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Discussing Family Values With Vice President Pence

Discussing Family Values With Vice President Pence

Vice President Mike Pence discusses his family, faith, the importance of protecting religious freedoms worldwide, and the sanctity of human life. Join us for an insightful discussion about the vice president's values and how his Christian faith guides him daily.
Original Air Date: February 21, 2020

John Fuller: Welcome to the Friday edition of Focus on the Family with Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller and yesterday we had a very special visitor here on the Focus campus.

Excerpt:

Vice President Mike Pence: I actually can’t come to Colorado Springs without coming by Focus on the Family.

Jim Daly: (Laughing) Well, that’s nice.

End of Excerpt

John: It really was nice to have Vice President Mike Pence here on the Focus campus yesterday.

Jim: It really was, John. And it was nice. They were gonna be in town, we set up the interview. And to speak to the Vice President to learn more about his faith, about how that faith goes into practice in his daily routine as vice president is really interesting and I think you, the listener, will find this very insightful.

John: And I think our listeners will appreciate so much hearing about his family, as well. Uh, Vice President Pence has been in government for many years. He was a U.S. Congressman for six terms and also former governor of Indiana. And uh, as you said, Jim, he’s a man of deep Christian faith.

Let’s go ahead and hear this interview between Jim Daly and Vice President Mike Pence.

Jim: Well, Mr. Vice President, it is wonderful to have you here at Focus on the Family.

Vice President Pence: Thank you, Jim. Great to be back.

Jim: Man, I’m aware of this…your son, of course, is a Marine. In fact, my son’s thinking about it. He’s a junior in high school, so we’ll have to talk about that later.

Vice President Pence: That’s great.

Jim: But, uh, your daughter, Charlotte, just got married, I think, in December. And your daughter, Audrey, is about to be married. Is that right?

(Chuckling)

Vice President Pence: That’s exactly right.

Jim: So, let me just ask you as a dad…I’m thinkin’ about this as a dad…

Vice President Pence: Yeah.

Jim: …How’s it making you feel that your kids are gettin’ married so quickly?

Vice President Pence: Oh, it’s just incredible. Our son is now married three years. And, uh, he just – he just finished all of his training. He’s now a Flying Leatherneck.

Jim: Is that right?

Vice President Pence: Yeah. He’s a jet fighter pilot in the Marine Corps.

Jim: My goodness.

Vice President Pence: And the great news was is that one of the pilots he trained with, whose family lives right in here in Colorado…

(Laughter)

Jim: We…that’s a great flying state.

Vice President Pence: …took an interest in our daughter and they were married at the Naval Academy…

Jim: Amazing.

Vice President Pence: …just after Christmas. And a wonderful young man, wonderful Christian family. And I have to tell you that it was…I have walked up and um, taken the Oath of Office to be Vice President of the United States. Um, but um, nothing will ever compare to walking my daughter down that aisle. It was a deeply emotional…

Jim: Yeah.

Vice President Pence: … experience. And um, but it was this great moment, Jim. I don’t know if you’ve been through that.

Jim: (Chuckling) Not yet. I have two boys, no daughters.

Vice President Pence: Well I’ve got to do it again this Spring because our youngest daughter’s getting married…

Jim: That’s so good!

Vice President Pence: …uh, to a wonderful young man. But I’m walking down that aisle, it was in the chapel of the Naval Academy.

Jim: Mm-hm.

Vice President Pence: And I really couldn’t speak. I – I was really struck with emotion. I just kept thinking about what this moment meant. Our daughter, who we’re just so proud of…

Jim: Oh, yeah.

Vice President Pence: …she’s an incredible young woman. But we got about 20 feet away from the altar and I looked up. And there stood her fiancé. And there were tears in his eyes. And there was something in that moment, Jim, that when I saw the look on her future husband’s face I just had this peace wash over me.

Jim: Mm.

Vice President Pence: And I think it may have been God’s grace.

Jim: Yeah!

Vice President Pence: It may just simply have been the look on his face. But I just felt this great calm that um, this is exactly where the Lord wanted my daughter to be. Exactly where I wan…

Jim: You knew it was good.

Vice President Pence: …I wanted her to be and I knew it was good.

