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The Importance of Voting

The Importance of Voting

Radio host John Stonestreet and Carrie Gordon Earll, Focus on the Family's Vice President of Government and Public Policy, discuss our civic responsibility to make our voices heard in the upcoming elections.

Opening:

John Fuller: You may be disillusioned and fed up with government and politics and maybe you can’t wait for the elections to be over. That’s probably true for many of us, but while it would be easy to throw your hands up in despair, we still have a privilege and a duty to make a difference in a number of ways by voting on November 8th. This is “Focus on the Family,” hosted by Focus president Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller and we have two experts with us today to share some very helpful perspective on this and possibly they’ll say some things you haven’t considered before.

Body:

Jim Daly: John, it’s true. The elections are right around the corner, and I want to offer a bit of a disclaimer before we get underway. We’re not here to tell you who to vote for, what party to vote for. We just want to offer some help in answering some questions that many Christians are contacting us here at Focus about, and hopefully help you think through some of the big issues that are at stake in this election. And my biggest hope is that you will be encouraged, after you’ve heard what our guests have to say, to get out and vote. I think that will be the main point today.

John Stonestreet is the executive director of the Chuck Colson Center of Christian Worldview and the co-host of a wonderful program called “Breakpoint.” John, it’s good to have you with us.

John Stonestreet: Thanks, Jim.

Jim: I do love that program.

John S.: Thank you

Jim: And you do an email, what would you call it, a post?-

John S.: Well, when Chuck Colson started it, it was a radio program. Now we call it a commentary because it goes on radio and email, but a four-minute moment of thinking well about the culture.

Jim: How does a person connect with that?

John S.:www.breakpoint.org.

Jim: Okay, great. And they can get it there. It’s really a pithy way to start your day, so good thing. And our own very own Carrie Gordon Earll, who is the vice president here at Focus on the Family of government and policy. Carrie, it’s great to have you with us.

Carrie Gordon Earll: Hi, Jim.

Jim: I so appreciate what you and the team do each and every day. You know, and the connection here between our efforts with public policy and the Colson Center, we concentrate on marriage, life, and religious liberty, which is really the original statement, right, that Chuck Colson, Dr. Robbie George, and Dr. Timothy George wrote in the Manhattan Declaration. And those are the three core elements of that, weren’t they?

John S.: Well, that’s right, and these are non-negotiables. The last line of that Manhattan Declaration says that we will ungrudgingly render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, but we can’t render to Caesar what belongs to God—life, marriage, and freedom of conscience. Those are things that even our own founding documents in America recognize as primarily coming from God, not from the state.

Jim: Well, and that is a great place to start here. You know many people, they’ve become jaded about the November election, because this has really been one of the uglier political seasons. I mean, I’ve read some of the history of, you know, the races years ago, I mean 100 years ago. They were pretty brutal, too. We tend to forget that, but they were kind of gloves off, knuckles and raw, you know, accusations about affairs and other things, even 100 years ago. So I don’t think that’s new, but it just seems like it’s becoming more and more partisan, more and more visceral. What would you say to those who have soured on the whole idea of even participating in the process?

John S.: Well, I think that, first of all, Scripture says if we can do good, we should do good, and because we live in this nation, we have the privilege, the ability to vote. And so, it’s hard. Sometimes we don’t like either choice ahead of us. I’m in that seat right now. I look ahead and I think, “Wow, is this the best that we have?” But you know what? We know that politics is primarily downstream from culture. What we’re seeing is a reflection of where our culture is.

Jim: That’s scary.

John S.: It is a scary thing, and something we need to be realistic about. And yet, at the same time we have the privilege, we have the opportunity to show up on November the 8th and we need to do that.

Jim: Okay, Carrie, I’ll give you a shot.

Carrie: Well certainly, every election has its challenges. We can go back just in my memory of presidential years, and there’s always been a lot of debate, a lot of heat, a lot of emotion, and it seems like it’s never gonna end.

Jim: But it seems to push people away, because they say, “Well, why do it? Why vote?”

