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

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

 

Opening:

Teaser:

Jason Jimenez: 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 going to look at your example, and that’s where we have to show repentance.

End of Teaser

John Fuller: A good, but difficult challenge for parents of young adults or Millennials who may be wandering away from their faith. You’ll hear a lot more about that on today’s “Focus on the Family.” Your host is Focus president and author, Jim Daly and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John we had a great conversation last time about some of the common problems we parents face today with our young adult and even teenager children and I want to continue that discussion today. We’re talking about their book, Abandoned Faith. This is Alex McFarland, Jason Jimenez. They have done a terrific job kind of quantifying for us where young people are today and why many are walking away from the faith.

But don’t despair as a parent. There is good news. Many come back. And how do we set the groundwork in our relationship for that opportunity to draw our kids back into a relationship? And we’re gonna continue the discussion. If you missed it last time, get a download, get the CD, go to your Smartphone, download the Focus on the Family app, and John, you can tell us how to do that.

John: Well, I won’t go through all the steps right now, but the starting point is going to be http://focusonthefamily.com/radio. And Alex McFarland is a religion and culture expert. He’s a writer and speaker, a radio host. Jason is a former pastor who writes and speaks on apologetics. And as you said, Jim, their book, Abandoned Faith, is terrific. We’ve got that at the website. Or call us. Our number is 800-A-FAMILY.

Body:

Jim: Welcome back to the program, guys.

Jason: Thanks for having us.

Alex McFarland: Thank you.

Jim: It was energetic last time. I think there’s a lot of energy in this topic of our kids and where they’re headed, especially teens and early 20-something’s, and I think most people are leaning in, saying, “That’s right where we’re living.” And I would encourage you to get a copy of the book, because it’s packed with great content.

We left off, Jason, last time with you mentioning fear- versus faith-oriented parenting. I mean that’s a banner statement, as far as I’m concerned. So many of us in the parenting role, we are parenting from a fearful position. In fact, one of the adjectives to describe that is the “helicopter parent,” I mean the overprotective parent.

Jason: Right, yeah.

Jim: What is the impact on that teenager or 20-something of an overprotective parent? What does that child look like?

Jason: Yeah, in today’s world, in psychology they refer to it as the “enabler,” the enabling parent, as well, where they just keep doing things for the kid and the kid never learns for themselves.

A lot of it’s done because we look around. I mean when you look at some of the studies today and you look at older people, today they are fearful of cyber terrorism; they’re fearful of ISIS. They’re fearful of the economy falling apart. Is dad gonna have a job? Are we gonna be able to keep the mortgage? You know a lot of the household incomes have multiple cars. There are kids in college’ they’re paying for that, etc., and they’ve got a beach house or whatever, and so there’s a lot of worry there, as well.

And here’s the interesting thing: the Bible tells us, particularly Jesus, not to worry about tomorrow, not to be anxious. The Bible says not to fret, not to look at these things, not to be fearful, but to be courageous. And yet, the one thing that we are to lead and be the best example in, in parenting, is the one thing where we tend to have the most fear, and letting our kids go, as we talked about Jim and John, in our last episode, I believe, and one thing that Alex and I talk about in the book, where this comes from is there is an issue that this parent has with God.

Jason: Fear parenting takes things to heart and gets defensive. And because you have a lot of inadequacies and you feel already insufficient and you have issues maybe in your marriage, ’cause parenting is only as good as the marriage, oftentimes, you can take that out on the kids. But what we say is in Proverbs 17, a faith-based parenting is saying, you know what? When you overlook and offense, the Bible says, you seek love. But when you do the matter again, you separate from that close friend.

A lot of times, parents dig themselves further in the hole because they get defensive rather than look past the offense. And we have to say you’re the parent in this situation, even if you’re dealing with an adult child, you’re supposed to be the more mature one oftentimes, right?

