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Bridging the Racial Divide in the United States

Bridging the Racial Divide in the United States

Senators Tim Scott and James Lankford discuss the race conflicts that have been occurring recently in the United States, and the need for racial reconciliation and an end to violence. 

Opening: 

Jim Daly: Martin Luther King, Jr., said “We must learn to live together as brothers or we’ll perish together as fools.” Welcome to Focus on the Family. I’m Jim Daly. John Fuller is out today, but I want to hit this issue of racial division and civil unrest in America.

It is true that we must learn to live together in peace. And I wanna address the topic right here on the broadcast. Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God, in Christ, also has forgiven you.

Or maybe Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called Sons of God.” Uh… we as the body of Christ have got to get this right. We’ve got to do all we can do to bring down this tension and open up dialog between people. Uh… the ultimate answer to the hostilities we’re seeing in the news or in communities is Jesus Christ. And only He can bring peace and unity among us all. Uh… we have to look to Him.

I’ve asked two U.S. Senators, good friends of this ministry, Senators James Lankford and Tim Scott, to join us by phone today so that we could start this conversation about racial divide.

Senator Lankford is in Israel, he’s gonna join us in just a few minutes. He represents the state of Oklahoma. He’s been a senator for the past two years and before that served in the House of Representatives. He’s also served as a youth pastor for two decades, so I’m looking forward to talking with him.

And also Senator Tim Scott, my good friend, who is U. S. Senator from South Carolina. Uh… Senator Scott, thanks for joining us. As I said, Senator Lankford will join us in just a moment.

Hey , let me… let me s et some of the background up for folks who maybe don’t know your career and what you’ve accomplished. You started in the House of Representatives and became a Senator. You’re the 7th African American Senator that we’ve had in this country. How does that, just on the surface, how does that make you feel that you’re the 7th African American to make it into the Senate?

Body:

Senator Tim Scott: Well, it certainly is a blessing from God, number one. Number two, it is a testament to the transformation that has happened here in South Carolina. Without any question I am sitting in the United States Senate because the good people of South Carolina saw fit to send me to be their representative in the United States Senate. And with such a provocative history on race, South Carolina is a picture perfect scene of what is possible in the human heart given time, attention, and the love of God.

Jim: Let me start by just asking you what’s your perception of what went down in Charlottesville. How did you process that, what were you thinking? And, then even with the President’s remarks, what was happening for you?

Senator Scott: Well, I think first, having people that you disagree with philosophically, having their space to protest, according to the Constitution of this country and the First Amendment, is their right and I think that should be respected. Having that protest turn violent was just heartbreaking. And the reality of it is, while I don’t agree with white nationalists, and I don’t agree with neo-nazi’s, and white supremacists, the fact of the matter is that they still have the right to march. The challenge is that at end of the day there, the young lady, Miss (Heather) Heyer, was mowed down by a vehicle. Uh… then it changed the entire scene completely. And we should expect when there are folks that come out to protest the removal of a civil war statue that there will be counter protesters who come out to protest those who are protesting.

So the scene was certainly one that was unfortunately ripe for a real strong tension. And that tension boiled over in many ways, but certainly, ultimately, in death, which there’s just no way to create uh.. equivalence when one event leads to death.

Jim: Right. And that’s maybe where the missteps occurred because where people underestimated any kind of equivalency to other groups because of death of that young woman and the severity of it. But there are many people in the country that they’re trying to find out why and on the one hand you had five police officers killed in Dallas. That was horrible. Um… where can we have an honest discussion, especially those of us within the church, the Christian community, you and I being able to sit down and say, “How do we get from here to better place?” Um… what’re you thinking in that regard, what can we do to begin to mend some of these fences that seem unmendable?

Senator Scott: Number one, I think we should be hopeful in the fact that the gospel of Jesus Christ is perhaps the only way for us to truly fuse together that which will become inseparable. That’s all of us being bathed in the love of God through His son, Jesus Christ. And the reason why I say that is because recently I had a chance to speak at my church. They did an all-staff event where myself and a person who was a democrat, me being a republican, came and spoke about the issues of our community and our culture. And one of the questions that was asked was “How do we overcome these tumultuous times?” And my answer is you find that in the word of God. In Matthew 5:44, the great example of loving your enemies, loving those who persecute you. The fact is that if we found ourselves sitting on common ground, with a common value system, the Judeo-Christian foundation of this country, asking and answering questions based on how would Jesus respond to these situations and how has He responded to these situations, we’d find ourselves a: having a dialog and not a monologue; b: finding very often, so many things that we are actually in agreement on; and third finding the solutions that have been so elusive over the last several months.

