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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Being Faithful to Jesus in the World

Being Faithful to Jesus in the World

Hip-hop artist and pastor Trip Lee offers a light-hearted and thought-provoking look at the Christian desire to withdraw from the culture, encouraging listeners to instead be the light of Christ to the world.

Opening:

Excerpt:

Trip Lee: You know, so many people have never seen a Christian actually living faithfully. Have you ever gotten into conversations with people and the mere fact that you love Jesus and you’re not insane blows them away?

(LAUGHTER)

It’s like, “Man, it’s like you can think.” Like, yes, we have brains.

End of Excerpt

John Fuller: Yes, we Christians do have brains, and we know how to use them. Well stay with us for a refreshing look at being a good witness for Christ in our culture on today’s episode of Focus on the Family. Your host is Focus President Jim Daly, and I’m John Fuller. 

Jim Daly: John, I’m excited to introduce today’s guest to our audience, because he is a young man who is wise beyond his years. He is a husband and a father, a pastor and a church-planter, and a hip-hop artist. It may not all go together in someone’s mind. Trip Lee began rapping at the age of 12, gave his life to Christ at age 14, and preached his first sermon at the ripe old age of 17!

And as a hip-hop artist, Trip Lee’s music has received critical acclaim. His last three albums have debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel charts, and his most recent album, Rise, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Rap charts. I mean that’s big. And I’m sure you’ve already figured it out from the clip you just heard, he’s a very refreshing and engaging speaker. Trip has written two books, The Good Life and his latest, Rise: Get Up and Live in God’s Great Story. And today Trip is going to encourage us to boldly, yet lovingly, live out our Christian faith in the wider culture.

John: He’s really gifted, and here now is Trip Lee speaking at an ERLC National Conference, the group headed up by Russell Moore, on today’s Focus on the Family. 

Body:

Trip: Good afternoon. Y’all good? All right, just making sure. My name is Trip. I am a rapper and a pastor in Atlanta. I have a wife and two kids. And I would usually say more. But that’s all I’m gonna say ‘cause I only have 15 minutes so – giving a preacher 15 minutes is like, you know, telling Russell Moore he can only write one “think piece” a year. It’s unjust.

(LAUGHTER)

And it’s also unrealistic. But I’m gonna go ahead and start. And we’ll see how close we get. Uh, I want to talk about engaging culture, which is a buzz-phrase that we hear a lot, that Christians like to talk about a lot. And what I want to do is – I talk about is – I want to demystify the whole concept just a little bit. When people think about engaging culture, what they’re normally thinking about – is they’re thinking about some grand scheme, some huge, innovative, earth-shattering thing that regular people can’t really do. They think, “Changing the world with the next bestseller.” They’re thinking about having, you know, closed-door meetings with – with world leaders.

And while those are good things, when I talk about engage in culture, I have something a little more ordinary in mind. I’m thinking about a friend of mine who’s a – who’s a teacher in a rough neighborhood at a rough school. And I’ll tell what she does. She – even though it’s hard, she goes to work every single day. She tries to do her job well. She tries to educate her students. She shows them the love of Jesus, tells them about Jesus when she has opportunities to. And she strives to be faithful to Jesus in public.

And I say in public, I’m not just talking about on stages like this or on social media. When I say in public, I mean in our daily lives in front of other people – right? – as opposed to just in private – right? – because often our cultural engagement is not going to look like those big grand schemes and those grand plans and campaigns but really just being faithful to Jesus in the world.

Please do not underestimate what your personal faithfulness can say about the Lord Jesus who saved you, right? And when we fight for that personal faithfulness, it says the right things about Jesus. So that’s my only point really – is just that if you want to engage culture, be faithful in public. Usually, when we say culture, we know what we’re talking about. We’re talking about these shared values and assumptions and worldview that we have and also the stuff that we make.

And so when we think about culture, it is a beautiful thing. And if culture is a beautiful thing, why is it that when Christians talk about culture, we’re always on the defensive? You must have got that from the culture?

(LAUGHTER)

Why are we always on the defensive when we talk about it? Why do we need to engage it? And as is because culture is as complex as people are, right? There are good things and there are bad things about every culture. And that reflects the truth about us that we are beautiful creatures made in the image of God but that we’re sinful. And here’s the thing: the main problem with culture is that all cultures are made by other sinful people. And anytime you put things in the hands of sinners, they go wrong at least just a little bit. And it’s the same thing with culture. So what happens is those agreed upon values and assumptions and worldviews – we begin to agree upon godless values and assumptions and worldviews. And then a lot of stuff we make is offensive to God. And so as Christians, we find ourselves in positions where we don’t know what to do because our culture doesn’t always love our Christ.

