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Rebuilding a Stronger Marriage

Rebuilding a Stronger Marriage

Pastor Chris Beall and his wife, Cindy, share their dramatic story of how his pornography addiction led to his infidelity, and how God used their brokenness and a loving church community to restore their marriage.

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Cindy Beall: Yes, you may have grounds for divorce, but you also have grounds for forgiveness. And so that’s what I would say to the woman listening. Yeah, if, I get it. There’s a lot of betrayal and you may choose to walk and that is your prerogative between you and God. But I say there’s still a chance if you’ve got two people willing to do whatever it takes and work at a marriage, which is what we should be doing in the first place. Man, you have no idea what God can do and how He can redeem ’cause He is a redeeming God. 

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John Fuller: That’s Cindy Beall. And she and her husband Chris are joining us today on “Focus on the Family.” Your host is Focus president and author Jim Daly. Thanks for listening today. I’m John Fuller. 

Jim Daly: John, I love hearing stories of marriages that are restored and redeemed by God’s grace. I mean, that’s it. We’re fundamentally a Christian organization. We believe in Jesus Christ. And we believe in his desire for marriage. And marriage, unfortunately, involves human beings that are flawed (laughter) and that’s – that’s the problem with the institution. But I love a story, like I said where they have gone to the pit and have come out of it. We’re going to talk about that today. One of the great things we’re doing here at “Focus on the Family” is called Hope Restored. And we acquired that several years ago. And I’m really proud to say that we stay in touch with those people who attend those intensives. We do some survey work. And about 4 out of 5 post-2 years are still married and doing better. That’s almost – that’s an 80 percent success rate. And I am really thrilled with that. And these are typically people that are on the brink of divorce or have signed the divorce papers. Hebrews 13:4 tells us, “Let marriage be held in honor among all.” I think that’s what I was getting at a moment ago. And today, we want to remind you, especially if your marriage is in trouble, that there is hope for you. And there is a way through this dark moment to bring you through it and to help you communicate better, love each other better and, ultimately, to honor God in doing so. 

John: And our guests are Chris and Cindy Beall. And they’ve been there. They have a remarkable story as Jim said. They’ve been in full-time ministry for most of their 25 years of marriage. They both serve at Life Church in Oklahoma City. And Cindy has an excellent book. It’s called Rebuilding a Marriage Better than New. And we’ve got that at focusonthefamily.com/radio. 

John: Chris and Cindy, welcome to “Focus on the Family.” 

Chris Beall: Thanks for having us. 

Cindy: We love it. Thank you. 

Jim: It’s great to have you here. I’m really thrilled with the story. So often couples end it. And you didn’t. And that’s what I really want to zero in on… 

Chris: Sure. 

Jim: …Certainly the why of it. But let’s get right to the heart of your story because there’s so much here. You were a young couple. I think you had nine years of marriage under your belt, probably still in your 20s – I’m not sure – just into your 30s. But you also had a 3-year-old son at the time. What happened that precipitated this crisis? 

Chris: Well, the – the long story short is, you know, there was a pornography struggle that started when I was 8 years old and followed me all through adolescent years into young adulthood, manhood. And it just changed kind of the moral center of my life, even as becoming a believer in Jesus and a follower of Christ and then later full-time ministry. And there was – there was a season where we were a young couple, I was a youth pastor in Memphis, Tennessee, and in that season, I just let the guard down so much. And unfortunately, I had made decisions to be unfaithful to Cindy. And she knew something wasn’t right but didn’t know exactly what it was. And it wasn’t until we moved to Oklahoma City and I joined the team at Life Church that it really was kind of one of those Holy Spirit put me in a corner and said, “You know, I didn’t bring you here to be the next great pastor at Life Church. I brought you here to – to heal you.” 

Jim: And we’re going to get to that hope. That’s the key thing. Cindy, obviously, it’s your turn.  

Cindy: Yeah. 

