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From Prodigal to Pastor

From Prodigal to Pastor

Raul Ries grew up with an alcoholic father who physically abused him and his mother. Raul himself became a very angry and violent young man. After his wife had threatened to leave him, he intended to kill her. Raul was bent on a murderous rampage when he had a dramatic, life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. In this broadcast, Pastor Raul share his fascinating story about the amazing grace of God and its power to transform even the most hardened hearts.
Original Air Date: September 24, 2018

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Raul Reis: I just, by faith, prayed a prayer, and I felt a complete change in my life. And as I got up from my knees, I wiped off my tears, and I took out all the rounds, put away my gun, and I got in my car, and I went looking for my wife because I wanted to tell her what happened to me.

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John Fuller: Hm, my. Uh, we’re just a few minutes away from that story, and how Raul Reis went from a terrible, desperate place to becoming a believer in Jesus Christ. This is Focus on the Family, with your host, Focus president, Jim Daly, and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: This is an amazing testimony, and it illustrates how much God cares about every single one of us. Let’s get right to the message, John.

John: All right. Here’s Raul Reis, and as you can probably tell, this is not going to be appropriate for younger listeners. Raul is speaking at Calvary Chapel, Golden Springs, in Southern California on today’s episode of Focus on the Family.

Raul: My father had a very bad, bad habit. He had a problem with drinking, big time drinking. Started drinking when he was about nine years old. And um, just really, uh, a time of, uh, chaotic because what happened in our home, our home was not a normal home. Our home was, uh, a home where, you know, I re- … As far as I can remember, back when I was a little kid, where my father would come home and would be yelling, and cursing, and slapping my mother, and physically abusing my grandmother and my mother at the same time, which was his mother. And I remember us when we were little kids screaming and yelling, because we were so frightened by this whole thing. And at the same time, I remember my dad taking me at the age of five years old because I was his eldest son, taking me to the night clubs and the bars, and I remember my father just … I mean, he was a brawler, you know. He used to like to fight. He had a beautiful job with the Bank of Mexico, and … But at the same time, the problem with drinking led him to violence.

Raul: And um, I remember sitting outside while he would go inside and drink for three, four, five hours, sitting outside in a little newsstand, waiting for him to come out as he would leave me there with these, with these people to wait for him to come out. And when he would come out, he would be so drunk that he used to have, uh, one of these, uh, European scooters. And he got on it, and we … And by the grace of God, we never got … We, we dropped it a couple times, and we, we got home every time by the grace of God, but through this whole experience as I was growing up, it was just a time where I remember my dad, you know, with me, also, by the time I was about eight …

Raul: And, uh, I mean, he physically used to taking me, and hitting me, and just beating me, you know? Because I was so rebellious against everything that was going on. And I remember, at the age of eight or nine years old, thinking, you know, one of these days, I wanna kill my dad. That was, that was my life. I wanted to … My, my goal was to kill and execute my father. That was my whole goal of my life.