I notice firsthand as a rapper. Hip-hop is not exactly known for its moral uprightness and robust theology.

(LAUGHTER)

Why are you laughing?

(LAUGHTER)

Instead, it’s known for materialism and violence and treating women as sexualized props to stand behind men while they look tough. That’s what hip-hop is often known for. And as a side note, those things – materialism and violence and misogyny – those are core values of American culture. Hip-hop is just more in your face about it. That’s a side note.

You know, so – so here’s the thing, as a rapper then, I get the opportunity to try to show off Jesus when it’s not expected. Because that’s not the first thing that people expect from rappers, I’m put in that position where I get to point people to Him and because I’ve had a little bit of success, I have a platform where I can influence. And so instead of, you know, using that platform to reinforce those ugly things in hip-hop, I wanted to paint a different picture. But that’s not unique to me because real faithfulness to Jesus is almost never expected in any scenario. So all of us have the opportunity to engage others in unexpected ways.

Anytime you see faithfulness to Jesus, it feels unexpected and refreshing. And I assume that everyone here understands that we are to engage culture. We’re not to completely withdraw from it. We’d do better not withdrawing if we stop panicking like, “What happened? The world is awful.” Have you have you read Genesis 3? It’s been that way for a while. And that doesn’t mean that we should withdraw. Withdrawing because our world is broken is like if a contractor went to renovate a home and he was like, “Man, this house looks terrible. I ain’t messing with this.” It’s like, “That’s your job. That’s what – that’s why you’re here.”

(LAUGHTER)

And that’s what I want to say to my brothers and sisters sometimes. That’s why the Lord Jesus left us here, right? When He saved us, we didn’t immediately ascend to heaven. And it’s been clear in Scripture that one of the reasons is because He wants us to shine, to engage as light-bearers. Scripture doesn’t call us to disengage, right? Scripture calls us to trust in the true light Jesus. It’s called us to walk in the light – 1 John 1. And it says that we’ve been made the light of the world and we’re to shine it. We’re to purposely make sure other people see it – like on purpose in front of people.

Jesus points out lights are no good if they’re hidden. God has called us to show it, to display. And that’s very basic Christian teaching that we’re supposed to shine our light. But we don’t always know how so we stumble around. And I think here the – two of the most common approaches we go for under the titles of two American heroes, Batman and Iron Man. Stick with me for a second.

(LAUGHTER)

You have Batman. Batman is very secretive, right? People have no idea that Batman is really the billionaire Bruce Wayne, right? They don’t know that that’s the same dude who beats up villains at night. And Bruce Wayne, when he’s out, he works hard to make sure nobody gets on his trail. He acts crazy, gets drunk, makes sure nobody thinks he’s serious. And so nobody knows. And I assume the main thing that keeps it hidden is his grisly, bat voice so that no one could possibly tell that those are the same people.

(LAUGHTER)

And here’s the thing, for many of us in this room, people would never know that the person that you would see at a church gathering or at a conference like this is the same person that they see in the halls of the workplace. They would never know. And it’s because we work hard acting like we’re secret agents. Like, “God, I want to do good things. But nobody can know that has anything to do with Jesus.” We work really hard to make sure nobody knows we love Jesus. We sneeze. Somebody’s like, “Bless you.” We like, “Who told you I was blessed?”

(LAUGHTER)

We don’t want nobody to know. We don’t want anybody to know the motivations behind our hard work and integrity. The other approach is the Iron Man approach. Iron Man – he does good things as well. Everybody knows who he is. Everybody knows. Every time he goes, there’s Tony Stark. And it’s because even though he does good things, he does them in such an obnoxious way and brags about it so often that even though he saved the world a few times everybody hates him because he’s so obnoxious. Some of us are like that. Not only do we want to do good things, we want all the credit. We want to be arrogant and in your face about it at all times, so obnoxious about it that nobody ever wants to be around us. Somebody may come up to you and be like, “Hey, how you doing today?” You’re like, “How are you going to be doing on the last day when Jesus comes back?” Like…

(LAUGHTER)

You could pull it back a little bit.

(LAUGHTER)

That’s the Iron Man approach. And those are the two extreme approaches that we’re usually tempted towards, being overly secretive or being overly obnoxious. And I just want to say there’s another way to engage culture. And that way is being faithful in public.

