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Helping Your Teens Retain Their Faith (Part 2 of 2)

Helping Your Teens Retain Their Faith (Part 2 of 2)

Researchers David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock share valuable insights about the faith of the emerging generation of young people, identifying many of the challenges facing teens and 20-somethings in the digital age. Our guests offer parents guidance for strengthening their teens' faith and helping them sustain that faith in today's culture. (Part 2 of 2)
Original Air Date: September 29, 2020

Excerpt:

Mr. David Kinnaman: You know, it’s – it’s a really important realization. And this data that, you know, there are a lot of people lose their faith and God still cares about them. You can still pray for them. You can still ask the Lord for wisdom about how to speak to them about spiritual things. But it’s also like it’s okay to let the Holy Spirit do It’s work in in the lives of our children. Even when they’ve lost their faith.

End of Excerpt

John Fuller: That’s David Kinnaman. And he has an encouraging word about trusting God with your teen and young adult children and, um, trusting them in their faith in Christ. He and Mark Matlock are back with us today on Focus on the Family. Your host is Focus president and author, Jim Daly. And I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, last time we talked with our guests about raising your teen in a digitally saturated world. And I’m doing it. I know you’re doing it, John. And if you missed it, I want to encourage you to go back and listen to it. It was a great discussion. And we’re going to give some very practical tips today as we continue that discussion. Last time we talked about what they found in their research, what an exile looks like, and, unfortunately, only about 10% of young people, 18 to 29, identify themselves as resilient Christians. They’re doing the things that really build their faith, and they’re excited about their faith. The other 90% live on a different plane – prodigals, the habitual Christian, the nomads. And if you missed it again, go back. Download the app for the smartphone, connect with our website. You can get that here at Focus on the Family. We’re going to continue the discussion today and get more detail about that 10% that are resilient Christians.

John: And the book that really is the basis for our conversation today is called Faith for Exiles: Five Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon. The authors are David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock. And we do have copies of that book. Just stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. David lives in California and is president of the Barna Group. Mark also works with the Barna Group and lives in Texas. They both have young adult children and, uh, I think there’s a teen somewhere in the mix as well.

Jim: (Laughter).

John: They know this stuff and they’re living it as well.

Jim: David and Mark, welcome back.

David: It’s so good to be here.

Mark Matlock: Thank you.

Jim: I think you can sense a little bit of energy here because, again, so many of us, I’m living it, and I know literally hundreds of thousands, if not a few million of the listeners are living it as well. We left off last time as we begin to look at the five attributes. We covered, one which was the intimacy with Jesus. Mark, add to that for the new listeners that didn’t hear last time. Expand on that one.

Mark: Yeah. You know, you would think that if we are going to church with any kind of frequency that we’re experiencing Jesus in the same way, that we’re having fellowship with Him. But what we found is that just isn’t true. Every teenager that goes to church, every young adult that goes to church, isn’t having the same experience with Christ. And those resilients, which were our kind of exemplars for this, they are able to clear away a lot of the, kind of, religious clutter that’s developed and accumulated in our church services and our programs and our lives that kind of take us away from experiencing that. And they’re able to kind of get right to the heart of that. And one of the things that I think is – is just really interesting in this moment, um, is really looking at the relationship with Christ. We always say it’s a relationship, not a religion – um, Christianity. But do we always talk about it that way? So, you’ll remember, I was talking about that one individual I was engaging who was debating me about his faith and trying to convince me that God didn’t exist. Well, I chose to not engage him from an apologetic standpoint. I didn’t try to prove to him using reason or rational arguments. This is why you should believe in God. This is why you can have confidence that He exists. I say that is like round two. What I wanted to start with is: have you experienced Jesus? Have you met Jesus? Tell me about that. Because here’s a young man who’s grown up in the church. He’s getting ready to graduate from high school. And he basically has decided that all of this is a bunch of malarkey. And I’m trying to sit there and go, how do I convince him otherwise? My training was go apologetics on him. But what I realized was, I don’t know that he’s met Jesus. And if I can introduce him to Jesus, that’s the best apologetic ever. And so, that’s one of the things we have to think about when we’re doing this is not about trying to convince somebody, but it’s really about introducing them to Jesus Himself and helping them experience Jesus in their life. And that’s what we found those resilients have. And that way, when they go into their college experience, their work experience, into their life, Jesus is going with them, because that relationship is intact.

