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Protecting Babies at Every Stage of Life

Protecting Babies at Every Stage of Life

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse discusses the ramifications of recent late-term abortion legislation and explains how listeners can stand against it and defend the sanctity of human life.

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John Fuller: It’s Monday. This is Focus on the Family with Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller, and today, Jim and I are in Washington, D.C.

Jim Daly: John, we are. My heart is heavy today over what’s been happening in the past few weeks. Uh, people have seen it in the news regarding new abortion laws and some proposed abortion laws. There’s national outrage over the barbaric idea that a baby can be legally murdered just moments before birth, or even moments just after while lying there on a table. And I know you’ve heard about it and your heart is burdened by it as well. At the same time, I’m encouraged because I know God is in control. John and I are in Washington, D.C. right now working on behalf of preborn babies. And we’re going to ask you to join us in standing up for life at this pivotal time in our culture.

John: Yeah, and we have a big announcement today as Focus on the Family is launching a new effort. We’re really excited about this. It’s gonna make a difference and we’re asking you to join us, as a listener, to help save babies’ lives.

Jim: Well first of all, John, uh, the team at Focus on the Family has prayed about this bold move, and we believe it’s inspired by the Holy Spirit. You know when you feel His urgency and His sense of direction. We did that with the Super Bowl ad with Tim Tebow. It’s that kind of moment. And our hope is that the Lord will use this – not only to save innocent babies, but also to change people’s hearts and minds about the sanctity of human life. What we’re planning to do is a live ultrasound in Times Square on the big screen for all to see, right there in New York City on Saturday, May 4th. Now, we’re in the planning stages, so we’re pulling this all together. There’s a few obstacles, but we are hoping that you can join us, Saturday, May 4th. Be there in Times Square as we show the world what a third-trimester baby looks like fully formed.

John: It will be a riveting moment, and I think it’s great for us to be able to do this, Jim. Uh, we’re gonna have all sorts of details about this. As Jim said, it’s influxed as we plan this. Be sure to just, uh, look for updates at focusonthefamily.com/prolife. Focusonthefamily.com/prolife. We’ll have a lot of information there on ways you can help. There’s a “Declaration for Life.” We’re gonna ask you to go there and sign that. Join what we hope will be millions, who say, “I care about life.”

Jim: John, that’s one of three things. I wanna be really specific here. Go to that website, sign the Declaration – we’re gonna present that to the White House and to Congress as, hopefully, a manifesto. People that are saying, “Here we are. We wanna be heard.” Secondly, plan to show up on Saturday, May 4th, if you can do it. We want your presence there. It will be a positive time to demonstrate to all people what is happening in the womb with a live ultrasound and show you what a 4D ultrasound looks like. It looks like a baby picture, doesn’t it, John?

John: It does. It’s amazing.

Jim: You can go to the website and see that. And then lastly, we would encourage you to save a baby’s life for $60. That’s what Option Ultrasound can do and has done for the last 15 years. 425,000 babies have been saved. And I’ll ya what, I wanna see a million saved. So join us. Give 60 dollars to help save a baby’s life. This is the time to make a statement.

John: And again, the website is focusonthefamily.com/prolife.

Jim: Well John, as I mentioned, we’re in Washington, D.C. We’re in Senator Ben Sasse’s office to talk about those serious life issues. He is one of the staunchest friends that we have, and I’m excited to talk to him. He’s from the state of Nebraska. He’s been helping to lead this charge for the last several years. He’s served in the U.S. Senate since 2015 and has recently reintroduced vital pro-life legislation in the Senate just last week. And we’re gonna talk about that. Senator Sasse, thank you for joining us.

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Ben Sasse: Thank you comin’ in, and thanks for having me on the show. I – I grew up listenin’ to Focus.

Jim: That’s always good.

Ben: So it’s good to be here.

(LAUGHTER)

Jim: Man, we love to hear that. And tell me about your family. You have two kids? Three kids?

Ben: We have three. A 17-year-old daughter, 15-year-old daughter, pretty big gap, and then we have a 7-year-old boy.

Jim: Oh my goodness.

Ben: So we have three kids, and I’m one of the only commuting dads in the U.S. Senate. I live in Nebraska and come back and forth every week. And I bring a kid with me most weeks.

Jim: Well I think on behalf of the listeners, they would want me to say, “Thank you for the sacrifice.” ‘Cause we know how hard it is to raise our kids. I mean, I’ve got two teenagers. And uh, all the time you can spend with them is so vital. So thank you for all of your family sacrificing for you to be here.

