, those people are not just singing, they’re celebrating in Christ and that is wonderful to hear. You know, they finally have those necessities that you and I take for granted, whether it’s good food to eat every day or clean drinking water, maybe clothing to wear. You know, we can take that for granted, as well, perhaps a house to live in instead of a mud hut. But that’s what life is like in many of these villages around the world.

John: Uh-hm.

Jim: And you know what? Also a school where they can become educated and get the skills they need to create a more vibrant economy in their village. Most of all though, they have hope and hope for the future and hope, because they know God loves them because of what Christians have done to care for them.

John: Uh-hm.

Jim: And we’re gonna hear about that today through the ministry of World Vision, which is providing all of that and so much more to needy children and families around the world.

John: Yeah, and our guests today are Richard and Renée Stearns. Richard is a former business executive. He became president of World Vision USA in 1998. Renée is a former lawyer and they’ve raised five children together and now have a couple of grandchildren and they have a book called He Walks Among Us: Encounters with Christ in a Broken World.

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Jim: Rich and Renée, first let me welcome you back to “Focus on the Family.”

Renée: Thank you.

Richard: Well, thanks, Jim. Great to be here.

Jim: And you know, I’m looking forward to the conversation, as John just mentioned your book, He Walks Among Us. I want to talk about that. It’s such a great theme and it’s so much a core to the Gospel and what we talk about as Christians. But first, Rich, we’ve gotta hit this issue. Last March, World Vision, you made some decisions at the board level and it really created quite a dust up. I want to say, you know, as a leader of a Christian organization, the courage it took to reverse that decision, I mean, that’s tough and let’s talk about that for a minute. What happened in March? What was goin’ on? And what prompted the decision and then where are we at today?

Richard: Yeah, sure, Jim. Well, first of all, let me say we made a pretty big mistake or misjudgment in March when we announced that we were changing our employee conduct policy in a way that would’ve allowed people from churches that sanction same-sex unions to work at World Vision and even be in a same-sex union.

We had looked at this issue for many years and we’d seen how divided churches were over this. It was tearing churches apart. It was even tearing families apart as family members were you know, coming out to their parents, saying that I have a same-sex attraction. And so, we actually were trying to avoid stepping into this divisive issue. And so, we thought, well, why don’t we just defer to the churches. We … you know, we’re not a church. We’re an organization helping the poor around the world. Our employees come from many different expressions of the Christian church in America and around the world.

Richard: And so, we thought by deferring to the churches and opening up our conduct policy a little bit, we could kind of avoid this issue.  But it was a mistake and we heard from a lot of our trusted Christian partners and advisors and friends and supporters, who said they were very confused now about where did World Vision stand on this very important issue of marriage and the authority of Scripture. And what we realized is, that we now had a conduct policy that was inconsistent with World Vision’s long-held belief about the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman. And we made the mistake of sending a very confusing message to our partners and friends.

You know, Jim, Renée and I have five kids and one of the things that I used to say to my teenagers over and over as they were growing up is, kids, don’t let other people define your values. Be who you are. Define your values clearly and let people deal with it. And I made the mistake; I didn’t listen to my own advice and we, by deferring to a few churches on this important issue, we were letting other people define World Vision. That confused our supporters and so, as you said, within 48 hours our board met and reversed that decision and we took a strong stand on biblical authority and marriage.

Jim: Well, and Rich, I appreciate that and I think people need to hear that, that you feel obviously that it was a mistake. I think of Peter. I mean, when that happened and how quickly you kind of recalculated and came back to the truth of Scripture, I applaud you for that. And I think you know, we in the Christian community, so often we’re so hard on missteps. And we’ve got to relook at the Gospels. And again, Peter’s example, I mean, think of denying Christ.

Richard: Yeah.

Jim: And what that must have felt like in his heart and we as Christians need to extend that forgiveness when mistakes are made. And so you did the right thing in the end and I just so appreciate that you’re carrying on the great tradition of World Vision as a Christ humanitarian organization. So, thank you for that. Thank you for your leadership–

Richard: Yeah, thanks, Jim.