Jim: And you are representing women who go through this. You went through it, that feeling of betrayal, all of that. Describe for us that day and when Chris was forthright with you and honest with you, maybe for the first time in your nine year marriage at that point. What did that feel like? And how did you respond? 

Cindy: So we had been at Life Church for six weeks. And he was the worship pastor at our second location. We only had two locations back then. And he came home one Tuesday morning after a staff meeting, and he said, “We need to talk.” I was still unpacking boxes. We had only been in our house that we had just bought, like, three days. And we sat down. And he proceeds to tell me everything he’s just told you about – pornography and that it led him to act out. And then everything was just dropped on me. And then the final blow was that one of the women that he was in a relationship with was pregnant. And so not only did I deal with the betrayal, but I dealt with that he would be a father to another… 

Jim: The consequences. 

Cindy: …Yeah. And so immediately, like, you talk about 60 seconds later, I was unpacking boxes, excited about our new world, our new life, and then I’m deeply devastated. I literally just wanted to die. 

Jim: You wanted to – yeah – end everything. 

Cindy: I just thought I can’t live on this earth – just immediate and utter ruin was all I was thinking. 

Jim: Chris, let me come back to you because we didn’t, um, illuminate that part of the story. You were at the church. The pastor there, Craig Groeschel, said something that really challenged you that took you home to make the statement that you made. What was it that he said to the group that convicted you? 

Chris: Yeah. He spoke to the staff and said, um, that it is our private integrity that gives us the ability to minister publicly. And in that moment, it was the Holy Spirit speaking to me, “that’s not me.” I don’t have that. And not only that, but – but am I going to be the guy that brings devastation on this incredible ministry? And that was the straw. I will say, God had been working on me prior to that moment… 

Jim: Guilt? The sense of I’m in a bad place? 

Chris: …Oh, just – just a – I am – I am a prisoner. I am – I am in bondage. And is there – God, is there a chance that I could be free? I don’t know if that means that my marriage would be restored or, certainly, ministry was not a part of – you know, that’s over. I’ve blown that opportunity in my head at that moment. But when Craig said those words, it was like, that’s it. 

Jim: And that’s what pushed you to go home to address the issue. 

Chris: Correct. 

Jim: What was the next hour like? What was the next day like? 

Cindy: Well, he then called Jerry Hurley, who is one of our executive pastors, leaders. And he came over. And then Jerry called Craig. And then Craig came over. And I mean, it was everything you would have imagined – bad. And they just, sometimes, just sat there as the both of us wept. We wept for different reasons. And they were speechless. But they just began to help us and just began to go through each section of, um, what our next steps were. And it was just… 

Jim: What were those next steps for you? What did you decide to do? I mean, you’re in the driver’s seat at this point, obviously. 

Cindy: Well, I had wise people around me. So another couple, Jim and Beth Kuykendall, Kevin Penry, another leader at our church, they just said, “You know, your emotions are so all over the place. Probably the last thing you need to do is make a decision right now.” And so that was the counsel I had received. So I didn’t make decisions for the next six months. I was like, OK, what are we going to do today? And so the next step was resignation. They were graceful to let him resign, even though there wasn’t an option. And he didn’t want to – I mean, obviously he wasn’t expecting to stay. And so there was a resignation. And then Craig preached about it to our campus the following Sunday. 

Chris: That weekend. 

John: How did that come about? 

Chris: So – so I’ll tell you, this will go down as one of the moments in Life Church. He stood onstage and said, you know, basically, this is the deal. And without room for wondering what happened or what I did, he was pretty direct. And he said, “Now here’s why I’m telling you the truth about Chris and what he’s done and why he’s resigned.” He said this. He said, “The local church is one of the only institutions in the world that shoot their wounded. And we will not be that. We will be a hospital within which they heal.” And he said that, “If we all know the truth in love, there’s nothing to gossip about. And so we’re not gonna give our spiritual enemy an inch of ground here. So we’re gonna know the truth and it’s gonna empower us to love Chris and Cindy as God does a work in their marriage.” And I’m telling you that moment of courage not only was the catalyst for our healing. It changed our church forever. 

