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Applying Your Faith to the 2020 Election

Applying Your Faith to the 2020 Election

John Stonestreet and Lisa Anderson explore common reasons why many people are uncertain, concerned, or apathetic about voting in the upcoming election, and encourage Christian listeners to meet their civic responsibility and vote in support of their faith-driven values.
Original Air Date: August 28, 2020

Teaser:

Man #1: I’m concerned about honoring God.

Woman #1: I feel limited with my – when it comes to my choices.

Woman #2: I’ve got work to do. I need more information.

Woman #3: I feel the pressure of my community.

Man #2: I’m concerned my vote will cost me relationships and potential future jobs.

End of Teaser

John Fuller: Well, maybe you can relate to those comments and you feel overwhelmed and maybe ill equipped to vote this year. Well, today on Focus on the Family, we’ll review why it’s so important and valuable for you to stay involved in the political process and why your faith perspective, especially in this year’s election, is essential. Your host is Focus president and author Jim Daly. And I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, I can’t believe Election Day is only nine weeks away. Tuesday – mark it on your calendar – November 3rd. And this is, like we often say, the – a monumental election year. Every election seems to be that, the most monumental of all. Why? Well, we need to exercise that freedom that we’ve been given. You know, when I go to vote, one of the things I think about are the many veterans I’ve met through Focus on the Family. Roger Sherrard, a friend of mine, who was on the battlefield in Vietnam and the number of men he lost as a commander in the battlefield. That’s a picture for me to think, what price was paid for me to vote on November 3rd? I think of Roger Sherrard. Um, I hope that there is something motivating you in a similar way to get out and vote. We’re not gonna tell you how to vote. We shouldn’t do that, and we can’t do that. But we want to cover some of the issues and what’s at stake in our country from a variety of directions. You know, I’ve traveled, John, to 70 different countries and I’m telling you, the first time I came back from my first international trip all those years ago, I did – I knelt down and kissed the tarmac when I got here because our country has something that is priceless. And these are the things that are at stake, freedoms that are at stake, religious freedoms, expression, the things that I think we take for granted so often. Yet, people have paid with their life to maintain these freedoms for us.

John: Yeah, and it’s, uh – it’s not a perfect system. There are imperfect people and the process gets messy. There are contentions. But still, I agree with you. We have something that really is special here in the country.

Jim: We do, and we want to address as we stared today with, uh, a discussion about it. In fact, John, we’ve invited two great guests to help us navigate these issues. John Stonestreet is back with us. He’s the president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and a good friend of mine. He writes and speaks on faith and culture, theology, education, politics. If you don’t get his morning blog, you definitely should sign up for it at the Colson Center website. He’s also the host of the popular Breakpoint broadcast and podcast.

Jim: Welcome, John.

Mr. John Stonestreet: Thanks, Jim. Thanks, John.

John F.: And we also have Lisa Anderson, our colleague here, who heads up our ministry to young single adults, who is an author and host of the weekly Boundless broadcast and podcast. And it’s great to have you here.

Miss Lisa Anderson: Good to be here.

Jim: All right. Let’s kick it off. John, can you believe that it’s been four years. We were here in 2016…

John S.: We were.

Jim: …Having this discussion before the election. So, it’s good, like I said, to have your back to talk again about what’s going on in the culture. And Lisa you’ve brought some prerecorded comments from voters who express their concerns and struggles about this year’s election. And we’re going to share some of those observations that you were able to get into. And, in fact, you’re in some of these comments as well.

Lisa: Mm-hmm. (Laughter)

Jim: So, let’s take a listen.

Michael: It seems for a lot of people that politics has replaced religion and they’re looking for this godlike figure to solve all of their problems. And the – and the government will just never – will never do that. That’ll never be the case.

Camila: And I feel like we’re in this stage in our society where we’re just in a mob mentality. Like, I go on social media and everyone’s just yelling, and I can literally hear it through my screen, everyone just being so angry.

James: You know, each party has different concerns for different groups of people. If I vote for one, am I supporting some people, but then am I neglecting others? And can I do that with the good conscience?