Ben: Thanks, it’s a blessing to be able to represent Nebraskans. And my kids live a weird, uh, sort of upbringing and schooling on the road, but they – they’re blessed by it.

Jim: Well you know, you think about that – it’s not just Nebraska. And we love Nebraska. We’re right next to ya there in Colorado. But with the topic we’re talking about – life – you represent far more than just your constituency. You’re representing babies throughout the United States and your Senate colleagues that are also pro-life. And we are grateful for each one of them. Uh, let’s get into it. What is going on? Last week, New York, Virginia, all the flap – let’s start there. New York – what is going on in New York?

Ben: Well, it is a grotesque display you see in New York and Virginia. Uh, in – in New York, the governor actually lit up the World Trade Center in pink to celebrate this pro-death piece of legislation, which removed protections from babies as they’re being born. Pink is – historically, been the symbolic color to celebrate breast cancer survivors. These are women with grit and fight and life and vitality, and now you’re stealing that symbol and that color and using it for some complete radical perversion of it. So, uh, New York is a mess. And then we’ve seen the governor of Virginia, um, the guy obviously has problems with human dignity generally. Historically had a problem with racial equality and now he’s out there actually endorsing infanticide the last week and a half. It’s gru – grisly.

Jim: It’s crazy. And even in New York with Governor Cuomo, just so the listeners understand this clearly, what they did was to expand – I think there was a handful of other states as well – where, literally, during the birthing process, you can abort the child. You can terminate the child’s life. And that’s, of course, always under the umbrella of the mom talking with the doctor. But my goodness, that is terrible. And then in Virginia, it didn’t pass, but it was discussed in the legislature there that a baby could be born, and if that baby was not viable or had severe physical handicaps. I mean, think of that. Now, who defines that? That baby could be terminated after birth! Infanticide!

Ben: Yeah, I – I mean, this body – I’m one of eight people out of a hundred in the U.S. Senate who’s never been a politician before. And it feels like every politician around here finds a way to say, “The poorest and the weakest among us,” about any piece of legislation. We, in this case, are literally talking about the poorest and the weakest and the most vulnerable among us – the people who most need protection. And you’ve got the governor of Virginia having this weird, kind of indifferent, anti-dignity debate: “Well, if the baby’s born, you could comfort her for a little bit and you could resuscitate her if the mom wanted to. And then you could,” he said, “And then a discussion could ensue between the physicians and the mom about what to do next.” What he means is: debating whether or not you could have infanticide. Whether or not you could kill this baby after she’s born. It’s really abhorrent. And I guess the – there’s no good news in it. But the thing that we need to look to, to be encouraged and optimistic, is the American people have been repulsed by this.

Jim: Absolutely, and I think even on the follow-up news programs, even those who are trying to defend his comments – defending abortion – they never complete the statement. They always say, “The physician and the woman would have a discussion.” They never say, “To decide whether that baby lives or dies.”

Ben: Right.

Jim: Uh, they’re embarrassed by that.

Ben: They are embarrassed by that. And the good news is there’s so much ultrasound and sonogram technology out there that’s showing us more and more what’s happening in utero. And it turns out, our side isn’t just on the side of love and persuasion and life, we’re on the side of science.

John: Mmm.

Jim: Senator Sasse, one of the things I hear when I’m traveling around the United States is this debate between abortion being a political issue versus a moral issue. It is a moral issue. 1973, it became a political issue. You’re a historian, uh, Yale Ph.D. in history. Speak to that transition that now it is a political issue, but we can never decouple it from being a moral issue.

Ben: Absolutely right. So I – I do commute every week, uh, to come here because I think there is legislation in the world that matters, and we need more legislation that protects babies and advances the pro-life cause. I’m the lead sponsor of the Abortion Survivors Protection Act. I’m an original co-sponsor of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, the Pain-Capable Pro-Life legislation. But we should never decouple these two, and we should never forget what’s the priority. The priority in this movement is always gonna be, um, tellin’ the truth in love. Legislation is important, but legislation is subordinate to the bigger thing happening, which is celebrating life, celebrating image-bearers, coming alongside moms who are in a complicated or unplanned, uh, position, celebrating adoption – uh, my wife is a volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center – that’s the heart of this movement.

