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Best of 2022: Staying Connected to God: A 60 Day Challenge (Part 2 of 2)

Best of 2022: Staying Connected to God: A 60 Day Challenge (Part 2 of 2)

In this best of 2022 broadcast, John Burke reminds us that God is the source of life and of our contentment and joy. He gives us a clear picture of what it looks like to do life with God and how you can trust Him with your strongest and deepest desires.
Original Air Date: June 22, 2022

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John Burke: A branch doesn’t have to work hard to produce fruit. All it has to do is stay connected to the trunk, the vine, and fruit happens naturally. I’m the vine, you’re the branches, stay connected to me and you will bear much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing. That’s the whole point that I’m trying to get across in Soul Revolution. That actually, all we have to do is learn to stay connected, moment by moment, to God’s spirit and the rest of the things take care of themselves.

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John Fuller: That’s John Burke and he’s with us once again on Focus on the Family. It’s one of our Best of 2022 programs. Your host is Focus president and author Jim Daly, and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, I’m so excited to have John Burke back with us. Uh, he’s been here a number of times, but last time, we talked about how we can trust God with our hopes and our dreams, and really, our deepest longings are found in Jesus. And when we can understand that, it changes our life.

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: And John, uh, gave us some ideas on reorienting our minds and connecting with God so that we can be in tune with the things, uh, he desires for us, the good gift giver, if I-

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: … could say it that way. If you missed any part of it, man, get to the website, download it, uh, get the smartphone app, you can listen that way. But today, we’re gonna dive a little deeper into that content, uh, based on his book, Soul Revolution.

John: And John Burke is the pastor and founder of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas. Uh, he and his wife, Kathy, have an adult son and an adult daughter, and his book, Soul Revolution: How Imperfect People Became All God Intended is indeed the foundation for our conversation. Call us to get your copy, 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY or stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: John, welcome back.

John B.: Oh, great to be back.

Jim: (laughs) It’s good to see you and, um, let’s pick up from last time. You talked about the 60/60 experiment. So for those that didn’t hear it, give us a quick briefing on what the 60/60 experiment’s all about.

John B.: Yeah, so the context, like we talked about last time, is that we all have deep longings, we have hopes, we have dreams. They’re not bad, but often times, we settle for too little. You know, it’s, uh, as, uh, C.S. Lewis said, you know, “Many times it’s not that our, we desire too much, we settle for too little.”

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B.: And God actually wants to give us the deepest longings of our hearts, the love and the joy and the peace and patience and kinda all these things that things from out there can’t give us, but it only comes from intimate relationship with God. And in fact, that’s what we were created for.

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: We weren’t created to do life apart from the very source of life and love and goodness.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B.: He created us for that. So, the Christian walk really is simple. It’s incredibly simple. And Jesus said this his last night on earth in John 15:5 he said, “Look, I’m the vine, like, I’m the trunk of the tree, you know, the vine. Uh, you’re the branches. Stay connected to me and you will bear much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing.” So the 60/60 experiment is trying to help us reorient from the habit we all naturally fall into, which is that we go throughout our days forgetting that God is with us. He is with us. And he loves us and he promised his Holy Spirit to be with us to guide us into all truth, to guide us into the purpose he has us here for, and the result is the dreams and longings of our heart. We look back and, uh, personally, I can say, I’m amazed.

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: And I would never choose any other path. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s not challenging sometimes along the way. Doesn’t mean there’s not disappointments. In fact, many times, he uses the disappointments to rip away the things we’re using as props apart from God.

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: He’s not trying to harm us, he’s actually trying to help us.

Jim: Right.

John B.: Um-

Jim: And he-

John B.: And so that’s… So the 60/60 is-

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: … every 60 minutes for 60 days, you know, it takes time to set a new habit.

Jim: Sure.

John B.: So 60 days is a good time period to change a habit. So, for 60 days you set a beeper to go off, your alarm on your smartphone, or we have an app that, that does it, that’ll ding your phone and bring up a, a verse reminding you of how to stay connected or what God wants in this relationship. Or maybe you just put sticky notes in your car and on your computer just as a reminder. And what you’re trying to do is change your habit from going through the hours of the day, the moments of the day, forgetting about God who’s there with you.

Jim: Or distracted.

John B.: Or distracted.

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: Or not listening-

Jim: Right.