Carrie: It can, and we’re seeing that this year. We’re seeing the apathy, the frustration. People don’t like what’s going on with government; they want it to change. But in the midst of that, we need to turn that frustration into action and not make that an excuse to be apathetic.

There’s another thing that’s happening this year, Jim, that concerns me, and it is a deep division among conservative Christians. There is some real strident comments and disagreements—social media, mainstream media and what we have here are people of good conscience, good will, who disagree on how to approach this election; whether to vote in a particular race, whether to vote at all. And I think we need to have a lot of grace and compassion with each other, because the world is watching, and I want to encourage people not to let their passion about the election dampen their affection or their respect for brothers and sisters in the Lord, because when this is over, we need to have intact relationships.

Jim: Well, Carrie, that is such an important point, and it’s one that I struggle with because there’s so much energy in this political arena when it comes to the Body of Christ. And if you don’t see things the same way, it’s visceral. And people actually, the disunity that is sown in that arena particularly, is, you know, it’s actually so harsh and so difficult. I’m concerned about it.

John S.: I am, too, absolutely, because, I mean, part of that happens every four years. You know, there’s a quirky French theologian named Jacques Elul that called it “the political illusion”–the idea that the entire game is politics. Now listen: politics matters. Who’s in office really matters. But it’s more important on November 9th that we are going to be able to take communion together, worship together, and together seek to be ambassadors for Christ and restore culture together.

And some of the deep divide that Carrie mentioned, I see it, and it’s really discouraging. And we’re going to need to have some grace with each other. I mean listen, there’s a lot of people this year that are sitting it out that shouldn’t. There [are] also a lot of people that are going with hearts broken.

Jim: Let me ask you this. Is there ever a strong rationale for sitting it out?

John S.: I don’t think so; not in the American experience, because we have the opportunity.

Jim: We’re part of it.

John S.: Well, that’s right.And Jim, here’s another thing that I think is very important. I live in Colorado like you. We have nine ballot initiatives on our ballot, and all of them are extremely important, maybe as important, you know I’m tempted on some days to think more important–

Jim: At the state level, sure.

John S.: –at the state level, but maybe more important than the national races. I mean we think that the entire game is the presidential election. In Colorado, we are gonna decide whether patients can choose with doctors’ assistance to end their lives, because of what has become primarily mental, not physical, suffering. That’s the sixth state in the union. There’s a national movement to legalize physician-assisted suicide. This is the next chapter of the pro-life movement. To not show up is to leave that question unaddressed. I don’t think we can do that.

Jim: And we’re going to talk in a moment a bit more about the local ballot, the down ballot, as we say. Let me ask you this bigger kind of 40,000-foot view question. As I’ve heard the debates, listened to things at the national level, something that continues to haunt me right now is another French philosopher, De Toqueville, who, you know, did the tour of the U.S. and saw the U.S. as a great nation and concluded that it’s a great nation, because it’s a good nation. Primarily it’s a good nation because of its Christian, Judeo-Christian value system, the number of people that went to church and embraced it.

And he said, “America will cease to be great, when America ceases to be good.” It feels like, especially with this election, we are at that point where we are no longer good; where there’s so much corruption, so much damaging influence going on. Are we fulfilling that horrible prophecy that De Toqueville said and warned us about?

John S.: I think we’re there. I mean, that’s my take. I think AleksandrSolzhenitsyn, in his wonderful speech at Harvard University said that the indication of a cultural decline is the decadence of art, obviously, and the lack of great statesmen. And you go back and look at that and you think, well, that’s where we’re at. And yet, as Bonhoeffer, if we can keep throwing out names here, said, this is the tempest of the living. We can’t choose to be in another cultural moment. The apostle Paul on Mars Hill, said that God determines the times and places in which we live. Christians should see their cultural moment as part of their calling to engage.

