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Best of 2022: A Patient is a Person, No Matter How Small

Best of 2022: A Patient is a Person, No Matter How Small

Dr. Bill Lile poses this question: if a fetus can have surgery and survive, doesn’t that make him or her a patient? And isn’t a patient a person? In this fast-moving presentation, Dr. Lile outlines the medical aspects of the pro-life position. He describes the moment of conception, the life-saving benefits of fetal surgery, and the benefits of ultrasound technology.
Original Air Date: April 13, 2022

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Dr. Bill Lile: A patient is a person no matter how small, whether that is a patient like us or whether this is a patient on the inside of the womb.

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John Fuller: Today on a Best of 2022 episode of Focus on the Family, we have a fascinating look at a medical perspective on the sanctity of pre-born life. This is Focus on the Family and your host is Focus president and author, Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: Uh, John, Dr. Bill Lile is our guest today. We first aired this program in April, and apparently our audience really appreciates the energy he brings to the pro-life topic.

John: Well, they sure did respond. There was an avalanche of, uh, calls, and emails and downloads.

Jim: Right. You know, now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe versus Wade, it’s even more important that we as Christians get involved in supporting young mothers who are choosing life, and I hope this broadcast will provide that motivation. I should add that Dr. Bill Lile is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and he has an active private practice where he has delivered over 4,000 babies.

John: Right. And this presentation has a lot of visuals, so you’ll want to visit our website and watch it to get the full picture, so to speak, and you’ll find us at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Here now, Dr. Bill Lile, speaking at a Bringing America Back to Life Conference, sponsored by Cleveland Right to Life on today’s episode of Focus on the Family.

Dr. Lile: Well, good morning. My name is Dr. Bill Lile and I practice obstetrics and gynecology and it is an honor to be invited. It’s an honor to be here. I love my job, but I love this. I have a passion for this. I have a passion for teaching. We wanna give you the tools that you can convince your family, your friends, your colleagues that we are created in the image of God from that moment of conception and all pre-born need to be defended and protected. So, who created new life?

Audience: God.

Dr. Lile: God did. Genesis 1:26, “And God said, let us make man in our image.” None of the other parts of creation were created in the image of God. We as individuals were all created in the image of God. Well, the question is, well, when were we created in the image of God? I mean, am I up at 2:00 in the morning, somebody’s been pushing for two hours, and it’s like, “Oh, no image of God yet.” No image of God yet. The baby comes out, and then I deliver the baby, and I hold it, all like mm, mac- mu- Mufasa. And I ha- be- said, “Behold the image of God.”

Audience: (laughs)

Dr. Lile: No. That’s not when we were created in the image of God. How ’bout when we do that first ultrasound and we can see that heart beating on the inside? Is that when we were created in the image of God? No. The only biologic sense is that we’re created in the image of God at that moment of conception when one cell from the mom and one cell from the dad got together, that’s when we were created in the image of God.

Well, when does science say life begins? I’m gonna show you what happens with ma- mammalian cells. N- let’s, let’s talk about conception and we’re gonna talk about it politely, all right? When it comes to conception, we have two people that are involved in this story. We have the mom’s side of the family and we have the dad’s side of the family. Mom produces one egg for this party. Guys, can we get by with just one?

Audience: (laughs)

Dr. Lile: No. We are over here and it might be 400 million, maybe 500 million of our cells to accomplish what she is providing with one egg.

Audience: (laughs)

Dr. Lile: So the moment of conception happens. And now, everybody thinks they’re Michael Phelps, you know? And everybody…

Audience: (laughs)

Dr. Lile: … is on the starting track, and they’re all ready to swim. And the gun goes off, and then all of them are swimming across. And then, they get to the top of the uterus, and they have a choice. What’s their choice? Do we make a left turn or do we make a right turn? They do not ask for directions, so half of them…

Audience: (laughs)

Dr. Lile: … go to the wrong side. They go out the left tube, and they get to the end, and they go, “There’s no egg.” And the other half go to the right and they-

Audience: (laughs)

Dr. Lile: We’ve got an egg. But what guess? Now, it’s not a matter of getting to the egg. Now they have to fight to see who gets on the inside. Now the real battle begins. God designed conception so that there was only a gold medalist in this race. There is no silver. There is no bronze because dispermy is not consistent with life. So just like on Star Trek, you know, if you come up and there’s Klingons all over the place, wha- what does the captain say? He goes, “Shields up.” Well, guess what God did? He did the same thing. As soon as Michael Phelps burrows his way into that egg and that miracle of conception happens, and fertilization is, happens, at that moment, shields go up. And it’s called the zona pellucida.