John B.: … and responding.

Jim: John, let me ask you this, as a pastor, I’m sure you have counseled many, many people that fit this description, but I wanna really speak to that person that this is true of, and that is the person that’s trying to satisfy longings that are artificial. Uh, it might be success, money, houses, cars, relationship, you know, the beautiful wife, whatever, and how when they reach it, how, um, it doesn’t meet the need. And speak to that individual and even in the church, you know, someone who’s made a commitment to Christ. It’s sometimes hard to shake those habits of what you’re actually going after and how to get better oriented around exactly what you’re saying, opening your heart so the Lord can help meet the deeper longings of your life. I mean, some people might not even know what those longings are, that’s how distracted they can be.

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: Yeah, and I think the other part is, um, we don’t stay connected to the Lord because we fear that if I do, he’s going to… Fill in the blank.

John B.: Huh. So, this was my old fear, right? I was an engineer, um, I had a, a dream and a goal to start my own, getting an MBA, start my own company, be rich and successful ’cause that was what I was trained is success.

Jim: Sure.

John B.: Okay, well, then my dad did that, but it killed him.

Jim: Huh.

John B.: He died. He died from cancer, but he also struggled with alcoholism-

Jim: Just overworked.

John B.: … he struggled with stress, he, had ulcers he-

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B.: … and on his deathbed, he said to me, “John, I’d give it all back if I could just have my health and my family.”

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B.: He knew the Lord, but he didn’t know how to walk with the Lord.

Jim: Abide in him.

John B.: He didn’t know how to abide, how to stay connected, and as a result, there were a lot of wounds, um, you know, his father abandoned their family, he was abusive, there was just a lot of wounds from the past my dad had never worked through. And, I mean, I didn’t realize this, and this is the thing, our deepest longings are really trying to answer a few questions, “Am I lovable?” Or, “Am I loved and do I have worth? Do I have value-

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B.: … do I have purpose?” And really, we’re trying to get those questions answered. The shallow strategies oftentimes are, like, we’re trained or we come up with an idea that if I’m successful, if I have a husband who looks like this or does this or is this status, or if I have a wife who, you know, looks like this or does, or kids, or, you know, n- you can fill it in with a thousand things.

Jim: Sure.

John B.: Um, but those end up suddenly becoming idols. In other words, they become the singular most important thing and they distract us just like you were saying, from the one thing that Jesus said is necessary, right? And that is relationship with the Lord, walking moment by moment with the Lord.

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: And so, uh, I think the thing I would say is, don’t worry about changing all your dreams, they’re bad or your hopes are bad. They’re not necessarilly-

Jim: Right.

John B.: … at all. Focus on walking day by day for 60 days and just see if you don’t end up going, “Oh, my gosh, this way of doing life with God is so much better.”

Jim: Yeah. You had a story in the book about going skiing with your college buddies and you encountered, uh, what sounded like, uh, you know, ski bunnies, you.

John B.: (laughs).

Jim: What happened in that story and what was the outcome?

John B.: Yeah, so-

Jim: And what state were you in, Colorado?

John B.: Colorado.

Jim: Okay, good.

John B.: Crested Butte-

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: Okay.

John B.: … to be specific.

Jim: Yeah, excellent.

John B.: Yeah.

Jim: It’s a great ski spot.

John B.: Yeah, it’s a great ski spot and, um, yeah, so we were single, college, me, met these three girls and, you know, we were trying to show off and-

Jim: Texans.

John B.: Yeah, and Texans.

Jim: (laughs).

John B.: And, uh, if you don’t know, Coloradans have a love-hate relationship with Texans.

John: Hmm.

Jim: (laughs).

John: But they love Texans who think-

John B.: They love-

John: … they can ski really well.

John B.: Yeah, and so-

John: (laughs).

John B.: … we didn’t know, but these girls were, like, leading us into the trap, right?

Jim: Okay.

John B.: And so they were like, “Okay, you can ski, let’s go skiing.” So they take us up to the back side and it’s this big bowl, probably two feet of powder or three feet of powder-

Jim: Crazy.

John B.: … 70 degree… I mean, it was, it looked like a straight down drop. So they said to me, “You can’t fear. You just have to, you have to go like you’re falling down the mountain, plunge, and then use the speed to control your speed.” So, I start, but I’m terrified, so I lean back. Well, that’s the worst thing you can do.

