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Putting Your Faith Into Action (Part 1 of 2)

Putting Your Faith Into Action (Part 1 of 2)

Author and speaker Chuck Colson discusses the responsibility Christians have to live out their faith in the public square. (Part 1 of 2)

Original Air Date: September 16, 2010

Opening:

Teaser:

Mr. Chuck Colson: Politics is inherently corrupting. It has never been more corrupt than it is now by special interest money. And I don’t have a partisan view here, because I’ve seen it corrupt Republicans just like Democrats. The system is sick. Now you gotta understand, politics is nothing but an expression of culture. If politics is sick, it is because the culture is sick. Who’s responsible for the culture? The belief system, that’s what culture means. So, what do we do as Christians? Okay, you can’t ignore the political system because you gotta be a good citizen. Augustine said, “Christians will be the best of citizens, because they do out of the love of God, what others do only because they’re forced to.”

End of Teaser

John Fuller: Today on “Focus on the Family” with Jim Daly, we’re going to explore the role of faith in politics and it can be a controversial combination and we’ll get some help on this from one of America’s greatest statesmen, the late Chuck Colson, whose godly wisdom and cultural insight are still very relevant today.

Jim Daly: Those are challenging words, especially in light of this election year. And I’m sure many of you can resonate with what Chuck Colson is saying there, because you may be feeling a little apathetic about the political situation we’re facing. I know I am and we may be tempted to stay home instead of voting in the fall. But we want to challenge you and I’m gonna challenge myself about that, because God has commissioned us as Christians to play an active role in our culture and we do live in a democracy. And we need to be a living witness of His love and truth to those who don’t even know what those concepts mean.

And that’s why I wanted to bring this great program from our archives and share it with you today. It is relevant. Chuck Colson was a wonderful mentor to me personally, especially during the transition time with Dr. Dobson. He went out of his way to phone me from time to time. He would come here to Colorado Springs and have lunch with me. It was a wonderful expression of his concern for the future and future leadership.

Chuck passed away in 2012 after 35 years of dedicated ministry, serving hundreds of thousands of prisoners through Prison Fellowship and working as a Christian statesman, uplifting the truth of God’s Word in today’s culture. And to me, he was the modern-day Apostle Paul and I miss him very much. And I will always remember with such deep and great appreciate the friendship that we shared.

John: Well, as you said, Jim, this message from Chuck still rings true today. It was recorded in 2010, but wow, is it good to hear this again. And if you’re not familiar with Chuck Colson, he really experienced both sides of that faith and politics equation. During the ’70’s, he served in the White House as a special counsel to President Nixon and then experienced a dramatic conversion to Christ and that was followed by, as you said, Jim, 35 years or so of real impact through ministry. Well, here now, more of that incredible story and Chuck’s incredible insights on today’s “Focus on the Family.”

Body:

Jim: You have been in the halls of power. You served in the Nixon administration. In fact, some people may not realize you were in the Watergate scandal. And why don’t you share with us, just from the outset here, being in the halls of power, what happened and how arrogance corrupts.

Chuck: I started in the White House when I was 37-years-old, Jim. And I’d been a friend of Richard Nixon for years and he asked me to leave my law practice and come in and work with him.

John: Hm.

Chuck: It’s a heady business. I love politics. You know, I could see very early on how seductive that power is. And by the end of the time I’d been there almost four years, I thought to myself, “I’ve done just about everything a person could do in life.” I had this great feeling of, you know, my life had really counted for something, except I felt empty. So, after four years in that White House, drained, that was really what led to my conversion to Christ.

Jim: And you tasted it. You saw what–

Chuck: Oh, yeah.

Jim: –that power does to a human being. It’s hard to manage as a human being, isn’t it?

Chuck: It really is. You know, when the President calls you in, I can remember the mining of the harbors of Haiphong and the major decisions in the Vietnam War. I’d go home at night with Patty and I’d be almost ill because decisions we make could’ve brought about a nuclear Armageddon. I mean, we were balancing the Soviet Union and China with every decision we made in Vietnam. And when you’re called in and you’re one of the two or three people the President consults, you feel really responsible.