Jim: That is good. Now I gotta ask you this question. It’s probably way outside of protocol. Do you do background checks when you’re the VP…

(Laughter)

Jim: … on your daughter’s dating life?

(Laughter)

Vice President Pence: Well…okay. All right. Don’t tell. We don’t. But I… but I tell them we do.

Jim: Oh, good. You know that can put the fear of the Lord in ’em, right? That’s so good. I always had…I had to ask to that question.

Hey, let me you ask you… family formation. There was a recent article David Brooks wrote – I think for the Washington Post. And he pointed out that fact that the nuclear family doesn’t seem to be working. And he was suggesting in this piece that maybe we have to lean on the extended family. And of course, here at Focus on the Family we’re saying, “Wait a minute! Mom and dads count! This is the way it should be.”

Vice President Pence: Yeah.

Jim: And he went on to say that um, you know, fewer people, less than half of the adults in our country now are actually married, have a spouse. And there’s more pets in the home than there are children.

Vice President Pence: Hm.

Jim: As a man who sits where you sit as the vice president, and your core belief as a Christian, what are your thoughts about that in terms of family in this country and what we’re going through?

Vice President Pence: Well there… there’s no institution in the life of this nation more important than the family.

Jim: The bedrock.

Vice President Pence: And uh and making sure that we’re making room for families. Uh, making sure that um, that those who wear the uniform of the United States are able to serve as families.

I just came from Peterson Air Force Base. I… I met with a number of the new leadership of our Space Command and the U.S. Space Force. But I also had the chance to meet with spouses. And one of the things that Karen has been working on diligently has been making sure that as… as we support our military we also support our military spouses and their families.

And uh, let me just say that we really do…we have work to do. I mean there are many, many years where we’ve seen um, particularly in some of our inner cities, a breakdown of the family. But even as I say that, I have to tell you, Jim, uh, everywhere I go I… I sense a renewal in this country. I … I sense people turning back to faith. People turning back to family. I meet people every day and uh, who…I sense that…that energy from and uh, the letters that I receive every day.

My wife and I will be married 35 years this year…

Jim: Congratulations.

Vice President Pence: …proud parents of these three kids…

Jim: Yeah.

Vice President Pence: …and uh, and we hear from people about the pride that people are taking in their families lives. And so, I… I think we’re… I think we’re in the middle of a not just an American comeback in our economy, I think we’re…

Jim: That’s right.

Vice President Pence: …we’re in the middle of a comeback of the American family.

Jim: Well I so appreciate that. I think I would agree with you wholeheartedly that the family is coming back, and we see it in different ways. And I think, you know, uh, a lot of what you and the president have achieved has provided that economic ability for families to become stronger and do the things they need to do. Uh, let…

Vice President Pence: I really think that’s true, Jim. And I…I… I appreciate the connecting those things.

Jim: Yeah.

Vice President Pence: And when you see this booming economy, when you see the way the stock market is rising, and remember that means people’s pensions, their 401k’s are increasing.

I was just was…I was just was told by a hard working blue-collar American the other day that they were planning to retire in seven years. Now they’re going to retire in two years because their 401k has grown so much under President Trump’s leadership and policies that we’ve advanced.

So, you’re absolutely right that a stronger economic foundation, rising wages that we see all across the country, we have absolutely every confidence that that’s gonna strengthen families and strengthen communities.

Jim: Well, and… and… you know the connection there. I remember having a discussion with James Lankford, the great Senator from Oklahoma.

Vice President Pence: Ah. What a great senator.

Jim: Former youth pastor, by the way. A great guy.

Vice President Pence: Yeah.

Jim: He said to me, “You know…

Vice President Pence: Ran a legendary youth camp.

Jim: Yeah. And he said “One of the…one of the things that people don’t understand is that as family weakens, government, by necessity, becomes stronger…

Vice President Pence: Right.

Jim: …through welfare, through food stamps, etc. When we have strong families government isn’t as needed.” Isn’t that interesting? And I thought that was quite profound. We need strong families and I’m sorry to say to someone who works in the government, we need less government.

Vice President Pence: Well, it is an absolute truth of history since the days of Edmund Burke, who is in so many ways the father of conservatism…

Jim: Mm.

Vice President Pence: …in the last 200 years. He talked about the family as the… the little platoons.

Jim: Right.