Jim: That’s so true. Uh… we do have Senator Lankford on the line from Israel. Senator Lankford, thanks for calling in. Man, I don’t know what time of day it is where you’re at but thank you for the effort.

Senator James Lankford: You bet. Glad to be able to connect in.

Jim: Uh… We’ve been talking with Senator Scott about what’s been happening, what happened in Charlottesville, the response of the president, the response of the nation. How we come together and actually begin to heal, once again, over these things. I was really curious, Senator Lankford – you’re from Oklahoma. And by the way, I pray for both of you guys. I love you guys. I just think you guys are the kind of leaders that we need more of, both in the senate, the house, and in all of… branches of government. So thank you for who you are and what you do each day for the American people.

With that said, back a hundred years ago in Oklahoma, your great state, uh… there were incredible race riots that occurred. You’re the historian. You know what happened. Tell us that story and what we should learn from what happened a hundred years ago.

Senator Lankford: Yeah. One of… the worst race riot in American history actually happened in Oklahoma. It’s a sad part of our state’s history. But it was in 1921 uh… over May the 31st and June the 1st. Uh… it is unknown exactly how many people were killed in the riots. Uh… but it started with a terrible ride, and a terrible accusation that happened in Tulsa and it spread out uh… to an all black district up [in] northern Tulsa call The Greenwood District, which at that time was recognized as… as this entrepreneurial hub, and was in fact affectionately called “Black Wall Street” because there were so many businesses and it was such a uh… an active hub of business for that area and uh… it was burned to the ground and destroyed. Uh… and it was… many were killed, many more left, uh… many were hurt. Uh… there were a lot of African American citizens were just rounded up and jailed uh… at that time period. And it was a very, very difficult time in Oklahoma history.

Uh… obviously there’s a lot to be learned from it and as Oklahoman’s we’re asking the question in 2021 uh… the entire country’s gonna pause for a moment over that weekend into June the 1st and is gonna ask the question, “What have we learned about race in America in the last 100 years.”

And we in Oklahoma are still working to be able to answer that question well. Uh… but that’s something the nation continues to be able to answer.

Jim: Well, that’s so well said and we need to have that appetite, that zeal. Especially the Christian church to want to do better. You know, I want to I want to have you speak very honestly, Tim, because I know you, I know who you are, I know your belief in Christ and I trust you in such deep ways. The um… simple fact that you are a black man, you’re a Senator. You encounter things, even as a Senator of this great country, that seems questionable, whether it’s a policeman pulling you over, what have you. Help us better understand what it’s like to be an African American in this country. I mean you’re speaking to me. I’m a white brother in the Lord with ya, but help me better understand it. And speak boldly to me. Don’t hold back.

Senator Scott: Yeah.

Jim: What happens in your circumstances?

Senator Scott: Uh… I can tell you one of the clearest memories I have was on June 5, 1987 when I was pulled over by a law enforcement officer with his hand on his gun because one my headlights was too dim, it was coming in and out. And I was just a kid driving a old car with no a/c through a small town and I was scared to death. It was…it…it… was a humiliating experience. Then I’ve recounted on the floor of the Senate being stopped seven times by law enforcement officers in one year as an elected official. Uh… none of those seven times given a… given a ticket, but just having the sense of being disrespected and a sense of being demoralized for simply being black. And so the experiences that I have are, from my perspective, real, and real important. I think at the same time, so often, I’ve also had the experience when I had law enforcement with me when difficult times were there when I was denied access to an event. It was my law enforcement buddies that was… were standing outside of that event with me and shaking their heads. And those were white officers, by the way.

And so I think [what] we’re missing in this country, to be frank, is a total picture, a clear view of reality in the 21st century. Not reality in the 18th, 19th, or 20th centuries, but the one that is today. And so often we’ve wrestled with the past because we actually never had to deal with it.

And if we’re gonna make progress that’s what happens. We learn to deal with the past without sanitizing it. And it’s one of the things that Senator James Lankford and I have engaged on trying to accomplish is helping us sit at the same table with people who are not like us, who don’t look like us, in our own homes…

Jim: Hmmm…

Senator Scott: …so that we have a chance to build rapport and credibility on these very important topics. And as the body of Christ we should be leaning in to the challenges in our community and not silent.

And I will say Jim (Daly), that when you look back into the 60’s, we saw a very different response from the church and from America, as a whole.

