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Learning to Love Others With the Heart of Jesus

Learning to Love Others With the Heart of Jesus

John Burke encourages you to model Christ’s heart for others rather than the heart of the Pharisees. You’ll learn how unfair perceptions and judgments creep into the way you see and treat people.
Original Air Date: August 8, 2022

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John Burke: We don’t have to do a whole lot, other than trust God moment by moment throughout the day, and what starts to grow within us are the very things we desire: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, the fruit of the spirit. And all we have to do is walk daily with the Spirit. And that’s the Gospel. You can walk into this life of love and joy and peace, not by trying to change yourself or change other people, but simply by following Him day by day.

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John Fuller: That’s John Burke, and he’s with us today on Focus on the Family, to help us learn to better reflect the heart and the message of Jesus to those around us. Thanks for joining us. This is Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller, and your host is Focus President and Author, Jim Daly.

Jim Daly: John, I hope people realize the gospel is at the core of everything we try to do here. I mean, our, our basic theme is Evangelism, Marriage, Parenting, Advocacy for Children, and Engaging the Culture, all with the foundation of helping people understand their relationship to God.

John : Mm-hmm.

Jim: If they have a relationship or if they don’t, trying to encourage them to seek the Lord. And that is our core mission. 1 John 4:7-8 encourages us, in that way. John said, and of course he’s one of Jesus’s disciples, but he said, “Beloved, let us love one another for love is from God. And whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” That’s pretty straightforward. How many times is love said (laughs) in that scripture there? I mean, it’s amazing. And sometimes I think we in the church, we discount it, you know, and I, when I would talk to people about our work here at Focus, I would say, you know, the greatest weapon that God has given us is that spiritual weapon in parenthesis of love, right? When a human being feels love that, something happens, it’s disarming and their heart cracks and their heart opens. I’ve seen it with people that I’ve engaged, who are not Christians and who are hostile toward Focus. And it’s really amazing to see the work of the Holy Spirit in that way. Today, we want to give you that little nudge and equip you to draw people to the love of Christ through modeling his heart rather than the heart of, should I say, the Pharisees? (laughs).

John: Yeah.

Jim: So, it’ll be good.

John F: We’ll be covering, uh, the Pharisees I’m pretty sure as we go along here, Jim. John Burke is here. He’s the Pastor and Founder of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas, and he’s married to Kathy. They have an adult son and an adult daughter, and he’s written a number of books. Our conversation today is going to center on one of them called Unshockable Love: How Jesus Changes the World Through Imperfect People. And we’ve got copies of that here at the ministry. Just stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast or give us a call. Our number is 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY.

Jim: John, welcome back.

John Burke: Oh, thanks for having me back.

Jim: Yeah, it’s so good to see you.

John B: Yeah, you too.

Jim: You know, Gateway Church has a unique motto. You’re known as the “Come as you are” community church there in Austin, which is awesome. Come as you are.

John B: And we say, “No perfect people allowed.”

Jim: (laughs) No perfect people allowed. I love that. Why do we sometimes once we make a commitment to Christ, how do we think of ourselves more highly than we should? (laughs) Why does that happen?

John B: (laughs) Well, I think, I think it’s really easy to just lose sight of what Jesus had to do for all of us.

Jim: Yeah.

John B: Right? And, you know, we end up in communities that we talk to each other sometimes maybe more than we talk to people around us who are in the world. And so, we, we get kind of an us them attitude. It just happens.

Jim: That’s so true. So, on a flight to Scandinavia in the book, you described this story where you encountered a flight attendant, and he had some very specific problems with the church. What happened?

John B: Yeah, I was, I was I was going to Sweden, and you know, it was gonna be a long flight. I went back in the back to fill up my water bottle, and I meet Michael the attendant and he said, “Well, we’re not really supposed to do that, but give it to me, anyway.” And he started to fill it up, and we started to chat, and I just take an interest, you know, where he is from, all that. And after a few minutes he asked me the “So what do you do?”

Jim: (laughs) Oops.
John B: it’s always a great one when you’re a pastor, right?

Jim: Yeah, right.

John B: It just, you know, if you don’t want to talk, it just ends it right there. (laughs).

Jim: Pretty much.