Jim: That is – that’s wonderful. And I’m hoping that over time, we will be able to convince our fellow Americans that this is wrong right at the core, and that we hollow out a woman’s right to choose to terminate the life of her child. Wouldn’t that be a great day?

Ben: (unintelligible)

Jim: You’re workin’ at it. Um, you have presented Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and you went through those very quickly, and we’re not in the lexicon of Washington. You’re talking to moms and dads who’re trying to keep their family together, get their kids off to school, etcetera. Describe that, right there, and the horrible response that you receive here in Capitol Hill – you’re simply saying if a baby survives an abortion…

Ben: Right.

Jim: …and is alive, screaming, gasping…

Ben: Right.

Jim: …that the physicians need to treat that child.
Ben: It takes no courage to say this basic, true thing: A baby that survives an abortion and she’s fightin’ for life and gaspin’ for air, she has dignity. She has rights. She’s an image-bearer. And we have a moral obligation and we should have a legal obligation, uh, to provide care for that kid. And so, doctors in that situation, uh, can’t walk – “back away” is what the technique is called – where they just move away. This baby, uh, survives an abortion attempt, and she’s on the table crying, and they just back away and leave her to die in the elements.

Jim: I mean, think of that!

Ben: Infanticide has been practiced for millenia. Right? The Aztecs did this. The Ancient Greeks did this. They would leave children out to die of exposure. Civilized people don’t do that.

Jim: Right. I – I’m just thinking of that, where this child is all alone.

Ben: Yeah.

Jim: I mean, the even physically backing up – the physician who’s sworn…

Ben: Right.

Jim: …to take care of human life. Right? The Hippocratic Oath.

Ben: So my – Amen. My legislation says you’d have to give the same level of care to that baby at that gestational stage of any other baby that was born at that stage. Until you – you have to admit her to a hospital. You have to start providing care. You have to warm her. You have to comfort her. Um, so this isn’t complicated, and I tried to expedite this on the Senate floor by unanimous consent. They’re two basic ways – I won’t do legislative “nerdom” for your listeners – but they’re two basic ways things pass the Senate. On recorded votes, you need 60 votes out of a hundred to pass something. That takes months to schedule and days of floor time to – to pass. Unanimous consent is the way the Senate does most of its business – which is you pass things a hundred to zero as senators negotiate in our offices to work out everybody’s objection. Then somebody brings something to the floor and says, “Hey, I have a hundred senators on board. Let’s get this thing done. Let’s do it fast.” I tried to do unanimous consent to say, “Let’s condemn infanticide. This isn’t complicated, people.” And sadly, we had a senator from Washington state who decided to carry water for the abortion and death industry, and uh, she objected. So we’re gonna keep fighting through other paths.

Jim: And I know you won’t say it, but it was Patty Murray. And you do have to shake your head and say, “What in the world is goin’ on? Why can you not at least accept this in the big battle?”

Ben: Right.

Jim: And she has her constituents – we get that.

John: What were her objections, Senator?

Ben: So, I – I am the, you know, the most pro-life, or tied with a handful of other people here to be, um, the most pro-life senator’s group and caucus in the Senate. But I get that there are people for whom there are lots of debates about abortion. This isn’t actually about abortion. This is about infanticide. This is about a baby that’s already been born. This is a baby that was born alive in a failed abortion. And their claim is, uh, that our legislation tries to do all sorts of things that unnecessary because quote, “Murder is already legal – illegal in the U.S.” Well, it is true that if you took a pillow and you put it on the face of that baby and you smothered her to death, that could be charged with murder. But the way these babies die in these born-alive procedures, is by the withholding of care – by leaving them cold and alone to die on that table. It is abhorrent.

Jim: It’s awful.

Ben: You can’t – you don’t kill a 12-month-old by leaving ’em out in the elements. You don’t kill a 6-month-old by leaving ’em out in the elements. And when these babies survive an abortion, um, there shouldn’t be any debate in our society that you provide care for those babies.

Jim: Well, and that’s one of the reasons we think doing this event May 4th, in New York, in Times Square, is gonna be a game-changer. We just simply wanna say, with the most positive of attitudes, “Here’s a third trimester baby,” and show the ultrasound of the baby. And I’m telling ya, everybody, if you haven’t seen that picture, 4D ultrasound now – it looks like a first-year baby picture – the definition is so strong. Go to our website and take a look at it. We’ll put a picture of one there. And, uh, we just want people to really better understand what is at stake here. And I think it’s gonna be a great event – May 4th. I hope a million people can show up. That’s what I’d love to see.

