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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Be a Bold Witness for Christ

Be a Bold Witness for Christ

John Cooper of the popular rock band Skillet encourages listeners to stand strong for the Christian faith and to defend Biblical truth while he shares inspiring stories about how his own faith has grown over the years as he's witnessed the powerful work of God in his life.
Original Air Date: September 9, 2021

Preview:

John Cooper: Okay, first of all, it’s important to recognize this. You don’t have to bring your bible to school in order to live out your faith because God’s word is hidden in your heart. But if you choose to express your faith by bringing it, just realize that you are representing Christ in everything that you do. So the bible should remind you that you are called to love the unloving, forgive those who sin against you, and even pray for your enemies.

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John Fuller: Well that is John Cooper. He’s the lead singer, songwriter and producer for the Christian rock band, Skillet. And today on Focus on the Family, John will describe his passion for God’s word and the importance of sharing godly truth with others. Thanks for joining us. Your host is Focus president and author, Jim Daly, and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John Cooper is a wonderful advocate for Christ. He’s so bold in his faith and a great role model for all of us about how to speak the truth and love in today’s culture. He’s a blogger, an author who’s willing to challenge cultural trends and world views that run contrary to the bible. And what we’re about to hear is a conversation that you, John, recorded with John Cooper about his book, Awake and Alive to Truth: Finding Truth in the Chaos of a Relativistic World. I was away from the office at the time and I’m a little jealous that you were, uh, able to do the interview, John, but on your own.

John F.: Well I enjoyed hanging out with John. He is a-

Jim: (laughs)

John F.: … super nice guy and great heart. Um, we should mention, Jim, as a ministry, we’re really thrilled that John Cooper is partnering with Focus as a spokesperson for our Bring Your Bible to School campaign this year in October.

Jim: Yeah. Bring Your Bible to School is a nationwide student-led movement where kids of all ages, grade school through college, can express their faith by literally carrying their bibles to school. They can encourage their classmates with the gospel and celebrate the religious freedoms we all have to be public witnesses for Christ. A- we’re about a month away from Bring Your Bible to School Day on October 7th, uh, so please encourage your kids to sign up and participate in this wonderful event.

John F.: We’ve got all the details at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. And Jim, here’s how I began the conversation-

Jim: (laughs)

John F.: … with John Cooper. Well, John, we’re so glad to have you here at Focus on the Family. And, um, you reached out to us an- and expressed, uh, support for Bring Your Bible to School a couple of years ago. And you’ve done some videos for us, uh, to help promote Bring Your Bible to School. What drew your interest, uh, toward that, uh, day that we celebrate Bring Your Bible to School?

John C.: Yes, I did. I love Bring Your Bible to School. Um, I’m quite passionate about it. I, like hopefully a lot of people listening, am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. It is the power of God for salvation for all who believe. I- what I imagine is an army of young people so passionate about the word of God that they not only carry their bibles where they go but they read their bibles, they believe that the bible is the foundation of all truth. And so I’m kind of quite passionate about telling young people, hey, you live in a- you live in a time when people are not shy about saying what they believe. In fact (laughing), whatever school you go to, you’re probably being taught things that we, as Christians, would find offensive. The world is not shy about saying who they are and what they believe, so why should we be shy about the words of life?

John F.: Mm-hmm.

John C.: You know? So I’m very passionate about Bring Your Bible to School. I think it’s a fantastic program. So I love that-

John F.: Hm.

John C.: … there’s that element of we are ambassadors of Christ.

John F.: Mm-hmm.

John C.: There’s that element of accountability. I’m just a fan. So here we are.

John F.: Yeah. Well, I appreciate that.

John C.: (laughs)

John F.: So, uh, how do you tell your kids that we believe the bible is the authoritative word of God? It’s true, truth. How do you share wha- that conviction with your kids in a world that entirely dismisses, it seems, the scripture-

John C.: Hm.

John F.: … and a lot of people in the church don’t even believe the bible is authoritatively true?

John C.: That’s crazy, isn’t it? The last thing you just said (laughs), you think, w- how are you believing in a God when His word isn’t authoritatively true? But you’re right. You know, the statistics on- I think that the statistics I said on t- the millennial generation is something like 3% of professing millennial Christians, 3%, believe in objective truth.

John F.: Hm.

John C.: And I found that statistic just bewildering. Uh, you know, I think- I, I’m really a product of great, great pastors. And I’m so thankful for my pastors, my elders, my church leaders, ever since I was in college and even before then. And we may get into talking about my mom. My mom was-

John F.: Yeah. We will, yeah.