Jim: Yeah, boom.

John B.: And I, I, you know, I snowball for 200 yards.

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: She comes back and she’s like, “No, (laughs) if you give into fear, you’re not gonna be able to, you’re not gonna be able to do this.”

Jim: Hmm.

John B.: You have to, like, throw yourself down the mountain and then you’ll be able to control your speed.” It seemed counterintuitive.

Jim: Right. I’d be right with you, by the way.

John B.: But I did it.

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: I did it that time. I lean down, I leaned down the mountain and I didn’t fight the speed and I started to then turn and it was the most fun I’ve ever had. It was a-

Jim: Uh-huh.

John B.: … a thrill.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B.: This 60/60 experiment, doing life moment by moment with Jesus, is the same. So here’s what I challenge people to do. For 60 days you have to go all out in complete willingness to do-

Jim: Lean in.

John B.: … his will.

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: But I’m telling you, after watching thousands of people do this experiment for 60 days, nobody ever says who, who goes all out, “Oh, I wish I hadn’t done that.”

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B.: Nobody. It’s always, “Oh-

Jim: Well, that’s a good guarantee.

John B.: … oh, my gosh-

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: … God is real. He loves me and cares about me. I couldn’t believe the things I experienced, the way God showed up, the way he led me, the joy, the peace, a- and the way he takes care of the-

Jim: And-

John B.: … little things-

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: … when I just focus on the one thing Jesus said is most important, ‘Abide in me, you’ll bear much fruit. Apart from me, nothing.’”

Jim: John, that is so good. Uh, in the book you share how you responded at a crucial time when a friend of yours, Jerry, really needed you. How did God work in that situation?

John B.: Well, it wasn’t-

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B.: … it wasn’t reconciliation. It’s a good… Uh, the story is a good reminder. So we have to learn to listen to these little promptings. So that’s what happened with Jerry. I’m sitting there doing an emails one day and, um, oh, no, actually, I was working on a message and I was on a deadline. And I have this thought go into my head, “I wonder where Jerry is?” Jerry was not a Christian. He and his girlfriend had started coming to our church and I hadn’t seen him in a while. And I don’t know why I had that thought.

Jim: Huh.

John B.: And I thought, “Why did I think that, Lord?” And then was like, “I’m busy.” And I got… And so I got back to writing my message and I have the thought again.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B.: And it was kinda like, “Email Jerry.” And it’s like, “I don’t, I don’t even know if I had Jerry’s email and I don’t have time to do this, but I’ll email Jerry.” So I email Jerry, “Hey, Jerry, haven’t seen you in a while, hope you’re okay. Just was thinking about you. Stopped and prayed for you. Let me know if I can do anything for you.” Shut it off. Well, the next day, his girlfriend, um, who Jerry lived with got that and she had just taken him home from the hospital having tried to commit suicide the day I wrote that email.

Jim: Mm-hmm. The day the Lord was nudging you.

John B.: The day the Lord nudged me.

Jim: Yeah, amazing.

John B.: She saw it as an act of God, they came in and he unloaded all the guilt and burden that he’s carried because, basically, he, he started dating his brother’s girlfriend, it tore their relationship apart ’cause his brother was in love and, and he felt incredible guilt and it just drove him and he didn’t know the forgiveness of the Lord.

Jim: Right.

John B.: So I shared the gospel with him. He came to Christ.

Jim: Huh.

John B.: The Lord turned his life around.

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: It was amazing because of one little prompting thought.

Jim: Yeah. Think of that.

John B.: And that’s the adventure we get to go on with the Lord.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John: Well, we’re inviting you to go on a journey with God and to be used by him as John was just describing. Uh, the book that we’re talking about today on Focus on the Family is written by John Burke, it’s called Soul Revolution: How Imperfect People Become All God Intended. And, uh, we’re making that available to you. Just give us a call 800 the letter A and the word FAMILY or stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: John, that can be one of the big barriers is moving toward people with the right attitude. You’re in the 60/60 experiment, you’re asking the Lord every 60 minutes, “Okay, Lord, wh- checking in. Where do I need to go?” And, boom, that thought hits you, “Contact so-and-so.” “Okay, well, I’m not sure if that’s the Lord, but in faith, I’m gonna make that happen.” And, you know, these could be relationships that have historic conflict in them-

John B.: Mm-hmm.