When that zona pellucida, that protective shield, goes up around the egg and says, “No mas,” to all the other guys who are all losers, who did that, all that swimming and racing, for nada. You know? As soon as that happens, there’s a deep polarization of zinc ions. What does that mean? It means that there is actually a flash of light at that moment of conception.

And this is what you see when that happens with m- I mean, there is literally a flash of light when you look at the right frequency of light. So when we, they, we hear people say, “Well, we really don’t know when life begins.” There’s a flash of light! What more do you need than a flash of light to say, “Bam!” That’s when…

Audience: (clapping)

Dr. Lile: … life just occurred. Whenever somebody does that pregnancy test and they go, “Oh my goodness, I’m pregnant,” you know? This is time to celebrate. I need to go to my doctor’s office.” They want the ultrasound. You know, you show ’em the ultrasound, and what do they want on the next visit? (laughs) Another ultrasound. This is what shows the life on the inside. That is the patient that is the person that is there within the womb, and that who we must defend.

Anybody here ever had surgery before? I see all this gray hair. Y’all have all had surgery. Admit to it. You know, my daughter had to have her tonsils out. You know? Over Christmas. She was asleep. She was under anesthesia. She could feel no pain. She could not respond to anything. Was she still a patient and was she still a person even though she couldn’t respond and communicate? Yes. When you had your surgeries, even though you could not respond and you could not feel pain, were you still a person? Yes. You were still a person.

If I’m operating and I mess up and somebody dies, do I go out to the family and say, “You know what? I’m sorry. Grandma passed away. We kinda messed up, but she was under general anesthesia so it’s okay. She felt no pain while she was anesthesiaed.” No. A patient is a person, no matter how small. Whether that is a patient like us sitting at tables or whether this is a patient on the inside of the womb.

ACOG. ACOG is not pro-life. ACOG is the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. And ACOG, in their Practice Bulletin number 439, is talking about informed consent. Informed consent is not just a form that you sign. Informed consent is a process. It is a process where the risks, benefits, indications, and alternatives are described to you before you have a procedure done.

Well, look at what they say, “Seeking informed consent expresses respect for the patient as a person.” Patient as a person. So if I want to defend the pre-born, I need to prove that they are a person. So my next step, according to ACOG’s statement, is then all I have to do is show that they are a patient on the inside and that’s what we’re gonna do.

We’re gonna talk about how we treat the pre-born as patients in the womb. The technology has just changed, just over the past year, and it is changing month-by-month on the procedures that we are able to do to save the lives of the pre-born.

This is a great example. We do a lot of pro-life apologetics training for men. This is one of the examples that we’ll give to men so when they’re w- talking with their colleagues, they’re talking with their friends, they can use this example and they can say, “Hey, how ’bout this?” What’s a delayed interval delivery?

We had a patient a couple years ago came to Pensacola, and this happens around the country so much that it doesn’t even make the news anymore. This mom came to Pensacola. There was a concert going on in Pensacola. Might’ve been TobyMac, I think it was. She’s 25 weeks pregnant with identical twins. One egg. One sperm c- you know, conceived at the same moment in time. And somehow, before day 13, divided into two exact copies.

And she is there, and she’s just swaying to the music with TobyMac there. And all of a sudden, bam. We have a baptism up on the front because she just broke her bag of water. It’s like, “Oh my goodness. I don’t think I’ll be able to stay for the rest of the concert.” No you will not. You know?

So she comes to our hospital. She comes to Sacred Heart Hospital. Before we could do anything, she delivered that first baby, the identical twin. That identical twin goes over to our NICU. All the doctors, all the nurses, and all the technology, and they, that baby is being cared for.

The other twin still has an intact sac of water. Our maternal fetal medicine doctors went up and said, “You know what? We have two NICUs in our hospital.” We have the ones with the all the doctors, nurses, and technology, and we have the one that was created by God. And this one is actually doing a better job. As long as this baby in the womb is doing well, we’d like to keep this baby in the womb.