Jim: You know, in so many ways it sounds like the woman caught in adultery. 

Chris: Right. 

Jim: The shoes on the other foot in terms of the gender, but it’s that experience. 

Chris: Yes. 

Jim: Jesus could have executed judgment on her… 

Chris: Right. 

Jim: …But chose not to. And it really ticked the people around him off, didn’t it? 

Chris: Right. It made a statement to the church of it’s okay not to be okay. And God’s grace and his healing is enough… 

Jim: Yeah. 

Chris: …If we’re just honest about it. And I’m telling you it that moment is the reason I believe God brought us to that church. 

Jim: Yeah. 

Chris: I just don’t know that our story would’ve ended the same without that moment. 

Jim: Cindy, you did go and stay with your mom. I don’t know if that was immediate or a few days later. What happened? 

Cindy: A couple weeks later. 

Jim: Tell me about that bit a journey. Was that just to get some space? I mean, betrayal is hard to manage. I mean, most – I can hear women screaming back at the radio right now or the podcast they’re listening to saying, “Cindy, why did you stick with him?” I mean, it’s true. 

Cindy: Yeah. 

Jim: Let’s face it. 

Chris: Sure. 

Jim: They have a little sense of vengeance on your behalf. 

Cindy: Of course. 

Jim: So talk us through going to your mom’s, the encounter you had there with your mom and your mom’s pastor, I think, and why you came back to Chris. 

Cindy: So it was about two weeks after his confession that I actually went. But leading up to that, I watched my husband broken as broken can be. I mean, I’ve never seen anything like it. 

Jim: So it was genuine for you it wasn’t – he wasn’t. 

Cindy: There was – I mean, he would sit on the floor and he would call our old pastor in Memphis where we were living and tell him and he would call – he called his dad and he called his mom. And he called my mom. And he just made these phone calls to people that were close in our lives and confessing and telling them because it was – if it’s gonna be public at our church, it’s going to get out. And sure enough I just watched him say I – you know, I know I’ve done this. And I made – our marriage may be over. And, I mean, you may never trust me again. But if you’ll give me a chance, I’ll spend the rest of my life trying. So that’s what I was dealing with at home. So I didn’t have this guy saying if you have been a better wife, if you had met more of my needs, if you had been the – you know, whatever. I didn’t have that husband. I had a husband who took it all upon himself. He didn’t blame me for anything. And, you know, I felt like years – I mean, months later, I did internally look and say, “What did I contribute?” But those two weeks I was with a man that was everything I’d ever dreamed of. Everything. So I still didn’t know if I was going to stay, though, because I thought man this is really great, but I’m not sure it’s gonna stick. So I just said, “God, I need to hear from you. I need more than just advice from people that are wise. I really need to hear from you. I need a word. I need something from God’s word.” So I decided to go see my mom. And, of course, she made me go see her pastor. And I was like, “Why are you doing this? I’m 31 years. You’re forcing me to go see someone.” But I was, like, so emotionally weak I couldn’t refuse her. 

Jim: It was the right call. 

Cindy: It was. So I went to visit with him. And by the point as I’m confiding and telling him everything, I’m weeping, he’s just as gracious as gracious can be. And he just looked at me and he said, you know, you are not a fool to stay and be a part of the redemptive work in a man’s life. And I was like, “What?” I couldn’t believe that came out of his mouth. And I was – that was the moment that I thought okay maybe, maybe there is a chance. 

Jim: Huh. So it didn’t irritate you 100 percent…. 

Cindy: No. 

Jim: …Just 98 percent (laughter). 

Cindy: Just – yeah. Yeah. So, like, I was so glad and I left that meeting. It was the first time in 12, 13 days where I felt a little hope the first time. 

