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The Timeless Truth of Christ (Part 2 of 2)

The Timeless Truth of Christ (Part 2 of 2)

Ellie Lofaro delivers a humorous message with a serious theme as she talks about being an "overcomer" – someone who can triumph over any of life's challenges with God's help. Using Proverbs 31, Ellie encourages women to be full of joyful confidence, no matter what problems they face, and to share the love of God with whoever they meet. (Part 2 of 2)
Original Air Date: December 29, 2015

Preview:

Ellie Lofaro: You’re not in control of your life, are you? No, we are overcomers and we know, from Proverbs 31, that she laughed at the days to come. Why does she laugh? Has she had a lobotomy?

Audience: (laughs).

Ellie: She laughs because the good guys win in the end. She laughs because the King is coming. She laughs because she lives forever. She lives forever.

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John Fuller: Last time on Focus on the Family, we heard some really great encouragement from Ellie Lofaro and we’ve got more to share today. Your host is Focus president Jim Daly and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: Well, Ellie Lofaro is a favorite on this broadcast, so you’ll want to hear this complete message, uh, get the CD or audio download from us. It’s, it’s really going to brighten your day.

John: It will, and we’ve got all the details at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast or call us, 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY.

Jim: Ellie is a very insightful Bible teacher and she’s using the Old Testament account of how the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, um, to illustrate some ideas on how we, as Christians, can overcome life’s hardships. And, you know, Jesus told us, “In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart, I’ve overcome the world,” And that’s in John 16:33. And we need to especially remember the first part of that verse, where Jesus said we will have trouble. Being a Christian doesn’t give us a free pass to avoid pain. Instead, we have the comfort of the Lord walking with us through any painful time in our lives.

John: And that is a promise that we can have great assurance in. As we said last time, Ellie Lofaro is the author of several books, uh, she’s a very sought-after speaker for conferences and retreats, and she’s originally from New York City. She and her husband Frank live in Reston, Virginia, and have three grown children. We’re going to roll back a bit for those who missed the program last time and pick up where Ellie pointed out just how important it is to be established in your faith before the hard times come. Here now, Ellie Lofaro speaking at a women’s conference on Focus on the Family.

Ellie: My sister’s neighbor committed suicide. He hung himself by the remote of the garage and my sister is not a Capital C Christian, which is what I call Christians who report for duty every day, and she’s a good woman and I believe that she’s close to asking Jesus into her life. The next time I visited her, the teenage boy, who found his father and let him down from the ceiling, was out in the street just mechanically bouncing the ball, bouncing the ball, shooting, bouncing, bouncing, shooting, and I said, “Michelle, have you been over there?” She goes, “Well, no, I, I took a casserole when it first happened, but I haven’t been back. I don’t even … I wouldn’t know what to say.”

If you’re a Christian, you need to sit on the end of that hospital bed with more than, “Good luck. Hang in there.” If you’re a Christian, you need to have something to say at the cemetery when the casket is lowered. We are overcomers. We are women of faith. We are women of substance. It is not, “Hang in there. Do your best. Good luck. Come what may.” He is God. We will live forever. We will meet again. That is a promise. I’m not going six feet under. It’s not going to bite the dust. I’m going to live and rule and reign. What does that mean? I have no idea. I can’t wait. I’m going to rule and reign in heaven-

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: … praising him for all eternity. We have answers. Why are people breaking down? Why are half the marriages not making it? Why do people end up hating the children that they gave birth to and vice versa? Why do families stop talking for so many years? ‘Cause we’re breaking down. You don’t take a Mercedes to a Ford dealer. You don’t take a human to Tony Robbins.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: Where do we get our truth from? Where do you get your opinions from? Are you embarrassed to say what you think? Do you find yourself being quiet because you don’t know what it says? Religion is personal. You know why? ‘Cause you don’t know much, so it’s so personal. No way. When I was in love with Frank, I told everybody. When I had kids, I showed everybody. If Jesus lives with me, you’re going to know it. How strange it would be if I was a Christian and nobody knew it. I don’t want to go to heaven some day and wait on the judgment line and have somebody say to me, “You’re a Christian?”

