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Putting Your Faith Into Action (Part 2 of 2)

Putting Your Faith Into Action (Part 2 of 2)

Author and speaker Chuck Colson discusses the responsibility Christians have to live out their faith in the public square. (Part 2 of 2)
Original Air Date: September 17, 2010

Opening:

Recap:

Mr. Chuck Colson: Reason, as well as Scripture, teaches us that life, marriage and liberty are absolutely sacred. Now 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–

Jim Daly: Hm.

Chuck: –which should be making you a better citizen.

End of Recap

John Fuller: That’s a great phrase, “citizens moved by the love of God” and a refreshing way to describe your role in politics today. It’s a good word from the late Chuck Colson, who exemplified what it means to live out your faith in the public arena. This is “Focus on the Family.” Your host is Focus president and author, Jim Daly and I’m John Fuller.

Jim: John, as we shared last time, I believe that Chuck Colson was one of the greatest Christian statesmen in living memory, not only because of what he experienced while working in the White House and that’s the whole Watergate situation, but subsequent years of faithful ministry that he did among prisoners, who were often the lost and forgotten in our society. Chuck was gifted by the Lord with the ability to analyze and interpret the cultural issues of our day and apply a biblical truth to those situations, giving us a solid framework for our faith.

I can’t think of a greater articulator of the faith and I used to love to just listen to what he had to say. Last time we began sharing a wonderful interview that we recorded with him several years ago and I found a comment from one of our listeners who heard that program and I think it illustrates the impact that this great man had on all of us.

This listener wrote, “As long as I have breath in my body and fingers to type, I will sing the praises of God and speak out when our nation needs my voice and my vote to preserve, protect and defend the freedoms we hold dear. For my children and my yet-to-be-born grandchildren, the first place to fight for our nation is on our knees in prayer. After that comes the public square and then the polling place. May God be with us as we fight to save what the Founding Fathers entrusted to us long ago.”

What else can you say to that but “Amen, brother.” I hope that comment inspires you as much as it did me and that you’ll have a renewed commitment to pray for this country and for the election and to do your part as a Christian citizen this fall. If you didn’t hear the program last time, I urge you to get the CD or the download, the app for the smartphone, whatever it takes. Contact us about Chuck Colson’s book, God & Government: An Insider’s View on the Boundaries Between Faith and Politics.

John: You’ll find all of those resources and more to help you be engaged as a citizen at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio or call us and we can tell you more, 800-A-FAMILY. And now the continuation of our conversation with the late Chuck Colson on “Focus on the Family.”

Body:

Jim: Chuck, last time we were talking about orthodoxy, orthopraxis, really the orthodoxy being right belief, orthopraxis, doing the right thing. The Church, early in the church’s history, had a wonderful balance in that regard. Perhaps over the centuries, we may have inverted that or may have lost our way a bit. And you’re doing some wonderful work through the Colson Center. And in fact, www.colsoncenter.org has more information about this whole area of orthodoxy, orthopraxis. Talk a moment about your effort there.

Chuck: Well, I think when you realize that the marriage of the two–or orthodoxy (right belief) and orthopraxy (right behavior, right actions)–the marriage of that comes when you see Christianity as a worldview. The writers of the New Testament used the word logos. In the beginning was the logos. The word “logos” does not mean “word” the way we commonly translate it in Bibles. It meant all truth that could ever be known.

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: And so, Christ is a representation of all truth that could ever be known. I’m very influenced by Abraham Kuiper, [a] great Dutch theologian, who made that marvelous statement a century and a half ago when he dedicated Free University in Amsterdam. He said, “There’s not one square inch in the whole domain of human existence, as to which Christ, Who is sovereign over all, does not cry out, ‘Mine!’”

So, I’m giving these years of my life. The prison ministry’s doing wonderful work around the world and I’m really trying to concentrate the final years of ministry with raising up disciples who can understand biblical worldview, how the Bible affects all of life and can find the right balance between orthodoxy, knowing what you believe and orthopraxy, living it out. And my big thing at the moment is to be arguing that among the competing worldviews today, only one is rational.

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: There’s only one, when you start with the presupposition, “God is;” that works out to be a rational life. Any other presupposition fails. So, I love to teach that to people. It takes me about an hour to do it, but I think you can prove that Christianity is the only rational way to live.

Jim: Chuck, I would agree and last time, we talked about this nexus between the public square and our faith and how does that work out? We are enlightened by the Early Church and how they overturned really the culture of Rome and the Roman Empire by doing orthopraxy.