Raul: In 1957, uh, we uh, right after the major earthquake of Mexico City, which was a real big earthquake, my, uh, grandmother, my mom’s mother and sister and my grandfather, we were living in L.A. And so, they gave my mother an invitation to come up and leave my father. So, one night, when my father came home totally passed out drunk. And he, he came drunk, and he passed out on the bed. Uh, that night, my mother woke us up early in the morning, about 4:00 in the morning, and told us to get dressed. We got dressed and we went to the international airport in Mexico, and in 1957, they had those single engine planes. You know, it took eight hours to get from Mexico City to L.A. Today, it takes three and a half hours. But I remember the … going to the airport, and getting on this plane, and leaving Mexico City at the age of 10 years old, and coming to America, and being in America. And I remember how happy I was because, man, now I, we’re rid of my dad. No more drinking. No more cursing. No more violence. And now we’re gonna be so joyous being here in America. And I remember in 1959 … Um, my father began to write in ’58 to my mother that he wanted to change his life, and that he wanted to come to America and live with us because he missed us so much, and uh, I remember b- being a little kid, 10 years old, hating my mother because my mother said, “Okay,” to my father. And I didn’t want my dad to come and live with us. But she went ahead and got his … Because she was an American citizen. And so, she actually worked out his papers, and, and, and got it all set up. Took about nine months. And finally, my dad came up to the, to the States where we were living in, in L.A. And uh, uh, I never forget when he got there. I mean, I didn’t have any feelings for him. I was so bitter at him at the age of 10. And uh, again, he, he began to drink, and begin again to abuse my mom. And I remember, at the age of 15, having a lot of confrontations with my father. And so, I began to become violent. I began to d- you know, take my frustrations and the anger that I had in me, when we would go to parties, when we’d go out in the streets, and I would start, you know, beating up people, and hurting people. And it just became a consuming fire in my heart where, I mean, you know, by the grace I am, I mean, just that I didn’t, I didn’t kill anyone on the streets. But I mean, there were times that we left people laying there, and we thought they were dead. And this went on for, for the four years of high school. I played sports. I was an, an athlete, and played baseball, and doing very well in baseball. And my, my grades were not that good because I didn’t st- I didn’t really study. I, I, I partied a lot, you know? And so, by the time I was a senior, I already had been in and out of jail, but never once booked, by the grace of God, because we knew the cops, and the cops used to let us go. (laughs) And so, what happened is that, on my senior year, when I was down in West Covina, I got in a, in a brawl with, um, this guy that, uh, was doing something, you know, with one of my girlfriends, and I went and got all my friends, and we came to the party, and I mean, we ripped the party. I mean, we ripped people. And this guy almost died.

Raul: So, they came to hi- the high school the next day, and the police came and picked us up and they took us in, and they booked us, and we had to go to court, and the whole thing. And uh, at the time, I was 18 already. We were seniors. And we were just about to graduate.