Jim: That is so powerful and so on point. I mean, but we do. I think it’s just – I don’t know, it’s a human trait to want to win the argument, right? And we default to that posture rather than saying, “Wait a minute, what is this faith in Christ all about?” Let’s move to this second practice of these resilient Christians, a cultural discernment. And David, I want to come right back to you, because you have a story about your friend Seth who discovered that his daughter was searching the Internet for depression. And this is really close to my heart. Here in El Paso County, the high school that our boys have gone to, along with a few other high schools in the area, have had a – just this terrible increase in teen suicide. And, you know, the whole country is grappling with that. But this – this example really caught my attention. What happened to your friend Seth? And what’s the larger significance under this cultural discernment piece?

David: He’s a great friend of mine. Planted a church from the West Coast of California to a brand new city and a new cultural context, all sorts of change that their family went through. And, um – and so, he’s – he told me how his daughter he found the search results that were, you know, like, “signs I’m depressed” and how to – you know, how to think about the depression and anxiety she was experiencing. And his heart dropped because he realized that he had not been there for her. And I tried to reassure him. I said, “That’s just an example of where screens are discipling.” Um, one of the convictions and conclusions of this study is that screens disciple. Well, how do we use that? So, first, you know, we have to be active and engaged in the lives of – of the young people that are in our lives, our own kids, grandkids.

Jim: Friends of our kids.

David: That’s right. Especially now, we have to be people who are willing to help understand and – and live into the anxiety of this generation. And you raise this when you talk about suicide. There’s all sorts of social research now that’s showing this generation is just under assault when it comes to depression, suicide, mental health issues. The good news of this is this generation is very open and willing to talk about it. They’re open and willing to have counseling and mental health support and mental health days.

Jim: Yeah.

David: How can the church really minister in an age of anxiety? How can we as parents, you know, just sort of acknowledge, yeah, this is an anxious time, especially now during coronavirus?

Jim: Yeah.

David: Um, you – you know, everyone’s lives are disrupted. And so are our kids, especially so.

Jim: Let me – let me put some parameters around that. The CDC, you know, just a while back released a report that they did and they found that 25.5% of people, 18 to 25, had experienced suicide ideation or serious thoughts of suicide in the last six months. That’s a group of 30 million people. So, 25% is seven and a half million people between the ages of 18 and 25 that have had suicide – serious suicidal thoughts. That should alarm all of us. What is going on? And we need to find a way, especially as Christians and believers, that God is the giver of life, that this is a gift for us to experience.

Mark: Well, you know, when you think about this idea of cultural discernment in digital Babylon, we’ve got basically teenagers that are sitting in front of screens. And once again, we’re not anti-screen, uh, but we just need to be mindful of what’s happening there. They’re taking in narratives. They’re taking in stories about a world that’s been created without God most of the time. And so, the only reference that they have to deal with some of their problems are in a way that doesn’t include God. So, one of the questions that I would ask my kids when we would listen to music, when we watch a television show, even something really innocent like The Brady Bunch – okay? – on reruns, “Is where’s God in this?”

Jim: Right.

Mark: The – the question about “where is God?” gets them thinking. Where is God in this? Especially, I have young creatives, so when we go to museums and things, I’d ask them those questions. “What does this tell us about God?” “What does this tell us about their perception of humanity?” Getting them thinking about that and discerning culture through the lens of God’s presence and His engagement in our world. Um, that is a real important thing when it comes to that feeling of isolation and loneliness. Asking themselves a question, “Where is God right now?”

Jim: Yeah. And that’s a great reminder. Sometimes a challenge can be as parents we get the “Oh Dad” response, right? But plug ahead. Keep asking the question. Because it…

Mark: That’s right. Love the eyeroll.

Jim: …Yeah.

Mark: Lean into it.

Jim: Because it does make an impact on young people. Even your consistency in asking that question communicates a conviction on your end.

Mark: Well, you know, when Mike Brady’s, you know, trying to solve the family problem there, right? I know this is a real throwback, but we watched a lot of reruns…

(LAUGHTER)

Mark: …Because I love classic television.