Jim: Cindy, I want to ask you because you’re in that place of the betrayed woman. And, again, there’s a lot of fear there. 

Cindy: Right. 

Jim: And it’s been said if women actually knew what went through the minds of a man, they probably never marry men anyway. It’s just part of our makeup. 

Cindy: Right. 

Jim: It doesn’t excuse it. It’s what the Lord wants to bridle. 

Chris: Right. 

Jim: The idolatry that he wants to get a hold of in a man’s life. But it’s powerful. Sexuality is powerful. How did you process that great fear, the spear of all spears? Because I know some women, this is the dagger. If you betray me that way, I’m never looking forward for you. 

Cindy: Right. 

Jim: Help that woman who maybe decided I’m not going to stick with it. I’m not going to take your mom’s pastor’s advice. I’m getting rid of them. 

Cindy: Sure. 

Jim: And maybe they’ve already done it. 

Cindy: Right. 

Jim: But what about that woman that may still have that happening in the future? But that is the most sensitive area of her heart… 

Cindy: Yeah. 

Jim: …Is that kind of betrayal. 

Cindy: Yeah. Well, I mean, it just strikes to I’m not as sexy as those women he looks at on the video. I’ll never, I’ll never be able to do the things they do. I’ll never meet up to what he desires so there’s that that you have to kind of walk through. But Pastor Craig often says, you know, yes you may have grounds for divorce, but you also have grounds for forgiveness. And so that’s what I would say to the woman listening. Yeah, if – I get it. There’s a lot of betrayal and you may choose to walk. And that is your prerogative between you and God – ’cause I don’t ever tell someone what they should do. That’s between them and God. But I say there’s still a chance if you’ve got two people willing to do whatever it takes and work at a marriage, which is what we should be doing in the first place. Man, you have no idea what God can do and how he can redeem because he is the redeeming God. So that’s what I would say to that woman listening. 

Jim: And it’s evident and we’re going to get to that part of the discussion. You guys are probably more in love today than you’ve ever been. Is what it looks like. 

Chris: No doubt. 

Jim: But I’m going to let you express that. I want to come back to something you mentioned of Cindy rather quickly and that was in part the affair that you had, Chris, I mean, this other woman is pregnant. 

Chris: Right. Right. 

Jim: OK. So women are on your side, Cindy. Now they’re really on your side. 

Cindy: Right. 

Jim: How could you deal with that? And what is happening today? Is that child present in your life? 

Chris: Absolutely. 

Cindy: Uh-Huh. 

Jim: Speak to that, Cindy. 

Cindy: So leading up to his confession, two and a half years of our marriage was chaos. I was convinced that I was the worst wife in the world. I wasn’t doing what I needed to do. He was everybody’s hero at church. And something was off. And I was – it was our senior pastor and it was us. And so I didn’t have anybody go to. I had nobody. And I – I just dug deeper in the word, I spent time with my father. I mean, God truly became more important to me than my husband. And so when this all came out, I kept hearing him just gently speak to my heart and just saying you going to ask me what I think, you going to ask me what I think. 

Jim: (Laughter). 

Cindy: You said you would follow me, you know. And I thought okay, God, what should I do? You know, I finally had the nerve of, like, six days later what do you think. And I just remember I was stirring spaghetti and I was crying. And I remember him saying, “Cindy, remember when you told me you’d do anything to bring me glory?” And the moment I heard that I was just like now I don’t believe God caused this, but he’s certainly going to use it. So that’s where I began to just say OK, God. So it became less about my husband and more about the kingdom, for me. That’s what it was. 

Jim: That’s a powerful statement. I mean, that is a really powerful statement that can be applied in any aspect of life as a Christian. 

Chris: Right. 

Jim: I mean, Lord, how am I going to resolve this? How I’m gonna get through this? 

Cindy: Yeah. 

Jim: Sometimes it’s really tough stuff… 

Cindy: Yeah. 

Jim: …What you two went through. 