Jim: … or something. So kinda bundling those thoughts together, um, the concept of moving toward people, for some, can be really intimidating.

John B.: Well, and it can be past conflict or it could be present conflict, right?

Jim: Or just fear.

John B.: Yeah, and one of the things, um, in the book I, I talk about, um, using the Lord’s prayer as a model.

Jim: Yeah, let’s talk-

John B.: Um-

Jim: … about that.

John B.: Well, and it leads in because, again, it’s not being formal., it’s just realizing the Lord’s prayer is really a, a model, “Our Father who art in heaven, holy is your name.” In other words, you’re greater than I can possibly imagine, better than I can possibly imagine. I’m gonna trust you. That’s the, the sentiment. And then the second, you know, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Okay, that’s a prayer. And Jesus taught us to pray that because God’s will is not done mostly on earth. This is what we’re trying to do in the 60/60 experiment-

Jim: Hmm.

John B.: … is change it from the way we typically will things to be done and allow God’s will to actually work in us. Now, here’s the thing, love requires willingness and free will, and so God doesn’t force himself on us. Many times, he waits for our willingness. And so the responding and obedience, the radical response in those moments throughout the day, it does require humbling ourselves in trust. I think about my own personal experience when our kids were little. We were in the middle as a church of doing the 60/60 experiment. So my watch was going off, you know, beeping every, every 60 minutes to remind me to stay connected each, each moment of the day. We go down to the beach and, um, the kids are little, we stay up late swimming. Uh, we get up the next morning and I had this plan in my head of how the day was gonna go. We had to get back, it was Sunday. So we would get up, you know, get ready, we’d be out on the beach by 10:00, we would enjoy, you know, the afternoon, we’d hit the road by, by 2:00 because we had to get back and get ready for school and everything else and… It’s 10 o’clock, 11 o’clock, but now it’s noon. It’s two hours passed plan (laughs).

Jim: Right. Time to go.

John B.: I.E. my will-

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: … be done. So anyway, um, my wife finally confronted me. She says, “You’re being so impatient.” Well, I was like, “What? Don’t you realize how patient-

Jim: (laughs).

John B.: …. I’ve been for two hours? You’ve not noticed?” Yes. And, uh, and it just, you know, so then we started getting in. We were all and-

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: … and right as we’re in the middle of it, what do you think happen? The stinking beeper goes off on my watch.

Jim: (laughs)

John: The 60/60.

John B.: The 60/60. And I’m not kidding, in my mind, I said, “Sorry, Lord, can’t connect right now, I’m busy.”

John: Yeah, not this time.

Jim: (laughs).

John: And I certainly don’t want accountability.

John B.: I do not want… And, and that is exactly what happens, right?

John: Yeah.

John B.: And what I realize is in that moment, it was like, my will and my pride, my way, it was blocking my spirit from even wanting to consider what the Lord wanted.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B.: His will be done, right?

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: And I literally had to a- and it was only because this verse from scripture kept coming to my mind, again, I think it was the Lord’s prompting, “God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble. Humble yourself therefore under God’s mighty hand and he will lift you up.”

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: I kept hearing that and I was like, “Ah, should have never memorized that scripture.”

Jim: (laughs)

John B.: It always come back to bite us.

Jim: Yeah, bite.

John B.: But I went for a walk and I just calmed down and, and I was able to say, and sometimes, this is what you have to say, “Lord, I can’t do it for them, but I’ll do it for you.”

Jim: Hmm. That’s good.

John B.: That’s obedience. That’s abide in my love. And how do you abide in my love? You know how much God loves us, a depth that we can’t fathom how high, how low, how wide, how deep, but we only have one thing to offer him in love, our will, in any one moment.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B.: So I said, “Okay, I’ll do it as an act of love for you.” And I went back and I apologized, even though I wasn’t wrong, they were wrong.

Jim: (laughs).

Jim: I could see it went deep.

John B.: (laughs) Still gotta go through forgiveness.

Jim: Yeah, right.

John B.: No, but that is the reality.

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: So that your kingdom come, your will be done. And what we’re doing in these moments throughout the day in the 60/60 is we’re changing our habit-

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: … of just letting our pride and our will be done and we’re, we’re actually following his, and we’re seeing it’s better. It was better. We went out and had a great day the rest of the day.

John: So you did have resolution.

