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The Sheep-Like Qualities of a Disciple

The Sheep-Like Qualities of a Disciple

Comedian Ken Davis offers a humorous and insightful look at why the Bible compares Christians to sheep.

Original Air Date: August 8, 2011

Opening:

Excerpt:

Ken Davis: You never see sheep as a mascot for anything.

(LAUGHTER)

“The Detroit Sheep.”

(LAUGHTER)

“We’ll wool you to death.”

(LAUGHTER)

End of Excerpt

John Fuller: Well, sheep are unusual creatures. The Bible says a lot about them. It says we are like sheep. And why is that? Well you’re gonna find out today on Focus on the Family with Focus President Jim Daly, I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: That’s right John, throughout both the Old and New Testament, we are referred to as sheep, and Jesus is often referred to as our Good Shepherd. And if you grew up on a farm, like Ken Davis did, you’d know that being compared to sheep is not really a compliment, and you’ll hear why in just a minute. This is a really fun, refreshing message, so let me encourage you to just sit back, relax and enjoy it.

John: Yeah and here’s Ken Davis now, speaking at a Praise Gathering a number of years ago, on today’s Focus on the Family.

Body:

Ken: My message this morning is entitled “Super Sheep.” To give you a general idea of what this message is about, you have to understand that I have struggles when I read this Book. I see reality. Jesus had real blood running through His veins. These disciples – I don’t know what it is – a lot of folks tend to look at the disciples and they look at them, and say, “Well, if I could just be like a disciple, maybe I could be a good Christian.” These were ordinary men. These were men and women who lived in that day just like you and I. They faced all kinds of problems, and “Super Sheep” is a message about how the Bible compares us to sheep that just made me furious.

I grew up on the farm. I had met some sheep. They can’t even run right.

(LAUGHTER)

You ever read the Word of God and find something that just comes home to you, and you look to see if you can find it disproven somewhere else? You just want to find something that’s a little more comfortable? I don’t want to be a sheep! Any farmers here? If you’ve had sheep, these folks will tell you, when sheep run, and it’s a disgusting run. I just hate it when they run. They don’t bend their feet. They just kind of give their hoofs a little – kind of a geeky little flip like that, and they run. Ugh.

So I started looking through the Bible, came to Psalms. What a beautiful – oh, I love Psalms, and there were sheep. Psalms was infested with sheep. “The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not – He maketh me to lie down in green” – this is sheep stuff. Lying down, green pastures, munching on stuff – that’s for sheep. I want something else. I went to the back. They have a thing in the back where you can look up words. I’m rummaging for German Shepherd.

(LAUGHTER)

I want something here that has power. There’s no German Shepherd. The word “German” doesn’t even appear in the Book. “Shepherd,” I found. Everyplace I looked, it said, “You’re sheep.” I could not believe it, and then my eyes fell on the word “lion.” That’s what I wanted. Boy, I was going to enjoy this. I savored every moment. I turned the pages slowly, because if God gives me a choice, I don’t want to be a geeky, can’t run right sheep. I want to be a lion. A lion has independence. A lion doesn’t need a lot of support. Sheep need support. You got to be there. All sheep, you got to look where, you got to save their life. “There you go. Go lie down in a green pasture. Is the water too rough? There, I’ll still it for you.” Lion don’t care. “Give me some waves.” I wanted something that had some aggression to it, see?

I turned and found the lion verse. Do you know what it said? “The devil walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” Not fair.

(LAUGHTER)

Have you ever talked to God like this? You say, “No. I respect God.” Come on. God can see right to the base of our hearts. I think one of the problems is we try to fake out God, just like we try to fake each other out. That’s why I love David. “My bones are dry. They’re like dust.” I think that’s why God liked David. “God, this is not fair. You give us sheep – the sheep thing, and you give the devil the lion thing. That is not fair. That makes the devil so strong, and that makes us so weak. This is not fair. I didn’t like this verse.” I thought, “I’m going to the New Testament. It’s newer. Maybe this Old Testament is out of date, or something, and I can find in the New Testament,” and I began to read in Matthew. Oh, this marvelous account of our Lord, and then I found red letters, and my eyes could not believe what I was reading. “I am your Shepherd. You are My sheep.” In red.

(LAUGHTER)

No! I put on my jogging clothes. There’s a small lake around our home. I ran around the lake, praying to God. I don’t know how many of you do this; you know what a beautiful exercise is? The Lord says, “Pray without ceasing,” so do it out loud. As I run around that lake, I pray. “I don’t want to be a sheep. Don’t make me be a sheep.” “Why?” “It’s unfair. He gets to be a lion. I get to be a sheep.” Now you won’t find a lot of people who will jog with you. This dear lady, “Don’t you kneel?” “No. I made it halfway around the lake kneeling one time. It hurt. I just got up and ran. I don’t want to be a sheep! Lord, sheep? Why would you compare us to sheep? It isn’t fair.” Now you see, you laugh at this, but the truth of the matter is it sounds tragic.

