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Helping Your Millennial Child Reconnect With God (Part 1 of 2)

Helping Your Millennial Child Reconnect With God (Part 1 of 2)

Worldview experts Alex McFarland and Jason Jimenez discuss the cultural forces that are shaping Millennials, how the Church has failed to reach them, and ways to lead them back to the Christian faith. (Part 1 of 2)

 

Opening:

John Fuller: Today on “Focus on the Family,” we’re going to take a look at the Millennial generation and what they believe about God and church and faith. And you might have heard comments like these.

Clip:

Girl #1: I have some problems with the Bible because there’s a lot of things in there that we do not follow, and people pull things out of context a lot—random verses that don’t really apply to the world as it is today.

Guy: Well I think that just because I don’t consider myself Christian doesn’t mean that I can’t see Him as a role-model for myself and a leader for myself if He was a real person.

Girl #2: I don’t know, I’m sometimes put off by the dogma of organized religions. (Laughing) You know, I don’t understand like some of the specific rituals don’t really resonate with me.

Girl #3: Everything is like happy and Jesus loves you and Sunday school and you don’t really get anything that’s real about Christianity in this day and age because you’re naïve and you’re a child. But when I grew up, I was disillusioned from the idea of church as something that I wanted to be a part of.

End of Clip

Jim Daly: John, statements like those we just heard, especially for a parent, are so difficult, ’cause you’re pouring into the life of your child; you’re hoping they catch it, that they catch the faith, that they embrace it as their own. And then 16, 17 your start to see signs that maybe they are not getting it. And then you hit your head on the pillow at night and the two of you, the spouse and you, begin to talk. “What’s wrong with Johnny? What’s wrong with Mary? It doesn’t seem like it’s coming together.”

John: What’d we do wrong?

Jim: What’d we do wrong? So many parents are living in that space, and we are gonna discuss that topic today of how to help your children embrace the faith, grab ahold of it, and to own it for themselves, which is the goal. And sometimes that’s gonna take a fearful step, which is not controlling it.

John: Uh-hm, right, ’cause we’re not in control, are we? There’s that free will thing going on, and kids have to own that. John: And we’ve got Dr. Alex McFarland and Jason Jimenez in the studio with us today, and they have a passion for teaching and training young adults about biblical truth.

Alex is a religion and culture expert. He’s an author and speaker and radio host and is the director at the Apologetics and Worldview Center of North Greenville University, and he’s served for a number of years here at Focus on the Family as our teen apologetics expert. And Jason is a former pastor. He writes and speaks about this topic. And together they’ve written a new book for Focus on the Family that you’ll hear more about today. It’s called Abandoned Faith.

Body:

Jim: Welcome to Focus.

Dr. Alex McFarland: Thank you, it’s great to be here.

Jason Jimenez: Yeah, we’re glad, you guys. Thank you for having us.

Jim: Okay, this is something close to a lot of parents’ heart, especially the parents of teenagers, not that I would be one (Laughter), but that’s exactly where I am.

John: You have a couple of them, don’t you?

Jim: You’ve got one or two, too, don’t you? So as you’re helping your children to embrace the faith, there are so many speed bumps along the way. Culture is pulling at them; so many things are pulling at them, pulling them away from those truths that we hope that they will embrace. What does the landscape look like? What’s the research showing us? How many kids are walking away from the faith today when they turn 18, 19, and go off to college?

Alex: Well, there are a lot. I mean, there is some data out there that looks pretty scary, and I mean we should be concerned, and we should always, in every generation, be, you know, diligent about passing the baton of faith to the next generation. But in the book we talk about some of the realities and the challenges of discipling our children and teens. But there really is some good news, and I want to talk about that as well.

When I was working with Focus, now 14 years ago, and my speaking and traveling was really growing and I was out more and more, I began to hear these stories of distraught parents that would say, you know, “We don’t get it. You know we raised our kids in youth group and church and maybe even Christian school, and now they’re at the university and they’re seriously doubting that God exists or questioning their Christian faith.”