The flip side of that is, you begin to think that you’re really responsible for those decisions. And you begin to think you can do just about anything. And you know, when I went to the White House, I was kind of self righteous. My dad had been sort of steeped in Puritan thought, even though he wasn’t a believer in the sense that we know and think about it. And he was going to school nights and he was working days. And the few hours we would have together during the week, he’d say, “Chuck, never tell a lie. Always do a hard day’s work–

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: –for honest day’s pay.” And he taught me the Christian work ethic. So, I got to the White House and I put everything I’d earned practicing law in a blind trust. I wouldn’t accept gifts from people and if I got a gift, I’d give it to the driver of my limousine or the White House switchboard operators. Nobody could corrupt Chuck Colson.

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: I went to jail. I went to jail because when you think you can’t be corrupted, that’s when you’re most vulnerable. We have the infinite capacity for self-rationalization. So, I ended up in prison, but thank God I did in the Watergate [scandal], because coming out of that and been converted to Christ a year before going to prison, but coming out of that came a burden to help prisoners. And so, I’ve spent the last 35 years traveling in prisons in 40 countries around the world.

Jim: Your conversion to Christ came after your service in government and just before going into prison?

Chuck: Yeah, I was in that lull period, that time when I’d left the White House. I wondered what life was all about, because I’d gone through the Marines and I’d started a law firm and I was the youngest administrative assistant in the Senate. I’d done just about everything and then, I end up in the office next to the President of the United States, right next to his office. And so, that was a fast rise. But I began to think, “What’s next?”

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: And I was really empty. It was more than just fatigue I realized after some months. And then I met a man (Clearing throat) had been one of my clients before I went in the White House. And he was so different that I asked him what had happened to him. And he said, “I’ve accepted Jesus Christ and committed my life to him.” I almost fell off the chair. I grew up in that vast spiritual wasteland of the Northeast. I’d never heard anybody talk that way.

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: But then that man later led me to the Lord one night outside of his home. In a flood of tears, here I was a former Marine, ex-White House hatchet man. I just called out to God and 37 years ago this summer and my life has never been the same since, can never be the same again.

Jim: Let’s talk first with orthodoxy, right believing as we know it. Today the church is seen perhaps by some, maybe where you were before you came to know the Lord, as an archaic religion, something that’s ancient. Perhaps they don’t even believe that Jesus ever lived. What does orthodoxy provide the church and the world?

Chuck: Well, it’s simply right belief and Jude wrote a letter to the young church in which he said, “Defend the faith, entrusted once for all to the saints.” So, the thing that has bothered me most as a Christian is to find people who really don’t know what they believe, can’t defend it in public and don’t live it out, because they’ve got this very reduced idea of the Gospel being simply, “I’m gonna go to church and I’m gonna feel really good on Sunday mornings. And this is gonna be good for me. This is good therapy–a therapeutic model. And this whole experience is all about me. I once was lost; now I’m found and boy, I can live a wonderful, fulfilled life.”

That’s not what the Gospel teaches. The Gospel teaches, “Go into all the world and make disciples,” not converts. And the acceptance of Christ into your life, that moment of belief, that moment when you’re born again, that’s the beginning of a journey in which you begin to learn. And it’s been now 37 years for me. I’m still learning every day and I learn new things. I read the Bible. I see things I hadn’t seen before. It’s a wonderful, exciting thing. It’s an exciting life and I see a lot of people just sitting vegetating in pews and I think, “They’re missing it.”

And the consequence of this is, we’re making exactly the kind of image of the church that before I became a Christian, turned me off and I didn’t want anything to do with it. It was people just having a good time on Sunday morning, dressing up in their best clothes. I couldn’t understand why.

