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Heeding God’s Call in Faith

Heeding God’s Call in Faith

Dickson Mully's family was living in an African desert, with hundreds of children to feed, and no clean water. On today's broadcast, he tells his inspiring story of miraculously discovering water some 10 feet underground – an amazing find that would help transform thousands of lives.

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John Fuller: Well, he saw thousands of orphans on the streets of Kenya, and he did something about the isolation and suffering. Today, Dr. Charles Mully and his family have rescued more than 13,000 fatherless children. And he was here recently, sharing about the amazing ways God has worked in the lives of these kids.

Teaser:

Charles Mully: This has been, uh, a really, mission accomplished. It is because all these young people – children – getting to know the Lord as their personal Savior and, again, be able to become self-reliant in their future and to be able to become transformers – be able to talk and to transform others through their knowledge and, uh, skills that they have learned and knowing about God, as God is love. And so all these things coming together to reach out to the poor and to bring hope to the most poorest, as well, as hopeless, uh, young people – children – and the babies.

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John: Well, you may have heard Dr. Mully on our broadcast a couple of weeks ago. And we’re offering a free download – of that interview, and you can get that at focusonthefamily.com/radio. Today, Dr. Mully’s youngest biological son, Dickson, is here with us to talk about the many miracles God has performed in this incredible family story. And your host is Focus on the Family President Jim Daly.

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Jim Daly: John, the Mully story is truly amazing. It’s a God story, you know. Uh, there’s no other way to say it. And the documentary film is coming out next week, October 3rd, 4th and 5th. And we want you to see it. It’s gonna be worth your time. You need to bring your – your kids. They will love the story, too. It’s one of those stories where you walk out going, God is real. And that’s the kind of way you want to build up their faith.

Dickson Mully grew up in the middle of this journey of miracles. He’s one of 13,000 children for the Mully’s. (LAUGHTER)That’s a funny way to say it.

John: And you thought you were busy.

Jim: Yeah, right. Imagine having 13,000 kids. Uh, but a delightful young man. And we wanted to come back and ask Dickson more questions about his mom and dad, their faithfulness to the Lord, how they have applied not simply speaking the Word, but doing the word and the impact doing the Word has had in Nairobi, Kenya, and beyond. And, uh, Dickson, it is wonderful to have you back.

Dickson Mully: Thank you for having me here.

Jim: Yeah, you were here at chapel not long ago, and the folks loved hearing from your mom and dad, and from you. I really want to get started – because some people listening – many won’t know the story. But your dad, he was a millionaire. The family was doing well. He was an orphan himself, as a young boy. His – your grandma and grandpa– and the kids left him alone in the hut, when he was a little boy. And he ended up moving – walking three days into Nairobi, begging and trying to make a way in this world. And, uh, he did. I mean, the Lord had his eye on your dad, Charles Mully. I mean, it’s like a modern day story of the old-time folks that had orphanages and saw God’s blessing through them. But your dad, uh, had an oil and gas business, a real estate business, a taxi business, and was doing what he thought he did best and that was make money. And then God got a hold of him and said, you know what? There’s more to this life than making money. And what did he do? Fill in the blank. What was your dad’s next step?

Dickson: I think – um, and again, thank you for having me here. To put it in a nutshell, he became crazy. Now…

Jim: He became crazy.

(LAUGHTER)

Jim: I like that. That is a nutshell.

Dickson: Crazy. Crazy for God, and just crazy enough to, um, to accept such an hard calling. And because having gone through so much, like you’ve – you know, you’ve talked about it. And maybe what I’ll try to go back is, when he was 16, and he was very desperate after his parents had left him. And he had gone through so much pain and suffering. He wanted to commit suicide. And he was there sitting under a tree, uh, trying to think about how he’ll take his own life. And this young man came and told him, you look like you’re in despair. And he said, yes.

So, the guy didn’t tell him I want to take you to church. He said, I want to introduce you to certain people. I want to take you for a meeting. Um, and when he got there, it was church, and it was a youth convention, and that’s where he gave his life to Jesus. And for me, I think that was his biggest turning point in life, because once that happened, even if he did not become rich and all those things, then he got the wealth that comes from God, which is the peace of mind, the peace of the heart.