I think we often think, “Man, our world is going so much worse” – which is debatable. We say, “Oh, it’s getting so much worse. So we got to come up with a new, more grand, more innovative ways to engage it and to show off Jesus.” And I’m not saying there’s no room for innovation. But I think it means we should more deeply embrace the simple. Innovation is fine. But not at the expense of the simple because we overthink it. Think about the way that Paul talks about it. Think about these passages. Paul in 1 Thessalonians, he’s commending the Thessalonian church for loving one another. And he says this Chapter 4. He says, “For that indeed, is what you were doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you brothers to do this more and more and to aspire to live quietly and to mind your own affairs and to work with your hands as we instructed you so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.” Brothers and sisters, that’s cultural engagement, walking properly before outsiders where our world often walks improperly and without integrity, right? We’re called to walk properly and with integrity in public before outsiders, right? He’s saying work hard even so you don’t have to depend on other people. That’s a good witness when you work hard for your own money, and your only interaction with people isn’t asking them for money. He’s saying that is engaging.

1 Peter 2:11 and 12 – Peter says this: “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable so that when they speak against you as evil-doers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” That’s cultural engagement, right? It says, “Keep your conduct honorable among them so that when they see that they’ll glorify God.” And I’m not saying draw attention to yourself all the time, like, “Hey, everybody. Watch me being faithful.” We’re to do it so that God gets the glory.

You know, so many people have never seen a Christian actually living faithfully. Have you ever gotten into conversations with people and the mere fact that you love Jesus and you’re not insane blows them away?

(LAUGHTER)

It’s like, “Man, it’s like you can think.” Like, yes, we have brains, right? The Christians that you see in TV shows and on the news are not always the best representation of us all. But even the fact that, you know, we would try to be faithful to our spouses, even the fact that we would try to love our neighbor, sometimes that alone is mind-blowing for people. When my last album came out a couple years ago, I was doing a bunch of interviews. And I love doing interviews with Christian outlets. But I also love interviews with mainstream outlets, especially hip-hop sites and magazines because they are always very confused at the concept that I’m a devout Christian, I love Jesus, I read the Bible and I think it’s all true and I love hip-hop and I’m kind of good at it. That’s too much for their minds.

(LAUGHTER)

One interview, you know, I was there to talk about my album, but he just kept asking me about my Christianity. He was just – could not – he was like, “Okay. You’re – you’re married. What? When you and your wife were dating, it’s like, oh – when you’re in the studio, do you smoke weed? Do you like strippers in the studio? Like, what? Do you have rap beef with other Christians?” And he had all these questions he couldn’t figure out. I wanted to talk about my album. But I was fine to talk about this – right? – because I have the opportunity to say, “Hey. I’m not a crazy person, right? I’m a dude who loves hip-hop like everybody else. But the Lord Jesus saved me. And it’s changed the way that I live.” Right? And just the witness of me being someone committed to Jesus, faithful to him, faithful to my wife, was enough to make a big impact in that particular situation. In that situation, I’m engaged in culture, not because I’m a rapper but because I’m being faithful in public spaces.

At the end of the day, rappers engage culture in the same way everyone else does by being faithful to Jesus in the midst of a culture where unfaithfulness is celebrated. So when I write songs about marriage instead of womanizing, I’m trying to engage culture. But that’s not much different than what I do when I’m not on stage. I’m trying to be faithful. And that means it’s the same for you, that engaging culture means fighting for purity in an age when impurity is celebrated. That means fighting for justice in a time when injustice is so common and systemic. That means fighting for unity when bigotry goes mainstream. That means loving God and loving your neighbor in public spaces. And one of the things I love about thinking of cultural engagement is being faithful in public is it doesn’t in any way mean that a Christian has to be some special person or you have to have some master’s level understanding of culture to engage it. You’ve just got to follow Jesus in public. That’s how we engage it.

Some of us have mass influence. Some of us have a more mundane influence. Mass influence – you have a lot of Twitter followers. People read our books or whatever, or buy our albums, right? That would be more kind of mass influence. More mundane influence is most everybody in the world. We have neighbors. We have family. We have kids. We have a spouse. All right, we have co-workers. And we want to live faithfully. But whatever our influence is, mass or mundane – right? – we want to engage by being faithful to Jesus exactly where we are.

Another thing I like about thinking of engaging culture as being faithful in public is it helps us to be a little less obsessed with fighting people. When we hear “engage culture”, we like, “Yeah. I’m trying to pick a fight with somebody who’s wrong.” But I think it will be more helpful when we think about it as faithfulness that we’re not called to fight more people. We’re called to love more people, right? We’re not trying to pick fights everywhere we go. And that doesn’t mean we gotta agree with everybody. But that means even in the midst of disagreements, we interact with love. We want the love of Christ to drive us. We want to be faithful to Him. So we are not out looking for fights with people who disagree with us. We want to love them. We don’t want to look for reasons to hate political leaders. We want to find ways to love them. That’s what engaging culture is often going to be.