And so I, for a long time, have had a real burden to say a couple of things. There is hope. And that’s what we want to set forth very clearly from the get-go. If you’re fearful that you’ve got a prodigal or you are the parent of a prodigal, know this: there is hope and that there is some good news. But, at the same time, the culture nowadays, I mean there are some very serious spiritual challenges that believers of any age face, and that’s very pronounced among the teens.

Jim: Well, and some of that research will show that up to maybe 70 percent of kids going off to college or leaving the home will walk away from the faith. Now Dr. Kara Powell at Fuller has done some back research on that, looking at when do they return to the faith, and thankfully, about half by the time they are 30, and I don’t think any of the research she’s done has gone beyond 30 years old, but over a lifetime, to your point, the good news is many come back. They hit their point; they hit their valley, and then they reach out to the Lord and, just like the Scripture says, that His Word does not return void, and I think it’s very true in this environment.

Jason, as a former pastor though, you’re, you lived it. You saw families in great despair. It doesn’t sound very comforting when you have a prodigal child to think that it could get better. It just, at times, does not feel like, A, God is connected here, that He knows the issues that we’re going through, or B, that there is any light at the end of the tunnel in the middle of this, especially a 20-something that has gone off the rails, and you weep at night as a parent thinking, What did we do wrong? Where did God let us down? And what’s the problem with our child? Why [are] Bob and Nancy’s kids doing so well and our kids aren’t? There’s a lot in there.

Jason: There’s a lot in there. And one thing we appreciate what you guys do on the radio show, Jim and John, is to focus on these issues. And one of the things we do in the book, Abandoned Faith, because you asked the question earlier, the landscape, you’re talking 80 million. This is the largest generation, the Millennials–

Jim: Eighty million?

Jason: –80 million, in American history. So to your point with Dr. Kara Powell, she’s now examining the older end. You’re talking about 1984 to about 2004 as the time in which the Millennials were raised, were growing up.

The good news is, there is not only hope for the Millennial as they do get older, because they are searching, they are very spiritual but they are misguided; they do lack a biblical worldview. Because, as we show in the book and we examine the data, their parents didn’t have a biblical worldview, so there is a lack of transferrable faith in them. So as they get older and they are in their 20s, they are asking some of these questions now, and they are engaging on some level, and we’re here to say one way to help bring this abandonment back home and to start bringing some healing with this generation is let’s first focus on the regret, the pain, the “lostness,” the abandonment, the fear of rejection that a lot of the parents are faced with, and that’s what this book does.

Jim: Kind of the honesty is what I’m hearing you say.

Jason: Yeah.

Jim: And not to be a hypocrite, right?

Jason: Yep, absolutely.

Jim: Because I think this Millennial generation, they’re looking for what’s real, and we even heard that in the setup with that one girl speaking about that, that when she got older she just didn’t feel faith was real, and that’s a sad thing.

Jim: How do we address this? We often, with parenting particularly, we look at a very formulaic approach. We set boundaries. We discipline. There’s this formula that we have in our head that if we do A + B then we get C, the output of a wonderful, perfect maybe even, child. That’s not the plan, is it? I mean God had Adam and Eve. He was the perfect parent. And His kids went the wrong direction.

Alex: Sure.

Jim: How do we, as parents, embrace messy? That God gave each of us a free will, including our children? I know that scares, even saying that scared me, John. But it’s true. Our kids have free will. We can’t fireproof them; we can’t spiritually proof them, and they’re gonna have to live their lives. What do we do, as parents, to do the best job we can do to give our children the best chance that they have at understanding the world through a biblical lens?

Alex: Great question, Jim, and I think one of the best things we can do, the starting point has got to be that we role model it ourselves.

Jim: Is that the most important thing to do?

Alex: Well, obviously prayer, you know, and we understand that as much as we love our kids, the Lord loves them even more, but I really do think that passing the faith on and building a child that will go the distance with Jesus begins that they see authenticity in our own life.

Two Scriptures that we talk about in the book. One is Deuteronomy 6, where it says, you know, “Post the Word of God on the door of your house and keep it ever in front of your eyes.” But I love Exodus 13. It’s very poignant, actually. It’s a very touching Scripture that says, “When it comes to pass that your son will ask you, ‘Why do we do these things,’ that you will say, ‘Pharaoh wouldn’t let us go. God delivered us.’”