Cindy: And the birth of the child was five months after his confession and that was still a very difficult season for us. But I’m telling you that child – he’ll be 16 this summer. And he’s my son. He’s my boy. Like, I – we say we have three sons. I just didn’t have stretchmarks with him. You know, like I adore him and I adore his mom. I adore her mom. I mean, it’s – you know, some people might say it’s a bit Jerry Springer-ish. 

Chris: It seems a little unrealistic. 

Cindy: It seems like almost too good to be true. But isn’t that our God? Isn’t he too good to be true to send Jesus to die for us? 

Jim: Well, in the response, I mean, it’s so admirable the way you have responded to this. And, you know, again I just applaud you spiritually for choosing the right thing to do. It’s tough. Life is tough. Chris, I can’t imagine being in your shoes, I mean, going through what you went through, all self-inflicted.

 Chris: Right. 

Jim: Make sure people hear that. 

Chris: 100 percent. 

Jim: I’m not giving you sympathy for bad decisions. 

Chris: 100 percent. 

Jim: But, man, what in the world are you feeling when all this is happening over those first five months and the girl, the woman’s calling you saying… 

Chris: Right. 

Jim: …I’m pregnant? 

Chris: Right. 

Jim: And ouch. 

Chris: I’m caught. You know, I think you can – especially guys we were quite capable at compartmentalizing parts of our lives. Are we not? And – but your sin will always find you out. It always does. And it was a nightmare of coming to this revelation of this thing that I’ve kept hidden is not going to be hidden for long. But it was freedom. Freedom was what I longed for. What is – the Scripture says it’s for freedom that Christ set us free. And I had Grace and I understood the Gospel, but I was not living in the freedom of the Gospel in the freedom of my identity in Christ. 

John: Because of that hidden sin. 

Chris: Exactly. Right. And so there is this really interesting paradox of real brokenness of realizing what I have done even to the name of Jesus because, granted, I was in ministry when all this was coming out. But then on the flip side, waking up one day and having no secrets… 

Jim: Right. 

Chris: …Was something that I had in my adult life have never experienced. And that was the first taste of freedom. And it was life transforming. And then watching this boy grow up, who later gave his heart to Jesus, who later I got the honor of baptizing him and his mom has come to faith in Jesus. And you know, 16 years later, there is more redemption associated with this story than there is pain. And that young man is front and center of redemption. 

Jim: Well, and that’s so powerful. So powerful yet – you know, how do we get to the resolution here? 

Chris: Right. 

Jim: You know, the practical helps. Let’s start Cindy with you for that woman that’s struggling. She can’t believe you’ve done this number one. 

Chris: Right. 

Jim: She’s saying to herself. That’s incredible. I’m not Cindy. 

Cindy: Yeah. 

Jim: I couldn’t be her. 

Cindy: Yeah. 

Jim: But the truth is in Christ you can be… 

Cindy: Of course. 

Jim: …Because you’re learning these things from the Lord. What are some of those practical things? WEB EXTRA VIDEO I can only imagine the temptation to throw it back in Chris’s face all the wrongdoing. Did that happen for a while? Did you control that? How did that happen? 

Cindy: I did not. 

Chris: I’m just going to say not once. Not one. 

Jim: That’s remarkable. 

Chris: It is remarkable. 

Cindy: Well, and I just love the Lord so much that I felt like when people say they’re going to get revenge on someone, the person they’re doing that to first is Jesus before they do it to their spouse. And so I felt like it’s like some – let’s say I decide, well, I’m going to go cheat on him now. Well, I’m hurting the heart of God first before I’m hurting him. And I just couldn’t do that to my Lord. And so that was my mindset. And so if a woman hears anything, you know, we as Christ followers her goal is to walk forever until we finish the race. And we fought the good fight and we have kept the faith. But if we don’t go deeper along the way, we’re missing out on so much. And so I felt like I’ve just gone so deep with the Lord that to throw it back in his face I just couldn’t do that. I couldn’t do that to my Lord really is what it boiled down to. But what happened was we were given permission by God, by, with each other to grieve. People want to get through the pain so bad. And we watch people who are hurting and we want to get them through their pain so bad. You just can’t rush healing. And so we would grieve together. And I would grieve walking in the store at Walmart and buying groceries and something would remind me and I’m crying in the aisle. So I just allowed myself to grieve and as I grieved, I healed. I really believed that. I believe that when we grieve appropriately – so that was, those were the things that helped me heal… 

Jim: Right. 