Lisa: This idea that I used to like this elevated idea of I’m going to vote for a statesman. I’m going to vote for someone who represents everything that’s great about the country I was born in, about the issues that I love about… And that’s kind of taken off the table to the point where I’m just gonna be honest, I mean, when I talk to friends who – especially those who aren’t here in the States, I feel like I have to give all these qualifiers about like, well, you know, this is how our process works and this is why it isn’t perfect. (Laughs)

Jim: John, let’s pick it up there. That one comment about the combative nature, the mob mentality, I think she said, of what we’re experiencing in politics today. You know, we think it’s unique, but when I read, you know, the mob mentality during Lincoln’s election, for example, I mean, it was pretty brutal the way the press would attack Lincoln in that moment. And, you know, other presidents, too. Andrew Jackson. I mean, you can go right through the list. It wasn’t a kind process 100 years ago. It was a brutal process then like it is today.

John S.: You’re right. It was. Maybe one of the differences now is the 24 hour news cycle, the constant social media world that we all live in. In fact, a recent study just found the more people spend on social media, the less informed they actually are. And as Andy Crouch showed recently on a – on – on a presentation that we had, we need we probably need less information and more context. And I think that’s really one of the things that is a feature of this political cycle and maybe the last couple. I mean, you’re right. I remember the even more recent presidents impressive – on each side being, you know – attacking character unnecessarily; you know, making broad assumptions; impinging motives and all that. None of that’s new. But I tell you, it is so noisy in our world. It is such a noisy time to be a citizen, that blocking some of that out or at least discerning and navigating your way through it is – is, I think, more difficult than ever. So, I sympathize (laughter) with that comment, you know, myself.

Jim: Yeah. Lisa, that tone of apathy – you know, does it really matter? I mean, my vote – it’s one vote. Why does it even matter? But it does matter. And this is part of democracy. And not many nations, not many people, have had the privilege to live in democracies. It’s a relatively new phenomena in human history. And speak to that person who’s apathetic. You represent Boundless here at Focus. And you speak to young single folks who probably express that  – this fatigue

Lisa: Yeah.

Jim: What are you hearing?

Lisa: And that’s where I would say it’s probably more of a disconnect than an apathy, because they’re – you know, when you talked at the front end of the show about, you know, the idea of like these veterans that you know. I mean, my average listener to my show has no real connection to someone who served in a war. Maybe they have a grandpa who is in Vietnam or maybe, you know, but it’s gonna be a couple generations removed. So, this idea of like what our country went through and all – you know, what they’ve read in the history books, maybe. But as far as a real connection to, “Yeah. Okay. Why? Remind me again why we love our country?” It’s – it’s often not there. And so, they’re just in this marketplace of ideas on social, where they’re hearing the yelling. You heard a listener say that.  And they’re kind of like, “Okay, really? Does this…? You know, is – is America great? Should it be great? What is this look like? How should I feel about this? My friend next door doesn’t really think so. And I don’t want to be this, you know, weirdo who is yelling at them about stuff.” So, they’re conflicted.

John S.: You know, going back to an earlier comment by one of the listeners. I also resonated with that with that first comment where many people think politics has replaced religion. As religion has become seen more and more, even by people of faith, as a more and more privatized, sort of, you know, my relationship with my God sort of view and not as a commitment to an entire view of reality, then something has to take the place of – of God. Something has to take the place of Providence in terms of governing and orchestrating history, and for many people, that’s become politics. So, we remember Christ is risen and that Christ is Lord. That means we cannot be despairing because the future is secure. But it also means we know Who is writing this story of history. And it’s not the one in the White House. As Rick Warren said, “It’s not the one in the White House, it’s the One on the cross.” And when we can keep that straight, that’s, I think, really great.