Raul: And uh, I, I got, eh, put in a position where either I was gonna go to prison, or I would have the opportunity, the judge gave me, to go into the military. Well, at that time, I say, “You know what?” W- w- … Vietnam was going on. Said, “Well, I’ll just go to Vietnam.” You know? “License to kill,” I can do whatever I wanna do. And I remember when we got to, uh, Da Nang, and we, uh … They, they … One … They actually separated … There was 5,000 troops on, on, on the, uh, U.S.S. Gaffey, and they sent us to our own units, and I went to Alpha Company 1- , uh, and they put me with the 7th Marine Division, uh, 1st Marines, and uh, they put me on this, on this platoon, which was a, um, a platoon that went, uh, actually on specials missions. There were seven of us. We were called The Bounty Hunters, and we would go down to the riverbeds, and we would set up camp, and uh, we would watch, and we would click to see how many VC were coming down through the trails, and then we would report back. And it became sort of a … sort of like a n- … I, I, I can’t say a game. It became part of a … A, a part of my life where, as I begin to see some of my friends get killed, the hatred that came for the Asian person. And finally, after 11 months of being in Vietnam, and doing all of the things, they finally, they finally caught up with us, and the government, they called us in. And, uh, they sent us, first of all, to a psychiatrist to make sure that they would check us out to see what was wrong with us, and how, when I came to the psychiatrist, he looked at me and said, “Well, you know, uh, what seems to be your problem?” I said, “My … Well, I think, first of all my problem’s you.” You know? “I don’t like you, and uh,” I, I said, “All I wanna do is I wanna get out of this place.” And he says, “Well, I don’t think that’s possible.” I said, I said, “If you don’t make it possible,” I said, “I’m gonna kill you right now.” And so, he got a piece of paper, started writing all kinds of stuff down, you know? And so, he wrote pretty fast. And then, he gave me this piece of paper, and he says, “I want you to go to the captain, and give them to, uh, to your platoon leader. Give him this piece of paper.” So, when I went back, I don’t know what he had written, but they told me to pack up all my sea bags, get my locker box, everything, that I was leaving town. You know? So, I got everything packed up, and, uh, they send me back to, uh, Da Nang. And uh, when I got to Dan Nang, to the airport, w- w- to actually board a one- a C-130, uh, they, uh they came out the end piece and they put shackles in my feet and my hands. And I thought I was going home, but, uh, I guess I was not. They put me in this plane, and they tied me up, and uh, flew me to Japan, and from Japan to the Philippines, and from the Philippines to Guam, and from Guam they flew me to Travis Air Force Base up Northern California. We landed, and there was a paddy wagon waiting for me, and they put me with my shackles inside, and they put a straitjacket on me, and they took me to, uh, Oakland Naval Hospital, which I spend six months of my life under psychological care. But most under drugs and being in, in, in a jacket because I was so violent. It’s like Satan had taken possession of my life. Uh, at that particular time, they were starting in the 60s what was called Synanon. They were like therapy sessions where you come in in a group session and you talk, and you tell them your problems. Well, every time it would come to my problems, I would become so violent and start beating up on everybody, they’d take me away and you know put me away, and I, and they, just couldn’t talk. And so, after six months, Dr. Wilson decided that I was not fit not only for the Marine Corps, but I wasn’t fit to back to Vietnam, uh, for a second tour, but I was only fit to be discharged with a dishonorable discharge. So, I said, “Well, whatever happens, happens.” I said, “You know, I just wanna get out of here.” And um, they sent me out to Camp Pendleton to the 5th Marine Division, and they would recommend a dishonorable discharge for my life. And I remember when I was at Camp Pendleton, they had me actually locked up, and uh, that’s when I … My wife was in high school with me, and we had actually fallen in love through letters in Vietnam. And uh, they allowed me to have a couple of times, you know, off where I can go and, you know, and see my, my family. And uh, that’s, uh, the time when me and Sharon got together, and she got pregnant. And so, they gave me, uh, time to get married, and uh, I was still in the Marines, and um, my discharge hadn’t come back yet. I was real … I guess it’s a whole thing. And finally, it came back in September 15, 1967. I’ll never forget that date, when they called me in, they said, “Hey, your discharge is back, and it’s an honorable discharge by the convenience of the government.” I said, “Wow.”

Raul: And I got out, and I went out, and went and saw my wife, and told her that I was out of the Marine Corps. Got a job in L.A., working for the Union Bank, and you know, started doing my thing. And the moment I got out, immediately, I started going back not only to my old friends, but I started going back to my old life, but this time, I was a little bit older. Even though I was only 21 years old at that time, uh, it’s, it’s amazing how the war had matured me tremendously. And um, I wasn’t afraid to kill now. I wasn’t afraid to do anything. And so, when we would go to parties, or whatever we would do, it was just chaotic in the things that we would do. And every time, I mean, that I … I remember, you know, the opportunities that God gave me. And my wife, who’d never preached to me, she would share the Gospel with me by, by sharing, you know, her love with me, but never giving me tracts, or you know, putting tracts in my sandwiches, and I bite down, and, you know, “Jesus loves …” nothing like that, or putting stickers on … Never like that. But just her life living. And, and, and one thing that I never wanted to do, I never wanted to be like my dad where I would become a physical abuser. Well, I did. The first thing that I did is I started, you know, pushing her around, and kicking her, and punching her, and pretty soon I was choking her. And by the grace of God, the angels protected her, and it went on for about four and a half years until finally, she finally decided that she was gonna leave me. And when she was gonna leave me, I decided that nobody would ever have her, and I would, I would chase for my kids, and the best way to do that is to execute her and my kids and kill myself as the police would come, I’d just shoot it out with the police, that would be the end of everything. And then nobody wins.

John: You’re listening today to Raul Reis on Focus on the Family. And you can get a CD of this program for a gift of any amount when you call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. 800-232-6459, or donate and request it at our website, focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Let’s return now to more from Raul Reis.