Cindy: …Deeply as I began to just really heal. 

Jim: Wow. Chris and Cindy, I so appreciate the openness and heart you’ve brought to our Focus on the Family couples today. It’s been good for all of us to hear this. Your story is captivating, and the words of advice you offer are so applicable to any stage of marriage. And I have one more question for you before we close out. 

But first, I want to thank you, our listeners, for supporting Focus on the Family with your prayers and your financial support. 

You know, here at Focus, we want to help you have the best marriage you can. The reason? Because it’s a witness before the world about your commitment to Christ. That’s why we continue to produce these kinds of programs and other resources and tools to give you that reinforcement. We are here for you. If you need answers, give us a call. We count it a privilege to come alongside you and help get you through the tough times whether it’s a small thing or a major thing.  

And if you’re in a good spot, I hope you’ll join us in making a difference in the lives of families who need a shoulder to lean on. We couldn’t minister to them without prayer and regular financial support from friends like you. When you give a monthly pledge gift of any amount today, I wanna send you a copy of Cindy’s book Rebuilding a Marriage Better Than New as our way of saying thank you for helping us encourage couples and families like your own. We’re grateful for the support that you can give to Focus. 

John: And you can donate to the ministry here and get your copy of Rebuilding a Marriage Better than New when you call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. 800-232-6459, or stop by focusonthefamily.com/radio. 

Jim: Cindy and Chris, the last question I wanted to ask and this is a loaded one. And – but it’s an important one. Before we close out, there may be a listener who has that unconfessed sin, they haven’t shared anything with their spouse. Man, this is so delicate and there’s not a one way approach here. But what would be your advice to that person who you have touched their heart today? That man, Chris, who’s saying I’ve never shared that with my wife.

Chris: Yeah. 

Jim: What would you say? 

Chris: Well, first of all, my heart breaks for you and I know the darkness of that, the weight of that secret. I would say that honesty will never steer you wrong. It will hurt. There will be damage. People will be hurt. But I think about what James wrote that, you know, so often we confess our sin to God and expect him to fix our problems or remove the consequences. But there’s no Scripture that it says he actually does that. But instead, confess your sins to one to another, to another person, to a human being, to somebody that you trust and pray for each other, and the Bible says, “That you may be healed.” And that’s a promise. And so my encouragement is know that God is a God of compassion, that your choices have real consequences that God will not remove but that his grace is bigger than you think it is. And find somebody that you trust that you can confess it to seek prayer and then just watch what God will start to do in your life.  

Jim: That is so good. Cindy, any other thoughts? 

Cindy: Well, I would say to the wife or the husband who gets this kind of confession. I would say it’s very typical for a lot of people to run from God, to get mad because he didn’t do as they thought he should. I would say run to him. Run to him even if you don’t understand. Just run to him. He will begin to reveal things to you in his time. 

Jim: Good advice. Cindy, Chris thanks so much for being with us. 

Cindy: Thank you. 

Chris: Thanks for having us. 

John: Well, join us next time when you’ll hear a powerful conversation about breaking down racial barriers. 

Teaser: 

Mr. Benjamin Watson: The reality is there’s an implicit bias, and the Gospel says, “No.” I need to look beyond cultural stereotypes, and I need to see through the blood of the cross to see you in the inaugural day. And humility says I can learn from anybody. There’s not a lot of learning, there’s a lot of talking. 

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

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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