And the journey that he walked with God from that moment, from looking for a job, to building a business, to becoming a multi-millionaire, and towards giving it to all out for the glory of God – and which brings me back to what you’re talking about. In the year 1989, he, uh, he came home, and, um, and he sat at the table, and he looked very disturbed. And it was unlike him because most of the time, he’s – you know, my dad, he’s very joyful, and he’s always smiling. But then, um, and he said he was not going to work anymore for money. Like, he’s not going to go back into business. He was not going to do any investment that will bring him money.

Jim: How old were you at this point?

Dickson: I was about 5 years old.

Jim: You can remember this, though.

Dickson: I tell you what – what I remember is everyone looking like a bus had hit them. Like, everyone was feeling so confused. And I remember the kids, we went to – we all had our rooms. And then I went to one of my sister’s rooms, and there was a small congregation of people there, basically my sisters and brothers and everyone, you know, talking and expressing themselves.

Jim: There’s eight of you kids, right?

Dickson: Yeah, eight of us kids. Um, and you find that there was – there was a lot of pain and confusion.

Jim: Maybe some panic?

Dickson: Well, yeah, panic, because you don’t know what – what is Dad saying? Now, if he doesn’t work – you come from a country where there’s so much poverty. Does it mean you’re gonna go to poverty? For me, it was very simple. Does it mean I will not have toys, and I will not go for a holiday and all that? So everyone’s burden was different. But for me, life became a little bit more different and real when I had to go to boarding school, because of that.

Jim: And that was you and your brother, because of your age. You were the youngest…

Dickson: Yes.

Jim: …I would assume.

Dickson: Yes.

Jim: And they wanted to take care of you, so they sent you to boarding school to get a good education, I’m sure.

Dickson: Absolutely. They took us to a wonderful school, a nice British school – very expensive. I mean, we had a wonderful time. It was a nice, nice – one of the best schools in Kenya. However, for us, it did not substitute the fact that we were far from family.

Jim: Right.

Dickson: And before we moved on, Dad brought some of the kids. And I remember them coming to share the room with us. And I’ll never forget this kid going to the toilet to relieve himself on the corner of my bedroom. That was the…

Jim: In your room.

Dickson: In my room.

Jim: But that’s – he knew no better, right?

Dickson: No, he knew no better. But, like, I’m five.

Jim: Right.

Dickson: And I don’t understand. You know, I’m…

Jim: Right.

Dickson: …I was almost turning six. And even when I came for holidays, at even seven years old, the kids were still in the house during our holidays. But then, you know, that kind of shock, where people don’t know how to take care of themselves, and someone—seriously– going to the toilet in your bedroom was – that was really hard.

Jim: Even at five and six, you knew, or seven, you knew something’s not right.

Dickson: No, I knew it wasn’t right. And because some of them were very rowdy. Others were just – they just want to take something from you.

Jim: Kind of bullies.

Dickson: Yeah, they were bullies.

Jim: Yeah.

Dickson: Some of them were bullies.

Jim: That had to feel horrible, as a young boy. Did your mom and dad – did you feel like they knew the pain that you guys were in, that they’re opening up their home to this kind of shenanigans?

Dickson: I think, and I know they appreciated what we were going through. You know…

Jim: Is that one of the reasons they sent you to boarding school?

Dickson: That’s exactly why they sent us to boarding school. Like, in retrospect, like later on, and even as we spoke, you know, they will say, no, we want what’s best for you. And when you are right to come back, you can come back and study with the children. But for now, I think it’s better you focus. And I think, as a parent, that was the best decision they could make, whereby they’ll give us time to adjust slowly, as we come during holidays, and you will give them time to focus on that. Because my elder brothers and sisters didn’t have an issue. But Isaac and I were the ones who were younger…

Jim: Yeah.

Dickson: …And got in, yeah.

Jim: You know, the key thing here, Dickson, and I think one of the exciting things, uh, about the family story – because this is really beyond even your dad’s story. It’s your mom and dad’s story, certainly, but it’s also the kids – the eight of you that were born to them, and the way that you guys moved with this revelation your dad felt, that he needed to sell the businesses and start helping orphans in the slums of Nairobi. And kids began to come into your home. And like you described, people you didn’t know, people that had bad habits, people that were tough.But, here you were watching your mom and dad take a step of faith. Um, that had to be an incredible lesson for you.