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: You were in the next cubicle eight years, you didn’t say anything. We stood on that soccer field 46 times, you didn’t say anything. How could you not say anything? How could you not? If I had a cure to a disease and didn’t share it, what am I? If I have the firetruck and the house is on fire and I don’t show up, what am I? If you know how to live forever, how to have joy and peace and patience and abundant life and you don’t tell anybody … when did we get so polite? Hey, in the old neighborhood, the aunts used to call when there was a sale on tomatoes.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: You don’t want to tell people about this? The phone is used for a lot of garbage. You don’t want to use the phone for this? Preparation, you must be prepared and you must know the word. God did not leave us to dangle in the dark. He’s not a sadist in the sky waiting to hit you with a rubber band or a disease. He did leave directions. He did leave instructions. Taxes, sex, mother-in-laws, it’s all in here.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: I love my mother-in-law. She gave me Frank. Some days, I’d like to return the gift.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: Sorry, sorry. All right. In Joshua 3, it says, in verse four, “You’re going to move out behind the ark and follow it and you will know which way to go. You haven’t been this way before.” Many times in your life, you say, “God, I haven’t been this way before. I haven’t had a child. I haven’t had a sickness. I haven’t had a mother with Alzheimer’s before. I haven’t had my husband have an affair before. I haven’t had this situation. I haven’t had my best friend stab me in the back. I haven’t been this way before,” and God says, “Follow me. Follow me because then you will know which way to go. You’ll know how to act. You’ll know what to say. You’ll know how to behave because you haven’t been this way before.”

Verse five, “Consecrate yourselves.” There has to be some sense of consecration. If you are not changed from when you were a nonbeliever, you’re not a believer. You’re not a Christian ’cause you grew up in any church. I’m not a car ’cause I’m in a garage, I’m not a bagel ’cause I’m in a bakery, and you’re not a Christian ’cause you’re in a pew. When I got engaged to Frank, Grandma said, “Ah, is he a Christian boy?” She didn’t mean does he love Jesus, she meant is he not Jewish?

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: And when you read about the wars and the Christians killing this one in Northern Ireland, those are not Capital C Christians, those are delineations that man has put on for socioeconomic reasons. We would love so easily to make the Christians in one group and the Muslims in the other and the Jews in the other. A Capital C Christian knows that she knows that she knows that she’s saved because she’s so wonderful. No.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: She knows that she’s saved because she’s so ri- rich and wealthy and she’s really helped out a church. No. She knows that she’s saved because she’s jumped through all the right hoops and, when she was married, she was a virgin. No.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: She is saved because God put skin on and came to Earth and hung on a cross and let the blood drip down and she’s washed white, clean. Anything she’s ever done is not only forgiven, it’s forgotten. How does He do that? I have no idea, but I’m so happy.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: Forgotten. We must prepare ourselves. Next one, separation. Now, listen, I cannot stand separatist Christianity. It bothers me. If you only have Christians in your life, something’s wrong. We moved to Virginia, my husband worked for a Christian ministry, we put our kids in a Christian school, I was a Christian speaker, we were at a Christian church, we had Christian friends, and I said, “Not good,” because your world becomes this little bubble and it’s important to be with people who don’t look like you, who don’t smell like you, who don’t talk like you. I’m not saying for you to hang with old friends with bad habits, but I’m saying take those friends along with you where you’re going. Make sure that you don’t end all those relationships. If we’re holier than thou, we’re not going to affect anybody. Jesus didn’t win converts by being divisive and derisive and derogatory. He won converts by saying, “Hey, let’s have lunch. Come on down from that tree. Hey, hang out with me. Reputation, who cares?” It was mercy and goodness and kindness. Mother Teresa said that, if you’re judging people, you cannot love them. There’s no time. Separation is important as far as some sense of that you must make sure that you are not acting like the world anymore. You’re not watching that garbage anymore. You’re not reading that smut anymore. Your mouth has cleaned up. Perfectly? No. None of us are. But are we getting there? Yes. Am I better Christian than a year ago, five years ago? Yes. Do I hope to show improvement six months from now? Yes.

John: You’re listening to Ellie Lofaro on today’s episode of Focus on the Family and this reminder that we have a CD of this entire presentation, uh, both last time and today, and we’re making that available to you when you make a generous donation of any amount. You can do that when you call 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY, or stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Let’s go ahead and hear more now from Ellie Lofaro.