Lisa: Yeah. And I think, John, it’s so interesting how, you know, we look at – you talk about that and where our allegiance lies. Election night people treat it – and I’ve been guilty of this in the past – we treat it like it’s the Super Bowl. People make snacks. They have people over. They’re rooting for, quote, “their team.” And it becomes so  – they’re so wrapped up in it emotionally that we’ve been talking about this at Boundless. We’ve got to take the passion out of politics. And by that, I mean this idea that we’re going to be – we’re going to give our allegiance to a certain candidate or to a certain platform or to… And it’s going to be our be all end all. And our – you know, we know from Scripture our allegiance belongs to one team and that is Christ’s and that is where we have to sit in this. And, you know, I love that the – the, um, passage about, you know, Jesus saying, “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s.” Because what He’s saying is whose image is on this coin? It’s Caesar’s. Whose image is on you? That’s God’s. You belong to God, so figure out what side you’re on and play the game accordingly

Jim: The difficulty in that, Lisa, is that some things resonate more with, you know, a biblical worldview than other things. And again, I’ll use life as an example. You know, we have a wonderful program here through Ray Vander Laan called That the World May Know. I’ve had the privilege of traveling to Israel with him. I would say the number one thing that he’s saying is an affront to God is the taking of innocent human life. I mean, you learn that walking through Israel with Ray. That is like at the forefront of God’s anger toward human beings when we take the life of innocent people. And, uh, you know, that for us as Christians, that is abortion. And you can argue about that. But we believe life starts at conception. And when a politician steps up and says, “Okay, I’m going to defend that position, I’m going to defend a pro-life position.” It becomes very hard for us to look the other way. And, you know, again, I’m not getting into the party issues. The point I’m trying to make is, given what you just said, Lisa, how do we as Christians line up Biblical values with party platforms and then say, “Okay, this best represents what I believe”? You’re not going to have a perfect situation, but, um, we’ve got to be critical about those things that we’re supporting, right?

Lisa: Yeah.

Jim: Let’s have both of you answer that.

Lisa: No, I think that’s true. And that’s why I think I’m not saying we don’t care about the issues. I’m just saying we have to be dispassionate about the candidates and the emotion …

Jim: That is fair. I can agree with that.

Lisa: …So, we line up all the issues and we – we put them up against Scripture. And that’s where you have – because, again, you know, someone will argue, Jim, of course, you know, Jesus cares about the pre-born and we’ve got to be after that and we’ve got to and not just again – we’ll probably get into this – at the federal level, but right where we are with the women, the dads in our own communities who are making these decisions. But, you know, God also cares about the refugee, the immigrant…

Jim: Correct. Absolutely.

Lisa: …So, we’ve got to make the arguments there of, like, what are the issues? What’s at stake? How are we going to look at Scripture and vote accordingly and take the – the personalities and the crazy out of it.

John F.: Mm.

Jim: And yeah. Let’s jump back to that panel discussion. They are addressing another issue. Let’s listen in.

McKenzie: We have a responsibility not to stay silent, especially when we come across those closedminded people who are like, “Oh, I’m just going to move to Canada, I’m going to leave the country.” But I think on the other side of that as well, we can’t – I’ve seen it. A number of – of Christians also say, “Well, then, okay, go. Like, if you don’t like it, then just get out.” And I don’t think we can do that either.

(LAUGHTER)

We can’t – we can’t stay silent. But we also just can’t write these people off and refuse to engage like we have to – like you were saying – we have a responsibility to engage and try to educate them.

Sharen: If we would sit at the table, communicate, put down our gauntlets, put down our boxing gloves and work together, communicate, communicate, communicate for lives to change and therefore policies to change, too.

Michael: Despite what you may think, we each have – we typically have some type of common ground with – with other people. You know, the human element usually provides something there. And so, finding that common ground and probably in the first conversation, not even talking about politics at all, because people will listen to you when they know that you actually care about them as an individual. And so, it starts with – with a relationship.

Jim: Let’s just have both you respond to those comments. John?

John S.: You know what? I think there are some election cycles where the issues are more important than others. I mean, you know, if you have an election cycle where the most important thing, you’re wrestling with is, you know, whether we’re going to have an interstate highway system, you know, and how we’re going to tax people who…

Jim: Boy, it feels like we’re so past that.

John S.: …Well, that – well, that’s what I’m saying.

Jim: (Laughter).