John C.: … kind of the, yeah, the pillar i- in my house of, of, uh, you know, the spiritual pillar, if you will. But I’m a product of so many great pastors. And I learned this amazing thing that I’d like to share-

John F.: Yup.

John C.: … from my pastor right when I was about to have my child, my first child. And he just said, “John, you need to understand (laughs) that training your children in truth, that’s not my job.” That’s what he said. “That’s not my job-

John F.: Hm.

John C.: … that’s not a school’s job. That’s not some preacher on TV’s job. That is your job as the man of the household. That is the parent’s job to train your children.” And I realized, oh, I guess I did kinda think that was the church’s job. Send my kids to Sunday school, to vacation bible school, or whatever programs we’re doing, which of course are, are wonderful programs. But I hadn’t quite thought about the fact that I need to be the teacher in the house. And so I think, for me, we began this sort of, uh, very intentional bible training, you know, when my kids were really, really small. And I love to say this because it wasn’t my idea, it was my pastor’s thing, but I saw the truth of it. And then we get to live in the blessing of that, of training our children. So we would pray with the kids. We’d read the bible to our kids. We’d explain deep theological concepts in really simple ways to our children. And we would worship together. And so I think having that, um, r- realizing that you’re not sending your kids off to school for the school to teach them whatever “truth” (laughing), that’s in dreaded air quotes if you can’t see me, “truth”, whatever truth the school’s teaching them. No, no. The kids know where the foundation of truth is-

John F.: Mm-hmm.

John C.: … and that lies in the word of God. And so we would just try to every day show small, sometimes- sometimes insignificant examples of why that is. But those insignificant things became very important life lessons.

John F.: Yeah, little things add up. And you’re modeling your daily conviction. Uh, you’re showing that truth, um, is real in your life. That does go to your kids. That’s where we have to be intentional as parents. Uh, so John, uh, relativism is really the religion of the day, right? I mean, it’s whatever. So talk a little bit-

John C.: Whatever (laughing)-

John F.: … talk a little bit more, give a, a little more rounded definition of relativism and why that is, uh, something that we wanna help our kids avoid.

John C.: Yes. Uh, you know, I think that you just said the best definition I’ve ever heard of relatism- whatever. (laughs) It’s true. You know, um, I do think it’s important. And I know some people listening might be like, oh man, we’re talking about relativism again or truth again. And, but- the culture at large today does not believe in objective truth. And, as you just said, a lot of Christians don’t believe in objective truth. And so relativism is basically, uh, an offshoot of post modernism that says that there’s no objective truth and that means there’s no objective reality. So relative truth is basically whatever I believe within myself. I don’t need God. I don’t need anything external. All I need to do is look inside my heart, be my truest self, my authentic self, my truth. Eh- that’s where those things come from. And so imagine being a kid, imagine being a teenager raised in a society that believes that truth is to be found within your heart, with no external influence at all. And feeling that chaos, being thrown on the waves day after day after day, and knowing that whatever you’re told you have to believe now, it might be considered heresy tomorrow.

John F.: Yeah.

John C.: It might get you canceled tomorrow.

John F.: Hm.

John C.: Might loo- make you lose friends tomorrow. They are feeling that pressure. And it is causing this incredible anxiety with young people. And which it should, because it’s chaos.

John F.: Ye- you kind of came face to face with, uh, a challenge yourself in the band. Uh, y- you were told by a record executive to not talk so much about Jesus. Explain what that was about and, and how that impacted you.

John C.: (laughs) Right. (laughs) Yeah. Yes, uh, it, it- that is true. And it wasn’t a record executive but it was someone in the business.

John F.: Okay.

John C.: And this is so important for the trajectory of why I’m here today talking to you, actually. Because this conversation really opened my eyes to something. And it was basically after a gig. We were on tour with some mainstream acts, very popular acts. We were opening. And we were just beginning to kind of hit a little bit. But yeah, this guy, um, and in his defense, he was being very nice. I mean, he singled me out and he pulled me aside and said, “John, I wanna tell you this ’cause no one else was gonna tell you. You guys, I believe, could be the biggest band in the world. I think you could be the next biggest band in the world. You guys have the look. You’ve got the sound. You’ve got girls in your band. Everybody’s looking for girls. That’s girl power time, right?”

John F.: Mm-hmm.

John C.: “And, um, you guys also sing about very spiritual things.” And now people are really- this is 2010, 11, 12. If you remember the self-help movement-

John F.: Mm-hmm.