And yet, sometimes when we’re in these battles in the political arena, are you concerned about the temperament and what we might be losing as a faith? Are we investing too much in what politics can deliver? And furthermore, I’d love your answer on the definition, the issue of government. Government is established by God, really to defend righteousness, in other words, justice in the culture. If you’ve done something like murder or other things, the government is established by God to deal with you. The church is there for a renewal of spirit. Is that fair?

Chuck: It’s renewal of the spirit in the conscience of society. It’s always been the conscience of society. From the very beginning, it was the conscience of society in the First Century, for which people got thrown into the lions’ den. They got thrown in the lion’s den, not because they wouldn’t obey Caesar, but because they said, “Jesus is Lord.”

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: They wouldn’t say, “Caesar is Lord.” That’s why they went in the lion’s den. So, that’s the first conflict of church and state, goes back to the very beginning. But it’s so important, Jim, to understand that we have responsibilities as citizens, but we must not be taken in by the myth of our culture. The myth of our times is that there are public policy solutions to all problems. That’s not true. Many problems of the heart aren’t ever gonna be touched by politics. I learned this in prison.

John: Hm.

Chuck: You can have all the regulations and all the punishment and all this. Guys come out worse than they went in. It’s the human heart that has to be dealt with. So, the Christian cannot be “inculturated”. We have been “inculturated” to believe that there are political solutions to every problem we have.

Jim: We’ve bought that, as well.

Chuck: We bought that. We bought a lie basically, what I mentioned in the earlier broadcast is called “The Political Illusion” by one scholar. The illusion that politics will solve all our problems leads to tyranny–

John: Hm.

Chuck: –because all of a sudden every solution is a political solution. So, Christians who invested themselves over the last 40 years, coming out of the fundamentalist wilderness, they started to get more involved in politics. They did it the wrong way. They organized. Maybe they organized as political movements. Here’s the difference. A political movement is basically ideological. I resist ideology.

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: Ideology is a man-made formulation. I don’t care whether it’s on the Left or the Right. Ideology is wrong. We as Christians, live by revealed truth.

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: And “Ideology is the enemy of the Gospel,” Russell Kirk once wrote, because it is the enemy of revealed truth. It is man saying in his hubris, his excessive pride, “I can create the perfect utopian society.” Folks, don’t buy that. Human beings can’t do that. The perfect utopian society is exactly what you were saying a minute ago, Jim and that is, God’s justice lived out in life. That leads to the perfect society. And the great goal of God’s justice is to create shalom, which is a word the Jews used, which we misuse today as simply meaning a greeting. It meant concord, harmony and conditions in which human beings can flourish.

Jim and John: Hm.

Chuck: That’s God’s justice. That’s what we need to be working for. Man’s justice will always be imperfect, always, has to be. So, we’re dealing with a way of thinking that we gotta bring into the mainstream of life, but don’t let the mainstream and what the culture’s believing influence you.

Jim: Absolutely.

Chuck: Start thinking as a Christian. That’s what I try to do with the Colson Center.

Jim: And in that, you’re not saying and I know people, you’re hearing both of us say, you know, politics has no answers. There is a role for the political sphere. I mean–

Chuck: Oh, absolutely.

Jim: –Christians need to–

Chuck: Yeah.

Jim: –be engaged, as you’ve said throughout today and last time. Christians need to be engaged. It’s just that we can’t put our hope, our trust and our faith in those solutions.

Chuck: That’s a very good way to sum it up. Those solutions will always be temporary, because they’re always of this world. And you know, C.S. Lewis said, “The person who will make the greatest impact in this world is the person who’s mind and heart is in the next world.”

I know there are a lot of Christians listening to us right now, Jim. I can just see young families and everybody’s stressed and everybody worried about the economy and they’re saying, “Oh, my. All this is sophisticated talk about orthodoxy and orthopraxy and Christians engaged in politics and I don’t really want to get involved in all this.”

Folks, this is a matter of life and death. This is a matter of whether the church can really be the church in today’s culture, whether you as a Christian can really be a Christian in today’s culture and live your faith out. So, I know it may sound complicated, but it’s worth investing a little bit of time to think these things through, because what has been a scandal of the faith in the last 50 years is we don’t think first.

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: We shoot off our mouths. We start talking like, you know, we’ve got political power and we flex our muscle and we’ll organize this political block. Nonsense! We are humble citizens, wanting to be the best of citizens because we love God. And so, we want to bring the common good to bear. We’d like to see shalom or at least signs of shalom brought into our society. That’s really what it’s about. So, folks, I know you’re stressed, but listen to this stuff and think it through with us.