Jim: –and moving ahead.  Let’s talk about your book, He Walks Among Us. You have and Renée, standing alongside your husband, you two have seen some amazing things around the world as the head of World Vision.  Describe for us, because so often it’s far from our daily encounter here in the United States, describe for us what poverty looks like around the world.

Richard: Yeah. Well, I think, Jim, most Americans, unless you’ve been on an international mission trip to a country that’s really poor, we have a very vague understanding of poverty. And you and I were talking in your office just a few moments ago, that earlier this summer, Toledo, Ohio had to go without clean water for three or four days. And the National Guard was called in and people were brought in to bring in bottled water and the population was all upset. Well, that’s the way almost a billion people on our planet live without access to clean water, not just for three days, but for 365 days a year. So, if you look at poverty in the world, there are 2 billion people that live on less than $2 a day. There’s almost a billion that lack clean water. There’s almost a billion that go to bed hungry every night.

I’ve been to communities, Renée and I’ve been to communities where 1 out of 5 children are dead before their fifth birthday because of malaria, because of water-borne diseases. The water they’re drinking is making them sick. They die in childbirth. Our world is a tragic place with a great deal of need and of course, we try to look at the world through God’s eyes. God loves these children and He calls us as Christians to not just to preach the Gospel, but to be the Gospel and to demonstrate the love of Christ to the world. John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world, that He sent His only Son to die.

Jim: Hm.

Richard: Well, if God loved the world that much, shouldn’t we love the world more than we do?

Jim: One of the stats, too that shocked me, because again, it’s relative, but a person making $40,000 a year is in the top 1 percent of breadwinners in the world. It may not be true in the United States, but if you’re making $40,000 a year, you’re in the top 1 percent in the world of income. That is amazing to me, ’cause it doesn’t sound that high.

Richard: You just made a lot of your listeners really feel good, because they just discovered that they’re wealthy. And they never knew that until today. But here’s a statistic that blows my mind even more. Three quarters of the world’s population live on less than $10 a day—three quarters of the world’s population, less than $10 a day.

Jim: Oh.

Richard: So, we are wealthy in this country and we are blessed.

Jim: Let’s bring it home, Rich. There’s a story that you share in the book about Tchafule, I think from Mozambique. He was a boy. Tell us about your encounter with him.

Richard: Yeah, a pretty amazing story. A few years ago I traveled to Mozambique to visit some of the World Vision programs.

Jim: That’s in Africa.

Richard: In Africa, yeah and kind of the southeastern corner of Africa. As I like to say, after I came on that trip, it’s not the end of the world, but you can see it from there. And we literally had to fly in, in a bush plane and land in a field to get to this place. It was so remote and the roads didn’t go there.

We drove through a very dense jungle and we came into a clearing and all these people gathered around our Land Rover in this clearing. And when I got out of the car, the little children started to cry and run and scream. And they ran into the forest, because they had never seen a white man. It was that remote. They had never … and I’m convinced that people who lived in this remove village, probably didn’t even know where the United States of America was or that there even was a country called “the U.S. of A.” And so, a very remote place and we got to see this one family in particular that was kind of a representative family. And this little boy, 8-year-old, Tchafule, with two sisters and a mother. His father had died the year earlier and this family was destitute.

No clean water. No food to eat. No school for the children to go to, disease. You could see the children were just dirty and sick and runny noses and you know, their hair was kind of orange colored, which signals malnutrition. And when we heard this little boy’s story, he became the man of the house, 8-years-old. He was the only male in the house and every morning he went out with a sharpened stick, hunting for food.

But what he hunted for were field mice and rats. And when he was lucky, he would skewer a few of these mice and rats and he would hold them by the tail and bring them back to his family. And we watched these little children, literally holding mice by the tail over an open fire to cook them.

Jim: Hm.

Richard: And then it’s kinda gross, but just eating them by breaking open their bodies and eating them, because it was the only thing they had to eat. It was just so heartbreaking; this little boy was shouldering this responsibility to take care of his family, ’cause his father had died. And no child, no family should live in those conditions.