Alex: You know what, Jason, if your child runs off the rail, you know the parent can take it really personally because—and I don’t mean to beat up on the parents here—we get our identity from the success of our kids. Now the Bible says our life is hid with Christ in God, and I believe, hey, we need to win with our family and we need to invest in our family; it is the priority, of course.

But that’s not our identity. Win or lose, our identity is in Christ, and oftentimes moms and dads kind of freak out if their kids are having a spiritual crisis because it cuts to the core of how they value themselves. And we need to realize that our value, our worth, our dignity is tied to Jesus, and that can never be taken away.

Jim: Why do you think, in our culture today, I mean arguably we’re as, if not more than, affluent than any other generation, and we have access to cheap goods and most people don’t go without their needs being met, and many people have their wants met. So you look at the affluence in the culture in that regard, and then you have incredible anxiety, as you mentioned, Jason, in terms of the culture, the teen climate particularly. They seem worried about so much at a young age, the anxiety, depression, and the simple fact that teen suicides are at their highest rates within the affluent cultures of this world.

Alex: No. 1 cause of death of those under 30 is suicide.

Jim: What is going on? When you would think rationally this should be a time when there is general comfort and embrace, yet there’s all this mayhem going on emotionally? What’s happening?

Alex: We really are blessed, and you know, as a culture and as individuals God has given us, like you say, all of our needs and many of our wants. But even as believers it’s easy to lapse into materialism.

And we sometimes raise kids who there’s more about our stuff, the bling of life, than character. And I’ve come in the last few years to really pray, frankly, to pray about character and to really realize how much God places an emphasis on that.

Now you know what’s really cool is, like Francis Schaeffer years ago, he and his wife, Edith Schaeffer—great Christian leaders–talked about the home being a laboratory where God would build little saints. And the family is the church in miniature, they said. And I agree. And oftentimes the way we react if our children are having a faith crisis, that can say as much to the child about our trust and our depth with the Lord as if we, you know, brandish some Josh McDowell argument or something. And I believe in apologetics.

But the fact that we can calmly, with utter confidence in God, process this ’cause, you know, family is a journey. The journey of a disciple is often messy, you know. It’s not just this clean, you know, press a button, automatic spirituality. And the way a mom and dad is able to trust Jesus through the storms of family life, that says as much about the authenticity of the gospel as some data that we throw on the table.

Jason: Yeah, and the other thing, too I’d say, Jim and John, in this situation with this anxiety, this stress issue, is younger people have taken a lot for granted. Give you an example. Recently I was with a good friend of mine who is the parent of many Millennials; they even went off to Liberty, wealthy family, very affluent. I mean I live in Charlotte; it’s a banking town and there’s a lot of big mega churches with a lot of wealth. I was on staff at many of those churches. And it’s, to some degree, it’s kind of disgusting, right, ’cause you just have everything and all your wants are there and satisfied. It’s like Disney World. You know, it’s fun while you’re there kind of thing, but the faith oftentimes, the discipleship is very shallow.

Now what you find with a lot of these kids is they are just handed everything, and they’re not really content. They don’t have a spirit of being content, and the Scriptures over and over again talk about how we need to be content.

Jim: Why?

Jason: Well, one of the things is these people that, when you talk about a lot of the Millennials, they take things for granted, and so they are always wanting something else. It’s always searching for something more than what they have.

So there’s a lack of contentment, and they become discontent because they’re not satisfied because they’re always searching for something else when, in fact, they need to be searching for the relationship with Christ.

Jim: Well, that’s the question why we as parents, and particularly Christian parents, why do we shy away from allow them to struggle?

Jason: Right.

Jim: ‘Cause we know scripturally there’s something good that comes from struggling.

Alex: “It is good for a young man to bear the yoke in his youth.”

Jim: Right, that’s the proverb of it.

Alex: Yeah, it builds our character.

Jim: But why do we not, we could read it, Alex, but why do we not embrace it?