Jim: Chuck, I think that’s well said and in practical terms, I’m thinking of the two big issues of our day: the issue of the sanctity of human life and also, traditional marriage. Let me ask you a practical application of our faith. These are not new things. I mean, it’s amazing that we’re still dealing 2,000 years later with the same situation that we found in Rome.

Chuck: Uh-hm.

Jim: And you’re right. Human sexuality was out of control in that context. The issue of abortion, infanticide was rampant in that culture. And here we are 2,000 years later, nothing new under the sun. We’re still battling these same things. How do we apply our orthodoxy, what is truth and our orthopraxis in this context?

John: Hm.

Jim: How do we defend traditional marriage in a more effective way?

Chuck: Well, if you look at the Manhattan Declaration and I think I might challenge you and say there’s three great issues today. One of them is human liberty and–

Jim: That’s true.

Chuck: –religious liberty, ’cause that’s freedom of conscience.

Jim: Correct.

Chuck: Our Founders said that was the first right granted to people, first right that they would recognize, not grant, recognize because it was given by God. But the way we approached it in the Manhattan Declaration, which is forty-seven hundred words, very carefully and deliberately written by a couple of great scholars who worked with me. I mean, Timothy George at Beeson is a man without peer in theology in American today. He’s the leading theologian and Robbie George, who I think is the leading legal thinker in the world.

And we drafted that so that it couldn’t offend anybody. And I’ll tell you a little illustration of how important it is that we present our case well. We received a letter from a professor at Cornell, who said, “I hate the religious right. When I saw your new tract come out about the Manhattan Declaration, I swore I wouldn’t read it, waste my time.” He said, “Then I got curious” and he said, “I read it. And it’s the first thing I’ve ever seen written by Christians that I couldn’t find anything in it that I would take issue with.” He said, “I’m an atheist,” but he said, “you presented your case in a very compelling manner.”

John: Hm.

Chuck: Now that’s what we want people to say to us, isn’t it?

Jim: It is.

Chuck: We want to be able to explain things, not just by saying, “The Bible says and therefore, you have to do this” and hit ’em over the head with a Bible. You want to say, “This is good for our lives together, because this works and the other solutions don’t work.”

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: And in that paper on the Manhattan Declaration, we start out by saying, we don’t blame the gay community for the breakdown in marriage in America. It’s our fault, because we’ve had no-fault divorce. We’ve been much too casual about our commitments. So, we blame ourselves, the church and the church needs to take blame for this.

John: Hm.

Chuck: We are responsible. We’re not holding people to biblical standards and we’re not holding them to accountability. And we express concern for the welfare of homosexuals. And we do not attack them because they’re homosexuals. We show great sympathy and respect for them and for those who have worked their way out of that lifestyle, we applaud them. For those who haven’t, we pray for them and we respect their human dignity.

Jim: Yeah, absolutely. One thing, Chuck, recently some Christians have suggested that if we simply can elect more Christians into the political process, more political representatives who are Christian, that, that would solve the problem. How do you feel about that? Do you agree with that?

Chuck: No, I don’t agree with that, Jim. That’s a mistake the church has made over the years. You elect people to public office for their abilities. They’ve got to administer justice. They’ve got to preserve order. They’ve got to do the biblical responsibilities in public office. And so, if they happen to be Christians that’s great. But I tell you, if I ever need delicate surgery on my brain, I’m not gonna necessarily look for the best believer; I’m gonna look for the best surgeon.

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: It’d be wonderful if he was a believer. So, the idea that we can do that is a very simplistic notion. That’s just false. It doesn’t work. Never has worked.

Jim: Chuck, the other key thing in my mind is this idea, when it comes to the issue of life for example, ideally for all of us in the Christian community who believe in the pro-life perspective, it’s not a political issue. We would love both Republicans and Democrats to embrace the sanctity of human life because of the things that we talked about in early Rome. How do we manage that? If we’re too wrapped around the axle of a given political party, that can hurt our faith, as well.

Chuck: Well, I’m a Conservative in the sense that I believe that we’re governed by what’s happened in the past, the wisdom of those who’ve gone before us. We live by revealed truth. But I’m not a partisan in the sense that partisanship is ideology. It’s man-made formulations.

And so, I don’t carry the water for either the Left or the Right ideology. In fact, I’m suspicious of ideology. I want to live by revealed truth. So, I’m not taken in by people because of their party labels. Nor do I think I’m gonna be less likely to be let down. A lot of my friends who are Republicans got elected [and] disappointed me terribly.