And then, when we get to that point where this baby needs to go to that NICU, we will. But for right now, we’re gonna use this one. Well, guess what? Do we get hours? Oh yeah. Do we get days? Oh yeah. Do we get weeks?

There was a case up in Tennessee just recently, six and a half weeks. You have one baby that is born in June. You have its identical twin born in August. You go to register them for school and this one is in first grade…

Audience: (laughs)

Dr. Lile: … and this one is in kindergarten, and they’re identical twins. The technology is amazing, but here’s the real key. One egg, one sperm conceived at the same moment in time, before day 13, and divided up into identical copies. One baby is in the NICU, one baby is in the womb. If Mom were to choose, she could legally say, “You know what? I know we had two, but I really only wanted one.” You know? Two is just gonna be a lot of a hassle. I’m fine with this one.

She could legally go to Virginia. She could legally go to New York and she goes, “You know what? I just don’t want the second one.” And she could legally take the life of an identical twin conceived at the same moment in time. This baby has rights and protection like if I was in a cardiac care unit. Yet, the baby that is in the womb, that is the exact copy, identical twin, does not have those rights.

Our rights come from God. It is the duty of the state to protect those rights, and it is not dependent on our geographical location where one identical twin is over in the NICU and the other twin is in the womb. That is a great example for our guys to take home when they have their pro-life apologetics training.

John: You are listening to Dr. Bill Lile on Focus on the Family and we have a CD of this program with extra content. We’re making that available for a gift of any amount to the ministry today. And, uh, we invite you to do that, get this CD, listen to it again, pass it on to a friend. Our number is 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. 800-232-6459. Or donate and request that CD at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Let’s go ahead and return now to more from Dr. Bill Lile.

Dr. Lile: But we’re actually doing heart surgery now and the baby’s on the inside. We are doing heart surgery and spine surgery at 22 weeks gestation. You’re like, “How do you do heart surgeries?” Um, let’s talk about aortic stenosis. What is aortic stenosis? The left ventricle contracts. It puts blood out to the rest of the body. When that left ventricle contracts, it goes through the aorta. If that aorta is normal, you hear a whew, whew, whew, whew, whew. If the aorta is closed, you don’t hear that sound. You hear wee, wee, wee, wee.

If we don’t do something and open up that valve, that baby will die of heart failure on the inside. So what do we do? We guide a needle. Ultrasound guidance. We go through the mom’s belly. We go up to the wall of the uterus. We go right up to the baby’s chest. We introduce that needle not just into the baby’s chest, not just into that baby’s heart. We then thread it up into the aortic valve, which is all closed.

We inflate the balloon at the end of that, and we blow up that valve a little bit. Within 60 seconds, we see dramatic improvement of that baby’s blood flow. Is that treating them as a patient on the inside if we’re doing valvuloplasty, we’re now doing septoplasty, and we’re doing neurosurgery, spinal surgery, at 22 weeks gestation. Right at the earliest cusp of when a baby could even think of surviving on the outside. Yet, we’re doing heart surgery and we’re doing neurosurgery on these babies.

But, you know what? There’s a bioethicist from the Journal of Medical Ethics who says, “You know what? Doyle and Ward suggest that a woman’s autonomy may be threatened if fetuses are regarded as patients in their own right.” That was in 2011. Well, I got news for her. We do treat ’em as patients on the inside. And because the mom is a patient, ma- mom is an amazing life support system. But baby is also a patient.

Have y’all done this before? 23andMe, Ancestry dot c- I did it. It’s pretty cool. You know, you give ’em $50.00, they send you a little tube, you drool in it for five minutes, and you send it off, and it tells you your family tree. This is mine. I am 38% Eastern European. Of course I underlined the 29% Irish when I was in Ireland last week.

Audience: (laughs)

Dr. Lile: That’s my family history. That is my story. Did this story start when I was born, when my mama pushed me out, did all of a sudden I have 38% this, 29%, 12% that? No. In fact, if you were to do a study when I was one cell, one cell from my mom’s side of the family, one cell from my dad’s side of the family, if you were to look at that DNA of that one cell, guess what? It will be the exact same report. This was my 23andMe report, whether I am 55 years of age or whether I have just been conceived and my total number of cells is one. That is scientific proof. That is genetics.