Ben: I do too. Good on you for doing this. I – I grew up in the pro-life movement, and I remember the – the still images we would use to try to persuade people. What a providential blessing these new technologies are. Young people are becoming more and more pro-life ’cause they’re the highest propensity of people to have seen sonogram and ultrasound technology. And when you see these pictures, you say, “Oh, that’s a baby!”

John: Mmm.

Jim: Well, technology is matching up with faith.

Ben: Amen.

John: Mmm. Well this is Focus on the Family with Jim Daly. Jim and I are in D.C. with Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska. And we’re kicking off today a huge undertaking. We want to promote human life, and as Jim said, there is a planned event. We’re workin’ out the details…

Jim: We’re workin’ on it.

John: …for New York City on May 4th. And we’re gonna ask you to go to our website to find out details about that, to sign a “Declaration for Life,” and to join millions who will do so, and also, to donate to Focus on the Family’s Option Ultrasound program in which we show pregnant women their baby in utero with this technology – this ultrasound technology. All the details at focusonthefamily.com/prolife.

Jim: Senator Sasse, again, one thing that can be a little cloudy for us that don’t operate here – we don’t know the procedures – so Patty Murray pits the, um, I guess, opposition up to your unanimous consent. That just kills it? One person – one senator could say, “Wait a minute, I wanna vote,” then it goes nowhere?

Ben: No, happily we have another avenue. So I’m gonna keep fighting, possibly for another unanimous consent request on the floor, but I wanna recorded vote on this as well. I’ve been the lead sponsor of this for two and a half years, and I want us to get a vote. I have – about 95 percent of the Republican senators are co-sponsors of the bill, which is a big deal. That’s a lot of momentum in Washington, D.C. But one thing your listeners can do is call your senators. Whatever state you’re from, what – these Democrats should be getting on board with this bill as well. Uh, I mean, this – this shouldn’t be a Republican versus a Democrat issue. Every American should be celebrating human dignity. And uh, we need some Democrats to co-sponsor this bill as well. A lot of them would vote for it if they were forced to on the floor, but a lot of them don’t wanna admit to the abortion lobby that they would condemn infanticide. And so your listeners could call their senators and urge them to get on board with a piece of common sense, pro-life, pro-love, pro-science legislation.

Jim: And it’s an excellent idea. We’ll have that information…

John: Details at the website.

Jim: Yeah. That’d be great. Uh, Senator Sasse, going back to New York for a moment, I saw a statistic that a – more than half the babies – African-American babies, in that state are aborted. More than half, so that means less than half are actually born. Why would Democrats who, you know, have a history of wanting to be seen as the, you know, racially sensitive party, that they – people don’t see this. They don’t go, “Wow! Wait a minute, more African-American babies are being killed than any other in a percentage basis.” Why don’t they see that?

Ben: You know, the – the history of the abortion movement is so nasty. Uh, Margaret Singer, who was the founder of Planned Parenthood, uh, was a vicious racist. And uh, that movement has regularly had a bizarre, uh, utilitarian calculus about human dignity where the powerful get to determine which lives have value. That’s not what we Christians believe, and that’s not what we Americans believe. We believe in universal human dignity. Every one of these babies is an image-bearer. And you see racial selection, you see gender selection, uh, you see a tax on babies that have Down Syndrome, uh, in the selection going on in – in the abortion industry and in the abortion lobby. And I think as more Americans come to understand these horrible phenomenon – I think the country’s gonna continue to become more pro-life.

Jim: You know, in the original 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, Justice Blackman, in the majority, he made a comment, and this is debated, but – and I’m not a legal scholar, but he made a comment basically saying that if science can inform us a little more insightfully when life begins or maybe – he didn’t use the term “viability” but kind of that’s the impression, we may need to relook at this law. That’s the general feeling of what he was expressing. Are we not there now? At this point? Almost 50 years later, that we can take ultrasound, we can look into the womb. It’s not a blob of tissue. The heart is fully developed within a coup – a few weeks of conception. And fingerprints and all those things that happen so quickly. This is an individual human being.

Ben: You’re right, Jim. I mean you – you look at what’s happening and the technology and our ability to see into the womb and see the knitting together that’s happening. And you know, uh, you feel intuitively what you know rationally by science, which is that that is a unique baby with unique DNA. And America, in so many things we lead human rights. On this one, we are a back end of the – of the parade, because the world is becoming more pro-life because of the science.