John B.: They apologized too once I led.

John: Mm-hmm.

John B.: But leadership often requires humbling yourself, right?

Jim: Yeah, and I think in that 60/60 experiment, one of the things is just getting to know the voice of the Lord, um, and it doesn’t need to be a shameful thing or an embarrassing thing.

John B.: No.

Jim: If you haven’t practiced this, uh, it takes a little time to say, “Okay, is that just me thinking that or is that really the Holy Spirit nudging me?”

John B.: Yeah.

Jim: In fact, you had a story in the book about Kathy. You guys, I think, were in Russia and-

John B.: Oh, yeah.

Jim: … and something at a nice restaurant occurred-

John B.: Yeah.

Jim: … or something. So fill-

John B.: So-

Jim: … in the blanks.

John B.: … while we were living in post-communist Russia, so, uh, it was right after the fall of the Soviet Union. Um, we moved to Leningrad, we left Saint Petersburg, same city. We we’re there when it-

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: … when it changed.

Jim: When it changed names, yeah.

John B.: But during that time, it was hyperinflation, um, just horrible economic crash.

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: And so anyway, um, we were at a Christmas break out in Switzerland, uh, for a conference. So, we’re having this, we go to this really nice restaurant/steakhouse in Switzerland and we’ve been eating, you know, borscht and potatoes and-

Jim: Right.

John B.: … uh, cucumbers, you couldn’t get much.

Jim: Right.

John B.: Um, and so we’re having this incredible meal, you know, and just loving it. And my wife couldn’t eat. She has a huge mercy gift.

Jim: Right.

John B.: That’s not my problem.

John: (laughs).

Jim: Right, right. So you married opposites.

John: (laughs).

John B.: Yes, she helps me. She helps me with the Lord’s heart for people. And, uh, and so she couldn’t eat. I’m like, “Why aren’t you eating?” She goes, “I just, I can’t eat this beautiful meal knowing some of our Russian friends that are parents in married student housing can’t even get milk for their kids. We’ve got to do something to help them.”

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B.: And so we stopped and we prayed around the meal and we just said, “Lord, if this prompting that Kathy’s feeling,” and we’re all feeling, we were all-

Jim: Right.

John B.: … like, “God, are we supposed to do something? Then tell us, show us.”

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: And we spent the rest of the night brainstorming, “Well, maybe we could find trucks in Finland and we could truck food in from Finland. We can raise money from churches in the United States.” We started to develop this plan. Well, we get back that next week to our flat, we lived in a Russian flat, apartment, and, um, there was a, a phone message waiting for us. And we call and it was an organization that had a C110 military transport plane flying in a whole cargo load of food, enough to feed 2,000 families for three months. Their contact had turned out to be mafia. They heard we were Americans living there, is there any way we could possibly help them distribute the food?

Jim: (laughs) That’s crazy.

John B.: Crazy, crazy.

John: My goodness.

John B.: And so we ended up being able to, not only, you know, meet the needs physically, but, um, we were able to share Christ with all of them and tell them about the god who cares about their needs physical and spiritual. It was amazing. But again, this is the adventure God wants to lead us on. And sometimes it’s amazing like that. Like, he wants to do something through us, but we have to be willing to just seek his will-

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: … and then willing to act. Sometimes it’s real simple.

Jim: Yeah, and I, I like that through both days you’ve talked about that, keeping things simple, that the gospel is simple. Um, it’s not easy.

John B.: No.

Jim.: But it’s the hardest thing to do.

John B.: It’s the hardest thing. No, really.

Jim: But it is simple.

John B.: That’s why the 60/60 experiment is for 60 day, we’re trying to reorient our habit-

Jim: Right.

John B.: … of not doing this one thing Jesus said is necessary.

Jim: Yeah.

John B.: Getting distracted by everything else.

Jim: Everything else. And I think that’s where I wanna end with this last question, that person, maybe they don’t even feel worthy, that so much the guilt that the enemy lays on our heart, that, you know, we, we couldn’t possibly be noticed by God because we’re so unworthy.

John B.: Yeah.

Jim: Think of the things that you’ve done and the way that you’ve acted and the thoughts that you’ve had-

John B.: Right.

Jim: … I’m trying to hit all the checkpoints here.

John B.: Or still have.