What I want to say to you this morning that there are three reasons, basically, that we need to grab a hold of Jesus with all of our strength. That we need to love Him with all of our heart, and all of our mind, and all of our might. We need to allow Him to control our lives, and one of the reasons is that we live in a turbulent world that is far beyond our power, where Satan walks around as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. We desperately need the Lord.

The second reason we desperately need the Lord is we’re out there like sheep. We are not like some knight in shining armor. We are like sheep. It’s all through the Scriptures. This made me angry. I started to argue with God. I said, “Lord, we’re not like sheep. I can run pretty decent. Sheep are weird, Lord. I don’t want to be a sheep.” I started to argue. “Sheep follow each other around.”

We lost a bunch of sheep one time. I saw it happen. Most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in my life. After that, I had even less respect than I had in the beginning for the sheep. They were running along. There was a sheep out in lead, and he was doing his little thing with his hooves, looking just really stupid. All the other sheep were following behind, and he made a left and went over a precipice. It was about a 50-foot drop, and he died. All the rest of the sheep went, “Oh,” and they followed him, and about 12 sheep lost their lives going over this precipice. They follow each other. They’re stupid. One sheep does something. The rest of them do it. They crowd into a corner. Pretty soon, they’ll die from suffocation, and all get in there. “It’s a crowd. It’s a party. Let’s join.” They’re just right there. We’re not like that!

(LAUGHTER)

Sheep get lost easy. Turn your back, they’re history. You got to spend all night looking for them. We’re not like that. They get into trouble, constantly. They’re always into trouble, stuck somewhere, upside down. One sheep we almost lost – it got upside down. It couldn’t get right side up. It’s laying in the horse trough, upside down.

(LAUGHTER)

All we saw was four legs sticking out, stupid hooves. I said to Daddy, “Let him die.”

(LAUGHTER)

“Something that stupid doesn’t deserve to live.” We’re not like that. We’re not like that. You don’t find us going, “Oh, let’s find a horse trough, and then we’ll get backwards in there.”

Have you ever come face to face with the stench of sin, and said, “I’ll never do that again,” and then found yourself there again? Have you ever found yourself, like I have, understanding the beautiful truth that Jesus died on the cross, so that our sins might be buried in the depths of the deepest sea, and you’re out there with a rowboat and a long fishing line, fishing for death? Have you ever found yourself laying upside down in the trough, seemingly helpless, and saying to your own self, “How stupid can I be?”

Okay. Okay. So we do follow each other around and we get in trouble, but sheep are chicken. I’m going to tell you something, as a result of knowing sheep. There is no animal more chicken than a chicken itself. No animal. Sheep are chicken. Our horse used to kill sheep. He’d scare them to death. He didn’t mean to do it. He didn’t sit in his stall and go, “Ha, I’m going to kill me a sheep.” I think what happened was, in his little horse mind, he’d see the sheep running across the field, and he’d go, “Whoa. Nerf ball.” Because with a couple of sheep that he killed, we caught him chasing the sheep across the pasture and tipping them over. Lightning would strike. Sheep would die. “Oh, a loud noise,” and they would die. Lightning would strike or thunder would come, and they’d get in groups, they were so scared, and smother each other to death. They’re scared. We’re not like…

Number one excuse for not trusting Jesus Christ. “I’m afraid.” Number one. Now that is usually followed by “what my friends will think.” That may be followed by “what will happen to my job?” That may be followed by, “I’m afraid that I can’t live up to what God expects.” I got good news for you on that one. You can’t. That’s why Jesus came.

Program Note:

John: We’re featuring Ken Davis today on Focus on the Family and you can get a DVD of this entire presentation. It has extra content. You can make a contribution of any amount to this ministry by calling 800-A-FAMILY – 800-232-6459, or donate and request the DVD at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Let’s go ahead and return now to more from Ken Davis.

End of Program Note

Ken: I got on a bus one time, said a stupid prayer. You ever say stupid prayers? Stupid prayers are like this. “God, if you want me to stop going with this boy who treats me bad, give me a sign.” “God if you want me to -” here’s the prayer I prayed: “God, if you want me to share Christ with somebody, give me a sign.” I prayed that, as I was getting on a bus, leaving Bible Institute to go home. “Give me a sign.” I’m going to tell you something, before I go any further. There’s all the sign you need. The sign’s already been delivered, sealed and delivered. There’s all the sign you need. You don’t need to ask God to give you a sunset in reverse. You don’t need to ask Him to make a fleece wet on one side and multi-colored on the other side. There is all the sign you need, but evidently, God is a patient God, and sometimes, He answers these prayers. I sat down on that bus. A man sat down next to me, an absolute true story, began to weep uncontrollably. I have already forgotten my prayer. I’m just uncomfortable that there’s a grown man, sitting next to me, weeping uncontrollably. I sat and stared straight ahead.