John S.: I mean, right now, what’s – what’s at stake for this – in this particular election are really, really important issues. And one of the things that I think is quite important that was said earlier and even reflected in this panel is that we put so much attention on what’s happening at the very top of the ticket where – when it comes to life, when it comes to freedom of religion, when it comes to how we’re going to handle the education of our children What happens in local races, what happens with local ballot initiatives, is far more important than what’s happening at the White House. And still, what’s happening at the White House really matters because we’re talking about Supreme Court nominations and that sort of thing. And so, that’s why we have to remember when we look at these and try to engage the political process, first of all, it is a – it’s something we have to do because it’s an act of stewardship, right? It’s – it’s – it’s a good that God has given us the opportunity to participate in. That’s not the case throughout most of human history. And, you know, the Scripture defines sin not only as what you do but the good that you fail to do, and I think voting is one of those things. It’s a good you have an opportunity to do, so – so do it. The other thing that I think is probably helpful is because the 24 hour news cycle and the Twitter and the conspiracy theories and the fake news that gets thrown around, we get so fixated on the personality of a candidate and how it’s portrayed. Now, don’t get me wrong. Character of the candidate always matters, right? But so does policy, right? What are they going to do? Not only that, but so does the whole team they bring to the – the – the table. No candidate is just them. Especially when you talk about who’s the President. You’re talking about 3,000 other people that are going to staff different department heads. They’re going to develop policy. They’re going to carry out executive orders and try to move things through Congress and deal with lobbyers and all that other stuff. And then, of course, you’ve got the whole level of appointments, right? I mean, who are the other people that they’re…

Jim: Absolutely.

John S.: …Going to put in place? So, we get so narrow in our view of how we’re going to vote, and we need to look at that big picture as much as possible.

John F.: Hmm. This is Focus on the Family with Jim Daly. And our guests today are John Stonestreet and Lisa Anderson, as we explore some of the thorny issues regarding the upcoming elections. We do have resources for you. Stop by our website. It’s focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. And you’ll find those and then follow us along on the Daily Citizen feed. Check John’s blog and newsletter’s out. We’ve a lot here for you to stay informed.

Jim: John, I want to move – and you touched on it – to religious liberty because, man, that is in the news every day. I’m thinking of Pastor John MacArthur in California who’s been under the boot of the governor there for holding church services. The pandemic has caused this divide. We had the Supreme Court case, the quick ruling on the Nevada church wanting to basically follow the same guidelines given to casinos in Nevada, which meant that, you know, approximately half the capacity of a casino you could have…

John S.: Right.

Jim: …In there, but only 50 people in a church. So, why not just apply the casino guideline to the church guideline, right?

John S.: Yeah…

Jim: To have half capacity be available for the church. So, I – you know, talk about where we’re at with religious freedom and in particular how the pandemic is playing in this debate.

John S.: Well, I think there are a lot of preexisting conditions to the pandemic that we’re seeing, you know, rise to the surface and be, you know, exaggerated during this time. And religious liberty is really one of them. But it’s even more fundamental than that. It’s how religion itself is perceived in society. We’ve seen elected officials. You just named two states. I can name a couple more talking about marriage. We’ve seen the same thing there. But elected officials that really think religion is kind of an irritant, almost like it gets in the way. Like, you guys – you can really see the language coming from – from certain elected officials at the state and local level that kind of see religion as, you know, being a fan of the Cubs versus the, you know, the Cardinals. So, to demand any sort of accommodation to worship, which we see and gather and to assemble and to speak, which we actually see – I think it’s in the very First Amendment, isn’t it? It’s seen as an …

Jim: Very clearly.

John S.: Right. It’s seen as an irritant. It’s seen as something else. So, this is a preexisting condition to the challenges we see in religious liberty. And we’ve also seen, as we know, that there is an ongoing conflict between religious freedom and sexual freedom in our society. And that has hit the level of state level propositions, ballot initiatives, legislative policy advances. I mean, we can just kind of – and Supreme Court decisions, obviously.