John C.: … was just becoming really in style. So all of this is happening. And he’s saying, “People really want spiritual music and you’ve already got it. You’ve been doing it.” And he said, “So, it’s your time but you have got to disassociate from Christianity. You’ve got to stop talking about Jesus so much. Don’t do Christian interviews. Don’t do Christian music festivals. If people ask you what your song’s about, I’m not telling you to lie. Just don’t offer up the information about Jesus.” And then he said something else. And this is what got me. And this is what I think is interesting. He said, “But, John, think about the good you could do for your faith if you got rich and famous. Think about what you could do for Jesus if you stopped talking about Jesus.” And that was a, a turning point in my career because there was a little bit of truth in what he was saying. Just like there’s a little bit of truth in what the serpent was saying to Eve-

John F.: That’s convicting.

John C.: … right? Same thing.

John F.: Yeah.

John C.: And I thought, you know what? Something is changing in the way that the world is viewing truth. And the way that we are m- beginning to manipulate things in order to reach a desired outcome.

John F.: Yeah.

John C.: And I went to the boss. I told my wife about the conversation. We prayed about it. And it was instant- almost instantaneous, I know that that is not the Lord.

John F.: Hm.

John C.: I know that that is not the Lord. And if this is gonna be the new- the new world, the new culture, the new, uh, way that people are, you know, trying to kind of steer Christians into a new kind of activism into Christianity, that is void of the actual gospel of Christ, I know that I need to be vocal against that move.

John F.: Hm.

John C.: And so he was trying to help me, trying to get me to be quiet. And, and it had the opposite effect. (laughs)

John F.: Well (laughs), I know that his heart was to help you-

John C.: Yes, it was-

John F.: … but it didn’t really feel like it was helping, did it?

John C.: No, no.

John F.: So, well, we’re talking today on Focus on the Family to John L. Cooper. He has written a book Awake and Alive to Truth. It’s about his faith journey. It’s full of really rich, deep stuff. And so get a copy from us here at Focus on the Family. Be encouraged by what John is sharing. Uh, find some inner conviction from his stories and, uh, the truth that he speaks about here. Uh, get your copy from us today. Our website is focusonthefamily.com/broadcast or call 800-A-FAMILY. Well, John, I so appreciate the passion from which you speak. And as we talked about beforehand, uh, I’ve seen, uh, references in this book to, uh, books that I read in seminary. So yeah for you-

John C.: (laughs)

John F.: … for going deep on this stuff. Uh, let’s roll back. You had, um, a really- you mentioned this. Your mom was kind of the key person in your spiritual formation. Share a little bit about her and tell us that story.

John C.: Yes. My mom. You know, I love talking about my mom. My mom was a Jesus freak. That’s really the only word I can use to describe it. I think most people these days know what a Jesus freak is, right? Fanatical about Jesus. My mom would, um, I mean, ever since I can remember, from being two, three years old, I remember my mom walking up to people at the grocery store, “Can I tell you about Jesus?”

John F.: Oh my-

John C.: You know? Strangers. “Y- uh, I feel like there’s something I need to pray for you about. Is there anything you’d like me to pray for?” Um, and I had the benefit of memorizing scripture from the time I was a- a- just a kid. I mean, three years old. I had an older brother and he was four years older than me. And so before school u- he went to school every day. I would sit at the table with my mom and my older brother and my mom would read bible stories. We would read a proverb a day. And we would have to memorize scripture. We’d have to pray. And, and those things stuck with me my whole life. And so I can never remember a time when I- when I disbelieved in God. I, I can’t remember a time when I doubted that He was real. And I really just think that’s from a mom that prayed and was-

John F.: Yeah.

John C.: … diligent. And I gave my life to Christ when I was five years old. I was in my room. I was alone.

John F.: This is the rather dramatic spiritual encounter, if I recall.

John C.: It, it was kinda quite the, uh, dramatic. And, you know, I- sometimes I’m, I’m basically, short version, there’s a longer version in the book. But short version is just that I just had a sense of someone in my room. And I had a sense, in my head, of the words came into my head, not audibly, “You need to give your heart to Jesus.” And of course, I knew who Jesus wa- I knew that Jesus died for me. I knew that I was a sinner. I knew all these things from my mom’s teaching. But so I- just in my bedroom, I just said, okay. Jesus, I give my heart to you. And that- I remember thinking that doesn’t feel like enough has happened for how real the moment.

John F.: Yeah.