Opioids, narcotics. We have a problem with this in Florida. I know that out here in Ohio, y’all don’t have a narcotic or opioid problem at all, right? Yeah. Who am I kidding? You, we, you have a problem, I have a problem. It’s inner city, it’s rural, it’s suburban. It is across the country. In fact, 2017, we had 72,000 people in the United States die of overdoses. What’s one agent that’s used to save those lives? Narcan.

If you haven’t seen Narcan work, it is a Disney movie. This is Sleeping Beauty that is out, cannot respond to pain, cannot breathe. There is just a heartbeat. We give ’em a shot of Narcan and they will just rise like Lazarus. They will be up and go, “Whe- How did I get here?” Narcan’s an amazing drug.

But you know what? We have another blight, uh, going across this country more so than nar- than narcotics. It is RU-486, Mifepristone, the abortion pill. And do not confuse the abortion pill with the morning after pill, which was 72 hours. That was 72 hours, this is 70 days where it can be 98% effective in taking the life of a baby in the womb with this medicine called RU-486.

Anybody here ever work as a server? No waiters, wai- Okay. If the chef has a special and he says, “Today’s special is meatloaf,” and you’re selling the meatloaf, and then the chef says, “86 the meatloaf,” what does that mean to you? Kill it. Meatloaf’s done. We’re out of it. Kill it. Kill the special. Look at this drug. It’s a question. Are you 486-ing this pregnancy, this baby that’s there on the inside? That’s the way I remember it as I served myself through college. 39% of all the abortions in the United States are now chemical abortions with this because this is the business model of Planned Parenthood, because the profit margin is higher.

Again, 98% effective. Well, how does it work? Woman gets pregnant. Husbands, you know this. There are a couple changes that happen when your wife got pregnant. Lots of different changes. Well, there is a lot of change and there are a lot of instruments in this orchestra. But guess what? There’s one conductor. If you have the orchestra tuning and getting ready at the beginning of a concert, doesn’t sound real great until the maestro walks out.

The maestro walks out, and all of a sudden, everybody is gonna be playing together. The conductor in the orchestra of pregnancy is a hormone called progesterone. Progesterone is what keeps the pregnancy going. It is the one that announces, says, “Hey, congratulations. We are pregnant. We are not gonna have a cycle. We’re gonna divert resources and we’re gonna support this pregnancy.”

RU-486 successfully blocks that hormone signal, the progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that we use in obstetrics all the time. We use it to prevent preterm labor. We use it to prevent recurrent miscarriage. If somebody had IVF, in vitro fertilization, at a different place, guess what? Mom was not expecting a pregnancy to arrive.

So what do they do at their centers? They put them on progesterone to keep this pregnancy going. This is not some black box drug over on the shelf. It’s something that I use every day on my patients on the inside. ACOG, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists will tell you, nobody regrets having their abortion. Nobody regrets taking the abortion pill. Abortion pill reversal is ridiculous ’cause nobody has regrets.

What are we looking at? Golden Gate Bridge. What city? San Francisco. 1800 people have jumped off that bridge attempting suicide. 1800. Does everybody who jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge die? No. In fact, they know that 29 people survived. In fact, a psychologist out in San Francisco tracked down and interviewed those 29 people.

What did she find out? And listen to what they’re saying, and listen to somebody, and compare that in your mind with somebody who’s walking into an abortion clinic. They all said, “I walked out onto the Golden Gate Bridge. Nobody loves me. Nobody cares for me. I have no hope. I have no other options. The world would be better without me.” 29 people jumped off and survived. But guess what? When the psychologist interviewed them, they all had that story. All of them also said, “As soon as I saw that bridge up above me, I cried out to God and I said, ‘Save me. I don’t wanna die.’”

Did they have regrets? Yes. Do people walk into an abortion clinic with that same mentality? Nobody loves me. Nobody cares for me. I have no hope. The world will be better without my baby. Yes. Do we see women having regrets and contacting our hotline right after? Usually, my experience, I’ve rever- successfully reversed six d- abortion pills and we’ve had healthy moms, healthy babies. And most of our calls come from the parking lot or on their way home where they have that immediate regret.

So we have an, a network. Ab- Abortion Pill Rescue Network. We have a toll-free number. We have nurses that are manning it 24/7. We have trained over 500 doctors in the protocols, and policies, and safeties of abortion pill reversal. In December, we had baby number 1,000 that we were able to save through a, the Abortion Pill Reversal Network.