Out of 200 nations in the world, we’re one of the four countries that allows the late-term, third trimester abortions. We’re in a class of countries we don’t want to be with.

Jim: Name ’em!

Ben: North Korea, Vietnam and China are the only other places that have this little regard for babies. 196 of 200 countries say, “Whoa! We’re not going there! That’s a life. That’s a baby. That has – she, he, she has dignity.” America needs to catch up here.

Jim: Think of that class again. I want to make sure people are hearing this. China.

Ben: North Korea.

Jim: Yeah.

Ben: Vietnam and China. We’re with that group of human rights abusers right now in the way we treat our babies.

Jim: That is – that is breathtaking. I can’t believe it. You know some I know in Florida, I’ve been down there many times and a big hello to all our supporters in Florida, but some have made that comparison. If you live on the beach in Florida when turtles are laying their eggs, you cannot turn the outside lights on. We’re giving more protection to a turtle egg than a human baby. What…

Ben: We’ve got some priorities…

Jim: (Sigh)

Ben: …radically out of whack. It’s like a recovery of an ancient paganism right here in some of that.

Jim: It is, isn’t it? And that – that’s why we scratch our heads and we can’t figure this out. But like you said, the history lesson here is that this is not new to 21st century America. This is Roman. It’s Greek. All the ancient empires that would decide what human life had value. And in early Rome, with the church, they would throw those babies into to the garbage dump, and Christians would go and save those babies and take them home and rear ’em as their own. That was the character of the early church, wasn’t it?

Ben: That’s right. I mean you – you – I don’t want to paint with too broad a brush about what motivates everybody in the pro-abortion movement, but some of them really are influenced by people like Peter Singer, the ethicist, or anti-ethicist, at Princeton who has a utilitarian view of life. And unless somebody is gonna add a lot of economic value in the world, then potentially they don’t have dignity. Happily, America was founded on an idea of universal human dignity. That people who are created “Imago Dei,” people who were created in the image of God, have dignity because our Creator gave us that dignity and government isn’t the author or the source of those rights. Government’s job is to secure those rights. And you see lots of people out in America, lots of listeners today on your program, who are the people comin’ alongside those women in a distressed circumstance saying, “Hey, we wanna help you. We love you. We’re pro-mom. And we’re pro-baby.” There are lots and lots of people waiting in line to adopt.

Jim: When I had the privilege of speaking at so many Pregnancy Resource Centers around the country, in Nebraska, your home state, and in many other states – I love those people.

Ben: Amen.

Jim: I mean, they are right there.

Ben: They’re heroes.

Jim: They’re stepping up. They’re volunteering time. They’re giving their resources financially to support the Pregnancy Resource Centers. I’ve heard so many great testimonies of these 17, 16, 25-year-old girls who are in a – not a good situation. Unplanned pregnancy, what have you. And I think the number’s somewhere around 59% of abortion-minded women, if they can get the counseling and see the image of their baby, that makes all the difference…

John: Hmm…

Jim: …and 59% will choose life at that point.

Ben: Mmhmm – wonderful!

Jim: That’s what we need to create in the United States rather than a culture of death. A woman choosing death for her baby. Adoption is another option. But we need to continue to encourage women to think in that way.

John: Right.

Ben: Yeah. And we need to reduce the barriers to adoption. I heard from a Nebraska mom this week. She said, “It’s so easy in our culture to get an abortion, and it’s so hard to get an adoption.” Uh, we had a kid here that I invited to the State of the Union Address – President Trump’s State of the Union Address last week. A 17-year-old kid named Noah Lambrecht, who had the umbilical cord tied three times around his neck when he was born…

Jim: Wow.

Ben: …Wasn’t supposed to live. Uh, this couple in Nebraska that adopted him. This kid has persistence. He has grit. And he’s got lots of medical challenges: many heart surgeries…

Jim: Uh.

Ben: …and missing most of his lung capacity. He went out for the cross-country team and all the other kids in all the neighboring schools now, when Noah is the last guy coming in from a cross-country race, the leaders who finished the race – they go back and run with Noah…

John: Ah.

Ben: …as the final tribe coming in.

Jim: Wow.

Ben: And they unite all the schools together to celebrate this kid’s grit and persistence.

John: Hmm.

Ben: And it’s really a celebration of a mom and a dad who said, “That kid has worth.”

Jim: Again, the kids get it better than the adults. They understand. What a beautiful display of loving your neighbor.