Vice President Pence: Uh…they’re…it’s uh…the family is the – it’s the nucleus of our civilization and stronger families will always contribute…

Jim: Yeah.

Vice President Pence: …to greater freedom and more limited government.

Jim: Here’s an interesting insight. I remember talking to a supreme court justice. I won’t name him. And uh, he mentioned that, you know, when Christian organizations, he looked a little puzzled, and talked about do they all just feed the poor and take care of poverty. I said, no. Christian organizations have a variety of impact. At Focus on the Family, we’re actually the number one fighter of poverty. And he looked at me a little puzzled. And I said the number one predictor of poverty is a divorce – the breakup of a family.

Vice President Pence: Mm.

Jim: Uh…a woman and her children in an intact family, divorce rates are only about 6, or poverty rates are only about 6%. But once divorce occurs poverty rate goes to 36%. That… keeping a family intact is the number one way to fight poverty.

Vice President Pence: It is. In fact, there’s that jarring statistic, I think it was none other than Bill Bennett, that cited it years ago. That the best advice you can give a young person is graduate from high school.

Jim: Right.

Vice President Pence: Get married. And wait to have children until you’re married.

Jim: Right.

Vice President Pence: And that you do those three things that the likelihood that you will end up living in poverty drop exponentially.

Jim: Hm.

Vice President Pence: And… and that’s a message that we can convey to young people. But I… I really mean to tell you.

You know, the president in his State of the Union address talked about an American comeback. But I really do believe there’s been a… there’s been a strong comeback of the American family, as well.

And I… I want to credit Focus on the Family for the years of ministry on the airwaves and in so many different ways that have strengthened families.

Jim: That’s…that’s…that’s kind. Dr. Dobson did a great job building the foundation here and we’re taking it to the next generation.

Let me turn a minute. There’s something in both of our backgrounds that we share and that’s a connection to Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Vice President Pence: Um-hm.

Jim: Uh, that’s how I became a Christian was at a football camp. What was your connection with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes?

Vice President Pence: Well…FCA uh…I was aware of uh… as a young person. But you know, I… I came to Christ as a freshman in college. I’d really walked away from uh, a strong religious upbringing. You know, church on Sunday morning and grace before dinner. But it was when I went to college that I began to get involved in the Christian fellowship group. Many of those people were involved in FCA and um, and I really… I really saw something different uh, in those people. And it was something I felt very drawn to and uh, the more I participated, the more I went, the more I knew there was something missing in my heart and in my life. And in the spring of 1978 I made a decision to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. And it’s… it was that ministry and ministries just like FCA that impacted me..

Jim: Mmm.

Vice President Pence: …and impacts so many young people every day.

Jim: Well they did a wonderful job. I was that orphan kid playing football…

Vice President Pence: Mm.

Jim: …and they…they were the ones that said, “Hey. There’s a better way to live your life.”

Vice President Pence: Yeah.

Jim: And it was wonderful. Let me…let me ask you about that in terms of religious liberty, one of the big issues and debates of our time. Um…I know that the president and others within the administration are doing so much hard work to lift up the issue of religious liberty. One of the things I did want to ask is when it comes to this barrier between church and state, it was only the last few decades that there was so much hostility toward religious organizations or faith-based organizations that are helping with adoption, which we do. Uh, helping with the poor.

But for some reason this rigid line has been drawn that if you have a faith you gotta check it at the door in order to serve soup and get a government grant. Tell me what’s happening in that space to lower that barrier so that we can all work together as one nation to meet the needs of folks that are hurting.

Vice President Pence: Well there’s no question throughout the long history of this country religious organizations and charities have played a vital role meeting the needs of under-served communities and American’s that are struggling uh, to make ends meet. And from early in this administration President Trump made it clear that we were going to end this barrier that had been erected in the last administration between so many government anti-poverty programs uh, and religious ministries around the country.

And the president, through one executive order after another, has taken steps to ensure that today, Jim, religious charities have the same opportunity to participate in providing services, whether that be food, whether that be shelter, whether that be adoption services, on an equal footing of any other…

Jim: Yeah.

Vice President Pence: …charity.

Jim: Yeah.