Alex: You know, our culture defines love oftentimes as material giving, you know. I’m gonna show that I love you by buying you something like that. You know it’s interesting. Of all the kids we interviewed, I asked, “What do you remember most about growing up?” Or “What is a cherished memory?” And it’s always something about time and relationship. I don’t know that I ever interviewed a teenager who said, “Oh, you know I got this Xbox and boy, that did it for me.” Or, you know, it’s not about money and it’s about—I know this is going to sound like a cliché perhaps, but T-I-M-E. It’s about time.

Jim, I’ve heard you talk about solutions we can share around the dinner table, but let me just encourage everybody listening to have that family meal time together. Sociologists talk about the meal time is one of the best vehicles for the passing on of values and imparting values. And I know we’re busy; we’re wired up, we’ve got stuff to do, but I would encourage people if you don’t have the dinner table together, try; pray about it.

Try to have family meal time as many nights a week as you can. And I mean an unplugged meal time, you know, where we really get into each other’s heart and souls and that koinonia, that fellowship within the home, because that is where the faith that goes the distance is very often passed on is around the breaking of bread.

Jim: And we’ve really talked about the family dynamic, and hopefully people are picking up that sense of what we need to do as family, as you said, eat meals together. Even last night, what’s so amazing is when you train that muscle memory, if I can call it that, we were all busy yesterday afternoon, and you know, we ended up eating in different places, but we were together about 6:30 last night and we sat around the table. We didn’t have food in front of us, but we sat around the table for about an hour.

Alex: Just together.

Jim: It was almost like a faux meal, you know. We normally do that, but the fact that we were on the go, but we still ended up just spontaneously, nobody said, “Let’s all sit at the table now.” It just happened. And I think it’s because that’s normally what we would do. But that should be the fiber of the family where you’re having that kind of dialogue. And again, it doesn’t happen all the time, but boy, if you can seek to arrange that in any gentle way you can, I think it’s a good thing.

Jason, you talked about the church, and I want to come back to that. Now in your answer, if you could define for us Boomers again. I’m struggling to keep it all straight between Millennial—

Jason: Boomers, Plurals.

Jim: –Plurals. I mean my boys were born in 2000 and then 2002, so I don’t even know.

Alex: They would be Plurals.

Jim: Okay, they’re Plurals.

Alex: Because they’ve never known an America that wasn’t pluralistic, very hyper pluralistic.

Jim: Correct, so that’s the Plurals concept.

Jason: Yeah.

Jim: But we talked about why the families are losing their children to the faith, but why are churches losing Millennials particularly?

Jason: Here’s the problem: A lot of the church have not looked at Millennials and say, “Well, they’re not paying the bills to keep us open.” That’s’ reality. I’m saying that because I’ve been in those meetings of big mega churches that rake in millions of dollars that come in. I’ve led these departments and put staff together to try to reach the Millennial generation, so I understand there’s a lot of the Evangelical church saying they’re not bringing in the money, so why do we need to focus in on them rather than say they’re the next generation and we need to make disciples?

So we really need to say enough of that. We need to reach them and we’ve lost track of that. The other thing is when they do try to appeal to Millennials, they’re trying to appeal to them with the skinny jeans and the hat and the loud music with all the steam and music and the 22 little, you know, sales pitch of the Bible with one or two verses, you know, on the stage, and it’s just an experience that they’re trying to give them. Millennials don’t want that.

John: Yeah.

Jason: 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.

We talked to a lot of people that have been in the posts that we’ve been in the church. We did not create a safe haven for them. We built programs, you know, we filled the calendar. We have moms and dads going off over there down the hall, children’s ministry’s rocking it out, you know, with Disney characters and the youth are just there with their pizza and their Pepsi, you know, and just doing their thing, and we’re all separated.

And the reality is we were not addressing, biblically speaking, theologically speaking, where they were as they were developing. And when they did have doubts, most of them will tell you, they were looked at as a skeptic if they spoke out and they said they even questioned the Bible. God forbid. And they flipped out.