Raul: And so, when I got home, uh, she already had gone to church. As a matter of fact, it was Easter Sunday, April 15th, 1972, and I already had made up my mind I was gonna kill her. So, I came home, and I saw her bags were packed on the side, and I walked into the house, and went to the closet and got my gun and loaded up my gun with 18 rounds. And um, I started walking around the house. I started to destroy my whole house; you know. Just knocking down everything. And I went next to the TV sta- … to the TV, and I was standing there, and I mean, I was so angry and so, uh, mad inside that I took the, the butt of the rifle and I hit the TV, and when I hit it, it came on. And when the TV came on, there’s was, this was this guy, bald-headed guy talking about, about Jesus.

Congregation: (laughs)

Raul: (laughs) It was, it was Chuck Smith, and he was with Kathryn Kuhlman, you know, in one of those [inaudible 00:13:57] with all the hippies. And I was, uh, listening a minute, I, I, I, and I said to … I wanted to shoot him, you know, with my gun, and I couldn’t pull the trigger. And it seemed like when he talked, when he was talking to the TV, he was talking to me. You know how that is? It’s, uh, like a bow was being pulled back and the arrows were letting go, and they were stabbing me in the heart. And I kept saying, “Man, why don’t you shut up. What, what are you trying to say?” You know? And all of a sudden, I find myself that I, I begin to put my ear more to it, and then I find myself that, as I was listening, I found myself on my knees and for the first time in my life, I began to cry like a baby. You know? It was not too cool to cry when you’re hardened. And I just began to tell God, “God, if you’re really real and you’re a real God and you are a God that can save people as you saved my wife, I want you to come into my life.” And you know what blew me away? I didn’t see lightening. I didn’t see any … I didn’t have any feeling or anything emotional. I just, by faith, prayed a prayer, and I felt a complete change in my life. And as I got up from my knees and wiped off my tears, and I took out all the rounds, put away my gun, and I got in my car, and I went looking for my wife because I wanted to tell her what happened to me. I couldn’t find her. I got to the church where she was, and they were actually … At, at that time, they were having the altar call, so I just went up to the altar call, and once they counseled me in the whole thing, I went home, and when I got home, I knocked on the door, and the light was on already, my wife was at home, and I heard her weeping and crying inside. And I knocked on the door, I said, “Sharon, open the door. It’s me.” And, and she was just, you know, crying, the whole thing. And then, what she did is she put the latch on the door, and she opened the door, and she says, “What do you want?” I said, uh, I said, “I’m born again. I accepted Christ.” She shut the door in my face, you know. She didn’t really believe it. And so, I, I knocked again, and I, and I said, uh, ah, “Sharon, honest. I, I, I’ve accepted the Lord. I’m, I’m gonna change my whole life.” And she finally opened the door, and it took probably about a year and a half to two years for her to watch my life change, to really watch my life change. But what blew her away is that, immediately … I mean, I got saved, man. I got saved. I went the next day to a Christian bookstore and I bought me a Bible. Now, I didn’t know anything about Bibles, so I was looking at Bibles. There were little Bibles, big Bibles, you know, huge Bibles. And so, I got me the biggest Bible I could because I wanted to be, you know-

Congregation: (laughs)

Raul: … a, a Christian. So, I got me this big old family Bible, and at that time, you know, the hippies, we had long hair and stuff. And they had these, uh, fishes that you’d have the Greek writing, “Jesus Christ, God, Son, and Savior,” in Greek. And they had little ones, and middle me- medium sized ones, and then they had these big sharks, you know? That were like that. I got me the biggest one I could with a leather thing, and I put it on.

Congregation: (laughs)

Raul: I didn’t even care! I just wanted everybody to know that I was a Christian. Now, can you imagine a big Bible, big fish, walking around, you know?

Congregation: Laughter.