Vice President Pence: And this isn’t to exclude other organizations. This is to say that we want the whole American family to come together to meet the needs of our most vulnerable. And I’m incredibly proud of the steps that we’ve taken to defend religious liberty at home and around the world. And, uh, through one executive order – one action after another – President Trump has, uh, has put into practice what we pledged to do from the first days of this administration.

Jim: Yeah, and I think people of faith, not just Chris – the Christian faith but Muslims and others, uh, we feel it and we’re grateful that, uh, you’re doing all you can people to be able to express their faith. I think…

Vice President Pence: Well, it’s – you can’t, uh, understand, um, the American experience without understanding the enormously important role the communities of faith have played since before our nation’s founding.

Jim: Yeah, and you’re a historian. That’s your major in college, right?

Vice President Pence: Well, I – I – I’m a student of history.

Jim: Okay. (laughs)

Vice President Pence: Uh, my historian friends would say…

(Laughter)

Vice President Pence: …Mike you’re uh – you don’t have the PH.D. But I read history, uh, relentlessly and, you know, and – and I would tell you, you look at the American founding, the number of signers of the declaration that were ordained ministers. The most powerful speeches for independence in the Revolutionary War were given from pulpits at churches and then distributed as pamphlets. I – I stood a few years ago in the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s church in Montgomery, Alabama. I met with many of the, uh, women, now elderly…

Jim: Yeah.

Vice President Pence: …but they were young women when they made the marches. And they spoke to us about how they would gather in the pews of that church and they would pray, and they would sing. And they looked at me and they said, “Mike, we would have church and then we would march.”

Jim: Right.

Vice President Pence: And when you understand the long march toward a more perfect union, the whole movement toward the abolition of slavery, that we had to fight a civil war, uh, to settle.

When you look at the advance of civil rights in this country so much of it is emanated out of vibrant communities of faith. And I – I want to tell all your listeners around the country whether it be ending the legal challenge to Little Sisters of the Poor. Whether it…

Jim: Right here in Colorado.

Vice President Pence: Whether it be ending enforcement of what was known as the “Johnson Amendment” that said that if a pastor or priest or a rabbi or imam were to speak anything political from the pulpit they could lose their tax-exempt status. We’ve ended enforcement of that and we’re going to work to take it completely off the books.

But it’s all be about President Trump’s absolute determination to recognize as he has said that we are a nation of believers and – and we want to continue to advance policies that respect, uh, the right of every person of every faith. And uh, the freedom of conscience of every American.

Jim: Well, we deeply appreciate it. I – I can’t let you get out of here without talking about the pro-life effort.

Vice President Pence: Oh.

Jim: Um, I was at the March for Life. You did a video. You happened to be in Israel. And I think, uh, the Vatican at the time. President Trump came and he was the first, uh, President to speak to the March for Life.

Vice President Pence: Made history.

Jim: A 100 – a 150,000 or so people there. But the point of it is, the pro-life perspective is on the move. And I want to say thank you because you have championed that since you were a congress person. That’s why you got into the congress if I remember correctly was this issue of life. And we are winning, and young people are pro-life, and people are beginning to say, “Maybe this has not been a very good thing.” Speak to that.

Vice President Pence: Jim, well first, let me just thank you and Focus on the Family for your strong stand for the unborn. It’s – it’s made a difference, um, on the airwaves of the nation of through all the materials produced by the ministry.

Because life is winning in America.

Jim: It is.

Vice President Pence: And as you said, what’s most inspiring to me is that younger Americans are more and more pro-life every day.

Jim: Mm hmm.

Vice President Pence: And I think it’s because of the truth about abortion is being told. I – I have this thought in my mind that – that – that voices like yours and I hope voices in the public sphere like we’ve had the privilege to be have made a difference. But I actually think there’s been a greater influence. First, I think it’s been the crisis pregnancy centers around the country…

Jim: Yes.

Vice President Pence: … who’ve been coming alongside women with, um, unexpected pregnancy, putting their arm around them, and saying, “We will help you through this. If you keep the child, we will – we will help you get your life started with your child. Or we’ll help you through the process of finding a forever family through adoption.”

But I also believe the other impact is that…I honestly believe that now, you know so many years since Roe vs Wade, I think that grandmothers are talking to granddaughters, mothers are talking to daughters, and telling them the truth about abortion. That women who found themselves in those circumstances, and I hope in my heart anyone in the sound of my voice would know that there is forgiveness, there is redemption, there’s a fresh start for you. For all of that.