Alex: Or they say, “You’ve just got to have faith.”

Jason: So the reality is that was done, but what we’re seeing—here’s the good news—what we’re seeing is there is a change.

Jim: Hm.

Jason: The churches are getting back to the Word of God with this younger generation, and they’re making it more of a priority and saying, “Help us invest in them and help us address some of these questions and doubts and concerns that they have,” and we’re seeing amazing things take place.

Jim: No, and those are all good things. So we’ve talked about the family and perhaps the breakdown there and what’s happening spiritually. We’ve talked about the church and some of the shortcomings and the way that’s turning around.

Jason: It’s turning around.

Jim: That’s excellent. Speak directly to the Millennials, you know, that’s where the issue is. What would you say to them about embracing responsibility and helping them to emerge as adults maybe a little earlier than it’s currently happening in late 20’s, maybe 18, 19?

Jason: Yeah, well, the message I have, I think that’s powerful, the message we have to the Millennial is that we can’t fix you; we’re not here to change you; we’re not here to try to manipulate or try to coerce you to do something. We believe in you as a generation. You’re the largest generation, but yet you are the most godless generation.

A lot of people look down on this generation, and the sad reality is a lot of people have even taken advantage of the Millennial generation, and it’s caused them to go further in debt. Marketers love the Millennial generation because they are quick buyers, right? They’re not loyal to a certain product, but they’re gonna want something when they see it if they can afford it. But the reality is they really can’t. But marketers have appealed to this Millennial generation. I think that has been sad because it’s taken the focus off the potential of this Millennial generation.

Jason: Millennials, you guys are diverse, you’re passionate, you care about a cause greater than yourself, and so, we pray, our heart and desire is that you will engage and open the Word of God. If you’ve had a relationship with Christ in the past but you’ve walked away with that, God is still right there with you, and He’s ready and willing to forgive you of your sins, and God has a plan and a purpose for your life to also reach your generation for Christ.

John: How can somebody in their 20’s, say, who grew up in a Christian home and knows all those Bible stories, how can they re-engage with Scripture? What’s something practical they can do to get something fresh that they may have kind of left behind for a long, long time?

Alex: That’s a great question, and you know, one of the things that we talk about in the book is that they want instruction. The three things that a 20-something wants, if they do feel inclined to go to church, and to church leaders, listen up to this, I’m gonna give you No. 1 and No. 3: caring and authentic. But No. 2 is instructive. No. 1, if a young person is gonna go to church, they want to know that they matter, that they are cared about.

No. 3, they want leaders and presenters that are themselves genuine and authentic. But No. 2, instruction. We’ve done survey after survey; they are saying, “Teach me something. We want to learn.”

If there’s a core value that we want to put forth to this and really every generation is what we would call biblical authority. You know Christ is the Living Word. Scripture is the written Word. And the Bible really is our roadmap for life. You know, we’ve talked a lot about Proverbs. I do a lot of commencements, and they ask me to speak at a high school commencement, and I always share Proverbs 3:5 and 6.

Jim: Yeah, my favorite.

Alex: Oh yeah. This is our mission for life: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. But in all, not some but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct our path.” So what we can say is, look, God does have a plan for you. God will be with you. And if you’ll plant your flag with the Lord Jesus, He will guide you through life. And that’s a message that kids are hungry to hear.

I’ve got to tell a story though. To the distraught parent who might be worried about, you know, that their child has jettisoned the faith, I got a call from a mom and a dad, very upset. Their son was going to engineering school. He’s sitting under all these PhDs. He’s become a skeptic. “Can he come and see you?” Absolutely.

So he had just bought a motorcycle, and he rides his motorcycle to my house, which was cool, and I’m talkin’ about motorcycles, ’cause I like motorcycles, too. And he’s an atheist now. So we had this very, very nice talk for really about two hours, and in my heart I kind of thought, you know I’m not getting much of anywhere.