Well, when you understand the heart of what the Gospel really is and what has been handed to us by those who have gone before us, it’s very humbling that we’ve been entrusted with this truth–the most important truth about reality. That’s what Christianity it. So, for us to take that for granted is simply scandalous.

John: Hm.

Jim: Right and it is important to know what we believe.

Chuck: Oh, absolutely.

Jim: I mean, that’s fundamental to the faith. You had quite a profound experience from what I understand, what I read in one of your previous books at St. Paul’s Cathedral, I believe, as you walked and–

Chuck: I did.

Jim: –looked at those.

Chuck: Interesting you remember–

Jim: Yeah.

Chuck: — that to bring it back to mind. It was a vivid experience. Patty and I were in England. We had one half [of] a day off. And so, I wanted to see St. Paul’s and I wanted to see it as a sightseer. So, we had a marvelous time, walking around, looking at that beautiful Christopher Wren designed building–one of the great architectural beauties in the world.

And we’re sitting there and you look up to the vaulted ceiling of the tower and it is absolutely spectacular. And we were sitting there, decided to have some prayer. And there [were] crowds of people going through. And this Anglican priest was administering the service right in the heart of that tourist attraction. And what he was giving was the faith entrusted to the saints once for all.

John: Hm.

Chuck: He was talking about the foundational truths of the Christian faith. And to one part of it in St. Paul’s, people were just milling around as sightseers, but in the middle were this cluster of maybe 100 people, repeating exactly the truth that had been given in that one spot, by the way, for 1,400 years. And I realized, “Wow!” I got goose bumps thinking, “I am believing and reciting the truth that has been handed down through the years so faithfully.” Men and women have given their lives, died for this. And one of the most thrilling experiences along that was also at Mars Hill–

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: –because I realized after I’d climbed up that big stony rock, I was standing there where Paul defended the Gospel almost 2,000 years ago, before the wise men of the culture of the time and only a few followed him. But millions and hundreds of millions, billions followed since. And so, I’m entrusted with that. Now that’s very humbling. When you think about that, that doesn’t lead you to arrogance or a feeling, “I know better than anybody else.” That leads you to great humility.

Jim: It does.

Chuck: God has entrusted me with something that men and women have given their lives for.

Jim: You’re listening to “Focus on the Family.” We’re talking today with Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, author, speaker and really today’s statesman for the Christian community. And Chuck, as we talk about orthodoxy and the foundation that it provides for the Christian community to do orthopraxis. Now a lot of people don’t know the word. It’s doing right. If orthodoxy is thinking right–

Chuck: Right.

Jim: –and believing correct things, orthopraxis is doing the right thing. Talk to us about that.

Chuck: Yeah, orthodoxy is simply right doctrine. It’s understanding what you believe. Orthopraxis is living it out in life. And the biggest weakness of the church, well its two big weaknesses, No. 1, a lot of people do not know what they believe and you gotta start with that.

But once you know what you believe, you’re now compelled to do something with that. And it isn’t satisfactory; it’s not acceptable to God that you just sit and enjoy it. Now you’ve gotta be able to live those doctrines. And the biggest criticism of the church today is that we’re all hypocrites. That’s a legitimate criticism. We are because we profess to believe these things, but we really don’t do ’em.

And so, learning to do what you confess with your mouth that you believe is the full Christian life. This is the full circle. It needs both orthodoxy (right beliefs, right doctrines) and orthopraxis (right practice, do what you profess to believe).

Jim: You know, Chuck, when I look at this, the imagery that I have is like a building, an architect. And that is, where the base of the building, the foundation it’s built on is the orthodoxy. It’s what we believe. But for the most part, it’s underground. It’s the thing that drives us and motivates us. It’s the love of Christ. The building that people see is the orthopraxis.

Chuck: Uh-hm.

Jim: It’s what we’re doing, to the point where they say, “Tell me more about your God.” And there’s Scripture that supports that. Do these good works so that they might see them and honor your Father in heaven.