The import of Exodus 13 is that your child is saying, “How do I have what you have? I see something in you, how do I have what you’ve got with God, Dad or Mom?” And so I think when our kids see that Jesus Christ is the No. 1 priority in our own lives, it’s not, you know, legalism or ritual, but it’s this passionate relationship, the old saying, “More is caught than taught,” and we want our faith to be something that they can’t help but recognize.

Jim: So again, for the parents who are struggling because they have a child who maybe they’ve seen things that are inconsistent in the faith, what are those steps? I want some really concrete steps. What do I have to do when I see my kids tonight around the dinner table? How do I start afresh?

Jason: Yeah.

Jim: I’m expecting to hear humility. Tell your kids where you have blown it.

Jason: Oh, yeah.

Jim: I think so often we, as parents, we try to project perfection, and it’s not there and your kids know it.

Jason: Well, yeah, here’s a sad reality. I mean like you said, the answer is, as the Bible says in 1 John 2:5, to walk as Christ walked. He is our example. We are to, in the fullness and stature of the fullness of Christ, we get together in the local body. Our process of sanctification is to become more like Jesus. The reality is, when you talk to the average Christian, particularly parents who’ve been raising these teens who are looking at a lot of these mistakes and then rejecting the faith, they take it solely on them. So when you talk to this parent, they are the one saying, “I haven’t been a good example.” So to your point, Jim, how do I do that? I know look at the Bible, pray, try to be that example. But I haven’t been the best example.

You talk to the average man who’s maybe listening to this show right now who professes to be a believer, maybe supports this ministry, maybe have read a few of the books; he’s a business guy; he’s traveled a lot through the years; he’s provided for his family. I’ve sat with many of those people, as you guys have, and they will tell you, “I have major regret because my wife did most of the parenting raising and I was out there making a living, trying to provide for my family. Now that my kids are older, if I wasn’t really the spiritual leader then, how do I become the spiritual leader now?” So here’s one of the first things we tell them in the book is accept responsibility.

So we’re trying to tell parents take responsibility. Don’t take ownership of everything; it’s impossible. We have free will; our kids have free will; and the older they get, they’re not always going to take your advice; but they are gonna look at your example, and that’s where we have to show repentance.

And so real quickly I’ll tell you guys, we do one thing; it’s a mission statement in our home. It’s very easy with our kids. It’s an acronym, LOVE. We put it in the book. Make sure that we laugh as a family. Laugh! It’s a medicine to the soul, the Bible says. No. 2, and O in LOVE is be open. Be transparent. Look for opportunities. You know when dads are open, when dads take the opportunity to break through the discomfort and kind of the awkwardness and just kind of be open and share a thing or two about their life or maybe what they’re going through, that really speaks to the kids and to the mom.

V is value one another. Everybody has a role in the family. So now the older the kid goes, we know that almost 70 percent of Millennials are still living at home; over 50 percent of them are guys and less than 40 percent are girls, but you add the numbers together, a lot of Millennials are still living at home. So though we don’t discipline them like you once did, we have to adapt and say, “How am I valuing my child, who is an adult now in the home?” Because they do play a role. You may not want them to be there that long, but they are still a family member. And then E is encourage them.

We need to make sure that we are always, every day when you’re sitting around the dinner table, I would say something, Jim, is that it’s not about doing family devotions. I think we become legalistic about that and we’re trying to cram something in there, 5- or 10-minute thing, and that can be bad because you’re setting a precedent that if we do 5 minutes of Bible during the day, we’re good, you know, a kind of checklist.

If you encourage each other in the Spirit of the Lord and you show them what it looks like to have intimacy with God and be open and do all these things that we mentioned, you are gonna see a major change that’s going to transpire.

Jim: That’s a devotional.

Jason: That’s a devotional in itself.

Jim: But I can understand the personality kind of plays into this, because my wife, Jean, is biochemistry, she’s black and white; she loves more formal time together. That really encourages her.