Jim: Hey, I watched the originals.

(LAUGHTER)

Mark: Yeah. And, uh, I remember, though, you know, when they’re solving their problem and I go, “Where is God in this?” And my kids are like, “Well, they’re just solving their problems.” And I go, “But no. They’re not looking to Scripture. They’re not praying together as a family.”

Jim: Right.

Mark: They’re working out this problem in 26 minutes, minus commercials.

Jim: (Laughter) Right.

Mark: So, it’s like, you know, is this reality here? You know, because what we would do in our home is, we would look at the Word of God. We would pray and ask God to help us have peace between us if we’re in conflict. And so, by doing that it helped them understand and see there’s a world that exists that doesn’t include God, but that’s not the world that I live in.

Jim: Right. And, in fact, you give three practical ideas for practicing discernment. What are those three? Real quick.

Mark: Yeah. One of them is just asking that question, where is God?

Jim: Uh-huh.

Mark: The second is what claims is this movie, this song, whatever, kind of, making about life?

Jim: Hmm. What worldview? Right.

Mark: Yeah. What’s it – what’s it saying is true? You know, hey, we fall in love. We have sex. Is that true? Uh, this is what a man is like. Is that really what a man is like, the way they’re projecting masculinity? Um, and then the third question is where’s hope and redemption found? And so, is it found in Christ? Is it found – so, it’s always helping them see what’s absent in what the world is making. So, we weren’t saying, “Don’t watch this. Don’t do this.” But it was, “Let’s think about what it is that we’re doing.” And I think that helped them understand how to engage the world around them.

Jim: Yeah.

David: I remember a time with my daughter Anneke, where at dinner we were talking about cynicism and – and the role of cynical characters for comedic relief. And, you know, in – in sitcoms. And my daughter, Anneke, the lightbulbs were going off, because she was like, “I remember trying to be funny and make jokes with the family in – in the way that I saw these characters making jokes, but it never really went anywhere…”

Jim; (Laughter).

David: “…Because we weren’t – we didn’t practice in cynicism in the way that – that show did.”

Jim: Yeah.

David: That’s a good example of cultural discernment. So, how do we as people who are, you know, committed to Scripture, committed to living faithfully for Christ, live, you know, sort of in the world, but not of the world? That’s the whole message of being in exile. We’re – we’re trying to be faithful like Daniel did, and other exiles in Scripture to interpret, you know, what’s happening in our culture, not just to consume that entertainment, but actually think actively about what Scripture says and what it means to live a faithful witness in light of that.

Jim: Yeah. And, you know, again, I want you to respond to this. The astonishment that I have, and I think most people have, when you look at that research, your four core categories, that resilient Christians, that’s 18 to 29-year-olds – only 10% of them have that kind of – I guess we could say that Biblical worldview. And I want to ask that question – the other 90%, what happened? I mean, they were going to church with their families. They fell into their 20s, sort to speak, and they walked away from their faith. Or it’s lukewarm or, you know, they’re going to church because it’s socially appropriate. I want maybe my future spouse to come from the church, or I want my future children to be a part of the church. I can’t understand all that…

Mark: Well, cultural discernment is very hard, because you’re having to live in this tension, right?

Jim: Yeah.

Mark: So, it’s easier to regulate it and just say, “We will watch these things and we won’t watch these things.” And so, we make a bunch of black and white kind of family pronouncements. But what we don’t teach our kids to do in that is they learn to follow the rules. They don’t necessarily learn how to think through the tension of culture and faith. And, uh, that’s, you know, one of the things I think happens with a lot of those habituals and the others is they – they go, “The rules are overwhelming, and they don’t make sense. That was a really good movie. Why couldn’t I watch that?” And to help them integrate that is really what’s, uh – what’s key.

John: Well, we’re talking today on Focus on the Family with David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock, and their book is called Faith for Exiles. We do have copies of that here at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. And you heard us talking about the tragic issue of suicide. Um, when you’re at the website, be sure to check for the link to a special podcast series we’ve created that addresses that topic.