John B: And I said, “I’m a pastor.” And he goes, “Oh my gosh, I would’ve never in a 100 years thought that.” And then he starts to tell me about just how he had felt judged, pushed away, kind of rejected, throughout his life by, by Christians. Uh, I don’t know why, but he had become a Buddhist. And so, he started telling me why he’d become a Buddhist. But the fascinating thing is, he kept asking me questions and, and I kept talking to him about how, you know, I was an agnostic, but I had learned that God actually loves all of us and is crazy about all of us. In fact, he’s crazy about you, and, and people sometimes just don’t, don’t really show what he’s like very well.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B: He wouldn’t let me go to sleep. (laughs)

Jim: (laughs) That’s an irritating flight attendant.

John B: I was like, “I gotta speak in the morning and I gotta sleep.”/

Jim: God had a different plan.

John B: Well, but that’s, you know, that’s the thing is that people are hungry and they’re curious. But at the same time, they haven’t always gotten the heart of Jesus for them through us. And that was what led me to write Unshockable Love. It actually came out of a study of a harmony of the gospels, you know, where they basically, where you look at, not only everything Jesus said in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but the timing of it-

Jim: Uh-huh.

John B: … as well. And I studied what were the attitudes that Jesus had toward people? What, what were his actions? And inadvertently, as I was studying this, I realized there’s a big contrast between that and the attitudes and the actions of the Pharisees, of the religious-

Jim: Uh-huh.

John B: … of that day. And it started to hit me that sometimes I, in my life have actually had more of the attitude in actions of the Pharisees than that of Jesus. When I really looked at what Jesus, how he acted, what he said, what seemed to be in his heart for people. And so, that is what really led me to write the book. And, of course, it’s full of stories of people coming to faith, through Christians, being the heart and, and the actions of Jesus to others. And I think that’s really it. If you think about it, when Jesus came into this world, everywhere he went, he restored what was lost and broken to God.

John F: Mm-hmm.

John B: That’s what he did.

Jim: That’s the whole plan. (laughs).

John B: It was just, like, this movement that followed him, of people and more and more lost, broken people were restored. And they actually became the leaders of his church. So, you know, what I ask in the book is, are we seeing that God is using us to restore what’s lost and broken in our neighborhoods, in our workplaces, you know, with our families?

Jim: Yeah. Let me ask you, John, because one of the things it’s difficult to do that work, ’cause it requires time, sacrifice, commitment. And sometimes we feel we don’t have a lot of those things ’cause we’re working hard, we’re taking care of our kids or whatever, but we should always be aware of how God wants to use us in our neighborhood and our jobs and have a good attitude about it.

John B: Well, and I think it’s actually simpler than we make it.

Jim: Uh-huh.

John B: I think the barrier is that we think it’s so difficult when in fact it’s not that difficult. You know, after I wrote the book, I partnered with the Barna Group, right? And we actually put together a survey showing the attitudes and the actions of Jesus compared to the Pharisees, and then surveyed Christian America. Fascinating.

Jim: Oh, this is interesting.

John B: Oh yeah. So, what came back is 51% of Christians in America have more of the attitudes and actions of the Pharisees than that of Jesus.

Jim: Give me three of those adjectives just to help the listener. What would that look like? The Pharisees and their actions?

John B: Devaluing people based on their sin.

Jim: Yep.

John B: (laughs)

Jim: Okay. That’s a big one.

John B: Not, not moving toward relationship with people, but distancing ourselves. Maybe just getting busy, just not, not seeing and thinking about or praying for our neighbors, not serving our neighbors or coworkers when we have an opportunity, not eating meals with them. Jesus ate meals with the sinners.

Jim: Right.

John B: That’s what the religious complained about.

Jim: When you look at that is, one of the problems where we lack patience with people, because you know, we’re set, and we think we have every bit of our house is in order. So, we just don’t have patience with people that quite aren’t where we’re at. I mean, that may sound too simplistic, but patience has to be a big reason to stay in a conversation with somebody who’s antagonistic or doesn’t believe the way you believe can be draining.

John B: Yes, absolutely. And I think the fear of that is what keeps us from the simple things that Jesus wants to lead us to do. You know, for me it really starts with changing my attitude to align it with that of Jesus. So, I like to use an analogy. When my wife and I lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, we were, we were missionaries in Russia.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

John B: Uh, in 91, 92. And my favorite painting in the world is Rembrandt’s, “Return of the Prodigal Son.”

John F: Mm-hmm.
Jim: Yeah.