Jim: Right.

Senator Scott: During those provocative times the church was fairly silent. I think it was 25 years later or so when the church, at least the Baptist church, apologized for their silence during the 60’s. But this time around we have seen the church, the military leaders, republicans and democrats, all come out and reject hatred, bigotry, violence, racism. So, the progress in our country is such that we should all celebrate how far we come in spite of the fact that we still have to, you know, march forward.

Jim: And that’s so well said. And that’s the desire of this program is to talk with you in this way, to help our listeners better understand what your world’s like and to have an ear open. I love the challenge of have some folks over to dinner that aren’t part of your group, you know. People that look different from you, whether they’re Latino, or Black, or Asian, or if they’re White.

Senator Scott: Yep.

Jim: Um… I like that idea and I’m proud of you guys showing that kind of leadership. Let me ask you this, when you look at news, and we watch a lot of it here at Focus on the Family, believe me. We are watching you, we are praying for you and your colleagues and the president, and we did the same for President Obama, because you’re leading our nation. And we as Christians are commanded to pray for you and it’s a real honor to do so. But when we look at um… hatred, it’s not a political issue although some politicize it and try to capitalize from it. But I really want to ask you, after living it and having people you know, express that kind of hatred toward you just because of the color of your skin, where do you think it comes from? What is happening in the human heart that makes it so difficult for us to love one another with our differences? I mean it’s really…it’s the color of our skin. I mean it…it… it seems ridiculous that we would have that kind of animosity toward one another, especially as, you know, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “It’s our character that counts.” I think God would say, “Amen to that!”

Senator Scott: I absolutely agree that God would say amen to that (Chuckling). I do think what has happened is that sometimes we forget the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that this is a Christian radio show, I know that we are both Christians, I know that the listeners go to church. I think sometimes we forget the history that is His story between the beginning of Genesis and the end of Revelations. And some of the things that He says there are so powerful. The story of the Samaritan woman, during a time when Jews and Samaritans did not associate. Having Jesus take the ladle and drink out of her ladle is a classic example of what we should do as the body of Christ and what we should expect others in our community to follow if we’re willing to lead.

Uh… I think it’s scriptures like Acts 17:26 that says, “From one man He made all nations.”

Jim: Right.

Senator Scott: We’re all brothers and sisters. Uh… Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is their male or female as relates to our citizenship or our adoption papers into the body of Christ. If we were to see each other as a part of the American family we would treat each other a little differently.

Now you and I both know Thanksgiving and Christmas can be very difficult because those people that we’re related to come over and…

Jim: (Laughing)

Senator Scott: …and they don’t go home early enough.

Jim: We do programs on it here at Focus on the Family. (Laughter)

Senator Scott: And so I’m not pretending that family is without challenges and tension. I’m just suggesting that if you can’t get rid of ‘em you get used to them. And you learn to live together. And often times, you learn to appreciate the differences and love the complimentary skill sets and the things that we all bring to the same table when we’re in the body of Christ, or the American family.

Jim: Senator Lankford, let me ask you, we were asking Senator Scott his opinion of what took place, let me get that from you, as well. Why now, what’s happening with bigotry, what’s feeding this in the human soul.

Senator Lankford: Well, it is interesting that a lot of people in the country that think that we’re now past racism in America. That this is something that’s been accomplished. And I think what happened in Charlottesville was another reminder this is not done for us. We’ve come a long way, as Americans. We’re a long way past 3/5 of a man. We’re a long way past separate but equal. And we’ve come a long way on a lot of issues and we continue to make progress, and quite frankly we’ve made a lot more progress than many other countries in the world have made on race. Many other countries in the world continue to struggle with race and with tribe and with so many issues.

This is something in the human soul that we have to be able to work through and dialog. I’m right now…it’s the middle of the night in Israel right now, calling you, and I can assure you that’s an issue that’s here in Israel, as well, that’s alive and well, as we continue to deal with the whole struggle that happened in this region.

The issues that we face, though, can be overcome, and it’s one of the things that Senator Scott and I have worked a lot together as friends on. Something we’ve called the Sunday Solution, or Solution Sundays. And I believe the church should be able to lead in this area. If anyone can comprehend redemption, if anyone can comprehend restoration, if anyone can comprehend what it’s like to have a new life and to be made new, it’s those followers of Jesus. And so whether this is a generational issue about race that families face, or as an individual that just struggle with it, I do believe that Christ is an answer for the soul of man to be able to deal with real restoration. And pastors and churches should not be afraid to speak out on this issue.