My two teenage boys like the more on-the-go devotional, “Dad, look at that deer!” “Hey, have you ever thought about God’s creation?” That’s where they tend to thrive, and they bristle under the 7:00 to 7:30 thing. How do you adapt so you’re as effective, and how do parents talk to each other to say, “Okay, it’s okay. We can relax here a little bit. It doesn’t have to be every night at 7:00,” but you can do some things differently and still get a better result?

Jason: Well, before, Alex, you say something, one of the things we talk about in the book is just as we look to in Psalm 73 and Deuteronomy 6, look for opportunities through the day. Just have a relationship. I think a lot of times parents, we’ve got to remember we’re the No. 1 influencer in our kids’ life, and one thing we remind them in the book, more so now when they’re in their 20’s than when they were actually in their teens.

I just came out of a conference this weekend, and a lot of parents of Millennials, they feel awkward. “I don’t want to invade their space.” Or “I want to have a relationship, but how do I do that?” And they still even live at home, but they are, of course, on their own schedule. They hang out with their friends; they go to work, and they don’t really interact so much, maybe a meal or two, but even then, Jim, they weren’t really having a lot of meals together. That was one of the things, right, because sports and other things have replaced that.

So I always remind parents you’re the No. 1 influencer. Just find something that you guys share in common, maybe memories that you have as a family, or something your child likes to do—boy or girl, it doesn’t matter, son or daughter—and look to do that at least once or twice a month, but during the day, if you do have some interaction, a text, a reminder to them. You know there are ways that we can still interact with them. But you know what? I’ll tell you, a lot of parents are intimidated.

Jim: Well, I was going to make that point, because I think a lot of parents don’t see themselves as the No. 1 go-to source for their teens particularly, because they don’t have that relationship, or it’s strained, and they don’t see it as the normal—

Alex: But they still are.

Jim: –pull away. But they still are, so they have to see that and understand that.

Alex: Yeah. I mean by God’s grace, I mean, I’m in front of at least 100,000 teens a year, and we do surveys at all of our events; we do, you know, these questionnaires; and still mom and dad are the No. 1 voice.

Jim: Yeah.

Alex: On spiritual and moral and life decisions, mom and dad has the most clout of any voice in the life of their young person. They really do.

John: Well, we’re talking today to Jason Jimenez and Dr. Alex McFarland on “Focus on the Family.” Your host is Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller. And our guests have written a book, Abandoned Faith, and we have that at http://focusonthefamily.com/radio.

And that influence that a parent has over a teen, is that still true when they hit their 20-, 30-year mark? I’ve got some kids in my 20’s and I’m not sure that I’m influencing them all that much. I only see them a few times a week.

Alex: Do you know, John, I actually believe that it deepens the longer we live, the more. And I hear this from the mid to late 20’s and the 30’s. ‘Cause you get out there in the crucible of life and you’ve got all of these responsibilities and stresses, and I’ve heard so many late-20’s saying, “I wish I could have one more conversation with my dad,” or “Oftentimes, no matter where I am, I try to call.”

I believe—and this is designed by God—but that influence and that gentle–sometimes not so gentle–influence that a parent can have, it does remain, and we need to leverage that.

But sure, you’re respecting their space, but they need to respect that you are still providing, even though they might chronologically be a grownup, but economically they are still dependent on you, you need to leverage the authority that you still do carry in their lives and use that authority for pointing them toward Christ.

Jason: See, one of the things that when you do look at the fact you do have a 20-something, let’s say the dad wasn’t really a spiritual leader and there’s a disrespect. There is. It’s innate in all of us. There’s an issue that a lot of these young men have.

But it depends, John, on the relationship, it does, meaning the influence. So we do realize that there are a lot of them who have been hurting. They have resented a lot of the issues within their parents’ marriage. Seventy-two percent that we’ve interviewed within the book and around the nation, when asked the questions, one, “Do you respect the faith of your parents? Typically, they will say yes. They say absolutely. That’s their faith. Truth is relative kind of the [perception] that a lot of Millennials have.

But I said, “Do you respect their marriage, if in fact they’re still married, or they’re remarried?” Over 70 percent of them said no. They don’t want a marriage that their parents had or do have. That’s sad. That affects how they look at God and the Bible and even finding community in the local church.