Dickson: It was. It – you know, one of the things – I thank God for my parents. And I think, uh, many parents should do this all over the world – is involve your children in a decision you make, even if you’ve already made it.

Jim: Why? What’s the benefit of doing that?

Dickson: The benefit of doing that – and I’ll take you back to my dad coming and put it in, also, a context of being from our country. I mean, he can make a decision. You know, he’s the man of the house. But then he came and talked to Mom. He came and talked to us and said, I will not be working. And what it does – it brings people together, to reason together. He made himself vulnerable to us to ask him why, so that he could explain his calling. And what that does, even if it takes time, the children, your family, will honor your vision. No, you don’t feel like dad or mom is just trying to force this thing down our throat, because Jesus told him to do so. But then they feel like dad and mom have a calling. Yes, they’re going to go forward, but they want us to go forward together.

Jim: Yeah.

Dickson: And there’s nothing as important as that.

Jim: Well, and that’s one of the great things I love of your family’s story is how your mom and dad mentored the eight kids and watched this process unfold. One of the most amazing parts of the film that really caught my attention – number one, the cinematography of the film is outstanding. I mean, no one will be disappointed going and seeing the scenes of Africa, and what your mom and dad did, and particularly the property that they bought for their retirement. And, of course, to paint that picture, they’re bringing kids home all the time. And the house is probably busting at the seams with children that your dad particularly is bringing in, right?

Dickson: Uh huh.

Jim: And then they had that property. So they went out, and they began to think and dream that maybe that property could become the future orphanage. But they needed water. And so your dad had a dream, right? Fill in the blank on this. Because, if I were your dad’s son, this would have made – and does make, in the film, an incredible impact on all of us watching his faith. What happened?

Dickson: So, we moved out from Eldoret, which was in the Highlands. The land was small. We moved, uh, out in his retirement place. Mom and Dad had set up a place that, even if they get, into ministry – like, people here have a lake house or something – like, if they get out of, uh, ministry, or when they retire, they’ll have their own place with the family. But it was very dry. Um, and the river there had hippos and crocodiles. And basically, it was a nice place if you want to set up a ranch. But, it’s terrible if you want to bring people and children to live there. And it got so hard, because the water was contaminated, because of the river. We did not have a purification plant. And, um, when the children started becoming sick…

Jim: And how many kids were there at that point?

Dickson: About 300 children.

Jim: About 300 kids.

John: Three hundred kids.

Dickson: Yeah, and, you know, we were meeting under a tree, uh, for church. Like, church was under a tree. And this is really off, but one of the things…

Jim: That’s a big tree.

John: I was thinking the same thing.

Dickson: He was saying – he kept on telling us, and just back – as I go to that, but when you focus on God being in your heart, then you can focus on more on the things of the Spirit than on the things of the earth- and when, uh, the kids were having issues and they were dying, he called these professionals – geologists. And they went all around, and they tried to put a bore hole. And they could not find water. They went over 150 meters deep. Now, that’s a lot of feet down.

Jim: Three hundred feet, roughly.

Dickson: Yeah, and the crew didn’t get any water. And so he was crying, and he was really having a hard time. And at night, uh, my mom woke up and asked, “Why are you crying?” And he’s like, people – this child has died, and he’s died because I’ve led them here, and there’s no good, clean water. And fast forward – as he was crying, he felt God speak to him and tell him to wake up and stop crying and just walk out, and He’ll show him where the water is. And he walked 100 meters straight and three meters to the left. And God showed him that there’ll be water. And he picked up the soil, and Mom, and they prayed. And in the morning, they called all of us and called the children and were like, God has promised, and He has shown me that there’ll be water here. And you should have looked at us. Our faces were like, what?

Jim: It’s out in the desert, right?

Dickson: It’s out in the desert. And those guys with the big drills couldn’t get water. And the geologist said there’s no water. And there’s a big rock – a volcanic rock. I mean, they gave us all these crazy reports. But then he told us to dig. And he asked some of the members of staff to join us. And they told him that they’re not in the business of joining crazy people, like, it’s enough working for him…

John: You were already in the desert with 300 people.

Dickson: …like but, but no.

Jim: Yeah.

Dickson: Yeah.

Jim: Dig here.