Raul: And so, as, as we were doing this whole thing, I, I got home and I, I just, every morning, I begin to read the Bible, and I, I started going to Chuck Smith’s church, and I, I got down there, and I begin to get rooted and grounded, and buy the tapes, and buy the books, and read. And then, the Lord call m- … This was weird. About a week later, the Lord call me, and I mean, I, I didn’t hear His voice, but I had, like … I was sitting there, reading my Bible and praying, and I had, like, a vision. I’ve never had a vision in my life. I don’t even know what it was, but I saw myself awake and half asleep, and I saw my old high school, and I saw my principal, and my vice principal, and I saw all these hundreds of kids. And the Lord told me, “I want you to go back to your old high school.” And I said, “Okay.” So, I waited, and I prayed, and then I went to Baldwin Park High School. 1972, I remember. I walked onto campus, and Dr. Hollenbeck, and, and, and Barnholdt were, was the assistant principal, and he was my baseball coach before. And I remember walking up, and I had the fish, the tuna-

Congregation: (laughs)

Raul: … the Bible, and I walked in, and the f- next thing I know is the police are escorting me off the campus because they think I’m nuts. They don’t want me on campus. And so, I went home totally bummed out, man, thinking, “Oh, man. What’s gonna happen now?” And so, I went home, and God spoke to me again. “Go back to Baldwin Park High School.” I go, “Oh, Lord. They just kicked me out. They called the police. The police told me if I come back again, they’re gonna put me in jail.” “Go back to Baldwin Park High School.” “Okay. I’m gonna go back.” I went back the following week, and Mr. Barnholdt and Mr. Hollenbeck took me in their office, and they talked to me, and they gave me permission to be on campus … Now, check this out, to be on campus and to go into the classrooms, and to be outside of the classrooms on the mall area and I could talk to people about Jesus Christ because they knew me from before.

Raul: So, I started. At lunchtime, I would sit out on the grass area, and all these kids would look at me with my fish and my Bible, and they hated me. And all of a sudden, man, incoming missiles … Cake … Milk. And they were bombarding me with stuff, man. I was so mad! I go, “I, I, I don’t need this stuff! I don’t even wanna be here.” And the Lord told me to be there. So, a couple of weeks went by, a couple of months went by, and I stood there faithfully every day, and then all of a sudden, and the Lord began to open the doors as kids begin to come and talk to me, and I talked to them. And then, one day, on the mall area at Baldwin Park High School, the Lord told me at a lunchtime … You know how lunchtimes are at high school. Everybody’s doing their own thing, and we have no PA, and I’m not a screamer. And He says, “Get up on this big, new bench, and I want you to talk to them about me.” So, I got up there, and started, “Hey, for God so loved the world, man, that He give His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that whosoever would give …” you know, I mean, it’s this whole thing. And as I was talking, making a fool of myself, I thought, the Holy Spirit was zapping people. The Holy Spirit fell on that school so heavily that, all of a sudden, as I looked out, there were about three to five to 600 kids sitting on the grass, listening.  Whew! What blew me away is I didn’t expect God to use my life, ’cause who was I? And as I began to just share with them God’s love, I said, “Anybody here wants to accept Jesus Christ?” 500 kids got up and came on their knees and gave their life to Jesus Christ, and I mean, the school is totally blown away. And then, Gladstone High School opened up, Azusa high school opened up, uh, Charter Oak High School opened up, Glendora High School opened up, and I was doing seven high school a week, just going on the streets. That’s how my ministry started. I never thought, I never expected, that God would do such a tremendous work that He has done over the last 25 years. I never dreamed that God would do such a thing. And I’m only telling you this tonight because I know there are some of you here that God wants to use your life, and I’ve been, you know, I mean, just in incredible places that I never thought that God would take me, and how my book and my movie has not only got into so many languages, but I mean, it’s got all over the world, and how God has used that testimony. And yet, it’s because of Jesus Christ. But one thing that I have learned in 25 years, that it’s important that we become obedient to the call of God because 25 years of my life has passed me on so fast. So fast. That I figure maybe I got 10-15 years left, if the Lord tares, or maybe more, depending whatever He has, that if I don’t give my life completely to Him now and we don’t go for it completely, then what’s gonna happen to the world? What’s gonna happen to our loved ones and our friends if we’re not sold out to Jesus Christ? What’s gonna happen? They’re gonna go to hell. That’s why it’s so important, young people, and mothers and fathers, that you’re totally committed to the lordship of Jesus Christ. I don’t care what you’ve done, God forgives us. We’ve all blown it, but God is a God of second, and third, and fourth, and fifth, and a hundred and thousand chances if we’re sincere in our commitment to Him. Don’t waste anymore of your days or your years in the Lord. Get rooted. Get grounded. Get a hunger. Get a vision in your life, and ask God, “God, what do you want me to do for you?” And I guarantee you that He will tell you. If you’re willing to do that, He will lead you to that. You know why? Because He loves you. He loves you so much that He is now willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance. And I just pray for each one of you, that you would give your life completely to Him. Don’t play games with Him anymore. And I think that God wants to do some tremendous things … I believe God’s going to send a revival if we, His people, will humble ourselves and repent. And if we humble ourselves before God, and if we confess our sins before God, then He will send His Holy Spirit and He will begin to do things that you can’t even believe, but He needs your heart first. He wants your life completely.