In those cases, you never look toward the individual. You just look straight ahead, especially when you’re chicken, like I am. Some of the people, whose confidence is in the Lord Jesus Christ, might have turned to him and said, “Is there anything I can do? I’m sorry. Are you -” but not me, I’m looking straight ahead. I do not want to make a mistake here. I don’t want to get into any trouble. The man stopped weeping, and then he said, “Sir,” to me. “Sir.” I turned. He said, “Young man, I am sorry.” I was young at that time. He said, “I am sorry.” He said, “I’m sorry for losing my composure.” He said, “If only I knew God.” He told me about his life, and he concluded with, “If only I knew God.” Then he looked me directly in the eye, and he said, “Do you know God?” I said another silent prayer to God. “Dear God, would this be a sign? Is this a sign?”

(LAUGHTER)

“Oh, God, if this is a sign, turn the bus driver into an armadillo.” Don’t mess with God. You’ll be looking up there. That bus driver will be going, “ahhhrrrr.” Afraid to share Christ because afraid of what our friends will think. Afraid that they might terminate their friendship. Afraid, afraid, afraid.

Oh, Lord. We die easy, can’t run right, follow each other around, but remember what our horse did, God? Sheep die easy. I killed a sheep. I didn’t mean to do it. I didn’t sit in the house, once, and go, “Kill me a sheep.” I was angry at the sheep. His name was Herman. I was going underneath the fence with two buckets of water to put water in the trough for Herman and his fellow sheep, and Herman came running at me. He butted me into the fence. It was a barbed wire fence, an electric barbed wire fence. I dumped the water on the ground. I was standing in water, tangled in the barbed wire fence. I invented a new kind of dancing right there on the side. I finally got myself untangled from that fence. I was laying on the ground, desperately breathing. They had electricity that would burn off weeds running through this fence. I looked up and I swear that Herman was smiling. I could see it. I shook my fist at Herman.

The next day, I was walking in the barnyard, and I saw Herman walking along the edge of the barn. Quickly, I moved out of sight, and moved up next to the corner, where I knew Herman would come out. I have to tell you, before I finish this story, some of you aren’t going to believe this. It’s as true to my memory, as I can remember. My father doesn’t believe it. I moved up to the edge. I looked for something to hit Herman with, just to pay him back. “Butt me into the fence.” There was nothing there. There was nothing, no boards. I couldn’t lift the barn, and I had no time to do anything. I could hear him panting, getting closer, his little footsteps, and then came his ugly little head, stuck his head out. He didn’t see me, just got his head, and then he froze, and I went, “Agh!” And he died. Herman died.

You ask my father to verify this story today, he’ll go, “Mmm,” because I told my father the same story. My father said, “What happened to Herman?” “Dad, I went, ‘Boo,’ and he died.” “You hit that sheep. You hit him. What did you do to that sheep?” “No, Dad. It wasn’t a little – it was a big ‘Boo.’ I mean, it was, ‘Boo,’ and he died.” My father is 70 years old. We went home for Christmas a couple of years ago. My dear father, someday I’ll get a chance to tell you how God has healed some of the things that are in our family. My dad, who was never an affectionate person, put his arms around me at the end of that Christmastime, and he hugged me tight. Then he said, “I love you.” He said, “Come with me into the kitchen.” I went into the kitchen, and my father’s wizened face and thinning hair, took me by the shoulders. I’m 45 years old, and he pushed me away at arm’s length, and he said, “Son, what happened to Herman?” At 45, I’m going, “He died, Dad. It was a real big ‘Boo,’ that I…”

“See, God, the sheep die easy. Not us.” In the last several years, so many of my friends have died. Some of them haven’t died physically; they’ve just died. Satan has found a way to get a claw into their life. It breaks your heart. And I start thinking, “Yeah, but I’m a tough sheep,” and I open the door, and the lion is there. We need to be driven, friends, to a daily minute-by-minute relationship with Jesus Christ, and please understand the word “we,” because there’s an element of truth that we recognize to this. Each of us brings our own heartaches to this room, and we recognize our desperate need for something beside what the world has to offer, even those who are closest to us.