Dickson: Yeah, and we dug, and it – in about two weeks, it was really a step of faith. We believed what he said. And we started digging and digging, and two weeks in, I was actually inside at that time, with my friend—he’s called David. And I grew up with him since grade 3. He was from the streets. And he’s actually one of my best friends. And, as we were digging, when I hit somewhere on the rock, there was some sand, and all of a sudden, water just (imitating water rushing) went out.

Jim: So you put the pick in, and bang.

Dickson: I put the pick in and just, bang. But it was just a normal thing, like, I didn’t know what we’ll get, so I just bang and then it just started (imitating water rushing). And then he just threw the pick out, and water started coming in, and everyone, and everyone was so happy.

Jim: That was about 10-12 feet down?

Dickson: Oh yeah, yeah. And everyone – it was really interesting – and people started running around. And they forgot that we were down there, so then, like, get us up.

Jim: You needed a rope or something.

Dickson: Yeah, they sent us a rope…

Jim: But that’s funny. But what anamazing…

Dickson: It is.

Jim: …truly amazing step of faith. And it just seems like your dad has got God’s ear, and there’s favor there that The Lord has given him. And even like that, to have a dream, or an impression, go 100 meters out this way, three meters to the left, and dig there, and there’s going to be water. We’re not used to hearing that, here in the West. I mean, we’re used to reading that through newspapers, you know?

Dickson: But listen, if you hold the Lord by his Word, you know, call on me, I’ll answer, and I’ll show you great and marvelous things you cannot fathom. When you read the Bible, and he had, you know, the Bible talking about why don’t you have, is because you did not ask. And when you ask, you do not get because of your intentions. If your intentions are right, and they are to glorify God and you ask – knock on the door, he shall open. And the funny thing is that a miracle is not just water in the desert. It may be restoration of a marriage. It may be restoration of your kids from drugs. God does work in his own mysterious ways that suit us in our point of need. You do not need to hit water in America for you to believe God is there, but when your kid comes back to God – that’s a miracle. And when your kid doesn’t go into drugs, that’s a miracle in itself, because he or she is out in the wilderness. And I think people also must focus on the miracles within their own hearts and within their own families. Yep.

John: This is Focus on the Family. We’re talking to Dickson Mully, and his father, and his family, his extended family of about 13,000 siblings – all the very point of a movie that we’re very excited about. It’s calledMully. And it’s in theaters October 3rd, 4th and 5th. And you can find out more at focusonthefamily.com/radio or call 1-800-A-FAMILY. And this reminder that at the website, we have a free download of the interview we did with Dr. Charles Mully, just a few weeks ago.

Jim: Dickson, as we are trying to encourage people to go see the film. It’s to encourage them to step out in faith, not just to speak about the Word of God, but to do the Word of God. And that’s something, here at Focus on the Family, we are championing for all of us, whether it’s orphan care through our Wait No More program or Option Ultrasound, saving babies’ lives – you know, with ultrasound machines and the many, many more things that you alluded to, saving a marriage, etc. God wants to see our faith in action, just like the book of James talks about.

And so often, as Christians, we can become rather complacent, especially when our cup is so full, when our needs are met, and most of our wants are met. As you have seen this transition within your own family, what are some of the great lessons that you have learned, as the youngest in the family, being that little boy, and all these strangers coming into your home, the risk of it, feeling alienated, all those things that you had to go through. Now, all the kids are part of the ministry. They’re all engaged. They’re all doing different things. Together, those 13,000 kids that you have – over 13,000 that you and the family have helped rescue, they’re becoming engineers, doctors, lawyers. They are going on to do wonderful things in the name of Christ. When you step back from it, what do you see?

Dickson: Wow. I see God’s goodness, His greatness, His favor and His power.

Jim: Is it worth the pain?

Dickson: Oh absolutely. Absolutely because let me give you – when you get a child – I’ll give you an example. There’s this kid called George Kairo. I’ll go very fast. He – his mom died of HIV and AIDS and asked my parents to take care of him. My mom was changing his diaper. He grew up in our home. He was one of the first 50 kids who came to MCF. And two years ago, he graduated as a doctor. And right now, he’s a head of department in a big hospital. Now, his story can take an hour, but then how do you beat that? Like what else do you need?

Jim: He was an orphaned child…

Dickson: He was an orphan child.

Jim: …and now he’s head of a medical unit.