John: Today on Focus on the Family, we’ve been hearing from Raul Reis, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs and president of Somebody Loves You Ministries.

Jim: Wow. Uh, what an amazing testimony of how the Lord can change a person. I mean, Pastor Reis went from wanting to kill his wife and kids to being an evangelist and the pastor of a large, thriving church. That’s evidence God is so good. And I just keep thinking about how Pastor Reis described that Easter morning, going through his own house, smashing things with a loaded rifle until he hit the TV and it came on. Now, what are the odds of that?

John: (laughs)

Jim: And right there, on that television set was Pastor Chuck Smith, the founder of, uh, Calvary Chapel, talking about the love of God. And his words knocked Raul to his knees, and the amazing transformation began right there on his living room floor. And boy, if you’re on the fence about Christianity, I hope you really heard what Pastor Reis was saying there and that you’ll give your life completely to the Lord Jesus Christ. He has the answers that you are seeking, and He is waiting for you to turn to Him. If you’d like to learn more about the Christian faith and what it means to be a Christian, we’d recommend our free e-booklet called Coming Home. It will give you all the information you need, and there’s even a prayer included if you’d like to ask Jesus into your heart.

John: Mm. You’ll find the Coming Home booklet at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: And if you’re already a Christian, let me remind you that Focus on the Family is here to spread the Good News of the Gospel and encourage you in your marriage and your parenting journey. Of course, there are costs involved in getting these radio programs on the air every day, so please, support this broadcast if you can. Pastor Reis’ testimony is living proof that Christian media can make a big difference in a person’s life, their eternal life. I- in fact, over the last year, over 170,000 people said they made a decision for Christ because of Focus on the Family. Join us as we help those families thrive in Christ. And when you give a donation of any amount, we’ll send you the CD of this testimony from Pastor Raul Reis with extra content. And if you can’t afford to make a donation right now, please just let us know and we’ll get it into your hands. We’ll trust others will cover the cost of that. Get in touch with us today.

John: You can call us or stop by our website. Our number is 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. 800-232-6459. Or request your CD and donate as you can at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Let me mention that Pastor Reis has asked us for prayer. Um, join us in praying for him. He’s struggling, and has been for several years, with a medical issue that effects his speech. Uh, pray for him, his church, and his family, please. Well, have a great weekend, uh, with your family and your church family as well, and be sure to join us on Monday when Carol Kuykendall offers some hope and encouragement along with personal stories for launching your teens into adulthood.

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Carol Kuykendall: I w- just would wanna encourage mothers and fathers who are going through this that the best is yet to come, that-

Jim: That’s good to hear.

Carol Kuykendall: … letting go of your children and helping them become confident adults is the bridge to the very best season of parenting, and that is to be friends with your adult children.

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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.

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Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

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

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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.

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 2

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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

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

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.

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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.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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