Jim: Right. One of the things that I’m reminded of, you know, traveling internationally I have met with our brothers and sisters who live under terrible government regimes, and they are thriving spiritually. I mean that’s the thing. They may not be thriving in materialism and in other things, but they are solid believers, and the Lord is doing the work through them, and so it gives me great confidence. Despair is a sin. The Lord doesn’t say, “Now look at your political process and be troubled, be worried. Despair if it’s not going your way.” What should we take from Scripture when we look at the political arena? How should we act as Christians?

Carrie: Well, the book of Matthew, I’ve been reading in the last couple of days, particularly has a lot to say about that, to “Let your light shine before men so they will see your good works.” And good works is voting, in my view. The Scripture tells us we need to do good. We need to “do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with our God.” How can we “love our neighbor as ourself” when we say, “Well, I’m gonna wash my hands of this and just kind of let you fend for yourself, even though I know God’s ways are best”?

It’s interesting you mention the persecuted church. I’ve been thinking about this. When I hear people say that they are not gonna vote, I have to wonder, how would you explain that to someone in the persecuted Church who did not have a say over who rules over them? We have a say, Jim. How would you explain that to a first-century Christian who runs the risk of their body being used as a torch in Nero’s garden? (Emotional) How would you explain that to a Middle Eastern Christian today who risks being beheaded or a North Korean Christian starving in a concentration camp? I would have a hard time looking at that brother and sister and say, “I have the power to do good, not only for the citizens but for my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and I didn’t do it.” That is a sobering perspective to me.

Jim: That is convicting. That is well said. John, let me ask you, heading up now the Colson Center. Chuck Colson was a great friend and a wonderful mentor to me through the transition with Dr. Dobson. He would call; he would come out and have lunch with me. I really appreciated, just the way he put an arm around me. And I found out later he did that with a lot of young, transitional leadership, you included.

John S.: Absolutely.

Jim: And I love the way Chuck would encourage me, and I’m sure you, to say, “Don’t become an ideologue. Make sure you’re following the Gospel of Christ.” But knowing him the way you did, if he were sitting with us still today, what would he be saying to you as he mentored you about this election?

John S.: I think the first thing he would say is that politics is downstream from culture. That’s what he would say over and over and over again; I can’t tell you how many times I heard it. But not that politics wasn’t part of culture, but that the Church was called to engage culture. The second thing he would say, and maybe the first, is that Christianity is personal, but it’s not private. It’s not a private faith in kind of the recesses of our own mind.

He’d also say to vote. Many people don’t know, but because of his role in Watergate and the Watergate-related charge that he was convicted on as a felon, he lost his right to vote for decades.

Jim: I’d forgotten that.

John S.: And one of his proudest moments was when that was returned to him by the governor of Florida. And man, he would talk about that, and say, “You have to vote. You have to enact your civic duty. You’ve got to.”

Jim: Wow.

John S.: I think he would be deeply troubled by the division, by the corruption. He believed character mattered when it comes to leadership. But at the same time, the Church needed to be the Church, and that involves standing up for the least of these; that involves, you know, doing the good that we can in terms of voting, and also involves on November 9th, together, looking at how we can address the brokenness in our culture.

I mean you know Chuck started ministering to prisoners, and then started to work on justice issues and started to work on re-entry issues, and then started to work on worldview and cultural issues. He continued to go upstream, upstream, upstream, because he wanted to cut the problem off at the head, and the Church needs to do this. So as crazy as this moment is, and we have to be involved, we can’t put all the eggs in the political basket.

Jim: Let me ask you this. Approaching the elections with that Christian worldview in mind, how can we prioritize the different positions the candidates stand for? I mean, there’s nothing seemingly pristine in this particular election. We don’t have the white knight. Many people talk about it in the context of the lesser of two evils. So how do you go about, as a Christian, as a believer, saying, okay, this candidate—at whatever level, national level, local level—this person best represents what I believe, and what I believe in the Bible as to what we should do as Christians in this culture? How do you go about making that analysis?