So he left. I live in North Carolina, and he’s gonna ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway on his bike. So he left and I wished him well. I said, “May I pray for you?” And I said a prayer. Anyway, about three years later he calls me up and he asks how he can get some of my books. And I remember our conversation, which I thought was pretty, you know, futile, and I said, “Now what are you doing?” “Well, I got a job with a geology firm. I’m in Texas and I teach the college class.”

I’m like what? “I thought you were an atheist.” He said, “Well, do you remember when I left your house to go ride my motorcycle in the mountains?” And I said, “Yeah. ” He said, “Well, I ran out of gas, and I get in a downpour of rain,” and he said, “for an hour I’m walking in a downpour of rain, I leave my bike, and I’m thinking about all the stuff you said. Finally, a pickup truck pulls over to give me a ride, I hop in, and the guy, all the way to the gas station, witnesses to me about Jesus Christ.” And he said, “I thought, you know God’s trying to get my attention.”

Now my point in sharing all that is mom and dad, don’t underestimate how God will work through circumstances to pierce through the veneer and the layers of skepticism. It’s a multi-leveled response. We pray, we love, and our kids and those in our life need to know, look, I love you, period. You’re a believer, you’re a skeptic, doesn’t matter. I’m going to invest in you with no expectation of return.

Now do we want them to come back to Christ? Of course, but they need to know that we love them unconditionally whether they ever do or not. And we pray and we wait, and while we’re asking God to work in the life of our child, God’s working in our life to teach us to trust Him as He works through the circumstances.

Jim: Jason, in fact you have a story about your parents praying for you. Were you that prodigal, or how far off the rail did you go?

Jason: No actually, yeah, I appreciate your bringing that up, because it was kind of an emotional time to really try and connect with parents who we’ve been talking about on the show with you guys who have a lot of regrets and saying, “Well, how do I reconnect? It’s awkward. It’s scary.” One of the things we said, just start praying.

And that story, Jim, that was when I lost my mother. My mom was killed in a car accident, and I started to have a lot of fear of death, and when you’re missing your mom and you’re having dreams and nightmares about her. And she was killed in a car accident, and I remember I started to have some like some demonic activity, some things were really happening, and I was very troubled by it.

And my dad had introduced me to some prayer warriors in our local church years prior, and I remember just praying a little bit, and I told my brother one time, and I was crying about it, missing my mom, and so he went and told my dad and I didn’t even know about it at the time. Well, that whole entire night my dad stood, you know, or knelt down at the foot of the staircase to my room and was making intercession over me, praying over me.

And I remember how compelling and real that was. It was like in the spiritual realm of this back and forth of this darkness and it’s really satanic but then just this light. And here my father was standing in the gap and he was interceding for his son.

And so, that next morning I remember saying, “Hey Dad, by chance were you in my room or whatever?” And he says, “No, I was praying for you. Joe, your brother, had told me what you were going through. Why didn’t you come tell me?” I said, “Dad, you know, I don’t know, whatever,” and he says, “Well, I’ve been praying for you, and I will continue to pray for you.” And that actually started to build a relationship between my dad and me where we started praying more often together, and because he was standing in the gap and he was introducing me to people within our church who were praying over me. And that’s, I will tell you Jim and John, that’s when I really started getting into intercessor prayer, because my dad was interceding for me.

So the power of a parent’s prayer and we have a chapter toward the end of the book called “The Prayer Map.” It’s a way for parents to be guided in how they can pray over their children. And we will say this, as Alex said earlier, and again the whole book, Abandoned Faith, is about hope and healing. If we want to reach this generation with hope and healing, the parents need to receive it first and foremost. If we want to try to fix them, right, we need to be fixed in our own heart, let God do the work.