Jim: Senator Scott, decribe how does a church, there’s pastors listening right now, and certainly you know a couple million church goers. How do we do it in our neighborhood? How do we embrace Solution Sunday for our own churches, our own communities?

Senator Scott: I think the simple way to do it is to simply, hopefully you’re already in fellowship or a relationship with folks who are not like you. That’s the first step. If you’re not already in relationships with someone who’s not like yourself you’re not likely to invite them over to your house. But if you have a relationship that hasn’t gone very deep, you’re at least friends or friendly, invite someone to your house to break bread and have a meal. And first, start with building rapport and credibility before you try to get to tough questions and tough solutions.

Jim: Hmmm…

Senator Scott: You have to first establish rapport and credibility. And if you’ll do that with people who are not like yourself you’ll a. learn a lot, b. set captives free, so to speak. The vision is in the heart of man and it takes the Holy Spirit and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ…

Jim: Yes.

Senator Scott: …to allow for those root systems to be yanked out completely. And just… and that may take a lifetime in some areas, but that’s okay.

Jim: Yes, and it’s so well said. And I think we as the Christians, we need to hold each other accountable to this, as well. Kind of like we do with marriage, to say “Wait a minute. You’re goin’ down the wrong path.” I think this issue has become such an important issue, we’ve gotta come back and, as Jesus told Pontius Pilate, be the person that is delivering Truth. It may be hard for the church to hear that, or your friends who are Christians to hear that. But challenge them to think differently about what’s going on in our country.

Can I ask you this – that’s a high note with Solution Sunday – but the demonization of one another…I’ve seen it just barely. I mean I’ve been to Washington DC. And the problem that I feel is that everybody, I don’t care if it’s CNN, FoxNews, everybody tends to demonize the other person to where you can’t even speak. Poor mom and dad at home watching the programs hates the guest that’s on because they have a difference of opinion. Now, I’ve been on the set, in those situations, where the host may be very conservative, and at the break turns to the person who’s the strong, liberal democrat and says, “Hey, do you want go to dinner tonight?” They have friendships but they don’t show them in the heat of the ideological battle. I’m sure you guys have seen that. How do we not fall into that trap of being taken in for sweeps weeks by just a lot of hot rhetoric that boils our blood but doesn’t do what Jesus would want us to do?

Senator Lankford: Well, I would just say that there… there are a lot of parents that I have talked to, and I was in youth ministry for 22 years before I was in congress, so I’m a little it of an anomaly in that sense. There were a lot of parents that I talked to that talked about the effect of media on their kids. And I would remind parents what they all they in their heart to be true: The most effective mentor to every child is that parent. And so no matter what is on the media, the parent is still the greatest influence. Now for those of us that are on the media all the time we can’t get drawn into the siren song of trying to be the most aggressive, the most caustic person to try to get the best ratings. That seems to be the way of politics right now in the way of television is that if you can be more caustic, and be more angry, then you get more ratings and you get more bookings to be on television. We, as leaders, have got to set the tone. And it’s not about the being angry, it’s about trying to set the right example on it. Uh… I… as I recall Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t say overcome hate with bitterness and anger…

Jim: Right… (soft chuckling)

Senator Lankford: …he said overcome hate with love. And right now we’re trying to, as a culture, to say if someone’s hateful then I’m gonna be even more hateful to them or be more bitter and angry to them and try to one-up them. That actually dials the volume up rather than dials it down.

Jim: You know, this is marriage and parenting, that’s our bread and butter. Let me ask you what the two of you would like me to tell my two teenage boys. And, of course, you’re speaking to parents across this country when you help me better understand what I should say about Charlottesville. If you were sitting in our living room how would you want me as their father, to express what’s happened and where we need to go? Senator Scott?

Senator Scott: If I were sitting in your living room with your kids I would say that there are two things that are absolutely essential for living out our faith in the public forum, frankly, and privately with our friends. We should always stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. It’s in Proverbs 31, first ten verses that remind us of that fact. When we do that we will attract others who are both vulnerable and who are strong to follow suit. I think it’s so important for us to remember to love people and I Corinthians 13 is such a key scripture when it comes to marriages, but it’s actually incredibly important for the way we live our lives.

Jim: Hmmm.