That’s myself, that’s Dr. George Delgado. This is one of the first pregnancies that I was able to successfully reverse. You know, beautiful baby. It was quite a trip. Mom named the baby Journey. All right, but let me tell you about the most recent one that I had. Mom lived in Destin. She was nine weeks pregnant. She tried to get into the abortion clinic in Tallahassee. They were too busy. She had to drive all the way to Jacksonville, Florida. Six hours away.

She gets the abortion pill and she’s now driving home on Interstate 10. And guess what? She sees one of those billboards that said, “Heartbeat at 18 days.” Who put that sign up? I don’t know. Then she drives a little bit further and she sees another billboard. It says, “Your mom chose life. You should too.” All of a sudden, she’s like, “Oh my gosh. What have I done?” She pulls off to the rest area and she looks up a antidote for the abortion pill.

She finds our network, calls our hotline, speaks with the nurse. Nurse gets the information. She calls me. I call the patient. Get all the information, find out what her pharmacy is, and I call in the reversal medication. She drives all the way home to Destin, Florida. She gets to her pharmacy, she takes the medication. Seven hours after she took the abortion pill, she has just started the reversal therapy.

She is now 37 weeks pregnant in my practice, and she better not deliver this weekend. But she is now 36 we- 37 weeks pregnant and she is a healthy mom, and she’s gonna have a healthy baby.

Audience: (clapping)

Dr. Lile: So when God and the Holy Spirit talk to you and say, “Hey, I want you to get involved in this pregnancy center. I want you to get involved in this ministry. I want you to teach Sunday School. I want you to get involved in the nursery,” listen to what he’s saying. God talked to somebody and say, “Put up a billboard.” God said to another person, “Put up a billboard.” Do I know who these people are? No. God works in a chain, and we are all links in that chain.

This person put up a billboard. This person put up a billboard. This nurse was working over at the hotline. And you know what else is amazing? The pharmacist was involved in this too. How was the pharmacist involved? Because when I called her, she said, and I told her what I wanted, she said, “Are you trying to reverse an abortion?” And I said, “Yes, ma’am. I am. And I wanna give you my credit card number because I don’t want the patient to have to pay for it.” She goes, “Oh, sweetie, don’t worry about that.” She goes, “I’m gonna take care of this girl.” She goes, “And I’m gonna pay for this medication out of my own pocket.”

Audience: (clapping)

Dr. Lile: Have I met this pharmacist before? No. I have never met that pharmacist, but that’s how God works. He takes a bunch of links. I don’t wanna be the missing link. I don’t wanna be the lin- link that dropped the ball and the chain was not effective. What did it cost? $109.00. $109.00 worth of medication to save the life of the baby.

You have a baby whose mom has taken the abortion pill, has a 90% chance of walking to death. Yet, we invest $109.00 and we buy back the life of that baby. What’s the spiritual word for buying back? We redeemed that baby. This is an example we use at churches, and a lot of people say, “You know what? I knew redeemed was good. I knew it was a positive thing, but I really didn’t understand it.” Now they understand it.

ACOG also says the so-called abortion pill reversal b- is unproven and unethical. This is the same group that advocates for the taking the lives of the baby, and now has a fellowship where you can spend an extra year after training, where you can learn to do a third trimester abortion because they do not feel that there is enough t- you know, supply of abortionists to fulfill the need.

So is it a choice? Well, when I look at it and we see 62 million lives, this is not a choice like coffee or tea over on the side. We are engaged in a spiritual battle. And if you are engaged in a spiritual battle, you better know yu- to use the right tools. So what does the Bible say? Psalm 1:39, “You formed my inmost being. You knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you. So wonderfully you made me.”

The psalmist is saying, “Man, it was some, a night of romance nine months ago and a baby came out and I’m like, ‘I don’t understand how that happened, but I knew that it had to be God.’” God created that miracle and knit you in your mother’s womb. Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee. And before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified you and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” God had a relationship with Jeremiah and wanted him to serve his cause.

Galatians 1:15, “But He who had set me a part,” Paul is saying, “… before I was born, in order that I might preach Him among the gentiles.” God knew what Paul’s role was gonna be in His kingdom even before he was born. Quickly, the stats. 47 years, 62 million lives. California’s population is 40 million. 20 million in Florida. We have taken the lives of every man, woman, and child in the state of California and the state of Florida.