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: So, the party label isn’t the critical thing. The critical thing is, what is their view on government preserving order, doing the right thing, justice, their abilities and do they understand the transcendent moral issues, which are life, family, marriage and liberty. That’s the Manhattan Declaration. Those are transcendent. Those are pre-political. Those are above politics.

Jim: Right.

Chuck: So, [the] more Democrats who share those issues with us, the more joyous I am. I pray every office holder to understand that those are transcendent issues that go to the viability of us as a civilization, that actually reflect the character of God, because He created us in His image. Therefore, life is precious and our Founders said that in the Declaration of Independence. Marriage, because it’s the building block of every civilization, Christian or not. And liberty, because it’s the natural condition of someone who is a believer or someone not a believer, because we believe that we’re created with God’s image in ’em, so they have a free will.

Jim: Hm.

John: And while I hear what you’re saying, Chuck, there does seem to be this vast difference between someone who says, “I believe those things” in their personal walk in life. What do I do with that?

Chuck: Well, you judge it the way you should judge it and that is to say, if a person is not living a life consistent with what he professes to believe, he’s a hypocrite and you’ve got every reason to judge him accordingly.

I hold the church responsible for this one, when pro-life politicians get elected and then they compromise on their beliefs and they really won’t stand up and be counted. Their own pastor should call into account and there’s some of it going on in the Catholic church. There’s not much of it going on in the Evangelical church frankly. I know Evangelical Christians who profess to be pro-life, don’t act that way and we invite ’em to speak in our churches. I wouldn’t, but we do.

John: Hm.

Chuck: So, use discipline. I mean, what’s the three elements of the church? Preaching the Gospel, administration of the sacraments or ordinances of the church, discipline. Discipline’s inherently biblical.

Jim: Uh-hm.

Chuck: You can’t have Christian life without discipline. So, we should be tougher on the politicians who aren’t living up to what they say they believe. I don’t care about their party. And frankly, over the last four years, six, eight years really, terribly disappointed with a lot of my Conservative Republican friends, because they’ve enacted that way. Most of the affairs that are celebrated up there [are] among people who say they’re pro-family; they’re hypocrites.

Jim: Chuck when we look at that high ground that we just talked about–the transcendent truths that rise above the political fracas that we see every day–yet, the moral issues are there, some will say it feels like you’re going soft and that’s not it at all, is it?

Chuck: Oh, no. You’re getting serious and focused about what really matters. And our Founders understood this. That’s why Jefferson, who was a deist–he really wasn’t a Christian–but he nonetheless could write, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights–life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Pursuit of happiness meant, pursuit of “virtue.: It was the Greek word for “happiness.” We confuse that with hedonism and feeling good.

John: Uh-hm.

Chuck: No! The whole idea of pre-political, nothing to do with politics, self-evident truths that we respect as people in political office–life, the dignity of human life and liberty and pursuit of virtue–living a good life.

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: Those are transcendent.

Jim: Chuck, as we’re coming to the end of this second day, we really want to touch base with the folks who are listening who are looking at the political landscape. We’re engaged. That’s one of the good things about the last 20, 30 years. The church has reawakened to the need to be engaged in the political sphere. But again, can you address the folly and this might, you know, it might hackle some people, because we’re vesting a lot in the political outcome, but the folly of trusting too much in the political arena.

Chuck: Well–

Jim: Hit that; hit that once again.

Chuck: –yeah, we should be investing in it, because politics is important. But the disaster is, if we ever think that, that’s gonna be the ultimate answer or that we have the ultimate answer. We need to approach it with great humility. This is what we believe, that revealed truth teaches us. And it’s in conflict with modern ideology of both the Right and the Left. So, we gotta be gentle, loving, the same way you’d go to your neighbor. If you wanted to talk your neighbor into something, how would you talk to your neighbor? Well, talk the same way in politics.

John: And Chuck, we can’t lose hope, even if it looks like we’re losing the battle. I’m reminded of the great saints who, as you said, gave their lives. By most accounting, that’s losing.

Jim: Hm.

John: And yet, Christ says, “If you lose your life for My sake … “

Chuck: Yeah and I would have to add this, because it’s really important today, because people are so fearful. We think the country’s headed in the wrong direction. For a Christian, despair is a sin–

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: –because it denies the sovereignty of God. The battle gets really tough at times and we all feel it personally, I think. I mean, I know I just had a little spell of it lately and [in] my daily devotional reading [the] first chapter of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians.

And he talks about almost despairing of life and the battles he went through, horrendous. The whole second letter is about battles. And yet, in the end he said, “It was all to drive me closer to God–

Jim: Hm.