John C.: And I just remember saying, “Jesus, you’re my boss.” And that was, you know, a word that my parents used to use. Because I’m the boss. My parents used to use that word. And I just realized Jesus is my boss. And, in the end, I, I wrote about it ’cause in the end that’s actually a childlike deep theology of the lordship of Christ. That’s what He is. He’s the boss. What Christ says is true. What Christ says is reality. What Christ says- it- you do it because it’s right. You get yourself in line with the word of God. And so He became my boss as, um, as a kid. And He, He’s never let me down.

John F.: Huh.

John C.: Yeah.

John F.: Well, um, despite what you just said there, He’s never let you down, your life has not been without pain.

John C.: Yes.

John F.: And, um, you lost your mom when, um, she and you were both pretty young, if I’m not mistaken.

John C.: Yeah. Yeah. My mom was very young. She probably was about 35.

John F.: Hm.

John C.: My- she, uh, at- got cancer when I was in sixth grade. But what I remember of my mom’s last three years of life was just brutal chemo, her being sick, constantly sick. And, um, obviously, loo- you know, she lost her hair. But she, you know, shriveled down to this 95 pound … You know, it was such a horrible experience. It was a terrible- it was a terrible thing to be in a house with someone who’s dying. It, it’s something that you never forget. But my mom never ever stopped talking about the goodness of God.

John F.: Hm.

John C.: Never stopped talking about I know that all things work together for the good of those who love Christ according to his purpose. Never stopped talking about it. And she would just drill it into me. If I do die, you cannot be mad at God ’cause God is always good.

John F.: Yeah.

John C.: And that became a- that became a foundational truth in my life that saved me from so many- so many things.

John F.: Yeah, well, of course she did die.

John C.: Yes.

John F.: And despite her charge not to get angry at God, did you? I mean, I, I can only imagine the loss. I can’t say that I’ve experienced that. Um, so did you get mad at God?

John C.: I, I would say this. Uh, I think in general, I did not get mad at God. Um, I think I handled it pretty well. But I did have a very dark period in which I was just angry at the world. I don’t think I was angry at God. I had a pretty good understanding that God was good, that God was in control. What happened for me, to be honest, was, you know, afterwards, my dad got remarried a couple of months after my mom died. And my stepmother, her husband had died only a few months prior to my mom’s death-

John F.: Hm.

John C.: So this is a recipe for disaster. And obviously you’re dealing … You know, I’m- like I said, I’m an adult now. I’m a dad now. And I look back at that and I go, I can’t imagine what my dad was going through at the time. You know, my dad would’ve only been 38 years old. Lost his wife with three boys. Didn’t know what to do. So it was just a bad situation. And I would have this anger that would come a lon- no one knows what I’m going through. Nobody understands. And I’m praying but I don’t feel any better. I still believe the bible but I don’t feel any better.

John F.: Yeah.

John C.: And that led to what also became an amazing encounter in my life-

John F.: Hm.

John C.: … alone at night. And I said to God, I was just like, “I just don’t think you’re listening to me. I know you hear me but I don’t think you’re listening to me. Nothing’s changing and I’m so angry. Not at you, I’m just angry.” And I remember praying. And I said, “I know that you’re my Lord. And I know that you’re my savior.”

John F.: You’re my boss.

John C.: You’re my boss, if you will. “But would it be okay … ” I get emotional every time I talk about this. “Would it be okay if I could know you as a friend?” And again, this voice came in my head and said, “Not just a friend, a daddy.” And that- it wrecked me. It wrecked me so much. And all of a sudden, the bible verses started coming back to me-

John F.: Mm-hmm.

John C.: … that Christ is a friend of sinners. That we cry Abba Father-

John F.: Yes.

John C.: … Daddy Father. And all of a sudden, the scriptures come back to me. And I say, what is wrong with me? How can I forget that God has never left me and that He is a father, that He is a friend to sinners. He is a father to the fatherless, the bible says. It was- the moment was great, but it was reminding myself of the word over and over. And then, and I know this is gonna be remarkable to some people, within five or six years of that, it began to be not just that I was fine with it, it began to be a celebration-

John F.: Hm.

John C.: … and I know that sounds crazy to s- people who are sufferin- people who are listening right now saying, “I don’t think I could ever celebrate the things I’ve suffered.” I hear you. But with Christ you can. I began to celebrate the things that happened in my life because I know that God uses them to glorify Himself. And I know that God uses them in order to make me more Christlike-

John F.: Yeah.

John C.: And I- I- once that celebration comes, oh, that’s just such a beautiful- that’s peace, that’s worship to me.