We are sheep. We are desperate for a shepherd. You see the little sheep that goes like this. I can’t even picture that. Picture this: a bunch of little sheep running along in the valley. One is lagging behind. Weighs, maybe, 22 pounds. Up on the hill behind a rock is a lion that hasn’t eaten for three, four and a half years, and he is starved. He sees that little sheep. He’s lagging slightly behind. Not a serious thing, he’s just let his guard down momentarily. The lion jumps out from behind the rock and begins to run down the hill, tearing up huge pieces of turf with his claws, saliva dripping into his mane. His eyes agleam with hatred and desire, he leaps into the air, and just feet from the little sheep, lets go with a roar, “Roaaaar” and it shakes the mountainside. The little sheep looks up. That little sheep has two options.

Option number one: fight. Not a good option. I can’t even picture – “baaah, come on!” Only one more option left: run. Not away. To. Where? The shepherd, because here’s the beauty, the miracle of the whole thing: when you take a little geeky, can’t run right, look funny, smell funny, need dip, runaway, hide, get in trouble, die easy, chicken sheep and you take that that little geeky, can’t run right, die easy, chicken, runaway, get into trouble sheep and you put it together with a relationship with the shepherd who gave his life for the sheep, you got a new creature: a “Super Sheep.” You still look weird, but you can fly.

(APPLAUSE)

The Bible says, “I can do all things through…”

Audience: “…Christ who strengthens me.”

Ken: “Christ.” Not the power of my own hooves. Not by the wool on my back. Not by hunting out some psycho-dip person. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Now let me show you the beauty, the real beauty and hope of this message. I turned once more back to these wonderful passages, and I read this: “For your sake, we face death all day long. We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” “No,” Paul says, “In all these things, in spite of all this kind of pain that we may face, we are more than conquerors.” That’s a sheep, not by himself. I have a T-shirt that I made. I wish I had brought them. I forgot to bring them. It said, “Jesus is walking down the path, and He’s got a geeky -” I told the artist, “Draw the geekiest sheep you can draw.” The little sheep has Jesus’s hand like this, and they’re walking down the path, and a big lion is sitting there like this. Just – just with hatred, and there’s a wolf with saliva dripping out of his mouth, and as they walk by, the little sheep goes, “I’m with Him.”

(APPLAUSE)

See all the rest is just junk. “I know karate. These hands are weapons.” “I’m a lion.” “I’m with Him, okay. He’s won. You pass.”

“We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Remember, you cannot short-circuit this. You can’t decide to be a super sheep, and go home and just face those problems. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, you’ll get broken bootstraps. That’s it. Then Paul said – listen to this. I’m done as soon as I read this. Listen to this. You tell me this Book is dead, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor demons, nor the present, nor the future, nor any powers, nor any height, nor depth, nor anything else in all of creation -” you get the impression that Paul is trying to include a lot of stuff here? No. “Nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We are driven to Him, because we live in a world of sin, more powerful and deadly than any of us can face by ourselves. We are driven to Him because we are not out there like some Lone Ranger, like a super-hero. We’re out there like a helpless little sheep, and we are driven to Him, because in Him we can say, “Hey, I’m with Him. I’m a super sheep. Leave me alone.” God bless.

(APPLAUSE)

Closing:

John: What a great conclusion to this enlightening message from Ken Davis today on Focus on the Family.

Jim: John, I so appreciate that word picture Ken gave us a minute ago. He said, “When a little sheep is about to be eaten by a lion, he has two choices. He can fight and become lunch for that lion or he can run to the Shepherd.” And the Bible says that we are like that sheep. Satan is that lion who seeks to destroy us and Jesus is that Good Shepherd, seeking to save us. And I know we’ve had fun laughing with Ken Davis, because he’s so funny. But there is a serious side too, and I want to recognize that. So if you’re feeling threatened in some way, we want to encourage you to run into the arms of Jesus. And if we can help you do that, give us a call!

John: Yeah, our phone number is 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY – 800-232-6459. Being here for you is one of the primary reasons for Focus on the Family’s existence. Our staff would be happy to talk with you and pray with you. They can recommend some resources, and even suggest a caring, Christian counselor in your own community.

Jim: And if you’re thinking of someone who could really use this message from Ken Davis, let me encourage you to get the DVD from us here at Focus on the Family. It’ll have some extra content, and you’ll also get the benefit of Ken’s visual humor as well – it really makes a greater impact. The DVD is called, Super Sheep, and we’ll send that out to you for a donation of any amount today. Please give generously to support the work here at Focus on the Family.

Closing Voice Track:

John: And once again, our number is 800-A-FAMILY – 800-232-6459, or donate online and request that DVD at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

If you enjoyed today’s presentation, please tell a friend to tune in next time when Jamie Ivey shares the motivation behind her rebellion.

Teaser:

Jamie Ivey: I knew all the rules. What I thought, “These are the rules I’m supposed to follow to be a good person.” But they never really connected with my heart. And I think that’s what a relationship with Jesus does – it connects with your heart instead of just rules.

End of Teaser

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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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!

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