John B: You know, it’s that, it’s that painting based on Luke 15, where it says that the Pharisees complain because Jesus was hanging out with all these sinners, right? And he tells them three stories. And, of course, one is of the lost son, the prodigal son, and the painting is of the father representing God, hugging the son, you know, who was completely wayward, who comes back.   So, so that painting in the Hermitage, that’s where the original Rembrandt is. It’s worth millions and millions of dollars today. But let’s say you’re visiting the Hermitage Museum and you’re walking out back in an alley, and you see in a dumpster, a painting and its mud all over it. It’s stained, it’s torn, but you realize, I think this is Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son Masterpiece. So, the question is, would you treat it like trash? Would you treat it like mud? Because it is stained and torn and muddied. Or would you see beneath the mud to realize there is a masterpiece under all that damage, because it came from the hand of the master, it’s an original. And all of us would have the wisdom to take it to someone who could gently restore it to its original value. So, if we can see that in a work of art, why can’t we see that in muddied humans?
Jim: Yeah.
John F: Mm-hmm.

John B: Why can’t we see the masterpiece under the mud? And that actually is the gospel. So, if you think about it, Ephesians 2:8-10, we have been saved by grace. It’s a gift of God. It’s not anything we did. Right? And then it goes on to say, because we are God’s masterpiece created in Christ Jesus to do the good works He planned for us long ago. You are his masterpiece. We are his masterpiece. We, we are his work of art, a unique work of art. And I think realizing part of what I think holds us back, is that maybe some of us don’t see ourselves as his masterpiece. We see ourselves as we’ve, we’ve done a good job to stop sinning or be good, but that’s actually not the gospel. And so, we also think that that’s what we have to somehow get others to do, and we’re responsible to make them change. That’s not the gospel either.

Jim: Right. And the distinction there is the difference between the heart and behavior. Now normally good behavior comes from a good heart and that’s a good thing, but you, it’s gotta be centered around the heart.

John B: Exactly.

Jim: Not just behavior, ’cause people can do good things and they’re not that, that good or that healthy in their, in their heart.

John B: Exactly.

Jim: Yeah. Let me, let me ask you, this kind of puts the pressure on your analogy there, but pastoring the church Gateway there in Austin, you had a, I think a lesbian couple that started coming to the church. Describe what was going on there and what was the outcome?

John B: Yeah, cause it’s a great example. And this is really the question I ask people. When you encounter people and you start to listen to their story, what do you focus on? Do you focus on the masterpiece that God says was worth his son dying for-

Jim: Yeah.

John B: … for everyone, or do you focus on the mud? So, a friend invited Amy to come to Gateway and said it’s a come as you are church. And she said, “Oh, I bet not if you’re gay.” And so she decided to come just to test us.

Jim: Right.

John B: And so, she, she brought her, her friend, and they would come, and the first thing they would say to everybody is, you know, when they, they said, “Hi, well we’re gay.” And they were just waiting to, to get a reaction, and they would sit on the front row, and they would test me, you know. They’d touch each other’s knees and stuff like that-

Jim: Right.

John B: Just. And, and they kept trying to do this. And when they started to sense from people that they cared less about their gayness than they did about their person who they were, the, the other girl stopped coming. They were just trying to get at us. Amy stayed, and, and she kept learning about this God, and she said, “I kept hearing, ‘He sees me as his masterpiece. He sees me as his work of art, his unique work of art.’” And more and more, she started moving toward Jesus. So, she came to faith. Now the amazing thing was what I watch God do over the next two years, because he started to show her things and, and take her on this healing journey as she just trusted him more. But I, mean, to this day, decade later, she loves and follows Jesus. And she’s a leader-

Jim: Right.

John B: … in our church.

Jim: That’s transformation.

John B: And I have seen that happen in thousands of lives. And it, it starts though when one person has the attitude of Jesus toward that person many times.

Jim: Mm-hmm. Yeah.

John F: Yeah. We’re called to live unconditionally and to express God’s love. And, today on Focus on the Family, we’re hearing a little bit about that from Pastor John Burke and, the content of his book, Unshockable Love: How Jesus Changes the World Through Imperfect People. And we’re making that available to you. Just stop by our website, focusonthefamily.com/broadcast, or give us a call 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY.

Jim: John, one of the advantages, it’s really great being a pastor and having that kind of church, is you do see a lot of people come in. You do see people testing you, obviously. There was, I think another story of a woman named Tracy, who fits this, from a different perspective though. What happened with Tracy?
John F: Mm-hmm.

John B: Yeah, because I think, again, what we have to come to is what is in our heart when we see another person. You know, is it that we focus on whatever externally, or the mud or whatever, or do we see the masterpiece? And do we call that out? And, and Tracy started coming to our church because her, her daughter, was on our staff. And, uh, so Tracy is sitting in church, and there’s a, a girl with blue hair, you know, short kind of butch cut.