Ellie: At the end of the first millennium, there were monks called pillar people and they decided that, not to sin, they would live up on top of pillars, plateaus in the mountainsides, and rocks. They’d bring enough, uh, provisions for six months or so and their friends would come up and bring a few more. So they couldn’t sin, they couldn’t talk, they couldn’t get in trouble. Henry Jowett said this, “It is possible to evade a multitude of sorrows by the cultivation of an insignificant life. Indeed, if a person’s ambition is to avoid trouble, the recipe is simple, shed your ambitions, cut the wings of every purpose, and seek a little life with a few purposes, a few relations, and a few contacts. If you want to get through the world with the smallest trouble, reduce yourself to the smallest compass.” Tiny souls can dodge through life. Bigger souls are blocked on every side. As soon as a person enlarges his or her life, resistances are multiplied. If you are petty and selfish and just caring about yourself, you’ll have no trouble. If you are interested in the agenda of Christ, your suffering will be increased on every side. My next book is going to be called God Is Good, People Rot.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: Not really, but I think it’s a good title.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: People are disappointing. People break your heart. They let you down. Where did you think you were going to find the perfect person? His name is Jesus. Certainly not in, in a spouse, for those of you that are married. Husbands make lousy saviors.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: Frank is not the center of my world. He’s so relieved.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: All those love songs, you know, that you’re the center of my life and, with you, I’m born again and, baby, you’re everything, that lasts a week.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: There must be some separatism. There must be some separation so that you know, you know what, I can love them, I can pray for them, but I’m not them anymore. It is so powerful to see the women in my neighborhood Bible study who are saying … I didn’t have to say to them, “Stop this, stop that, stop this, stop that.” They say to me slowly, you know, “Ellie, I’m not so comfortable anymore with that group or with that humor. I’m not so comfortable anymore with that TV on in my house.” It is so hard, isn’t it, ladies? Listen, you’re the keeper of the gate. Frank works hard and long. He flies out of the country sometimes. I am watching what goes on in the house. That’s my job. I run the house. I’m a domestic engineer-

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: … and I’m trying to do a good job of it, but it’s not easy, and my kids are sharp and they’re cultured and they want to do things and they want to see things. I love the story of the three teenage children that went to their Christian father and said, “Daddy, please, we know you have a strict rule about R-rated movies, but, please, just, Daddy, this once. Sit down, Dad, can we talk to you?” They were so intense. He said, “Sure, I’ll sit down.” “Dad, listen, this new movie, it’s just really great and there’s pros and cons, but, Dad, there’s just a couple of cons. There’s a couple of curses, Dad, but we asked some people at church who said not too many curses, not too bad.”

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: “And, Dad, there’s a sex scene, but it’s not right on the screen, it’s kind of like suggested off-screen. That’s about it. But, Dad, the pros, it’s the best actors and actresses in Hollywood. It’s a great cast. There’s a great storyline. There’s a great plot, Dad. There’s like, uh, a redemption scene at the end. Oh, and, Dad, there’s a lot of special effects. It’s just unbelievable. And, Dad, we don’t want to feel like nerds. Please, Dad, reconsider, just this one movie.” He says, “You guys really thought a lot about this. Give me a day.” They left the room, those three teenagers, high fiving each other.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: “We got him now.” Next night, they came back in and they said, “Well, Dad, what do you think?” He said, “You know, I’ve given it a lot of thought and I’m going to let you see that movie, but, first, you have to have one of my brownies.” They turned over and on the coffee table was a plate of freshly baked brownies. And the father said, “You know what? Those brownies, they’re, they’re special, but they’ve got a couple of pros and cons.”

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: “Let me tell you the pros. These brownies have been made with the most choice ingredients, the freshest, freshest chocolate, the most premium walnuts. These brownies have frosting on them. These brownies were made by your father’s own loving hands. These brownies are moist beyond moist. There’s only one con. I mixed in some dog poop.”

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: “I baked it at 350. I think I killed the bacteria.”

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: Teenagers left the room.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: It is hard work being the keeper of the gate, but you cannot, you cannot consider yourself separated if you’re doing the same old, same old. Now listen to me, those of you who have husbands that deal with issues of pornography and other such things, I’m not suggesting that you have control over everything in your house, but you have control over many things. The people that you gave birth to should not be ordering you around. You are in charge of your home and if …

Audience: (Clapping).

Ellie:… if you need to find a counselor, if you need to find a pastor, if you need to dial 1-800-A-FAMILY, you do it and you take back those reins. Submissive does not mean subservient. We’re not doormats unless we lay down, ladies.