Jim: Yes.

Vice President Pence: And um, because I… I truly believe that…that…that abortion hurts them both…

Jim: Correct.

Vice President Pence: That’s a title of a famous book. And we want that healing in the lives of anyone whose been through the experience of an abortion. But I think, I have to believe that millions of women who’ve gone through that experience are now telling their children and telling their grandchildren um, the truth about that baby.

Jim: Yes.

Vice President Pence: And…and it’s changing hearts, it’s changing lives. And with the advance of science more and more people are seeing it.

And let me lastly say, I couldn’t be more proud to be vice president to the most pro-life president in American history.

Jim: Yeah.

Vice President Pence: I mean, literally from the outset of this administration President Trump expanded the Mexico City Policy to ensure that we don’t use taxpayer dollars to provide or promote abortion uh, around the world. We’ve appointed strong conservatives to our courts at every level including two supreme court justices. We’ve in so many ways this president has put a priority, and…and one decision after another…

Jim: Yeah.

Vice President Pence: …on the sanctity of human life. And uh, and I promise you we’ll continue to take that stand together. And we’ll continue to take that stand with…with millions of Americans who cherish the right to life.

Jim: And that’s exactly right. Millions and millions of Christian and even non-Christians that view life as sacred, I do want to say, “Thank you.”

Thank you for what you do for our country. Uh, it is really an amazing honor to be with you. And we pray for you. We pray for the president. We pray for the congress and the senate as we should as Christians.

So, thank you so much for being here today.

Vice President Pence: Well Jim, thank you. And let me say that the sweetest words we ever hear are when people say, “I’m praying for you” and we hear it a lot.

Jim: Mm-hm.

Vice President Pence: And.. and I just want your millions of listeners to know, around the country, that their prayers for this president, their prayers for this vice president, for our families, for all of us who serve in positions of authority, we feel them every day. And we are grateful every day uh, for the prayers of the faithful.

Jim: God’s at work. Thank you.

Vice President Pence: Thank you, Jim.

John: Vice President Mike Pence visited the campus here at Focus on the Family yesterday and it’s our privilege to share that conversation with you today.

And uh, Jim, you mentioned the March for Life. There were some really very unique moments about that march.

Jim: Well, and the vice president has been so committed to the March for Life. Every year since he’s been vice president he has participated in some way. And I went this year, as we mentioned in the body of the program. Vice President Pence was out of the country, Israel and at the Vatican.

Uh, but to everybody’s surprise, President Trump decided to come. And…

John: That was a first!

Jim: …that was a first for any president in the 47-year history of the March for Life. The president of the March for Life, Jeanne Mancini, we were recording some pieces for our coming event, May 9th, ALIVE2020, and we were there recording them, and she got the text that the president was coming the next day. And she was ecstatic, you know. Like “Wow, this is going to be so good for the march.”

And uh, I want to play a couple of clips because I believe, as Christians, the comments that the president made about his position on life, and just the heart of what he was saying, was so phenomenal for those of us who are pro-life. And I want to play a couple of these clips to give you an insight on what that day felt like hearing from the president for the first time at the March for Life.

President Donald Trump: It is my profound honor to be the first president in history to attend the March for Life.

(Applause)

We’re here for a very simple reason. To defend the right of every child, born and unborn, to fulfill their God-given potential.

(Applause)

All of us here today understand an eternal truth. Every child is a precious and sacred gift from God.

(Applause)

Together, we must protect, cherish, and defend the dignity and the sanctity of every human life.

(Applause)

When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation.

(Applause)

When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul.

(Applause)

And as the Bible tells us, each person is wonderfully made.

(Applause)

Jim: John, I was standing there with those other 100-150 thousand people and my jaw was hanging open. This is the President of the United States speaking so boldly about the truth of what we believe, in the Christian community, about how God sees a baby in the womb.

John: Mm-hm.

Jim: That we all have potential. And it was so riveting to hear that truth proclaimed.

John: From the highest office in the land.

Jim: Yeah. And it… just everybody was so appreciative. The politics aside, I’ve always said the abortion issue was taken from the moral sphere into the political sphere. This is a moral issue that our nation is facing. And I’m grateful for anybody, democrat, republican, anybody, that has the clarity to see what life is about.