Carrie: Well, I think there are several things to look at. First of all, what policies would this candidate bring into office? What is the traction, what is the trajectory of the nation with the policies this candidate is gonna bring? Second, I think we need to look at the party platforms. I mean they’re pretty clear. All the major parties lay out what they believe, and while that’s not binding on a candidate, it certainly indicates where they will go. Also, their past voting record, if they’ve been in office before.

And finally, power, because somebody’s going to take every one of these offices, and we are gonna give them power with our vote. And what are they gonna do with that power when it comes to judicial nominations, to legislation, to executive orders? People need to be diligent and do a little research. And you know, we’ve made that easy in many states through our state family policy councils that are associated with Focus on the Family. And we have links to those 38 groups that have voter guides at our website, which is http://commit2vote2016.com. Commit and the number 2 vote 2016 dot com.

Jim:http://commit2vote2016.com. Is that it?

Carrie: Yes, and it’s a rich website. It has links to these state-based groups; it has the party platforms—the two major party platforms, with comparisons on the major issues that social conservatives generally think about. It also has videos that you can share, social media tools, reasons people don’t vote. We’ve addressed that on the websites, so if one of those categories fits you, you can go look that up.

Jim: And we’ll have that link at our website, http://commit2vote2016.com.

Carrie: We will.

Jim: And we’ll have a link to that at our website, www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.

Carrie: Yes, and it’s a rich website. It has a lot of different tools for us, and it allows us to do the due diligence we need to do as voters, when we’re very busy with our lives. So, I would say you’ve got to look at that field and what most closely aligns with your views.

Jim: I want to press on a couple of thoughts, and Carrie, you’re a woman. This campaign, particularly at the national level, has involved a lot of allegations—both sides—about the mistreatment of women. As a Christian woman, how are you processing that? How are you seeing it? Are you troubled by– again, both sides–it’s not a one-sided thing, but how do we bring a Christian perspective to that part of the dialog? What do Christian women say and what are they thinking?

Carrie: Well, I think there are a lot of different views on that topic, but most certainly we live in a sex-saturated culture. Everything from the music, to how we sell women’s lingerie and underwear is so sexualized. We can’t expect that not to penetrate politics. As John said, as Chuck Colson has said, that is downstream of culture. So as I look at this as a woman, I just have to go to the Word.

And for me, I think one of the clarifying scriptures this year for me is Matthew 22. And you alluded to that earlier, John. This is when the Pharisees’ disciples come to Jesus and say, “Well, should we pay taxes? And we’re good Jews. We really don’t want to pay money to this pagan, gentile, corrupt government.” You know, “Should we do that?” And Jesus very clearly says, “Well, show me what the issue is here. It is a coin. Whose image is on the coin? It is Caesar.” And Jesus says, “Yes, pay your taxes.” Jesus paid His taxes.

And what He’s saying is, you can be a good believer, engage with the civil government, and not compromise your vows to God. So as I look at that ballot, to me, I don’t see Jesus on the ballot; I see Caesar. That is Caesar’s likeness. I’m a Christian woman, and I’m gonna vote my values, but I know that the tool, just like God put coins in the hands of the Jewish citizens so that they could be part of the government, God has put ballots in each of our hands, and we need to take advantage of that for good. So that is the lens I am looking through. It is Caesar’s ballot, but I am bringing God’s values to my vote.

Jim: You’re listening to “Focus on the Family.” Today we’re talking about the importance of voting on Election Day, which is right around the corner. We have two special guests with us—John Stonestreet, president of the Chuck Colson Center on Christian Worldview, and our very own Carrie Gordon Earll, who is our vice president of public policy here at Focus on the Family.

John, you’re a bit younger than me, so let me ask you this Millennial question. The way that things cut in the old days when I was maybe 40–not long ago–you know the life issue, religious liberty, conscience as we have talked about, marriage, those were core issues that we all saw kind of hotly contested in the political arena, but fairly discernible where biblical truth would land, more conservative, typically. Millennials are saying, “You know, it’s not that easy anymore, because those are important, but there’s other things that we’re looking at, like care for the earth and those other issues.” How do you speak to a Millennial crowd about how to discern, if you’re in your 20’s and 30’s? What’s important to remember when you go, maybe for the first time, to vote?