John F.: You mentioned earlier, John, how you and your wife, Cori, right-

John C.: Yes, that’s right.

John F.: … how you all have incorporated really regular traditions and patterns in your home around the bible, around worship. Um, help the parent who’s saying, “I like it but I’m, I’m not that. But I hear what John is saying-

John C.: (laughs)

John F.: … so where do I start?”

John C.: Where do I start?

John F.: I mean, do I just get a good book? Or, or what do I do?

John C.: Right. Great. Great question. I think the first thing I- I would say is this. Um, I wanna make sure that everybody hears me. Again, I did not do this perfectly and I wish I could go back and do it better, to be honest. But it did transform my life. And I will kind of tell you what I was taught from my pastor-

John F.: Yeah.

John C.: … and just kinda pass it down. You know, I’m gonna relate it to this. I’m gonna relate it to working out.

John F.: Okay.

John C.: All right? I love to-

John F.: Which a lot of people don’t like to do. So that’s a good parallel.

John C.: It’s a good analogy, right?

John F.: (laughs)

John C.: Everybody’s … All right. You have the kind of people … This is gonna make some people laugh. Some of the dads out there or- are gonna laugh. And some of the moms listening right now are gonna laugh because this is your husband. A lot of dudes are like, “If I can’t work out for two hours a day, then I’m not gonna work out at all.”

John F.: Hm.

John C.: There’s that feeling, right?

John F.: That all or nothing-

John C.: If I’m gonna do this-

John F.: … approach. Yeah.

John C.: … it’s full on P90X, no sugar, no carbs, and, you know? A- and if not, they’re like, oh, what’s the point? But in reality, most all trainers will tell you, you don’t need to work out two hours a day. If all you can do is jog for 10 minutes a day, then do that. It’s going- the long-term effect is much better than you going crazy like a workout animal for two months straight and then falling off the wagon-

John F.: Mm-hmm.

John C.: … and, and eating pizza and ice cream for every meal.

John F.: Yeah.

John C.: Everybody knows that. Spiritual things are, are the same way. You don’t have to be a genius. You don’t have to understand deep theology of the bible. All that we did was I went and bought a worship CD. And now you don’t even need to buy worship CDs. It’s on Spotify or, or wherever. And literally all that I would do is I would turn on some sort of worship song. I don’t care what genre it is. You choose your genre, okay? And, have my kids, we would come together. And I would say, hey, for the next 10 minutes, we’re only talking about 10 minutes, we’re going to sing songs to Jesus. That’s what we’re gonna do. And we’re not gonna color during, you know? You’re gonna put your coloring book down. Because you’re going to give honor to God when we sing to Him. It’s only 10 minutes. And then I would- sometimes I would pause the CD and I would explain what the song means. You know what I mean?

John F.: Yeah.

John C.: What does this song mean? And one of the greatest moments is we were singing, I don’t remember what song. It might have been even an old, like, uh, Jesus I adore you. It may have been that one, which is a really old one.

John F.: Uh, yeah. You’re making me feel a little old.

John C.: Uh, pretty old, right?

John F.: (laughs)

John C.: Lay my life before you. I remember talking to my, you know, four-year-old daughter. Do you know what the word adore means? Uh, if you just pause, do you know what it means to adore? Like in … She’s like, “I think it just means, like, you know, love.” And I’m like, “Well, let me- ” So I’m explaining to her. And this idea just comes in my head. And I said, “Do you remember when you lost your Care Bear?” She had these Care Bears.

John F.: Oh, mm-hmm.

John C.: And she had, like, this set. And then one’s pink and purple and green. And she had lost the pink one. And she was going into a full-on life will never be the same ’cause I lost-

John F.: (laughs) It was a crisis-

John C.: … the pink … that she has to have. And I said, “Do you remember that?” And, you know, you, you adore this Care Bear. You like it more than anything else that you own. You’ve, you know, that is what it means to adore something. And so I explained to my daughter, that’s the way that we are supposed to adore Jesus. His love is better than life, the bible says. So, I just explained that to her. And then I said, “So now when we sing this song, I want you to sing the song to Jesus … ” And so we sing it. And at the end, it was just 10 minutes of worship, I say, “Now we’re gonna pray together. Now you have to pray.” And my daughter … Oh, it was one of the most awesome moments of my entire life. My four-year-old daughter is like praying. She’s like, “Dear Jesus, I love you and I adore you. You are better than Care Bears!” And-

John F.: (laughs)

John C.: … I was like, you know what? That is one of the best moments of my whole life.