Dickson: He’s head of a medical unit. He would have died. But then, the salvation that has come – when Jesus talked to Zachariah and told him salvation has come to your house, what Jesus does is he visits us in our point of weakness. And he brings salvation. And that’s what I’m saying. For me, it is worth it. When you see that, then you understand. And just to put it into context – when you are patient with God, when you focus on the cross, when you believe that He is able, despite the struggle, then you will reap the fruits. Because a tree can never produce fruits until it goes throughout the process. So, I just encourage Christians and families like, to keep – let’s keep our eye on the ball to serve God. And the most satisfying thing in the world is transformation of lives. That’s it. Nothing can beat that.

Jim: You were challenged, in this way, though. One of your good friends, as a young boy, died. And you had to process that. Describe that story and what happened to you. And how did it encourage your faith? Or how did you struggle through that?

Dickson: The boy who died was my classmate, and that was – it’s tied into the water story, because he became sick with typhoid from drinking the river water. And he was sick for some time. And it was really hard on us. And when he passed on, it was a very big struggle, because, first of all, losing a friend, when you’re about 13, who you’ve grown up with, is something that can traumatize you. Two, losing him to something that you know can be controlled as a disease, because of water. And three, not being able to do anything else, but pray about it. It grew faith, but it also brought bitterness.

And so, tied into the water story – when dad talked about we – God has shown me that there’s water here. There are like five stories into play. There was dad, the parent, crying for a child that he lost. There was dad, the prophet and visionary, that he’s asking God, “Why have you led my people here?” And there was us, as the children, in pain, and thinking, do we trust this man? Is he really – does he know what he’s doing? And then, on the other side, do we trust God? What does God want with us? And then, in between ourselves, is there a solution? Kids were like, do we run away? Do we stay? So, there are so many aspects of the entire thing. And that is why the water story was so good, because when I saw the water, when people were crying with tears of joy, when I was crying with tears of joy, it was because I know I’ll not lose another Oscar. His name was Oscar. I’ll never lose another friend because of that, and…

Jim: He had life.

Dickson: Yeah, we had life.

Jim: Water brought life.

Dickson: We had life. So it wasn’t just about the drinking. It was about life. It was about health. It was more than water.

Jim: Yeah. Dickson, it’s so important for us, in the closing minutes, just to talk about your faith in Christ and really to encourage us, as your western brothers and sisters. Again, I want to drive that point home. We can get lost in the fog of modernity, that you know, it’s all kind of process related to us now. And for us to take a step of faith, like your family has taken, seems so foreign, so different from how we would approach things. When you look at it, when you look at the investment – the fact that your dad sold everything, in order to save the lives of these kids that were living under the porches in Nairobi, in the slums of Nairobi, kids that, when they came into your home, would urinate in your bedroom, because they didn’t know how to use the bathroom, would bully you and your siblings – in all of that, I mean,you could be very resentful. I know a lot of people in America would be like that.But, how do you put that all into perspective, now to say these children, now growing up to become adults, serving the Lord, vocationally accelerating and being the head of a medical unit, or the lawyer, or the engineer – when you look at the full spectrum now, five years old to how old are you now?

Dickson: I’m 31.

Jim: Thirty-one. You’ve seen all those years. What wisdom do you see, between chasing material things and investing in the kingdom of God, like your family has done?

Dickson: First of all, I must say it takes time and pain. And the struggle – it’s part of it.

Jim: It’s ok to be…

Dickson: It’s ok.

Jim: …upset.

Dickson: When you go back, and as I talked to my father– let me just go back to the Bible. When you look at Jesus, he, when you read about the Bible, that He did not consider himself equal to God. Right? He was humble, humble to become human, humble for death, even death on the cross,And all I’m saying is that for you to be able to overcome anything in the Christian walk of faith, you must go through the struggle, because the struggles make us stronger – it’s not just a saying. It is the truth. And therefore, focusing on what we are talking about here, is that when you look up on to Jesus, then you are able to realize that He can take you through. Now that sounds ambiguous, but to put it into perspective – when you have the helmet of salvation, such would that be saved. Then from there, have the belt of truth.Always be honest with what you’re saying. Then have the sword, which is the Word of God. Read your Bible. Then you’re able to go through the things. And then you have the shield, which is the shield of faith, so you can be able to take all the arrows that the Devil throws at you. And then you have the breastplate of righteousness. Don’t try to be righteous before you are saved. It’s not going to work. So have that, and then, from there, be willing to spread the Word of God. If you have that, then you’ll have the fruit. Just take it step at a time.