Jim: David, I’ve got a heavy heart with that description of this, the seed falling on the ground, because all of us is committed Christian parents, if we’re living in that resilient parents space, you know that we’re born again, we have a relationship with Christ, we’re doing the things we need to do and we’re living our lives, hopefully, in such a way that we’re leading people to Christ, et cetera. That breaks my heart, because that – what you’re really saying is that some of our children obviously aren’t going to get there. I mean, it brings tears to my eyes, because that is the goal. I mean, one of the things I often say to my boys is, “I want to see you in eternity.” But the reality is for some people, that’s not going to happen with their kids. And I think what’s hitting me right now is the idea that we’ve got to do all we can do as human beings to till that soil in such a way that the Holy Spirit has the best chance of capturing our children. And if we’re doing things to prevent it – our, you know, rules orientation; our control, freak-out parenting type – what – you know?  Wow. We’re – we’re actually contributing to the hardening of that soil.

David: Yeah. And to the lack of resilience in the lives of these young people. And that is what gives me such great confidence in the gospel today. You know, as a person who looks at culture and this generation, I’m so – I’m so grateful to see the emotion in your eyes, as we said here today, Jim, because, um, you know, a million a half interviews, a big chunk of those have been with this emerging generation. I’ve had the privilege and the honor and the sacred honor of listening to people’s loss of faith stories. And, uh, you know, there are times when it’s the soil. There’s times when it’s the, you know, the – the culture. There’s times when it’s actually the – the work of the church and self-righteous Christians who – whose hypocrisy drove people away from the gospel, who never heard the message of – of, uh, unmitigated grace that comes through the cross. And so, it should propel us to action. And at the same time, as we care even more deeply about what happens to this generation, we have to be careful not to just grasp on to control points.

Jim: Yeah.

David: You know, and – and just, you know, try to force people to become Christians. This is a time – this is, I think, the message of Daniel in exile. Daniel is used powerfully by God in three different pagan kings’ administrations. Uh, you know, starts with Nebuchadnezzar. But then there are two more administrations that come along.

Jim: And most likely he’s a teenager or a 20 something.

David: That’s right. And his practice of prayer, all of these deep, resilient things that he would have done, you know, to listen to God’s voice in exile, to try to practice cultural discernment, to try to influence, you know, his – his society for – God. You know, these are things that echo through history, you know. And so, even though there’s this is heartbreaking data on one level, it’s also really encouraging for us to see that there are ways that we can live a resilient life, that this next generation is watching what happens with us as older Christians, that they want to see, you know, who it is that they can hang out with and really believe that that person, you know, believes what they believe. Like, I think we have a crisis of trust in the church today. Who do I trust actually believes the things that Jesus says we should do and then lives them out?

Jim: Right.

David: And how can we as Christians, you know, come to the place of resilience in our own lives so that other younger Christians can live that kind of resilient life as well?

Jim: That’s well said. And again, we’re covering those five attributes that exist in that 10% of 18 to 29-year-olds that are really living a resilient Christian life. And we’ve covered two. The intimacy with Jesus and then cultural discernment. And what we were just talking about actually feeds into number three that you identified, which is meaningful, intergenerational relationships. So, this idea – that includes you parent – mom, dad. I mean, you are that intergenerational relationship. But in addition to that, are the people around your family, people that you trust – back to David’s point – who can be good influences in your young child’s life.

Mark: This is probably the one thing – you know, we talk about control, right?

Jim: Yeah.

Mark: And for me, I go back to that – the story of Abraham and Isaac when God asks that he sacrifice Isaac on an altar to Him, and then God redeems him and restores him. He says that I wanted to see if you really trusted Me.

Jim: Yeah.

Mark: And I think as, um, parents, we have to really trust God for the salvation of our children and not try to control it. And think that’s…

Jim: But it doesn’t mean disengage.

Mark: It doesn’t mean disengage. It doesn’t mean just throwing caution to the wind.

Jim: Right.

Mark: And this is one of the areas where I think we can, kind of, bring some of that in, and that’s in this meaningful relationships. We’re really looking at the scaffolding around – the relational scaffolding around the child.

Jim: Yeah. Good.