And I am glad to say that World Vision was opening a project in Mozambique in that area and now a number of years later, there’s a clean water source. There’s agricultural development and food for the families to eat. There’s a school that the children are going to. And conditions have changed dramatically in that village and in that community. But I’ve had a little picture of Tchafule, carrying his rats back to his home on my office wall for probably 10 years now, to remind me that there are children out there that still need to be helped.

Program Note:

John: And that’s a really good reminder for each one of us. This is “Focus on the Family” with Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller and today our guests are Richard and Renée Stearns. He’s the president of World Vision USA. And I hope you’ll use today’s program as a reminder to pray for those suffering families that we’ve been hearing about and to consider what role you might play in helping meet their needs.

We’ll recommend you get a CD or a download of the entire conversation with the Stearns for yourself or to pass along to someone else. You can do that when you call 800-A-FAMILY or at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio .

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Jim: You know, Jesus talked a lot about taking care of the poor. I mean, that seemed to be one of His core themes and expressed that to the disciples. And when you look at it today, again, when we look at our own little world, it’s so hard, because we do have so much here in the United States. Even for those that are in poverty, there seems to be enough. You may not feel it, but there doesn’t seem to be that kind of destitute poverty that you’re talkin’ about with Tchafule’s story. How do remember what the Gospel is telling us there in an environment, in Western Civilization, Western culture, where there seems to be so much, how do we rise above the material blessings that we have, to say there are others who need our help?

Renée: I think we have to be careful to be very intentional. Obviously, we live in a culture where we have enough. But there are people around the world who need our help. And you think, I’m just an ordinary person, what’ll I do? Well, one of the things that I did to sort of identify with what people around the world are facing is, I had to give a speech on what it meant to go without water. And I thought, you know, the truth is, I really don’t know what that’s like. So, for a day, I decided to go without water. I turned off the tap, didn’t brush my teeth. Didn’t wash my hair. Didn’t have my morning coffee. And I took a turquoise Rubbermaid bucket. We live about a mile and a half from Lake Washington and walked to Lake Washington, waded into the water, filled up my bucket and carried it that mile and a half back home–

Jim: Just to feel it.

Renée: –just to feel what that was like. Now I have to say that I didn’t use that water for the day. This was just an experiment and I remembered all those times during the summer when Lake Washington was closed because of pollution. But I did measure out how much water I had collected and refilled the bucket with clean water, I have to say and used that for the day for the needs of our family.

Jim: Hm.

Renée: How often I would go just automatically to the tap and turn it on and want to wash my hands or fill a glass of water. And I thought, you know, there’s not always an opportunity for me to go and I’m not an agronomist. I’m not a hydrologist. I’m not even a medical doctor, all of those kinds of skills that might be available. But every time I brush my teeth, I can be reminded of the people around the world for whom brushing your teeth would be a luxury that they can’t even imagine and I can pray for them.

Jim: Hm.

Renée: When I take my morning shower, I can pray for those women around the world for whom a shower will never be more than wading into a muddy pond. When I buy a flat of water at the Costco, I can think about those children who have to walk miles every day to secure water.

Renée: One of the things that I often recommend to young moms is, maybe not to be so dramatic, but just for a day, to put a bucket of clean water at the end of your driveway. And so, every time your family wants to get a drink of water or needs to wash their hands, they have to go outside and walk to that bucket.

Jim: What do you see in kids that do that? That’s a very good idea.

Renée: Well, it’s a way of expanding our horizons, of identifying with kids around the world, who up until that time, we had no idea had needs like this.

Jim: In fact, in the book, you talk about the seven steps to poverty. What are those and how can we use them to help teach our kids to think of these things?

Richard: Well, Jim, I like to use this little exercise to help Americans and children, as well, understand what poverty feels like. And I ask them to just imagine the following. You know, No. 1, seven steps, step No. 1, imagine that tomorrow you’d wake up and the only clothing you have is the clothing on your back. Your closets are empty. All of your clothes are gone. You will wear the same clothing now every day and to wash it, you have to take it off and wash it and then put it back on.