Chuck: Absolutely. That’s exactly what we’re taught to do. And we will be judged by our fruits, as Jesus told us we would be judged by the world. The world will decide if we’re really legitimate and honest and authentic if they see us doing what we say we do. And that’s a big burden for Christians and it’s a heavy responsibility. But it is absolutely essential in today’s culture, because we see the Christian influence, which built this great Western Civilization and built America as an exceptional country, which does go around the world defending human rights, but today’s generation–I’m sorry to say this; it’ll rankle some people, upset them–but the fact of the matter is, that we’re living off the inherited capital of what’s been left to us by our forefathers. And we gotta start getting serious.

The First and Second and Third Century Church, as you mentioned earlier, Jim, I just love that history, because they were engaged in saving babies. Babies were aborted. They’re left outside to die, infanticide. And the Christians’d go and take ’em off the garbage dumps and raise the kids. They would go minister to the sick. They engaged the government winsomely. You said earlier, what’s the responsibility of Christians in the political realm today? And they were taking issue with the Roman citizens, not over the fact that they were being persecuted, thrown into the lions’ den, they took issue over the fact that they were neglecting newborn children.

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: Bishop Athenagoras in the second century wrote a letter to Marcus Aurelius, the Emperor of the Roman Empire, denouncing the Romans for that–

Jim and John: Hm.

Chuck: –and calling it murder. So, Christians started with this flaming passion for the dignity of human life and let’s get that back.

Jim: Yeah.

Chuck: That’s what Luther wanted to do. Luther started the Reformation because he believed the church had lost its orthodox roots and wasn’t therefore living the Gospel. And so, his whole Reformation started with his crusade to take the church back to the church Fathers, the Patristic Era in the first, second and third [centuries of] Christianity. You want to know about vibrant Christianity? Read about the church then.

Jim: And Chuck, in that context, the thing that as I’ve read about that history, the thing that really gripped my heart is humanitarianism–

Chuck: Oh.

Jim: –starts with the early church.

Chuck: Yes.

Jim: It really does. The Christian community of that era started orphanages and hospices and hospitals. When the plagues of Rome hit Rome, the Christians were the ones that went into those infested areas of the city, feeding soup to the sick and dying. And in fact, writers of history would say, “Why do these men and women do this? They put their own lives at risk for others they don’t even know.” It puzzled them that these Christians would do that, didn’t it?

Chuck: Well, this is why the church spread so dramatically in the first century, is because the Christians stayed in the cities during the plagues, tended to the sick, while everybody else left.

John: Hm.

Chuck: And so, they would come back in and they couldn’t understand it. The women were treated like human beings, which was not true in the society. And this is what so impacted the culture, so that within three centuries, Christianity became the dominant religion, declared so by Constantine. A lot of people say he declared that the Holy Roman Empire for his own power. Not so. He was forced to because the Christians had taken over the society completely.

And it’s a glorious era. Rodney Stark writes a book, The Rise of Christianity, which I’d recommend to everybody. You need to have it on your bookstore here at Focus, because it’s a powerful book about just this era. And I talk about it in the book called The Faith. If we could recover that today, oh, you’d turn this country upside down.

Jim: Chuck, when we look at politics today and where the Christian community is, one of the things that is so obvious and that you experienced is how politics can corrupt, even the best-intentioned Christian leadership, whatever. And how do we balance this? How do we engage the culture around us, taking cues from the early church, yet we don’t put too much hope in what the political process will deliver? Because at times I feel that we as the Christian community, we’re banking on the political solution being the solution. When Jesus showed up, again writers of antiquity would say that the Jews were expecting the Messiah

John: Uh-hm.

Jim: –to be the one to overthrow the tyranny of Rome.

Chuck: Exactly.

Jim: Are we sometimes repeating that same mistake?