Mark: One of the things that’s happened is we become a connected, disconnected generation. We don’t know our neighbors like we used to. You know, it used to be growing up, you know, families would hang out together all day on a Sunday and go over to each other’s homes and things like that. People don’t do that as much as they used to. And so, what we’re looking at is how can I bring more relationships into my child’s life? What we found with resilients is that they were having much more networked relationships, many more connections with – intergenerationally with adults older than them. They had people in their life that were encouraging them spiritually, by you know, double digits.

Jim: Yeah.

Mark: So, the habituals and the resilients are going to church, uh, but the difference that they’re having relationally is totally different plans.

Jim: And again, the digital world is putting out that barricade.

Mark: Exactly.

Jim: You know, I can do this electronically. I really don’t need to communicate one-on-one, eyeball-to-eyeball.

Jim: Mark, I do want to bring in that – that index card, because this is where it fits. And some of the things, as you were leading a youth group, what they would write down – and talk about that exercise, because we can do this as parents and certainly as mentors to our kids friends. What did you do and what did you see in those responses?

Mark: Yeah. Well, first was I wanted to create a really safe place for doubt where young people could say, “I don’t know what I think about this” because was the safest place for them to explore doubt? It’s in church. It’s in our homes. And sometimes we shut that down and we don’t even realize how much we make it unsafe for our kids to share what really is going on in that internal dialog. So, as I started realizing this problem, um, I had this group of seniors and I gave them all index cards and I said, “Write something down on this index card about you that you probably think, I don’t know but I should know about you.”

Jim: Wow. Great question.

Mark: And, uh, they didn’t have to put their name on it or anything like that. They collected them up, stuck them in a box and then I went home and read them. And my heart just broke. I mean, these are kids I watched grew up in my church in so many of them said, “I really don’t believe any of this anymore. Um, I’m just waiting until I graduate to, you know, kind of, change a rhythm and I’m on my own. I respect my parents faith so much, um, that I don’t want to disappoint them.” But this was like half of the group.

Jim: Yeah.

Mark: And these are kids that had grown up in our church.

Jim: Wow.

Mark: And it was the first time in my experience as a youth worker where I actually had the number of seniors go up over the course of the year as opposed to go down, um, because we were engaging…

Jim: Yeah.

Mark: …The topic and it was a safe place. And they were telling their other friends, “We’re having really meaningful conversations.” So, what started as a terrifying reality to look (chuckles) at what these students had written on these cards turned out to be an opportunity to guide them in their path and their experience of Jesus.

Jim: That’s so, so good. We are nearing the end here, and I do want to cover the other two. Training for vocational discipleship. David, describe that and what attribute that is, and what did you see?

David: Well, this is a, I think – a really exciting theme that we saw in the research, which is that if we can help people understand that God has made them for a unique purpose in the world and that could include pastoral or missions work, but it may also include being a pastor and doing mission work in another vocation or career. And so, the churches that do a good job of helping to vocationally disciple young people make a real difference, make a real resilient faith in and among young people. So, this includes helping to teach how the Bible applies to different careers. If you want to be a coder, if you’re interested in science and technology and engineering and math – we talked about this a little bit in the last episode – you know, how can you bring a perspective about Christian calling in those spaces? What about those who are called towards entrepreneurialism, starting businesses and nonprofits, and changing the world? How about young artists and creatives? And this has been – you know, we saw this in the “You Lost Me” research about a decade ago, that the church is losing some of the best and brightest, not just that we have become a gifted program for, you know, smart people, but like, if the church isn’t capable of helping a young person who’s gonna go off to a great school and study science or go off to a New York City to study fashion, like, God has so much to say about these industries. And so, we’ve just found so much of that lacking. And so, you know, great applications – buy books for your kids. Give them, you know, YouTube channels to suggest to watch and listen to. Find Christians in your community who are interested in the same careers that your kids are in. Get vocational guidance and help, you know, do assessment tools that help to say, what – what are you made for uniquely? What’s your underlying motivations? How can the church contribute to a better understanding of who you are and how Christ, you know, wants to use you in the world?

Jim: Let’s get the last one here. And, unfortunately, we got to do it fairly quickly, but it’s the countercultural mission to love and serve others. I mean, this is outstanding and so critical. But it’s this idea of serving.