Chuck: –and to make me rely on God and not on myself.” And that’s true. But a Christian has no excuse for giving up, no excuse for despair, because God’s in control.

Jim: Chuck as we close today, I would love if you could pray for this nation and especially, for the church, to express our orthodoxy and our orthopraxis– the knowing the right thing to do and to do the right thing.

Chuck: Right.

Jim: Would you pray for us?

Chuck: I’d be glad to. Father, thank You for this wonderful, wonderful ministry of Focus on the Family and their love for You. And Father, we think about our country today and our hearts are heavy, because overwhelmed by secular thought and we see the Christian heritage, which has built this great civilization in the West being squandered.

And Lord, we recognize that it’s our responsibility. So, forgive us, Father, when we have been casual in our attitudes toward marriage or life or liberty or the things that are really precious. Renew us. Renew the passion of the church. Renew our first love. Give us that sense of excitement.

All of us can remember when we first were born again, that wonderful experience of joy. Fill us with that today, Lord. And fill us with a renewed determination to know what is right and to have the courage then to do it–orthodoxy and orthopraxis together.

So, Lord, be merciful to our country and Father, get us as a church out of our comfort zone and out doing Your work, so that people may see it and bring glory to You. We pray these things in the name of Him, Who went to the cross in our place, Jesus, the Christ. Amen.

Closing:

John: Praying for you and me about living out as a Christian in today’s culture, that was the late Chuck Colson on today’s “Focus on the Family.” Your host is Jim Daly and for the past couple of days we’ve been sharing a conversation we had with Chuck a number of years ago. And all these years later, it’s remarkable how relevant his insights still are, especially given that this is an election year.

Jim: Yeah and what a great reminder about the role of faith and responsibility within that political system. You know, unfortunately, we’re often looking for quick and easy political solutions like goin’ through a drive-through. We can’t get enough votes. We can’t get the right person elected, as if that will solve everything and it’s not going to. Politics isn’t the end-all solution that I think unfortunately, some believe in.

Politics certainly has a role, but it’s human. It’s not gonna deliver revival, which I think is the cornerstone of what we need in this country. These are complex issues that we need to study and wrestle with as a culture and we need to ask the Lord to give us leaders who have the gift of discernment to make the right decisions for this country. That’s the role of government and that is to keep us safe from evil. And human beings need wisdom to do that.

Now we’ve got a great follow-up resource from Chuck Colson. It’s a book he wrote called God & Government: An Insider’s View on the Boundaries Between Faith and Politics. And I highly recommend this to you because of the keen insights which I think you’ve heard Chuck express here, those perspectives that he brings to these issues. And we’ve got other resources for you, as well, a special Commit to Vote website and a free election kit that’s designed to help your family prepare for the upcoming election.

I know my boys ask me a lot of questions and sometimes I don’t have the answer and hear me clearly here. We’re not trying to tell you how to vote. We simply want to encourage and equip you to exercise your civic right and duty this fall to vote.

John: And you’ll find a link to that Commit to Vote website and that free election kit, as well as other resources at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio . You can also get the CD, the download or we’ll link over to our mobile app, so you can listen on the go. All of that again at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio or call 1-800, the letter A and the word FAMILY.

Jim: And also can I ask you to remember Focus on the Family during this time. These programs we produce, the websites and the resources that we’ve put together all cost money to do and we can’t continue to do this without your financial support. Let me give you a little investor feedback, if I can. When you support us, last year alone in the last 12 months, 1.3 million families told us that Focus on the Family had inspired them to transform the culture through civic engagement; 1.1 million families stepped up to engage their communities for Christ because of the work of Focus on the Family.

I’m very proud of that and this fits in that category. Let’s be together on this, not tellin’ each other how to vote, but how to encourage each other to engage. And I want to invite you to send a gift to Focus to help us in this way and if you can do that, we’d like to send you a copy of Chuck Colson’s book, God & Government as our way of saying thank you.

John: And that phone number again is 800- A -FAMILY or donate online at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio . And our program was provided by Focus on the Family. On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for listening. I’m John Fuller and next time, you’ll hear about one woman’s painful journey through a broken engagement and the impact that had on her faith.

Excerpt:

Mrs. Laurie Polich Short: You know, it’s one thing if you’re single for a long time, but to get that close and then just have it stripped away like that, it really did feel like God was being mean to me.

End of Excerpt

John: It’s a powerful story about learning to trust God, even when life doesn’t work out like you planned, next time on “Focus on the Family,” as we once again, help you and 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,

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

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.

Headshot of Focus on the Family broadcast guest Jodie Berndt

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!

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

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!