Jim: Hm.

Richard: So, all of a sudden, you’re feeling pretty poor, especially if you’re a teenager and what you wear to school is important to you. But then step two is we’re gonna take away electricity and all power. So, now none of the light switches, none of the appliances in your house work. Your automobiles are out. Your iPads, iPods, cell phones, none of those things work.

Jim: Night time is dark.

Richard: Night time is dark. When the sun sets, there’s nothin’ to do but go to sleep. And so, imagine now living in America, but now you’ve lost your clothing and you’ve lost your electricity and power, but all of your neighbors still have these things. How do you feel?

No. 3, no clean water. Now there’s no more water in your tap. You can’t use your washing machine, ’cause you lost electricity, but you can’t even wash your clothes in the sink, ’cause you don’t have water. And now every day you have to organize the family to walk down to the lake or the pond to get buckets of dirty water that is all you have to drink, all you have to cook with, all you have to bathe with.

Now you’re really feeling poor, but I’ve only taken away three things. The fourth thing, I’m gonna take away your house. No more comfortable home to live in with a TV room and a recliner to sit in or a couch. You’re now in a 10 x 10, 10 x 20 mud hut with a dirt floor. Your whole family sleeps in one room on the floor, because there aren’t bedrooms and multiple rooms in your home.

Take away No. 5 is, there’s no food anymore. You have to forage now for food, because you can’t go to the grocery store. There’s no food available. You find yourself, actually picking through your neighbor’s garbage, you know, to find leftovers that they scraped off their plates and didn’t eat, because it’s what’s keeping you alive.

Richard: And through all of this now, imagine that one or two of your children have gotten very ill. They’re malnourished. They’ve got diseases. They’re very sick, but unfortunately, No. 6 takeaway is healthcare. You can’t go to a doctor. There’s no medicine. There’s no pharmacy. And you actually watch your 4-year-old die from diarrhea, something that could’ve been remedied for about 15 cents of stuff you could buy at a drugstore, but you don’t have access to that.

So, you talk about despair. I’ve just taken six things away from you that have brought you from happiness to total despair and living on the edge. And yet I said I’d take seven things away from you. What is the seventh thing? Well, you’ve already lost it. It’s hope. Now you have no hope for the future, no hope for tomorrow. No hope for a better life tomorrow. You’re just trying to survive and that’s what poverty feels like.

And you might wonder, imagine again you’re in America and you’re the only family in this neighborhood that’s got this problem. You might wonder, why does no one care? Why is no one seeing us? Why aren’t they helping us? Doesn’t anybody see our pain? And I think that’s the way the poor around the world sometimes feel, as they look at wealthy America or wealthy Europe and say, does no one care about what’s happening to us?

Jim: The key thing there, Rich, when you see someone who is hopeless, I mean, that is at the core of the Christian message. I mean, when Jesus came, He’s giving us hope, hope for an eternal life, hope for maybe not an easier life, but a life that is rewarding and has purpose and meaning. When you’re living in the way that you described, it paints a picture of almost being an animal, doesn’t it? That you’re just–

Richard: Yeah.

Jim: –scratching out, you don’t feel human. You don’t feel, you know, that anybody cares for you. I mean, those human emotions that make us distinctly human and made in the image of God. In fact, you’re talking about that, in 1 John there’s a verse there. And again, we’re using the Word. We’re not talking about social goodness and all that. Here’s the Word of God. Don’t listen to what Rich and Renée or Jim Daly talk about. What does the Word of God say? It says, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God love abide in him?”  Ooh!

Richard: Yeah.

Jim: That tough.

Richard: And then, you know, there’s that wonderful passage in Matthew 25, where Jesus is talking about the final judgment, separating the sheep from the goals. And He turns to the people on His right and He said, “I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was thirsty and you gave Me to drink. I was naked and you clothed Me. I was sick and you came to me. I was in prison and you visited Me.” And then people say, “Well, when did we do this? We didn’t see You sick or naked or thirsty, Lord.” And He says, “I tell you the truth, if you have done this to the least of these of my brothers, you have done it to Me.”