My stats in Florida, well, we have abortions, yes. We have people die. We have people born. That’s Florida state’s stadium at our capital. Our state motto is, “In God we trust.” We have 75,000 people at a Florida State game. That same year, how many abortions were performed? 76,000. We are losing a stadium full of babies year, after year, after year just in the state of Florida.

Kingdom service. You know? We’re gonna get maybe 70, 80, 90 years and then… Free medical advice, y’all. You’re all gonna die. You’re all gonna die. Unless Jesus comes, you’re all gonna die. And then we’re gonna be face-to-face with Jesus. And we’re gonna think about, “What did I do for kingdom service?” I’m here for all eternity, yet, what did I do for kingdom service while I was here on earth?

When God put that little thought in my head and said, “I want you to be involved in this ministry. I want you to be involved in that ministry,” what did we do? Well, what is our goal? Our goal is to look back on how we spent our lives here on earth and say, “You know what? I did my best. I tried to serve the kingdom.” We want Jesus to l-

I mean, we’re gonna be saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you,” and we want Jesus to look at us, look us in the eye, and say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” So who did Jesus come to save? All of us sinners. You know, when we look over in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this while we were still sinners, Jesus died for us.” I mean, I’m in that category. I don’t- Anybody else here a sinner? I mean, I’m in there! No doubt about it. But look at this in Psalms, in the NIV. When it talks about sinners, surely I was sinful at birth. But, hey, hey, hey. I was sinful from the time my mother conceived me. So if Jesus came to earth and lived a perfect life, and then gave his life on the cross, conquered death for all sinners, and we were sinners from the time we were conceived, then Jesus died for the pre-born.

So if God loves us enough that he would send his son, his only son, live a perfect life, die on the cross for us, be buried for three days, then conquer death and re- if we believe that, we can spend eternity with him. If God has that much love for you, if God has that much love for me, and if God has that much love for the pre-born, then guess what? If God loves the pre-born that much, then I must have that much love for the pre-born.

And if I love the pre-born as much as God loves the pre-born, then I will not be able to rest until I have protection and safety for every pre-born from the moment of conception. God bless you all, and thank you very much.

John: What a passionate message from OBGYN Dr. Bill Lile on this Best of 2022 episode of Focus on the Family.

Jim: Boy, John. That was such a convicting message from Dr. Lile. And I know many of our listeners share his passion. And that’s why Focus on the Family launched our Option Ultrasound program, which has saved the lives of almost half a million babies over the last 18 years. And we’ve seen that almost 60% of abortion-minded women who do receive counseling and that ultrasound will choose life. That’s the power of the visual image. If you haven’t donated to support Option Ultrasound, let me encourage you to do so here at the end of the year. Your support helps us equip pregnancy resource centers with equipment and training to provide free ultrasounds to mothers considering abortion. Every $60.00 that you give will help save a baby’s life. And right now, special friends of the ministry who believe in life are offering to match your gift dollar-for-dollar. Your $60 gift to save one life will be doubled to $120.00 to save two babies’ lives. And when you give a gift of any amount today, we’ll send you a CD of this message from Dr. Bill Lile with extra content. Get a copy to listen again, and then share with a friend. Help us spread this message to others who need to hear it.

John: That’s a great idea. M- And our number is 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. 800-232-6459. Or you can donate online and request your CD at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. And we also have further details from Dr. Lile’s, uh, presentation online. Uh, the photographs and the videos he shared with the audience. So check those out. Well, we’ll continue our Best of 2022 programming tomorrow with Dr. Juli Slattery. And, uh, she’s gonna describe how you can build a more intimate marriage. On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for joining us today for Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller inviting you back as we once again help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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Larnelle Harris shares stories about how God redeemed the dysfunctional past of his parents, the many African-American teachers who sacrificed their time and energy to give young men like himself a better future, and how his faithfulness to godly principles gave him greater opportunities and career success than anything else.

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Accepting Your Imperfect Life

Amy Carroll shares how her perfectionism led to her being discontent in her marriage for over a decade, how she learned to find value in who Christ is, not in what she does, and practical ways everyone can accept the messiness of marriage and of life.