Chuck: Well, we’re repeating a mistake very similar to it. A French theologian some years ago wrote a book called The Political Illusion. He said, “The era of modern communication is when we’re able to instantly listen to political debates, politics will become obsessive. We’ll think it’s gonna solve all our problems and we’ll be deluded and all it will do is lead us into tyranny.” His name was Jacque Ellul. He was absolutely prophetic. That’s exactly what’s happened.

Let me say a couple of things that’ll shake up all kinds of people I’m sure. Politics is inherently corrupting. It has never been more corrupt than it is now by special-interest money.

John: Hm.

Chuck: And I don’t have a partisan view here, because I’ve seen it corrupt Republicans just like Democrats.

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: The system is sick. Now you gotta understand, politics is nothing but an expression of culture. If politics is sick, it is because the culture is sick. Who’s responsible for the culture? The belief system, that’s what culture means.

So, the church reforms the culture, which leads to political change. And this was true in 19th century England. It was definitely true in the first three centuries. So, what do we do as Christians? Okay. You can’t ignore the political system, because you gotta be a good citizen. Augustine said, “Christians will be the best of citizens ’cause they do out of the love of God what others do only because they’re forced to.”

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: So, think about that. That gives us a duty. He said the duty of a Christian is to bring the values of the kingdom of God to bear in citizenship in the city of man. So, he understood that balance, that tension and there is a tension. So, we gotta be good citizens. We gotta vote. We gotta care about what’s going on at the school board. We gotta care about all of the political system. Politics, after all, is nothing but how people organize their lives together. And that’s what religion is about, how we live together. So, there’s no conflict between politics and religion. They’re mutually supporting. Never would have been considered any other way for centuries.

You’ve gotta work to change the culture. My hero is William Wilberforce. As you know in the 19th century England, he said God had given him two great objectives: the abolition of the slave trade, which he succeeded in doing and the reformation of manners, because he knew if he didn’t change culture, you could end a systemic evil, but it wouldn’t solve the problem.

So, we gotta be involved in both. And folks listening to us have gotta understand, do your duty as a citizen and vote and take part in the civic affairs, because you’re a representative of the kingdom of God when you do it and do it with humility and in a winsome, loving way. But at the same time, be working to change the culture. That’s the only long-term hope.

Jim: A quote that I’ve heard you say, “Jesus did not give the keys of the kingdom to Caesar, nor did He give a sword to Peter.”

Chuck: Correct.

Jim: That’s an outstanding quote and it does speak to the heart–

Chuck: Yes.

Jim: –that a Christian needs to have in the culture.

Chuck: Yep. We need exactly that heart and we need the gentle heart of Jesus. I love Martin Luther King saying, “He who you would change you must first love.” We have to love the people who don’t understand us, because it’s that love that’s gonna change their attitudes and that’s gonna make our case compelling.

John: Chuck, there are undoubtedly folks listening who have been told time and again, “You’re a Christian. You just keep that stuff in the church, that faith stuff and you leave the politics to us.” There’s almost a second-class citizen created by such thought that says that faith ought not be mixed with politics. Would you just address that?

Chuck: Oh, my, that comes from a place where all smoke is created, the pit of hell. That is just false. That’s a totally false dichotomy. We’re good citizens. We’re better citizens, because we care deeply about the commonweal, the common good. Reason as well as Scripture, teaches us that life, marriage and liberty are absolutely sacred.

Now we have to be willing to stand up and engage the culture winsomely. Don’t listen to people who tell us just to go back into our ghettos and our churches, that we don’t belong in the public realm. Of course we belong in the public realm. We belong there as a citizen and a citizen moved by love of God–

John: Hm.

Chuck: —which should be making you a better citizen. But we never delude ourselves into thinking that, that’s gonna be all the answers. We have a lot more to do as Christians than simply to cast a ballot. We’ve gotta cast an image of a life lived. Christ lived, Christ’s death on the cross and lived through us, we cast that across our culture and that’s what really will transform things.