But the prayer map is key. A lot of parents come up to us after conferences and say, “I don’t have a relationship,” or something. I just got an e-mail from a family who said, “We received an e-mail from our [son]. He’s in this late 20s, our son who’s married with kids and just sent an e-mail and said, ‘I don’t want to have anything to do with you guys right now. I’m going through a lot of stuff,’” and he’s blaming them. Some things have resurfaced.

And they’re looking at me, and I’m like, “I don’t know what to say to you, but what we can do—and this is what we should be doing from start to finish—is praying.” So some of these parents don’t have communication with their son or their daughter, but you know what? You can be interceding for them and the Holy Spirit will be communicating with your son or your daughter.

There’s not a hard heart out there that God cannot break, if these people are willing and ready. And that’s what we’re seeing, you guys. We’re here to tell your listeners, God is moving on this Millennial generation. God is saving a lot of them and we’re seeing a lot of ’em are coming back, so to your point, John, a lot of them are even downloading the You Version, the Apple, excuse me, the Bible app, and they’re reading it and they’re commenting on it and they’re putting things together and they’re building communities on their own, outside of even the local church.

And they are talking about the Bible. We’re seeing this happen. And a lot of them are going back to their moms and dads and they’re wanting to have spiritual dialogue with them that they’ve never had before, so there is hope. So we are not to give up.

Jim: Well, and what I appreciate you saying there is that do the right thing as a parent. You don’t own the outcome.

Jason: You don’t.

Alex: That’s true.

Jim: The Lord owns it, but it’s still right to do the right thing, even if in the short run you’re not seeing the right thing in return from your children.

Alex: It’s an opportunity. The Christian life, fundamentally, is about trust. We trust Jesus as our Savior, we trust Him for our future, and let me say this to the moms and dads. If we can trust Jesus with our soul, we can trust Him with our children.

Jim: Hm, it’s hard, and I want to admit that, but it’s the right thing to do. Man, we are out of time, but this has been so good. I mean I’m all energized. You can probably hear it through the microphones just what it means to me to address this issue. I want to put something on our website that’s from your book, “Parenting Advice from 1 Thessalonians,” which I think is terrific. These are a handful of bullet points, maybe 8 or 9. “Don’t let your parenting be deceptive. Be faithful in your stewardship as a parent. Be sincere in your commitment. Don’t choose money or fame over family.” Wow.

“Be humble.” We talked about that. “Be gentle and patient and understanding. Be affectionate and willing to make sacrifices for your family. Work hard and don’t be a burden. Be blameless in your family.” Hm, there’s a tough one. Lastly, “Be consistent in encouraging, comforting, and exhorting your Millennial to live worthy of God, not for yourself.”

Those are great points. We’ll post those with your permission. This book, Abandoned Faith, a great resource to help you in your parenting journey, whether it’s with 5-, 6-, 7-year-olds, or 15-, 16-, 17-year-olds, or 25-, 26-, or 27-year-olds. The point is, your job’s not over. God’s not done. Don’t look at the short view; look at the long view, and pray. What a great resource. Thanks for being with us.

Jason: Thank you, guys.

Alex: Thank you.

Jason: We love you guys.

Alex: It’s a great honor to be here.

 

Closing:

John: And we do hope you’re gonna follow up by getting a copy of that book by Alex and Jason, along with a CD or a download of our two-day conversation. The starting point is 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY; 800-232-6459 or www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.

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I wish you a great weekend with your family and your church community and I’ll invite you to join us again on Monday. We’ll have Liz Curtis Higgs here to bring the story of Easter alive for us.

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Mrs. Liz Curtis Higgs: If you’re gonna go through the passion of Christ, there’s going to be a lot of sorrow, a lot of suffering, a lot of pain, more than I could ever have imagined in my own personal life, as well as in the story of the Christ. But oh, does it make the end even more glorious.

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John: I’m John Fuller and on behalf of Focus president, Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for listening and we’ll see you again next time, as we once again, help you and your family thrive.

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

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

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!