Jim: Yep.

John B: Dressed, you know, in a tough blue jean jacket and all this. And she sees this woman and immediately is put off, and she ribs her husband and, says, “I bet she’s gay. This is distracting. I don’t wanna sit here. Let’s move.” And her husband wasn’t so interested in moving (laughs).

Jim: Right.

John B: And, and so she said, and she later told me this, because God really used it in her life. But she said, she sat there just thinking about all the horrible, perverted things she and her friends probably were doing, who were sitting there. And it was just distracting her from even being able to listen to the message or worship. And then at the end of the service, everybody stood up and something caught her attention and shocked her. And it was that this girl was wearing a skirt, very feminine skirt, which didn’t seem to go.

Jim: Fit the rest of her.

John B: And, and so Tracy actually followed her and watched as she hugged people, and people would come up to her and hug her. And then her daughter comes up and hugs her, and they talk for a while. And it so bothered Tracy that later that afternoon, she said to Holly, her daughter, she said, “What were you doing? And who was that?” And then Holly told her the story. And in Tracy’s case, she had grown up in a drug-addicted family. The parents were drug addicts. The father had left. Um, but what, what Tracy didn’t realize is that over the last year, someone had loved her, had seen the masterpiece that Jesus said was worth dying for, called it out in her. She felt loved enough to start exploring faith. She started coming to our church. She got into a small group. She had a mentor couple, an older couple that was being like parents to her, pouring into her, the, the positive things that every child needs from a parent. And so, she was actually, the skirt was because she was feeling safe enough now with her femininity to try to explore it again.

Jim: Wow.

John B: As Jesus led her.

Jim: With all of that background.

John B: With all of that.

Jim: Wow.

John B: And she had gotten clean of, of alcohol and, and drugs. And it’s just amazing.

Jim: It is. And John, that’s the power of the gospel.

John B: That’s the power of Jesus.

Jim: Exactly. And so, you look at that, and I, I guess that going back to which you promised we would, this issue of, let me say it this way, kind of holding the world accountable for things that we don’t hold the church accountable to often enough. Right? So, we, in the Christian Church, we’re pretty, generous with forgiveness within the church. And then we expect the world to behave like the church, and they don’t even subscribe to what we believe. So, this is kind of a contradiction for us. And this idea of leading with the grace of God, the love of God, Romans, which is what you’re quoting that don’t you know it’s God’s kindness that leads one to repentance?

John B: Yeah.

Jim: I’ve often used that.

John F: Mm-hmm

Jim: You know, it’s not, God’s heavy hammer.

John B: No.

Jim: It’s the love of God, His kindness that leads one to repentance. It’s right there in scripture. Romans 2:4, read it for yourself.

John B: Yeah.

Jim: But, but oftentimes we lean on the other side of this judgmental area where, you know, I know people who have said, I felt like I had to get myself cleaned up before I could present myself to God because that’s what their Christian friends implied. They may not have said it.

John B: Right.

Jim: But it was implied. Like, you gotta get your stuff together so that God can then love you. And that is not the message.

John B: No, but that’s what is in everybody’s heart. And that’s what we have to understand. That’s why we have to overcome that fear of condemnation and judgment with grace, with valuing people. So, Romans 8:1. There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Who can be in Christ Jesus? Anybody.

Jim: Right.

John B: It’s a simple, I, yes, I do. Right? And so, God is not… Jesus said, I came into the world not to judge or condemn the world, but that the world through me might be saved. Right? And so, the, here’s the problem. And Paul said it in Romans chapter 7, you know, the very thing I want to do I don’t do. I do the very thing I hate. What a wretch.

Jim: I’m so glad he wrote that by the way.

John B: I know.

Jim: (laughs).

John B: Well, that’s right before, yet there’s now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. So, all people know. I, I sometimes say it this way to, to people. Have you ever broken your own moral code? You know, you ever said “I’ll never,” but you did?

Jim: Sure.

John B: So, think about it. How much more have we broken God’s moral code? Right. So, we all know deep down we’re guilty. And, but the problem is, we don’t know the heart of God in our guilt. So, we think that I’ve gotta, I’ve gotta clean it up. I’ve gotta work it out. I’ve gotta prove my-

Jim: I’ve gotta earn it. Yeah.

John B: Here’s the problem with that. That was never how God intended us to do life. We were created to do life with the source of life. And so, we can’t change or fix people. I love this passage in 1 Corinthians 3: where it says, Paul, you know, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth.”