And for the church leaders in this room, we have some of the most important roles because we haven’t been called to do all the ministry. We’ve been called to equip the saint for the work of the ministry so that we get an opportunity to equip them to wherever they are, whatever their spheres are – to equip them to be faithful in those public spaces to the glory of Jesus, to remind them you don’t have to have a massive platform in order to do this. And it’s what all of us have been called to do – not only to be faithful and public with our actions but also without words. We have been called to tell people the actual news of Jesus. It’s news that has to be proclaimed. That’s part of our faithfulness in public spaces. And I’ll just close by saying this: engaging culture isn’t always hard and doesn’t always require great gifting. It’s all different kinds of people in different places. Some of y’all are introverts like me. Some of y’all are extroverts. Stay away from us, please.

(LAUGHTER)

Some of us have massive influence. Some have mundane influence, right? Some of us have great gifts. Some of us don’t. Whatever your gifting or wiring, the size of your platform – right? – we’ve been called to do the same thing. And we should not underestimate the power of being faithful to Jesus in public spaces. And there’s this growing fear that the church will be left behind and become irrelevant. And I just want you to know that the church being left behind him being irrelevant is impossible, right? The only time our mission will become irrelevant is when Jesus has come back and he’s already completed His work.

Until Jesus is back and he’s completed His work, that means He’s still working in us and we still have plenty of work to do. And by God’s grace, we also have the weapons to do it. Amen? Amen. Let me pray.

(APPLAUSE)

Father, we thank you so much for your son Jesus. And we thank you God for the call to be faithful to him. Give us grace to do that, Father, to do it in a loving way and a Christ-honoring way. We ask this in the name of your son Jesus. Amen. Amen.

(APPLAUSE) 

Closing:

John: Well, Jim, you and I are going to agree with that prayer from Trip Lee on today’s edition of Focus on the Family.

Jim: Yeah. We do, John. And I love what Trip said there at the end. Until Jesus returns and has completed his work, he’s still working in us. And we still have plenty of work to do. Let’s do it. You know, that’s part of the point. I – there are some challenging Scriptures when you look at it.

Of course, I wrote a book a while back called ReFocus. And it talks about this interchange between the public square and our faith and how we need to behave. It’s a challenge because in that space, there can be deeply held positions and arguments that take on a lot of emotion.

But let me read a couple of Scriptures to center us. And really, what I was trying to communicate in the book ReFocus – one out of 2 Timothy right there in chapter 2 verses 24 through 26. Just listen to this and apply it to today. The Scripture says, “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone.” I wish it said most people. It doesn’t say that. It says kind to everyone – “able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth. And they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil after being captured by him to do his will.”

I mean, that is an insightful Scripture right from Paul’s pen to us today to say, “This is how you engage the world that does not embrace Christ.” That’s how you win someone. And it’s right there again in Romans 2:4. “Don’t you know it’s the kindness of God that leads one to repentance?” And we’re the ones that show and express that kindness. Does it always come naturally? No. I would say it rarely comes naturally. And usually, if we’re coming at something with anger or hatred or bitterness, that’s the fruit of the enemy of our souls – Satan himself. That’s the fruit of the devil. And we have got to determine in our own hearts the distinction between the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, mercy – and then the other bad fruit. It’s hard to do. I’m not capitulating on principle. But when you’re engaging people, they need to see kindness and tenderness.

And I think one of the great Scriptures when I’m reading where Jesus encourages us – commands us to love our neighbor, sometimes, we brush by that. Of course, I love my neighbor. If my neighbor was hurting, I would do something to help my neighbor. I think it goes far deeper than that. As I’ve engaged the same-sex community or the abortion community, I’ve met with some of these people. When they feel sincerity from you, when they feel a neighborly love for them, it’s amazing what happens to their heart. And I’ve seen it. It cracks open just like that Scripture is talking about. That snare that the enemy has them by – it loosens its grip when they feel understood and – not agreement, but they feel understanding that you know their pain. And I think that’s the depth of what Jesus was saying when he said, “Love your neighbor.” It’s not a cup of sugar. It’s being able to look beyond those things that irritate you and to express to somebody, who may be unlovable, an amazing love from God. That’s got to come through us.