David: Yeah. And it’s really where the rubber meets the road of faith. So, you know, we’re formed in our identity in Christ, where we have the mind of Christ is formed in Scripture. That’s countercultural discernment. We’re in meaningful relationships with others. We have a vocation in the world. But people could stop at those four practices, and if you don’t actually witness for the gospel, evangelistically pray for others – all of these important things – expect God to show up in a miraculous way. As I was finishing up this project, I was out in a in a shopping center with my son. And I remember this young woman who is helping us in the store sort of ambled up. I could tell she was limping, and I offered to pray for her. And my son looked at me like, what in the world are we doing here? Because that’s not – not my usual…

Jim: (Laughter) I can hear that.

David: You know? Let’s just say I remember his – his – like his head swiveled at me. Like, what in the world?

Jim: “Dad, this is embarrassing.”

Mark: And we pray for her. And I remember afterwards, my son, you know, sort of said, “We really believe this, don’t we?” Like, it was this really interesting moment where we practice countercultural mission. If we expect God to show up – this isn’t just words on a page. This is a real God who expects, you know, His people to, you know, sort of demonstrate, just like we see in the life of Daniel, a real belief that God is active and alive in the world. And we’re just – we get the privilege of being, you know, sort of agents of that kind of change.

Jim: Yeah, and ending on that high note, Mark, you both have witnessed what’s going on with young people in the missions field, particularly. Give us that story or that highlight and then we’ll close.

Mark: One of the things that we’ve come to realize is that exiles have these moments of epic trust where they have to literally put everything on the line for believing in God in this moment. We don’t know when those moments will occur. We don’t know exactly when they’ll happen. But we have to be demonstrating those things in our life and giving them an opportunity. Um, we have a generation that is excited about going into the world and making a difference and seeing really incredible things happen in the name of Jesus. These aren’t political battles. They’re not cultural wars. That’s not what living on countercultural means. It means living in these moments of epic trust in God…

Jim: Huh.

Mark: …And demonstrating and displaying that trusting in God makes a difference and resilients seem to understand that. And there’s a moment that comes like Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego in front of that image of gold Esther when she’s challenged by Mordecai to go and confront the king about the nation of Israel…

Jim: Knowing she could lose her life.

Mark: Knowing she could lose her life. These are the moments, and I believe that is we see a generation raised up in exile, they are going to have more and more of those moments and we’re going to see God do some incredible things and to reveal Himself to people.

Jim: Wow. I mean, this has been so good these last two days. David and Mark, a wonderful book, Faith for Exiles. It’s really aimed for that teen or 20 something. But I’m telling you, everybody can benefit from reading the content of the research that you’ve done. Thank you for those hours that it required to do this and to identify those four types of young Christians today, their struggles and their victories. And, uh, this is so good. Listen, if you can send a gift to help us in ministry here at Focus, monthly or a one-time gift, we’ll send you a copy of the book, Faith for Exiles, as our way of saying thank you to step in and be there with us to help other people. If you can’t afford it, get a hold of us. We’ll trust that others will cover the cost of that. Everybody should be reading this book, Faith for Exiles. And again, David and Mark, thank you for being with us.

David: Our pleasure. Thank you so much.

Mark: Yeah, thank you.

John: And you can donate and get your copy of the book when you stop by  focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Or call 1-800, the letter A and the word FAMILY. And as we close, President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court vacancy will be part of a larger discussion tomorrow on this broadcast about the importance of expressing your voice by voting in the upcoming election. John Stonestreet and Tim Goeglein will be our guests and I hope you’ll join us tomorrow. On behalf of Jim Daly and the rest of the team here, thanks for listening to Focus on the Family as we help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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Amy Carroll explains how listeners can find freedom from self-imposed and unrealistic standards of perfection in a discussion based on her book, Breaking Up With Perfect: Kiss Perfection Goodbye and Embrace the Joy God Has in Store for You.

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Avoiding Shame-Based Parenting

Psychologist Dr. Kelly Flanagan discusses the origins of shame, the search for self-worth in all the wrong places, and the importance of extending grace to ourselves. He also explains how parents can help their kids find their own sense of self-worth, belonging and purpose.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

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

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Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

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,

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

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

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

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 1

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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!