Audience: That’s right.

Ellie: I, my heart is brokenhearted for the women who just feel like they’re prisoners in their own home. When did that happen? That’s not God’s way. We must be separated, but it has to be an issue of a holiness. There has to be some sense where you are different, you are different. Paris is 15. She’s in honors freshman English. I taught English for 10 years. I don’t care about my kids’ homework. I don’t get involved with it. I say to my, to them, when they ask for help, “I did fifth grade. I was … I did very well.”

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: “I, now you’re in fifth grade. Good luck,” you know.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: What is it these days? We’re doing our kids’ homework. Have you been to these science project fairs? The kids didn’t do the projects.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: What a joke. I want to take the projects to the parking lot afterwards and swap for next year. I don’t think that’s Christian, huh?

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: But I really don’t get into it because, I think, I was a teacher, I’m just kind of laissez-faire about it. My husband, on the other hand, is like a lieutenant colonel. He wants the first grader to do rough drafts.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: Frank, go easy on them. When my son got a C, he said, “You’ll be in the street. You’ll be homeless.” You know, he’s making some connection between the C and not making it in life. It’s like, “Frank, take it easy. Don’t be so hard on him, honey.”

John: This is Focus on the Family and, today, we’re hearing from Ellie Lofaro and we have a CD of this entire presentation available. Call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY, or stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Ellie: There has to be a sense, there has to be a sense that we are separated. My daughter has a wildly liberal English teacher with wild ideas, with wild philosophies, and she keeps picking books that are not the classics and it’s really killing me ’cause I want to tell her what books to teach and, okay, be quiet, you’re the mother, don’t get involved. So I don’t say anything, but she comes back with this mumbo-jumbo, globbly gooky book on the all the philosophies, and one chapter is about how the words of Jesus really can’t be substantiated, so she had to refute that, and I decided to get involved.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: We spent two and a half hours. We talked about the Synoptic Gospels. We talked about Josephus, the Hebrew historian. We talked about all kinds of things. She came back two days later, we got a D.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: We got a D. And Paris learned about what it is to be separate, what it is to be separate, to stand apart. My daughter thinks I’m so popular because of this Bible study and I say, “You know what, Paris? For every woman sitting in the Bible study, there are two or three of her friends who do not like me.” You will not be patted on the back when you become a Christian. You will not be high-fived every time you do the right thing. You’re a Christian? You follow Jesus? They killed him. What did you think would happen to you? Life is not easy. God promises trouble. There will be a cross. There will be burdens. Whether you have faith or you don’t have faith, life has trouble. I want to go through life with faith. Every problem makes me bitter or better, bitter or better.

There’s preparation and there’s separation and there’s anticipation. Three and 12, “Now then, take for yourselves 12 men from the top tribes of Israel, one man for each tribe, I shall come when the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark, when they’re in the water.” There’s anticipation there. Verse 14, “So it came that when they set out from their tents to cross the Jordan with the priest, they followed me.” There’s anticipation. There’s excitement. Have you been anticipating something? There’s so mu- … for this day. Dorothy and I spoke just a little bit six months ago, a year ago, and then, when the months came closer, we, we talked more. I got her to promise me cannolis.

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: There’s anticipation and I get excited. I get excited to come to these events. And what a privilege to be able to just come and address you and be an encourager, and I hope that you were excited about today and I hope that you weren’t just spending a little money to get away on a Saturday. There’s excitement because we’re going to meet God here. We’re going to be with other women. We’re going to come together. We’re going to have unity and solidarity. We’re going to hear from the word. We’re going to be encouraged in our hearts. We’re going to have some laughter. There’s anticipation. The Jews were told to anticipate, “Get ready, something great’s going to happen. You’re going to get in the river,” and, when they get in the river, the water’ll be stopped. I love that. I like the story of the senior woman who was passing slowly with a sickness and she called on her pastor. She was single. She never had children. She wanted to review her funeral plans, and she told him everything she wanted, the dress, and, and her Bible and she wanted to hold that and she wanted to be, uh, in a certain way in the coffin and she wanted certain music played. And, before he left, she said, “One more thing, pastor.” “Yes. What is it?” “I want to have, uh, a fork in my right hand.” He said, “A fork?” And she said, “Yes, I, I grew up in the, in the South and, on Sundays, it was a long way to church. We stayed there all day. We had church and then we had picnic and we had potluck and then we had church at night. And, after lunch, when the, when the men said, ‘Keep the fork, keep your fork,’ it meant something really good was coming, not Jello or pudding, but German chocolate cake-”

Audience: (laughing).