John S.: So, we can go down the line and see that elections matter when it comes to religious liberty. Now, elections aren’t all that matter. Again, we’ve got preexisting conditions on how Christians understand their own faith, as well as how the rest of the world sees Christians. For many people, religious freedom is a synonym for license to discriminate or a synonym for to advance my own special cause. You know, religious freedom for me, but not for thee. And so, we’ve got to get clear on what religious liberty is. That’s a pre-political, cultural level sort of conversation. But, wow, between here and there elections really do matter.

Jim: Lisa, let me ask you this question because I think it’s important, um, for the Christian that despises the political environment, because it’s the art of compromise and you can’t be a purist in that environment. And no one person represents, you know, straight down the line Biblical values. There’s gonna be these wiggles, you might say. You could become apathetic and say, “You know, I am a citizen of heaven, not of this world. Therefore, I’m not going to participate in it because I don’t want to have to, you know, kind of compromise my position.” What do you say to that person in terms of being in a democracy? We’re not in the Roman Empire. We don’t have decrees from Caesar coming down, which is what Jesus was in. I mean, they had to live with what they received – right? – on this earth. And Jesus kind of said that give under Caesar what says and unto God what is His. So, how do you work that out in terms of the apathy, so it doesn’t drive you toward nothing?

Lisa: Right. Right. And that’s where, you know, wouldn’t even in that previous clip where the – the commenter was talking about, “Oh, you know, I might have to move to Canada.” That was actually a conversation we were having where I had thrown that out there, because I have friends that I’ve seen on social media on both sides of the aisle who have said, “If the other candidate wins my family… We’re just going to move. We’re going have to move.” So, it’s this throwing up the hands. And the fact is we all have to learn the art of communication and the art of compromise. It’s going to it’s going to happen on stuff like this that is not a faith issue. It’s not a Biblical, you know, core to our faith. And so, what does that look like? Because we can’t just throw up our hands and disengage entirely. We have to realize and, you know, my young adults I talked to who do not like it when I say this. A vote – to your point, Jim – no one is going to perfectly represent the heart of God. No one has the corner on the truth on every one of these issues, so you are going to have to pick. You know, you have to figure out like, what is this look like? But what we need to do is be able to do this in a way that is not – you know, I see this going so hand-in-hand with what we talk about a lot at Boundless right now. In fact, it’s blowing up this week. This whole concept of cancel culture. That if – if someone disagrees with you, you just cannot have a conversation with them. You need to just write them off. Everything about them is evil because you disagree with one thing that they say. We can’t do that. We have to be in the arena having the conversation, staying engaged, because if we disengage and become apathetic, to your point, then that just shows that, you know, we feel powerless in that. And we know that as Christians, we are not powerless.

John F.: Hmm.

Jim: That’s so true. But participating in democracy is a responsibility I think that we’re all called to and if we just step back in that apathy, Lisa, like we were talking about, I think we really – we fumble what so many people have given their lives for us to express. So, be engaged. Be informed. Get out and vote November 3rd. That’s the point. And I hope today’s discussion has motivated you and perhaps you can send this to a friend or family member that needs a little kick in the backside to get them out of the rut and get them engaged with what’s happening. Uh, we can do what we can do, but we’ve got to do it. And I hope you will do that on November 3rd. John, when we’ve addressed the election of voter responsibilities in the past, you’ve pointed out an important verse, which is Acts 17, that refers to how God placed us in this certain time and place for a reason and for a purpose. Explain that position.

John S.: Yeah, it’s one of the truths of Scripture that some days I don’t like as the dad of three kids. Right? I mean, I don’t like everything I believe. But Paul, when he was talking to the epicurean and stoic philosophers in Athens and you can find this – Luke records this in Acts chapter 17. He – he – he introduces God to these pagans. And he – he says a number of things that it’s really fascinating. And you can actually see how he’s directly engaging the philosophy of epicureanism and the philosophy of stoicism and it’s really interesting. One of the ways he does that, but with a truth claim is God determines the exact times that we live and the boundaries of our dwelling place. In other words, it’s not an accident that we’re in this time and in this place. And that’s why, you know, you kind of laugh when people are like, “I’m moving to Canada.” Or “I’m moving to New Zealand.” And by the way, the grass isn’t – well, the grass is definitely greener in New Zealand…