John S.: Yeah. Well, as a Gen-Xer, which I kind of sometimes look at and wonder what is our generation contributing to the world? Maybe we can bridge that gap between the Boomers and the Millennials. You know, one of the things, and Chuck and I actually talked about this, of course, as a Boomer, and looking at the Millennials, and we talked about how I think a lot of times Millennials lay out these issues one by one by one by one, and maybe total up, okay, there’s 12 issues. You know, this guy has 3 of the 12, but this one has 9 of the 12.

I often talk to Millennials about [how] there is a hierarchy to these issues. You mentioned life, marriage and religious liberty. I think it’s easy to dismiss these as Boomer concerns, but really these are foundational issues, and here’s why, first of all, the dignity of life. The greatest sin in our nation’s history is not honoring the dignity of life. The other greatest sin in our nation’s history, and I’m talking here about slavery and abortion, and I’m not sure which one you put first and which one you put second, but they actually treated other people as not being worthy of dignity and honor.

And dignity of life—this is not, you know, Carrie so well put the idea of “Whose image is on the coin?” Jesus said. Well, whose image is on human life? You know, we are God’s image. That doesn’t belong to the state. And even in the Declaration, the dignity of life is recognized as a gift from God, not a mandate from the state. If the state gives human rights, the state can take away human rights. This is no small issue, the dignity of life.

Marriage. You mentioned Alexis De Tocqueville earlier. One of the things that De Tocqueville pointed to that made America so exceptional and unique was not that it had some sort of spectacular federal government or that we were somehow better citizens than Europeans, but in between the citizen and the federal government were all these layers of local government and institutions of strength—primarily marriage. And you look at some of the writing done recently from Charles Murray or others, they point to the fact that marriage breaking down is breaking down America from the middle—not the top down, not the bottom up, but the middle is getting weak.

We can’t raise good citizens without strong families, and that is a systemic, universal thing. If we want to fix issues of education and poverty, if we want people to be responsible in how they treat others and how they treat the environment, you have to have marriage. And so, that’s why that’s fundamental.

And then the third is conscience. We are in a place right now in American history, where we are really wrestling with whether people of faith can bring their beliefs into the public square.More and more we are being challenged that those are private beliefs; keep them in the privacy of your own mind and your own home, maybe in your own house of worship, so we could have freedom worship. But our country was built on freedom of religion, but our allegiance was not to the state; our allegiance first and foremost was to our conscience before God. That’s a radical shift in how we have understood America to be. That’s why that one matters, I think, more than others.

Jim: So well said. Let me ask you this. When you look at the big issues, you’ve touched on some of the more rightfully obvious ones, but what about the Supreme Court? Is the Supreme Court that important?

Carrie: It’s absolutely huge. I mean, as a voter you have two opportunities to influence who may sit on the highest court in the land. That is when you vote for President, who nominates, and the U.S. Senate, who confirms. And we have one opening right now with the late Justice Scalia’s passing; there may be a couple more to come. And that is your opportunity to do that. Now we have a balance of power in this country, but Supreme Court decisions, as we know from Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, are not easily overturned, so there is an opportunity here, I think that is very important with the Supreme Court.

Jim: So that carries weight.

Carrie: I think so.

John S.: It does carry weight, and it also reflects, too, the importance of some of the down-ballot issues that we mentioned. There was a stunning headline, one of my favorite headlines ever on Time magazine a couple years ago, that pro-abortion forces won a major victory in Roe v. Wade, and they’ve been losing ever since. Isn’t that a great headline? I loved it.

And they’ve been losing not necessarily because the Supreme Court was flipped, as important as that is, but because of the importance of down-ballot, local elected officials, enacting commonsense legislations, limiting kind of the unfettered freedoms of Planned Parenthood clinics and others to run it however they wanted. I mean the wisdom, just wise hospital admitting privileges, parental notification laws. These happened at the local level, and that’s one of the reasons I think we would say, “Go vote,” because it’s not just at the top; it’s also all the way down the ticket. There are very strategic issues that are being questioned, and you have an opportunity to have a say.