Ellie: “… apple pie. I want people to see the fork there and I want them to say, ‘What’s with the fork?’ And I want you to tell them, pastor, that something better is coming, something good is coming,” anticipation, anticipation. The senior citizens’ home that I visit, the Christian women in their eighties and nineties visit non-Christians in their sixties and seventies, and you would not believe that there’s that age difference. They look the same age because one’s bitter and one’s better. One is waiting to die. One is angry at the world. One feels like nobody’s thanked her. One feels like she’s never gotten her day in the sun, her ship’s never come in. And one feels, ha, she has every promise given to her and that she has eternity to enjoy them. One knows that she’ll see her mother again, her baby again, her best friend again. One is excited.

John: What a beautiful reminder from Ellie Lofaro today on Focus on the Family about the eternal promises of God. And I so appreciated her picture there, her word picture. She wrapped up that message explaining the confidence that these senior saints have as they anticipate heaven.

Jim: Yeah. You know, John, a lot of those senior saints, uh, volunteer here at Focus on the Family and we really enjoy getting to know them. They’re a blessing to all of us. Uh, they have such wisdom and maturity. Uh, many have been around the world as missionaries and they have wonderful (laughs) stories to share as well.

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: Let me encourage you, befriend a senior saint today.

John: And we’ve certainly been able to do that in our own lives. Uh, you know, before the pandemic hit, my wife Dena was able to visit her mom in an assisted living facility every day and she got to know all the ladies around her mom by name. They knew her. They’d often share a story and it was really, really nice, kind of an unanticipated ministry field, um, and everybody was benefiting from that time of visiting. And then, uh, you know, Jim, I’m reflecting on Ellie’s message, thinking there might be somebody listening who is wondering, “Well, my circumstances are just too extreme. There’s just too much negative stuff going on. I, I can’t overcome it all. I need help.” What advice do you have for them?

Jim: Well, I’d say call us. Uh, we are here to meet those needs. We’re staffed, uh, with caring Christian counselors who are here every day to spend some time on the phone with you, pray with you, uh, help you find a like-minded counselor in your own area to follow up with. Just give us a call during business hours, uh, leave your name and number and a counselor will call you back as soon as they can. It, it just depends on how many calls we’re getting in a given day. But, please, let us provide that listening ear. It would be our privilege. Uh, in fact, here’s a great success story we recently received from Anna, “My son’s unruly behavior,” she said, “made my husband and I feel like failures as parents and, instead of working together as a team, we would often blame each other and, frankly, we were headed for divorce. All that changed when I had a conversation with one of your counselors. My husband and I put into practice the suggestions that the counselor made, even better, we asked the Lord for help with our marriage and our parenting efforts and became unified in our approach. Our son is doing so much better and there’s a greater sense of calm in our family, and our extended family noticed too. When they asked what happened, we simply said, ‘Thank God and Focus on the Family.’”

John: Oh, that’s a really great story and, when extended family members notice-

Jim: (laughs).

John: … there’s something special going on (laughs) and-

Jim: So true.

John: … it’s a terrific endorsement of the work our counseling team does every day.

Jim: Yeah, and we offer these counseling services for free as part of our ministry outreach to families and that’s thanks to all of you who donate regularly to Focus on the Family. Uh, simply put, we couldn’t do it without you. We need your partnership to help families thrive in Christ and, if you can give today with a donation of any amount, we’d be happy to send you a CD of this two-part message from Ellie Lofaro, uh, so that you can listen again or share it with a friend who might be struggling and need some encouragement.

John: So donate and request the CD when you call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY, 800-232-6459, or find us at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. And, as Jim said, call us if you’d like to have a call back from one of our caring Christian counselors. That number again, 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY. Be sure to join us next time as we have practical advice to instill a love of the Bible in your children one day at a time.

Teaser:

Danika Cooley: Well, I think that our kids are mirrors of us. If, if you notice, if a parent loves baseball, the kids usually grow up to love baseball, so I think we communicate to our kids how important and wonderful God’s word is, a lot of times, by the way that we respond to it. So when they’re little, we can read using a puppet or- … different voices. I mean, we can make it fun and exciting.

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

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

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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

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