Senator Scott: If we were to live our lives with faith, hope and love, we would find people attracted to us and love is not an emotion; it’s a commandment. So that would be the first piece of advice. The second piece of advice I would say, be wise as a serpent and yet, innocent as a dove. Because being wise as a serpent is to be careful not to fall into the traps that we often times fall into, looking for ways to delineate the difference between me and someone else by making them smaller and myself larger, or them inferior and making myself superior. And then be innocent as the dove means that we are strong enough to remain empty when being confronted with stuff that is poisonous.

Jim: Not having to hit back. I mean that’s wonderfully said. I’ll be saying that to my teen boys. Senator Lankford anything you’d like to add to those two things.

Senator Lankford:: Well, well, Jim (Daly), Jim (Daly), far be it from me to give you parent advice when over the years I’ve taken great parenting advice from Focus on the Family. But le…let me…let me just say this. I do remind parents as I mentioned before; parents you are the example, especially on the issue of race. So, what kids see when they see Charlottesville, they’re going to hear their parents respond to them and they’re going to try to figure out what is it that our family believes about race and about honoring other people based on what their parents say. So parents, you talk about when you see the news to your kids about race and about loving all people and about engaging those conversations. It will make a tremendous difference.

And this whole idea about Solution Sundays is this very simple idea, and it really does get back to the family. We believe there should be some sort of national conversation on race. The national conversation on race really means family conversations on race all over the country, and it’s a very simple question. Has your family ever invited another family of another race to your home for dinner? Just a simple Sunday lunch or Sunday dinner, inviting another family over so your kids are interacting with kids of another race and you’re just having a normal conversation. It doesn’t have to be deep or complicated it just demonstrating to your kids, we love all, we’re engaging with all and we’re doing that relationship. I’m astounded the number of people that I talk to that their family has never invited another family of another race to their home for dinner and I’ve said over and over to people, we will never get all the issues on the table about race until we get all of our feet under the same table to talk about the basic friendships and relationships that we can have. So parents set the tone in your home.

Jim: Man I love that. I so appreciate that. I know both of you have to run. We may have already lost Senator Scott, he was going to a meeting. Thank you for calling us in the middle of the night from Israel. I hope all the things that you’re trying to accomplish there are God-breathed and you can, uh, rest tonight the rest of the way. Thank you for your leadership, Senator Lankford, so appreciate it.

Senator Lankford: I appreciate so much what Focus on the Family continues to do on all these area including difficult areas. And so, thanks for leading out on it as well.

Closing:

Jim: I hope you appreciate what I’m appreciating right now. I mean, I am just encouraged by the fact that these two men, both believers in Christ, one black, one white, um… not only are Senators, but more importantly are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Man! There is hope for our nation. We don’t need to, uh, be overly burdened. God has His people in the right places. Pray for our nation. That is so important for us to do. Pray for the President. Pray for the Senators. Pray for the Congressmen. It’s critical.

As we close I wanna offer some helpful resources for you and your family.

First, we want you to have a free audio download of a bold and powerful message from Pastor Tony Evans, one of our great friends here at Focus on the Family. It’s called “Seeing Race Through Jesus’ Eyes.” We need to hear this because Pastor Evans does such a great job of explaining race relations from a biblical viewpoint using wonderful examples from Scripture; the woman at the well.

Second, Dr. Evans has written the book, Oneness Embraced, which calls us to unity based on the truth of the Bible. He also weaves in some of his personal story as an African-American pastor, reflecting on history and culture, the church and social justice issues. So, get a hold of Focus on the Family today and for a gift of any amount I will send you a copy of Tony Evans’ book as our way of saying thank you.

And, finally, if you don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you’ve heard the Senators talk about this and where the solution rests to bring people together, whether they’re racially different or ideologically different, we as Christians need to reach out to people and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. If you don’t have that personal relationship with Christ, and you want to make that commitment, we have something for you. It’s called Coming Home. It’s a booklet that describes for you what it means to become a Christian. It has simple steps to grow in your new faith and I would encourage you to ask us for a copy of the booklet Coming Home when you get in touch with us.

So call us at 800, the letter A and the word Family. That’s 1-800-A-Family or visit us online at focusonthefamily.com/radio. That’s focusonthefamily.com/radio. And thanks for listening to Focus on the Family. I’m Jim Daly inviting you back tomorrow when we’ll help your family thrive in Christ.

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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.

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

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

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

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

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

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

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

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

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

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

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

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

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!

Thank you for committing to pray for the pre-born!

Sign up below for your free seven-day prayer guide. This daily guide will help give direction to your prayers for the pro-life movement. We will be praying with you! 

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