John: Well let’s go ahead and continue now. More remarks from President Trump back in January at the March for Life, specifically encouraging moms.

President Trump: To all the women here today, your devotion and your leadership uplifts our entire nation, and we thank you for that. The tens of thousands of Americans gathered today, not only stand for life, it’s really here that they stand for it so proudly together, and I want to thank everybody for that.

You stand for life each and every day. You provide housing, education, jobs, and medical care to the women that you serve. You find loving families for children in need of a forever home. You host baby showers for expecting moms. You make… you just make it your life’s mission to help spread God’s grace.

(Applause)

And to all of the moms here today, we celebrate you. And we declare that mothers are heroes.

(Applause)

Your strength, devotion and drive is what powers our nation. And because of you, our country has been blessed with amazing souls who have changed the course of human history. We cannot know what our citizens yet unborn will achieve. The dreams they will imagine. The masterpieces they will create. The discoveries they will make. But we know this. Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting. And above all, we know that every human soul is divine. And every human life, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of Almighty God.

(Applause)

And I say with true passion, thank you, God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you all. Thank you.

(Applause)

John: Well those are some of the comments that President Trump made at the March for Life back in January. The first time, Jim, that a president has ever attended that event in 47 years.

Jim: Yeah. It’s so true. And it just, again, it encourages the pro-life community. Millions of us who stand for the voiceless speaking into power.

John: Mm-hm.

Jim: And you know I understand maybe people who disagree don’t like hearing that. But I’ve gotta tell you the pro-life movement is… is moving.

John: It’s gaining steam.

Jim: And it’s gaining steam. And people are beginning to wonder, “Why do we do this? How can we do this? Should we be doing this?”

John: Mm.

Jim: And I think… I’m hopeful that the end of abortion is near. And I think we will be a better nation for it.

John: Yeah, well certainly we’re praying toward that end, Jim, when abortion is no longer legal.

Let’s go ahead and remind people about ALIVE2020, our big event coming up on May 9th.

Jim: It’s exciting, John. We’re building off of the New York Times Square event that we did last year. We had about 20 thousand people who came out. We had protesters as well. But May 9th, the day before Mother’s Day, in five cities. It’s going to be in Southern California, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, and Chicago. We’re gonna do a simulcast. We’re gonna have great speakers, wonderful music, and of course the keynote speech will be given by a third trimester baby in the womb – a live ultrasound.

And we want people to come out in those five locations. You can go to the website. Find out where it’s at in those specific areas. And I’m hoping 100 thousand people will come out to say we’re gonna stand for life today.

That’s May 9th. Go to the website to register.

John: We want you to register so we have an idea of how many people are coming to each of those five cities. And it’s very easy – we’ll link over to it at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast or call, if you’d like details. Our number is 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY.

On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team thanks for listening to Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller hoping you have a great weekend and inviting you back on Monday as we once again help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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.

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

As a spouse, you have three roles to play—a friend, a partner, and a lover. On this one-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Pastor Kevin A. Thompson explores those different roles and challenges you to live them out by investing emotionally, physically, and mentally in your relationship. As friends, he suggests we learn to play and laugh together. As partners, he equips us with solid ways to handle conflict and communication. As lovers, he offers some thoughts on how to bring back the sizzle. He shares five keys to saving your marriage: humility, respect, mercy, communication, and resilience. You’ll be encouraged to intentionally invest in your marriage.

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at kevinathompson.com.

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

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin Thompson shows how to live out three distinct roles in marraige. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

You can confidently and lovingly share your faith—you just need to learn some new tactics to do so! In this Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast, apologist Greg Koukl outlines the “Columbo” tactic of asking questions, the “self-defeating argument” tactic to find holes in your opponent’s arguments, and other specific methods for engaging in faith-building conversations with others. Greg pulls from his over 30 years of experience debating atheists and agnostics to help you share your faith with grace and truth.

Mr. Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl is a writer, public speaker and talk show host who’s spent 30 years advocating for and defending the Christian worldview. Greg has written or contributed to 15 books, including The Story of RealityTactics, and Precious Unborn Human Persons. Greg has published nearly 230 articles and has spoken on 80 college and university campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

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Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you’ll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus.

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.

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 2

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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

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

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!