The point of it all is we need to extend grace. In a culture right now that finds it hard to find grace for their enemies, it needs to be the Christian community to model the way forward. Let me read a quote from Blaise Pascal, who lived in the 1600s. He said, “There are two kinds of men – the righteous who believe themselves sinners, the rest sinners who believe themselves righteous.” I mean, that is a great statement. And what that really is – is remember, we are all sinners saved by grace. That would be the scriptural way of what Pascal was saying – that there is evil in all of us, and we do things out of our flesh like lying or bitterness or jealousy or those things that are described in Galatians 5:19 that are rooted in the wrong fruit – the bad fruit. And we have got to know our hearts well enough to say “Okay, Lord, how do I become more like you?” And what the Lord is saying – it is love and joy and peace and goodness and kindness. And we as Christians should never demean those who are using those tools of the spirit to confront others.

John: It’s a challenge to bite your tongue and um, and to – I loved what Trip said earlier about, you know, some people are surprised when Christians have brains. As you’re talking, Jim, I’m thinking…

Jim: That right there irritates me, I got to tell you. My flesh wants to respond to that.

John: Yeah.

Jim: I get it. They think we’re brainless because we believe in faith of a God who is unseen.

John: Yeah.

Jim: But I’ll put that up against anybody.

John: Well, yeah. And the parallel for me was I was thinking a lot of people think Christians are the ones who judge. And as you were talking, I’m thinking there’s not much room for me to go around judging other people, especially the world. I think the Scripture’s pretty clear that I’m supposed to judge myself, and I might have some room to help some brothers and sisters stay accountable, but it’s not my job to be the Holy Spirit in other people’s lives.

Jim: Well, and this is going to stir a lot of emotion. People are gonna respond to this, and I get that. But you’re on it, John. I think the problem the Pharisees and the Sadducees had in Jesus’s time is they looked down on sinners. They thought of themselves as close to God, perfect perhaps, certainly more perfect than those around them like the tax collectors and the sinners. And we have got to be careful not to repeat that very same human-heart attitude that – because God’s grace has been extended to us, because we can see the truth of Scripture. We can see it in our own heart. We see it in others. But it’s not license to lord that over others – to say, “I am better than you.” Man, you’re in dangerous territory when you have an attitude like that about other people. And so we, of all people, as Christians, should understand that we’re sinners, saved by grace, that we are no better.

I love Paul. Yeah, think of Paul the Apostle. This man trained in the Jewish traditions. And yet he said, “I am the greatest sinner.” Man, that took humility for Paul to do that – to say, “Even though I am learned, even though I am the Pharisee of all Pharisees and learned at the knee of the best, I’m the least of us because of what I have done to the church.” He was encouraging the killing of Christians, and he had to take that to his grave as a born-again believer. That had to be a heavy moment for him.

Let me land on this admonition out of 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Doesn’t say some circumstances. It’s not only when your neighbor’s treating you right or those of the opposite political party are treating you right. The Scripture is saying and the Lord is saying through that, “Give thanks in all circumstances. I’ve got your back. I’m God. I will take care of it. Don’t own it. Just be my ambassador.”

And if you believe in the mission here at Focus on the Family to reach people in the name of Christ – I’m so pleased, John. Last year, our research indicates that over 200,000 people came to Christ or rededicated their life to the Lord through Focus. That is wonderful, and I want to say thank you to all those who pray for us and who support the ministry. We are doing this together, and I hope that puts a smile on your face that people are coming to faith in Christ through what we do together. 

John: And we want you to be a part of that effort. Pray for us and contribute as you can. I’ll mention of couple of books that we have that we can send. One is Jim’s book, ReFocus – he mentioned that – ReFocus is about living a life that reflects God’s heart. It’s about engaging with the culture in meaningful ways and showing God’s heart. And then, of course, Trip Lee’s book, Rise: Get Up and Live in God’s Great Story – that’s written to inspire young adults particularly. We’ll be happy to send either of those books to you when you make a generous contribution of any amount to the work here. Donate and request the book of your choice at focusonthefamily.com/radio or when you call 800-A-FAMILY – 800, the letter “A”, and the word “FAMILY”.

You know we’ve talked about how Focus on the Family wants to help impact the culture and we do that through families. If we’ve inspired you or helped your family, please tell us your story. Look for details on the website.

Next time, we’ll talk about the importance of having a positive attitude in your marriage.

Teaser:

Rhonda Stoppe: Falling in love is all in your mind. You think on what is good, right, honorable, praise-worthy. You think on the best about that guy that’s going to walk in the door, that girl that’s going to walk in the door. Falling out of love is all in your mind. So it’s really focusing on what you’re thinking on.

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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.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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