John F.: Yeah.

John C.: So-

John F.: What a heartfelt prayer.

John C.: That’s what it is.

John F.: Yeah.

John C.: And the truth is is, you know, here I am, an adult, do I love Christ more than whatever my Care Bear is?

John F.: Mm-hmm.

John C.: Do I love Jesus more than the Green Bay Packers? You know? Or whatever your-

John F.: Yeah.

John C.: … pet thing is that you love. Is it actually under the lordship of Christ or do we sometimes love it more than Jesus? It was a meaningful moment. So I really wanna encourage parents, you don’t have to go absolutely crazy in this. There are some fantastic materials. You guys know all about the materials-

John F.: We’ve got a bunch at our website. Yeah.

John C.: … um, that I’ve just found. My kids have loved reading as a family. You read for five minutes, you discuss it for five minutes. You sing to Jesus for five minutes. Last thing I wanna say, especially to the dudes listening. To all the men listening, it is so very important that your kids hear you pray. You know? Some dads are, uh, we’re just embarrassed. We don’t want anybody to hear us pray. That sentiment-

John F.: I can’t do a big, lofty prayer. And so it’s that all or nothing-

John C.: Yes.

John F.: … uh, that you’re talking about it.

John C.: That’s right. Your kids need to hear you pray to Jesus. And they need to hear you express love for God. And they need to hear you sing to your savior. That’s a beautiful thing. So don’t be embarrassed. Don’t be ashamed. And, uh, you will be amazed. It’ll take you, like, seven days. Seven days, your kids will be- they will just be changed from it. You know how kids change really quickly?

John F.: Mm-hmm.

John C.: It doesn’t take all that much. That, that’s been my experience anyway.

John F.: Well, it was such a great conversation with John Cooper, who leads the Christian rock band, Skillet. And as we mentioned, John also agreed to be the spokesperson for Focus on the Family’s Bring Your Bible to School campaign. That’s coming up next month on October 7th.

Jim: Yes. And we hope your kids will participate this year. Bring Your Bible to School is a great way for children to be bold in their faith and share God’s love and truth within their sphere of influence. And, you know, this program isn’t just for kids. We’ve developed some incredible discipleship and spiritual growth opportunities for the whole family in our Live It challenges that we post on our website every month. These challenges encourage you and your children to dig into God’s word to learn more about serving others, the power of encouragement and why being pro-life is a good thing. So I urge you to check it out. Bring Your Bible to School Day is on October 7th, John, as you said. And our monthly Live It challenges are ongoing throughout the year.

John F.: You’ll find details at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast or call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY.

Jim: And as we close today, I’d like to invite you to come into ministry with us, a monthly pledge to Focus on the Family is a great way to do that. Uh, a regular gift each month helps us stabilize our budget and allows us to better plan for ministry growth and outreach in the days ahead. And, of course, we know a pledge may be more than you can do right now. A one-time gift helps too. And allow me to say thank you for your generosity by sending you a copy of John Cooper’s book, Awake and Alive to Truth, as our way of saying thank you.

John F.: You can donate by calling 800-A-Family or, again, at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team here, thanks for joining us today for Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller inviting you back as we once again help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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Raising Selfless Kids

Blogger Sami Cone offers parents practical advice for teaching their children to overcome selfishness in a discussion based on her book, Raising Uncommon Kids.

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Ways You Can Have Fun

As a parent, it’s good to have fun with your children. Even if you’re not the naturally, fun-loving type, John and Danny will give some ideas for how you can have a good time with your kids. Featuring Dr. Kevin Leman and Jean Daly.

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The Intentional Marriage

Couples who go the distance don’t just drift into a successful relationship. Truth be told, it takes consistent effort to succeed in marriage. John, Erin and Greg share how you can stay intentional in striving for a great relationship with your spouse. Featuring Pastor Kevin Thompson.

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A Legacy of Music and Trusting the Lord

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

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Abortion Survivors Tell Their Stories (Part 1 of 2)

Our guests share their dramatic stories of surviving the attempts to end their lives while in their mother’s womb, providing a stark and undeniable counter argument to pro-abortionists who argue that a fetus is not a living human being. (Part 1 of 2)

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Abortion Survivors Tell Their Stories (Part 2 of 2)

Our guests share their dramatic stories of surviving the attempts to end their lives while in their mother’s womb, providing a stark and undeniable counter argument to pro-abortionists who argue that a fetus is not a living human being. (Part 2 of 2)

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

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

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Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 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.

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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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.

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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