(LAUGHTER)

John S.: …But the political grass is not, right? I mean it – there’s not a place where there’s not a fall, but there is a place where God – a time and a place where God has called us to. And it’s also, by the way, Jim, the way to love our neighbor. Policy matters because people matter. Policies don’t matter because our side matters. Unfortunately, we hear that way too often. But as we say around the Colson Center, ideas have consequences. Bad ideas have victims. And policies are ideas put into place to order society. And if they’re bad ones, then people are actually going to pay the price. I mean, look, you can just see the dramatic difference between different administrations and their policies on education, their policies on health care, their policies on abortion, their policies on the place and role of religion in the public square. These things have victims. And so, to miss an opportunity to speak into that process is to miss an opportunity to love our neighbor.

Jim: Hmm.

Lisa: Yeah. I think, John, to both your points – you know, what I would say is not only has God ordained what – what the times and seasons are for His people, but for all authorities, for everyone. You know, I think of John 19, where Jesus says to Pilate like, you would have no authority over Me if it had not been given to you by God. And so, it’s like, yeah, okay, we can be okay with that because it’s not like, you know, again, if – if whatever our candidate is wins, then we’re okay. And if he doesn’t win, then we’re not okay because Jesus wins. And so, and then regarding the local statement, I think it’s so important to say that, you know, we as Christians need to not rely on a vote or a platform or a government policy to solve the ills in our community. We’re called to do that as the church. And so, if we’re not – you know, if we think, well, okay, I’m voting and so check it off the box, I’m done. Yeah, you better be going back in your community and loving your neighbor and helping – you know, figuring out solutions for the poor and figuring out what that looks like, because that is the hands and feet of Jesus that were to do the rest of the four years (laughs) when we’re not casting a ballot.

Jim: Yeah, that’s well said. The point is, get out and vote. That’s what we’re trying to communicate. Take on that responsibility. November 3rd, that’s your chance in a democracy to shape the policies that John was referencing for the good of the people or for the ill of the people. And I think to some degree, we’re responsible for that and we need to take it seriously. So, again, get out and vote on November 3rd. We’ll point our listeners and viewers to the Boundless website, Lisa, where you conducted that panel discussion. There’s a lot more that we didn’t cover out that obviously and I think people would find it really intriguing. We’ve also got a helpful resource for families. It’s free. It’s called The Daily Citizen. I read it every morning. It provides you with timely and relevant analysis of current events and cultural trends from a Biblical worldview like we’ve talked about today. And as we’ve indicated, the news and issues can be overwhelming at times. So, we just take those things that have happened that we think are consequential from our Christian worldview and put them in an easy to find location. And, of course, I’d encourage you to check out the great resources at the Colson Center, led by my good friend John Stonestreet and we’ll have a link to their website as well.

John F.: Indeed, we will, Jim. And we’ll link over to your blog as well where you have a lot of comments on the culture and what’s going on out there. So, all of these links and resources, can be found at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Or call 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY if you have any questions.

Jim: Lisa, John, thanks for being with us. This has been really good.

Lisa: Thanks, Jim.

John S.: Thanks.

Jim: Well, let me speak to those who help us each and every month, perhaps, or at least with a gift here and there. Thank you so much for taking care of the fuel that drives the engine here at Focus on the Family. And we appreciate it. If you haven’t given to Focus or it’s been a while, I’d really encourage you to think about sending a gift today. We need to hear from you, especially during this time. I mean, covid has really taken a bite out of everybody’s budget, I’m sure, including local churches. Be sure to take care of your church and then if you can, help us here at Focus to continue to do what we do here, to strengthen families each and every day.

John F.: Yeah, we’re wrapping up our fiscal year here in the next few weeks. And so, we’d love to hear from you. Our number again, 800 A-FAMILY. Or you can donate online at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Well, 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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Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

Cover image of the book "Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life"

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.

Cover image of Dr. Randall Schroeder's book "Simple Habits for Effective Parenting"

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.

Cover image of Kevin Thompson's book "Friends, Partners & Lovers"

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.

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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

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

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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 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.

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

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!