And so, Jesus holds up this concern for neighbor, this love of neighbor, this love of other human beings as one of the highest values of His message and His expectations of us.

Jim: Hey, Rich, again, how do we in this context … this paradox of God’s love and God’s truth, so often the accusations will fly. We’re just talking about social justice, social issues. And it seems almost in some circles in the Christian community a disparaging term, that if you ‘re fighting on behalf of the poor and those living in poverty, that you’re doing less than what God will want you to do, if you’re not fighting the battle of truth.

Richard: Yeah.

Jim: It’s not an “either or,” is it?

Richard: No, it is not either or. It is very much “both and.”  And Jesus had a vision for a changed world, a world where the poor were cared for and lifted up. where Christians and His followers would stand up for right and justice, you know, in their societies. We would be kind of this healing salve on humanity, that we would go to the broken places. We would go to the hurting places and we would be the healers and the reformers and the redeemers and the rebuilders and the repairers of human life.

And Jesus called this whole idea, “the kingdom of God,” the kingdom of God. And we are at our best, we are demonstrating the love of Christ, not just speaking about it or preaching about it, but we’re demonstrating it in our neighborhoods, in our schools, in our workplaces, in our communities. And we are showing people that there’s a different way to live. There’s a different way to be in relationship with one another. And of course, that compassion, that relationship extends not just to the neighbors on our street, but our neighbors in Mozambique and around the world. And so, the Christian mission is to go out and change the world and to do it for Christ.

Jim: Rich and Renée, we have covered a lot of territory talking about poverty around the world, and the very difficult struggles people are facing with disease and famine and the last of clean water. But I think it’d be good to have you come back next time to share your own story, Rich, your own experience, how you left the business world and that affluent lifestyle that you enjoyed. I’m sure you, too Renée, it’s comfortable. And how the Lord took you on a journey to change your heart toward the world and how to impact it for Him.

In fact, I think you used one of your kids to point that out. Let’s come back and have you help us better understand to apply this practically. I think when we look at famine around the world and lack of drinking water, it’s hard for us to get our hands around that. But for you to give us the handles to say, here are three things that we can do. Let’s dig into that a bit and better understand what we can do practically to help people.

Richard: Absolutely, we’d love to do that.

Renée: Be glad to.

Closing:

John: Well, I appreciate the big vision that you cast for us, Richard and Renée in responding to the needs of suffering people. God has given you such an awesome way to do that and you’ve encouraged us to serve and reach out and offer healing to those. And it is really important for us to hear your message.

Now you can find more in sights and stories and some wonderful, beautiful photographs in the book that Richard and Renée have written, He Walks Among Us: Encounters with Christ in a Broken World. It’s a devotional book. It’ll touch your heart and it’ll expand your horizons about how God is transforming lives around the world in the midst of some very difficult circumstances. And it’ll also reveal some biblical truths that you can apply to your own life and in your family, as you pursue a closer walk with the Lord.

Now I have a copy of that at home. I’ve set it on the counter and it gets looked at repeatedly throughout the day. It’s really a very well-done book and you can order your copy when you call 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY; 800-232-6459 or you can see more at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio .

Now when you get in touch, please consider a financial gift to this family ministry. Focus on the Family is listener supported. We rely on the generosity of friends like you to produce radio programs and distribute resources like the Stearn’s book and to develop online websites and video and follow-up services like our counseling team. We do this to help your family thrive, but we can’t do it without you. Let me ask you to contribute to our work today. When you do, as our way of saying thank you for your financial support, we’ll send a complimentary copy of He Walks Among Us. Our website is www.focusonthefamily.com/radio or you can call us at 800-A-FAMILY.

Our program was provided by Focus on the Family and on behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for listening. I’m John Fuller, inviting you back for more faith-building, world-changing encouragement from our guests, Richard and Renée Stearns. That’s next time, when we’ll help your family thrive.

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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.

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,

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 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.

Headshot of Focus on the Family broadcast guest Jodie Berndt

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!

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

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!

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!