Jim: Chuck, often when the church and state are in conflict, it becomes about winning and winning a political victory or winning a vote. And I believe it was Tim Keller in his book, Counterfeit God, who said and I’m certainly paraphrasing, something like, “What we need to be careful of as the Christian community is turning into predators and the world our prey.” How do we balance winning a victory with humbly pursuing God’s design, as the early Christians did in the first, second and third centuries?

Chuck: Well, that’s the state of mind that believers have to [experience]. It’s a tension that you have to live in. I mentioned earlier that when I stood on Mars Hill and realized that I today convey the same message Paul did 2,000 years ago. That is very humbling. I stand on the shoulders of the giants who went before me. I don’t have anything I can come and impose my will on somebody. I am a beggar who found bread, trying to show other people where they can find that bread.

And if I ever feel like I can tell people how to live, I can’t, I can simply explain to them what’s happened to me and how I believe the biblical worldview is the only one that you can live with rationally in life. And I love them enough to want them to appreciate that and enjoy that. I don’t go to ’em as enemies.

I’ll tell you one little quick story. A guy who worked for us, Ron Greer, for many years, ex-prisoner, former Marine, as well, pastor of a church in Madison, Wisconsin, his service was disrupted one night by the homosexual activists. [They] threw condoms at the altar. And of course, they’d set up the press in advance, so the press comes in. And Ron, African-American guy, stood at the podium the whole time smiling.

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: And the press went up to him and said, “How can you be smiling when they’re desecrating your church?” And he said, “I have no more reason to be angry with them than I would with a blind man stepping on my foot.”

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: Now if you keep that attitude in politics, you’ll do all right.

Closing:

John: A special presentation on today’s “Focus on the Family” from the late Chuck Colson, some wonderful insights and this is really good stuff, Jim.

Jim: It definitely is and so relevant to the moral and political issues that we continue to face in today’s culture. This was, you know, a few years ago, but it shows you just how relevant Chuck Colson was. A lot of what we shared in this program is based on the landmark book that Chuck wrote called God & Government: An Insider’s View on the Boundaries Between Faith and Politics. I cannot more highly recommend you get a copy of that book than to say it. It is one of the best, if not the best and it will help you better understand the dynamic between our faith and culture and the important role each one of us plays in this political process. If you’re able to help us financially with a donation of any amount, we’ll be happy to send you a complimentary copy of this book as our way of saying thanks for stepping in the gap and helping families through Focus on the Family.

John: And we can tell you more about getting God & Government and a CD or a download of today’s conversation, as well, when you call 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY; 800-232-6459 or stop by www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.

Jim: As we close, let me remind you to keep praying about the upcoming election this fall. We really cannot afford to sit this one out and there’s so much at stake. Our votes do matter. In addition to the presidential campaign, this election will determine the entire House of Representatives and about a third of the Senate. And there are government leaders in your state and the local community, judges running for office, as well, plus a number of very important referendums. I know we have a couple here in Colorado. I urge you to participate and exercise your right as a Christian citizen, to vote your conscience. And then we’ll trust the Lord for the results and keep movin’ forward.

John: Yeah, we’ll encourage you to stop by www.focusonthefamily.com/radio to find everything that your family needs to prepare for this upcoming election, including our free Election Activity Kit and a link to our Commit to Vote 2016 website.

Now of course, we’re a not-for-profit organization. We can’t and won’t tell you how to vote. We just want you to be aware of the details that you can find about your state and local issues and the national elections, as well, so you’re equipped to know what you need to know to register and to express your values at the polls.

Our program was provided by Focus on the Family and on behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for listening. I’m John Fuller, inviting you back tomorrow when we find out why we dare not put our faith in one political party or another.

Excerpt:

Chuck Colson: I don’t carry the water for either the Left or the Right ideology. In fact, I’m suspicious of ideologies. I want to live by revealed truth.

End of Excerpt

John: More insights about faith and politics from the late Chuck Colson, next time on “Focus on the Family,” as we once again, help your family thrive.

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

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

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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.

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

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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 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!

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!