John F: Yeah.

John B: So, neither one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow. But we are his coworkers. So, we are his coworkers, but we don’t change people.

Jim: Right.

John B: We’re, we’re working the soil. We’re creating the environment, restoring worth and value to that person. We’re seeing the masterpiece in them that Jesus saw calling it out, because it’s only when they start to walk with him and trust him that they actually change from the inside out. That’s any of us.

Jim: Exactly right.

John B: If we’ve just changed ourselves, we’re Pharisees. Right?

Jim: The, uh, right at the end here, the, the difficulty we often have is the anxiety or the fear of engaging and actually sharing the message that Jesus gave us. You identify three themes for us to remember in that context. So, what, what are the three things that you think about when you’re talking to non-believers?

John B: Yeah, I think, you know, and I was, I was trained this way. So many Christians have been trained this way, that we gotta… They won’t desire the good news until they know the bad news. And so, the, the idea is, and unless I really convinced them that they are sinners and separated from God, they’re not gonna want to know God. The only problem with that is it’s not in the gospel that way. So, I studied the timing. So, Jesus did speak hard words. He spoke truth and hard words. And I have a whole chapter in there on, in, Unshockable Love, on the hammer of truth.

Jim: The hammer (laughs).

John B: But, but here’s the thing. So exactly 30 times Jesus said some hard things. Here’s the key. When did he do that? So actually, during the first two and a half years of his ministry he was only recorded saying eight hard words to people. Six were to the Pharisees.

John: Mm-hmm.

John B: So, in the first two years, he’s going about he’s healing. He’s serving. He’s teaching God is good. He’s like a father. You give good gifts to your children. How much more will God give good things to you. God is for you, not against you. That was the message he brought. And that is the first thing. There’s good news for you with God. God is for you. God’s not against you. God is not out there to condemn you. The second thing is that there’s good news about Jesus, that we all have fallen short of the glory of God. We, we’ve all gone our own way. We’ve all sinned. But what does God say about that? Well, he sent Jesus His Son as life, death, and resurrection. Paid the price that all of us can be forgiven and set right. He removed every barrier between every person and God, except one, our pride. We can still say, “I don’t need God. I don’t need your forgiveness.” And yet, a willing heart is all he needs. And then the third message is, there’s good news for us. You know, the good news is we don’t have to do a whole lot other than trust God moment by moment throughout the day. And what starts to grow within us are the very things we desire: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, the Fruit of the Spirit.

Jim: Yes.

John B: And all we have to do is walk daily with the Spirit, and that’s the gospel. So good news about God, he’s for you, not against you. Good news about Jesus, He doesn’t condemn you because of your sin, he paid for it, so you can know you’re right with God. And three, good news for you, you can walk into this life of love and joy and peace, not by trying to change yourself or change other people, but simply by following him day by day.
John F: Mm-hmm.

Jim: John, this is perfect. I mean, you have wrapped up the gospel so well right at the end here. And I, I just hope people will get in touch with us. For that person who’s never made a commitment to Christ, here it is. You won’t hear it any plainer than you just heard it. And I, I want to get this, book into your hands. And for the Christian that may not understand how to live from that perspective of loving your neighbor, which, again, two of the commandments that Jesus gave to us, love the Lord-

John B: Sum up the whole Bible.

Jim: … your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. And then love your neighbor as yourself. And if you keep these two, you’ve done it. And so, I would want to encourage you as a believer in Christ to deepen your relationship. So, you know how to act accordingly, just as John is talking about, with people that may not respond well to the gospel.

And, if you can make a gift of any amount, monthly or one time, we’ll send it as our way of saying thank you for participating in ministry with us. If you can’t afford that, that’s okay. We’re gonna trust other people will take care of the cost of that. So, we don’t want that to be the impediment. So, get ahold of us to get a copy of this book, so that you could either start your journey with the Lord or deepen it.

John F: Mm-hmm. Donate as you can, when you call us and, request that book, Unshockable Love: How Jesus Changes the World Through Imperfect People. Our number is 800, the letter A in the word FAMILY, or online, stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

And next time here on the broadcast, Chad and Kathy Robichaux share the story of reclaiming their life as a military couple.

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Chad Robichaux: I always say that loneliest place I’ve been in my life is not in Afghanistan, but in my own bed with my wife’s back turned to me and, uh, we were just in this dead marriage, I just didn’t care. I was so cold towards, towards her.

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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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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.

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

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.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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