Jim: Or still have, struggle with. But the Lord’s good with all that. He just wants that relationship and those things will take care of themselves when you stay grafted into the vine-

John B.: Absolutely.

Jim: That’s the point. And so speak to that person that continually has that loop playing in their head and they don’t know that they can get out of the rut.

John B.: That’s a lie from the enemy of your soul trying to keep you in the trap he’s got you in, which is if, and I, uh, you know, I’ve struggled with my own, uh, sin patterns and even addictions in my past-

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B.: … um, as I was coming to faith in Christ. And I remember that. I remember what would happen is I would, I would want to do well and I would try and then I would fail and then I would hear in my head, “Man, you’re disgusting. God is so, he’s so displeased in you. He don’t wanna hear from you until you can clean up your act.”

Jim: Right.

John B.: So you know what I’d do? I’d stay away from God, the only one who, as I abide, can produce the fruit in my life.

Jim: Right.

John B.: So you see, the, the irony is when we try to do it without God, we stay stuck.

Jim: Right.

John B.: And that is the evil one’s intent, he lies to you about that. So if you’re feeling that, memorize what I memorized, Romans 8:1, “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

John: That’s how we concluded this Best of 2022 program with John Burke on Focus on the Family. And what a terrific reminder about the importance of staying connected to God, the source of life. And I do hope you’ve been encouraged and inspired to seek God out in a fresh way.

Jim: And I really love what John Burke shared in this conversation, especially the idea of connecting with the Lord every 60 minutes. Uh, that sounds healthy and good. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, just a quick prayer, acknowledgement. Thank him for what you are about to eat at lunch, at work, wherever you might be. But that brief moment of connection really helps you center on your relationship with him. If you try it, I believe you’ll find a deeper sense of joy and a stronger faith. And that’s what counts. This is what Focus on the Family stands for as well. When you are grounded in the Lord, your relationships, well, they can flourish. That doesn’t mean everything will be perfect, and we get that. But you’ll be able to weather the storms of life knowing you aren’t alone. Uh, if you’re not sure where to start, give us a call. We’re here for you. Uh, we even have a team of caring Christian counselors who can help you start out the new year strong.

John: And in addition to those counselors, we have great resources like Pastor Burke’s inspiring book, Soul Revolution, which, of course, is available here at Focus on the Family. Uh, that book is really helpful for those who are looking to deepen their faith in this new year.

Jim: And when you order through Focus on the Family, you’re actually doing ministry. Here at the end of the year, we really need your help. People reach out to us each and every day, husbands and wives whose marriages are crumbling, moms and dads who are at their wits end when it comes to raising their kids, and other folks who are desperate for help. And you can be that point of help for them. Your prayers and financial support allow us to create and provide scripture-based resources and programs to save and strengthen these families. Uh, when you donate today, a gift of any amount, we’ll send you a copy of Pastor Burke’s book, Soul Revolution, as our way of saying thank you for giving families hope.

John: And your contribution today will be affectively doubled because of a special year-end matching opportunity, which means twice as many lives will be touched. Donate and get your copy of Soul Revolution or call to set up a free consultation with one of your counselors. Our number is 800 the letter A and the word FAMILY, (800) 232-6459. Or online, were at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Well, I hope you have great weekend and new year and plan to join us on Monday as we hear from Shaunti Feldhahn, she’ll offer hope in making small intentional choices to help you have a happier marriage. On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, I’m John Fuller, inviting you back as we once more help you and family thrive in Christ.

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Soul Revolution: How Imperfect People Become All God Intended

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Recent Episodes

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Organizing the Chaos in Your Home

Kristi Clover, mother of 5, shares quick and simple tips to bring joy into your home by getting more organized. From clearing the clutter to choosing your top priorities, you’ll learn some techniques to make housework easy and fun for the whole family!

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Encouraging Your Kids to Discuss Their Feelings

Feelings can be confusing for children to experience and express. In this upbeat message, Dr. Joshua Straub will equip you to create a safe environment in your home, so that your children can express what they are feeling and learn how to manage their emotions.

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Walking With God Through Trials (Part 2 of 2)

Michele Cushatt shares her story of walking through difficult times and how faithful God was throughout. She explores ten practices—concepts such as lament, humility, contentment, and perspective—that will help you build and strengthen your faith so you can weather those stressful seasons with God. (Part 2 of 2)

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A Legacy of Music and Trusting the Lord

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.