Ben: Here. Here.

Jim: Isn’t that great?

Ben: Well said.

Jim: Let me ask you about this past week. We’ve been here for the National Prayer Breakfast. The president spoke there. He – of course that was on the heels of the State of the Union Address. Probably one of the foremost expressions of pro-life in a president, ever. Even more than Reagan, when you look at it. How does that help you with the battle here on the Hill? I mean, when the president’s out there saying, “Abortion is wrong, it’s ripping a baby from the womb.” He’s using very graphic language, but it seems to be connecting with the country.

Ben: I – and I would also give the president kudos for the judicial nominees he’s been making. As we’ve said multiple times through the course of this program, the center of the pro-life movement is not Washington D.C., it’s not power. We need more legislation. We need better legislation. We need to protect babies. But the center of the movement is in your neighborhood and in your church.

Jim: You know, moms and dads are listening – faithful Focus on the Family listeners, Senator Sasse. And the question is how do you deal with this? How do you – I mean, you’re a great guy. You have kids. You’re just like my neighbor. But you’re a Senator. There’s more expected out of you. How do you deal with being in this city where it seems so hopeless at times?

Ben: Well, you don’t forget that we all have a bunch of different identities and you don’t want to get ’em rank ordered wrong. So I’m a Christian and I’m a dad and I’m a husband and I’m a Nebraska football addict.

(LAUGHTER)

Ben: I’m temporarily a politician. I’m a Republican and I’m a conservative. But the heart of my identity is not being a U.S. Senator. Uh, my knowledge of the fact that I’m a lawbreaker and I need Jesus to impute His righteousness to me, that’s the center of my identity. And my duties start at being a husband and being a dad. And because those things are rank ordered higher than being a senator, this is a great calling to love your neighbor and try to live a life of gratitude. But this is a term limited calling and you get to go back home. And Nebraska is where I want to be most of the time, so this city isn’t that complicated if you don’t think you have to live in the swamp forever.

(LAUGHTER)

Ben: You’re just coming here to do your duty and get back home.

Jim: Well, that is so beautifully said. And we are so blessed to have you as a senator for all of us, not just our great friends in Nebraska. So, thank you for being with us.

Ben: Thanks, Jim. Good to be with you guys.

Closing:

John: Well what a terrific conversation we’ve had, Jim. And I just want to remind our listeners what we’ve said a couple of times, now. And that is we are planning a major event on May 4th for our listeners to be able to make a stand for life!

Jim: We are. It’s gonna be in Times Square. We’re gonna do, hopefully, a third trimester ultrasound right there on the big screen. That’s the goal. And just get as many people out there in Times Square to say, “We are pro-life. We are for the child and the mom.” And I think it’s gonna be a great event.
And in addition to that, we want you to sign a “Declaration for Life” that we have at our website. We’re gonna deliver that to the White House to say here are, hopefully, tens if not hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of signatures of those who have declared, “We stand for life.” And then, also, we want you to pray and consider supporting the effort here. You know, over the last 15 years we’ve been doing Option Ultrasound. We’ve placed almost a thousand machines around the country. A couple even internationally. We know the metrics. It’s $60 to save a baby’s life. And uh, an abortion costs, I think on average, like $600. Think of that! $60 to save a baby’s life. Will you help us do that? That’s all it takes. Sixty dollars! I’m beggin’ ya on behalf of that child and that mother. Let’s demonstrate that we are pro-life and help these moms make a choice for life.

John: Mmm. Yeah. And the website for all this information, and your opportunity to donate to Focus on the Family is simply focusonthefamily.com/prolife. Focusonthefamily.com/prolife and uh, we’ll also link over to that from our regular radio page, focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Now, if you’d prefer, give us a call and we’ll be happy to tell you more, send resources and more. Our number is 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. 800-232-6459.

Well, on behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for listening today to Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller inviting you back tomorrow as we once again help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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Our guests share their dramatic stories of surviving the attempts to end their lives while in their mother’s womb, providing a stark and undeniable counter argument to pro-abortionists who argue that a fetus is not a living human being. (Part 2 of 2)

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Changing the World Through Adoption

In a discussion based on his book Chosen for Greatness, Focus on the Family’s Paul Batura describes how adopting three sons has changed his life for the better, and highlights some of the amazing people in history who were successful not in spite of their adoption, but because of it.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

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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.

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

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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

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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. 

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

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

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Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

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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