So having said that, depending on the relationship that a young person has with their father or mother, depending on the relationship that their parents have had with each other and with God, is gonna determine the influence. Now innately, that influence is still there, and we believe it’s the responsibility if the parents still. Their parenting is not over yet. As a matter of fact, in many cases it’s just begun.

They’ve got to find ways. And one of the chapters that we talk about, Chapter 9 of the book, is how you bridge the gap then? How do you become that No. 1 influence again in their life if you’ve lost it years ago? And there still is an opportunity for that, because most Millennials are stressed, but one of the reasons they are stressed is because they are seeking the approval of their parents. So there is a longing still that many of them have to want to reunite with their mom and dad.

Jim: Yeah, boy, that just sends a bunch of thoughts into my mind in terms of what they’re seeking, what they need, and what we as parents need to provide.

Jim: You mention a story in the book, Abandoned Faith, about—and this is probably the most terrifying story for a parent in terms of one’s faith and your children’s faith—is you’ve done all the right things, seemingly, your marriage is strong perhaps. You’ve gone to church regularly; you’ve talked about the Lord with your kids, and the years have flown by and then your son or daughter goes off to college and after the first semester, second semester, they come home and now they have doubts; they have tough questions about the existence of God.

And then they come home one day and say, “You know what? Your faith is yours, guys, and we do, I do appreciate that, but I’m no longer believing God is who He said He was, that He’s even real. I’m moving more into the atheist camp.” I mean, can you, as a parent hearing that, what do you do?

Alex: It’s devastating.

Jim: How do you, I mean some parents are quickly going to want to argue. “Well, wait a minute; here’s the evidence for our faith,” and you get into that lawyer mode, which usually drives a wedge into the relationship. How do you identify it? How do you begin to address that adult child and say, “Hang on. There [are] other things you need to think about?”

Alex: Well, one thing, stay cool. Don’t have a meltdown. And certainly don’t digress into a shouting match, because that will only drive them farther from God and more towards unbelief.

Let me just say this. We believe in apologetics within the family. We believe that the home should be a place where Christian worldview is passed on and taught, and you can’t really start that too early, childhood and middle school and all that. But if your son or daughter is coming home from college and, I mean think about this. Look, I believe in education. I mean I teach it at college and adjunct at half a dozen others, but yet, unless you send your son or daughter to a solidly Christian university somewhere, chances are it’s gonna be four years and $100,000 to discover that you can’t know anything.

I mean professors nowadays are very brazen in their rejection of God and Christianity and even America and patriotism. So, intellectual skepticism is something we need to really preemptively teach our kids about and how to defend the faith, because I do believe, you know, God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ, all of these things are defensible. Compelling lines of evidence point to the reality of the Christian faith.

Let me say this. I meet moms and dads and I hear this story. They’ll say, “You know my son has come home from the university and now he’s an atheist,” and the mom and the dad will say, “but you’ve got to understand, we’re not smart. We just have our faith. So Alex, we’re not really intelligent.” Don’t say that! Don’t tell your kids how unintelligent you are. For one thing, it’s not true; and the other thing, it is not pious to beat yourself down and, you know, brag about how unintelligent you are. And frankly, I’ve got to say this, and I love parents, but that’s a little bit of a lazy excuse.

Don’t make excuses. You’ve got a mind. You can read the Word of God. You can read Josh McDowell or Ravi Zacharias or Alex and Jason. And so, prepare to not only drill down deeply in your own walk and witness, but be able to answer the questions that your sons and daughters might have about the objections they’ve heard out in the world or out on the campus.

John: And asking questions of that child, that’s such an important thing. I’ve had to have some of those conversations, Jim, where I … I’ve had to say, “Well, why do you think that?” Or “Why do you think I believe the way I do?” It’s a way to kind of defuse some of that tension.

Jim: No, it’s good, and I think, unfortunately, in that parenting role you’re tending to look at the first quarter, you know. What are the first-quarter results? It’s like you’re running a business and you don’t look at the long view of really God’s view of this person’s life.

Alex: And also, let me say this journey, while you’re praying and modeling and you’re allowing God to have time to work in the heart of your child, God’s gonna work in your own heart as well. We tell parents, hey, worship while you wait. Your son is off in a 10-year spiritual dry spell? Okay, now this is a time that you’re going to learn brand-new things about the faithfulness of God.