Jim: Dixon, that is so – that’ll preach man. I mean, that is so good. And I hope you are encouraged, as you’re listening, saying I got to know more about this family story. And thankfully that’s been captured in a wonderful documentary calledMully. and that will be in theaters October 3rd, 4th and 5th, so you can go, and I’m planning – Jean and the boys, we’re going, John.Because I want them to see this film as well. Because it’ll make such a great impression upon them. And, you know, again Charles Mully – his faithfulness, his devotion to the Lord, from being 16 and then going through everything that he’s gone through, the wonderful testimony that he and now the family possesses is so powerful. Everyone will enjoy it. So get out. Get the tickets. You can preorder the tickets at our website for October 3rd, 4th and 5thand you will not be disappointed. Do it as an investment in your family and an investment in the Focus on the Family family, and in fact we have some friends. If you preorder the tickets, now – this won’t be available at the window on those dates. But if you preorder the tickets now, they’re going to match that dollar-to-dollar and all the proceeds are going to help orphans at MCF in Kenyaand Focus on the Family’s Wait No More orphan adoption program. So you can’t lose! Go to the website now. Order the tickets. Help orphans, both in Kenya and here in the US. And together, we will show them the love of Christ.

John: Yeah this is a great way to make a lasting difference.

Jim: Dickson, again, I am so thrilled with the testimony really. That’s what it is. The testimony of your mom and dad and eight siblings. The kids, you being the youngest. What a powerful story that God has worked through you and given you to teach, not only those in Kenya, and in Africa, but all around the world, through this filmMullyabout being engaged, about not just speaking the word of truth, but doing the word of truth. And that is the testimony of your family. And I’m so grateful to you all. Please, hug your mom and dad. Tell them hi and all the siblings too. Give them a big hug. And we’re looking forward to seeing this film. And we’re looking forward to seeing the film, October 3rd, 4th and 5th. And for that ministry to occur to all those thousands of people that are gonna see this. Thank you for being faithful to the Lord.

Dickson: Thank you. And thank you for having me here. And we are really grateful for your love and support. And just one thing I want to say is that, at the end of the day, we are different parts of the same body. And Focus on the Family and Mully Children’s Family are focusing on the family.

Jim: We are.

Dickson: When we bring back restoration of the family, be it children in the streets, be it orphans, and be it people who are in a difficult place, I think we are doing this for the glory of God. And so we are really grateful for your love and support for MCF. Thank you.

Jim: For Him.

Dickson: Thank you. Amen.

Closing:

John: Oh what a privilege to hear from Dickson today. And I trust that you’ll follow up and get the free audio download of the conversation with his dad, Charles Mully, and also get details about your tickets for seeing the movieMullycoming up October 3rd, 4th and 5th, and once again, all those details at focusonthefamily.com/radio. Thanks for listening to Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller. And on behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, join us next time, as we once more help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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Dr. Tim Keller unpacks powerful stories of forgiveness and shares Scripture to help you forgive those who’ve wronged you, as you gain a better understanding of all that Christ has forgiven. Dr. Keller takes you through the steps to forgiveness, including the need to forgive yourself, and how to lovingly confront others. (Part 1 of 2)

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Celebrating Advent as a Family

When the Christmas season rolls around, we often place expectations that it will be “the best Christmas ever,” but we end up disappointed, stressed out and exhausted. Josh and Christi Straub urge us all to remember the true meaning of the Advent season, offering ways to sidestep the stress by being fully present with family and reflecting on the joy of the season.

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Caring for the Forgotten Generation

Chaplain Bill Goodrich of God Cares Ministry describes the vibrant opportunity to befriend and share Christ with the elderly in your community. He shares his heart for this forgotten generation of precious people who deserve our love and attention.

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Accepting Your Imperfect Life

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

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Being Seen by God

Offering encouragement found in her book Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to be Noticed, Sara Hagerty describes how we can experience God in ordinary, everyday moments, and how we can find our identity in Him apart from what we do.

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Being the Hero Within You

Rodney Bullard, Vice President of Community Affairs at Chick-fil-A, encourages listeners to make a heroic impact on the world in an inspiring discussion based on his book, Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out.

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.

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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.

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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 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,

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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 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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