Carrie: Well, as we’re talking about abortion, there is another high-stake item on the agenda at the federal level, Jim, and that is the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment has been in place for 40 years. It is an annual appropriation measure that limits how our federal tax dollars can be used when it comes to Medicaid abortion. That is a high-value target right now for the abortion industry, and their lobbyists and friends in Congress want to overturn that 40-year-old policy. That is gonna be a fight when Congress comes back.

Religious freedom is gonna be a fight. We are gonna see bills introduced on both ends of the spectrum, both to give us more protection for our conscience rights, and also to take away rights. So we talk about the Supreme Court, the Hyde Amendment, religious freedom; these are some big-ticket items as we’re looking, as you say, down-ballot. Every member of the US House of Representatives is up for election, one-third of the senate, 12 gubernatorial races are in play, hundreds of ballot measures.

You have a majority of state legislatures, which is really where, as John said, things happen on the issues that we care about, the majority of state legislative races are up for grabs. Now legislatures—this is interesting—at the state level are 17 times more productive than Congress–

Jim: Not shocking. (Laughing)

Carrie: –which is not real hard to imagine. But if you want to have an influence this election, go and vote for your state legislatures. Again, go to our website at http://commit2vote2016.comand we will connect you with state policy councils across the country that have non-partisan voter guides that will give you the skinny on where these candidates stand on the issues you care about.

Jim: I think you answered my next question, so let me end it with you, John. Give your best pitch to the person listening who’s saying, “I don’t know if I’m gonna vote.” Give me your best shot.

John S.: The best pitch is simply this: Je[sus], you know, the Scripture says, “To him who knows to do good and does it not, it’s sin.” So, I don’t want to say if you don’t vote you sin, but this is a good that we can do. And I think Carrie’s point earlier about the Christians around the world who do not have this privilege and, by the way, who are looking, many of them in areas of high persecution [that] the people that are speaking up for them are American Christians. And so, religious freedom matters, not only for our sake, but also for the sake of the culture, and for the sake of our brothers and sisters around the world. There is some responsibility, some expected responsibility of being an American citizen and a Christian, and I think we need to go to the ballots.

Jim: Okay, now the final one (Laughing). So you wake up on Wednesday and it didn’t go the way you hoped it would go. How do you move away from despair into hope?

John S.: The most true thing about our cultural moment, any cultural moment that any person has ever lived, is this: Christ is risen. This is not a spiritual truth; it is a truth of the universe. The entire story of human history, as told in the Scripture, centers around the reality that Christ has risen. And that’s why in 1 Peter, the apostle wrote to a church, kind of where we’re at. You know, things are getting uncomfortable, the cultural pressure is increasing, and said, listen, hope is not an option; hope is a command. You know, outrage is not a strategy. Christ is risen from the dead. That is the center of what it means to be Christian in the world.

Jim: Amen. John Stonestreet, Carrie Gordon Earll, thanks for being with us.

Carrie: Thank you, Jim.

John S.: Thank you.

Closing:

John F.:Well, stop by www.focusonthefamily.com/radio where we’ll link to a lot of great information about this election and what you can do. And ourCitizen staff works very hard all year long to keep up with family and social issues at the state and local levels and the national level, as well. And Citizen magazineis a great way for you to stay informed. It’s the kind of thing you can get and have your kids read, as well. Subscribe when you call us at 1-800-A-FAMILY; 800-232-6459 or at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio. And if you can please, make a generous donation to the work of Focus on the Family, as we help spread a biblical worldview and equip Christians to make a difference. When you donate to Focus on the Family, you’ll be encouraging and lifting up families across this nation and we’d like to say thank you for your generosity by offering a complimentary subscription to Citizen magazine, so donate today.

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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.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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!