Jim: Yeah. You know let’s end here. I want to come back next time and continue the discussion, because there’s so many more questions in need to ask, but one would be that idea of releasing your adult child, that 20- something that maybe is wandering away from the faith. What does it mean to release that child and trust that God will do what He desires to do in that child’s life? That is a letting go of control that does not come naturally to the flesh.

Jason: Yeah, we need to go back to what we were talking about earlier. See. That’s one of the first things we have to do. As we honor and worship the Lord, we know that we are a steward again, as we say in 1 Peter 4:7, our children are on loan to us; they belong to the Lord ultimately. So, what we have to do is we have to release them like Hannah had to do. We have to give our children over to God like Moses’ parents had to do, and trust that God is in control, ultimately.

If, in fact, we had a listener right now that says, “You know what? I did the best I possibly could. Me and my husband tried to do it, me and my wife tried to do it,” and our kids, we talk about stories, real-life stories of people in the local church that we’ve ministered to as pastors that I’ve seen them through the years, they were awesome parents, they still are awesome parents.

But nevertheless, that son or daughter comes back after a few semesters in college and says, “Hey, I’m an atheist now,” and it just shatters them. It destroys them. And they say, “What could we have done better?” Now there are certain things that you can do now that you probably should have done then, but hey, woulda, coulda, shoulda. But you’ve got to let that go, okay? Don’t let the regrets continue to haunt you.

But in the process, you have to release them and say, you know what? As they get older, their challenges are getting greater for them. Choices that they have to make are a lot more difficult than they were when they were younger. They have to make them on their own. You have to release that. One of the things we talk about in the book is the difference between fear-driven parenting and faith-driven parenting, and a lot of older parents have been parenting in fear, so what they’ve done is they’ve interfered rather than let God intervene.

Jim: Yeah.

Jason: And that’s been a big problem.

 

Closing:

Jim: That is a great place to pick up next time. I would like to do that. Talk about fear versus faith. And it’s very difficult for us parents, those that want to protect, protect, protect. So let’s come back next time and do that. This has been a fast-paced discussion. Abandoned Faith, the book by Alex McFarland and Jason Jimenez, wonderful stuff. So let’s come back next time and pick the conversation up.

John: And you can get that book and learn more about the various helps we have here at Focus on the Family when you call 1-800-232-6459. 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY or stop by http://focusonthefamily.com/radio.

Jim: John, in fact, I believe so much in this content and I’m grateful that we partnered with Tyndale to publish this book with you all. Every parent needs to get this into their hands and read it, and I would just say for a gift of any amount, we’ll send you the book. If you can’t afford it, still contact us. We’ll find a way to get it into your hands. And for those who can help us do that, we would appreciate your support of the ministry. That’s how important this is to me as a father with two teenagers. I know for you, John, with six kids, you’re feeling this too.

John: I am dialed in, yeah. I really am here.

Jim: So let’s do it. Don’t delay. Don’t feel that there’s any embarrassment if you’re struggling as a parent. Get ahold of us; that’s why we’re here.

John: And again, our number 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY.

And when you get in touch, ask about a CD or download of our entire conversation. We’re gonna include what we share next time, as well, or get the Focus on the Family mobile app for your phone or tablet so you can listen on the go.

And by the way, if you have a teen daughter growing up in your home, I’m going to encourage you to check out Brio magazine. It’s coming back next month. It’s a great resource for building up the faith of teen girls and helping them deal with issues like beauty and fashion and relationships in healthy ways.

And coming up next time, more reasons why Millennials are walking away from God and what we can do to reconnect them.

Excerpt:

Jason Jimenez: And here’s a reality: a lot of the ones that grew up in the church, when you talk about the ones who abandon the faith later on in life, they had a lot of doubts early on and did not feel safe expressing those doubts within the church.

End of Excerpt

John: That’s next time, as we once again, help you and your family thrive.

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Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

Cover image of Dr. Randall Schroeder's book "Simple Habits for Effective Parenting"

Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

Cover image of Kevin Thompson's book "Friends, Partners & Lovers"

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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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.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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

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