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Trusting God in Today’s Economy

Trusting God in Today’s Economy

Author and speaker Steve Farrar encourages listeners who are struggling with financial challenges to trust in God as their ultimate provider and sustainer.
Original Air Date: June 10, 2011

Excerpt:

Steve Farrar: We’re living in a time of great uncertainty. Why? Because we thought the riches would always be there. We got conned.

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John Fuller: Steve Farrar brings guidance for challenging times on today’s Focus on the Family with your host Focus president Jim Daly. And I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: Steve Farrar has spent decades equipping men to be better husbands and fathers, and I know every listener is going to be encouraged by the message he’s sharing with us today. Steve is the founder and chairman of Men’s Leadership Ministries and he’s the author of several books including Manna: When You’re Out of Options, God Will Provide. And that’s our focus today given everything that we’re facing in our economy in the United States and literally around the world. Uh, what do you do when you’ve run out of options? Have you lost income because of the coronavirus? I’m sure many of you have. Today’s program is for you.

John: It really is. And Steve actually recorded this message back in response to the stock market crash of 2008, but the principles are so timely and apply perfectly today. Here now Steve Farrar on Focus on the Family.

Steve: In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote a little booklet simply titled, Crisis. You may or may not be familiar with that little booklet, but you’re familiar with a sentence out of the booklet. The sentence is this. Paine said in 1776, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” That was true back in 1776 and it is true again, is it not?

These are the times that try the souls of men and – and the souls of women. I do a lot of men’s ministry around the country and never in my adult life have I met and talked with so many men who are so worried and so frightened and so concerned and experiencing so many sleepless nights.

So many people are troubled and worried and concerned because we have been experiencing an economic meltdown. When certain Biblical principles are ignored, chaos will be the result, even in the financial world. And so, we are experiencing not only in this country, but all over the world, an economic meltdown. That’s why so many people are worried and concerned and frightened and…

My dad passed away in January and at his memorial service afterwards – which was a great service because he knew Christ; it makes all the difference in the world, doesn’t it? I will tell you something, I – maybe you shouldn’t say this, but at my dad’s memorial service, we had a blast. We had fun.

Some of my buddies from high school were there and afterwards we were just, you know, drinking punch and talking. It was interesting, because it turned – the conversation turned to what’s going on in our lives economically. And one of the guys, “I shoulda sold my business two years ago. I shoulda taken that offer.” And he was just kicking himself.

One of the guys said, “You know what? I lost $180,000 in my retirement.” And I thought, “I wish I had $180,000 in retirement.

(Laughter)

One of the guys had just been foreclosed on. And he said, “You know, really, I did some things which were my own fault.”

There’s not a person in this room, there’s not an adult in this room who isn’t feeling this right now. Maybe 90 days ago you had a job, but you don’t anymore. See, these are the times that try men’s souls.

Turn with me to 1 Timothy 6.

Paul writes in 1 Timothy 6, verse 17, he says, “Instruct those who are rich in this present world.” That’s us. You say, “That’s not me.” It’s you. You got up this morning. You turned on the shower and hot water came out. You are rich, are you not? There are people in the world who will never experience that, and you experienced it this morning. And you may be at the lowest point you have ever been economically, but you still live like a rich man in comparison with the rest of the world.

“Instruct those who are rich in this present world,” watch this, “not to be conceited”- and really watch this – “or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches.”

We’re living in a time of great uncertainty. Why? Because we thought the riches would always be there. We got conned. We thought the IRAs would always be at $180,000. So many of us, we didn’t mean to, even as believers, we fixed our hope on the “uncertainty of riches.”

That’s why we’re scared. That’s why we’re depressed. That’s why we’re sleepless. That’s why there’s so much anxiety. But see, it was – it was uncertain in the first place and we were told it was uncertain. “Don’t fix your hope on the uncertainty of riches”- now watch this – “but on God, Who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.”

I love George Mueller, the great man of God, who lived in England in the 19th century. George Mueller had homes for orphans. But Mueller said, “The main reason I started my orphanage was not just to help the children, but the primary reason is, that I wanted to demonstrate to people that God is still the living God.” And as a result of that desire, Mueller made a pledge that he kept for over 60 years. He would never tell anyone that he had a financial need and he would never ask anyone to give to his ministry.

He believed that he could trust God and His promises alone and that God would richly supply him with all things and the orphans. He started small. At one point when he had 25 or 30 kids, children got up. They set the table for breakfast. Mr. Mueller had them sit down and he said, “Children, it’s time to pray.” There was just one problem; there was no food for breakfast. They set the table and the kids knew there was no food. Mr. Mueller said, “Children, let’s bow our heads.” And the children, as they were bowing their heads, some of them were looking at each other and going… (Laughter), “This guy’s whacko. There’s no food and he’s gonna thank God for the food.”

And he began to pray. “Our Father, we thank You that You are our Father. You promised You will never leave us or forsake us. You promised that You will meet all of our needs according to Your riches in glory. We thank You that You’ve been so faithful to us in the past. And Lord, we trust you this morning (Sound of knocking) for Your…” (Sound of knocking)

There’s a knock on the door and Mr. Mueller said, “Children, excuse me.” He goes to the door, opens it. There’s a man at the door. He sees behind him a wagon pulled by a horse with a broken axle. The name of the bakery on the side of the wagon. The man says, “Sir, I’m sorry to bother you, um, my axle broke. I have these deliveries to make around town. I’m never gonna get ‘em done. Is there any way you could take these fresh baked goods off my hands?”

That morning, those children saw that God is the living God. You know, most of us in this room, our kids have too much. We’ve given ‘em too much. I gave my kids too much. And we’ve raised them in Sunday school, and they’ve been to, you know, AWANA and Christian schools. And they got the memory verses, but many of our kids have never been in the position where they’ve had to see the living God come through. Well, maybe that’s about to change.

But see, when you see it, you can’t deny it. You know it’s true. You know it’s true. Next verse, verse 18, he says, “Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.” In – in Mueller’s biography in another section, he writes of a couple that he knew. He respected them and their walk with Jesus Christ. They had been blessed remarkably in their business.

And they wrote a letter to Mr. Mueller, because they were somewhat confused because they had recently suffered a significant financial loss. And Mr. Mueller wrote back and basically said this. He said, “I believe if it were me and I had incurred a heavy financial loss, I believe that I would give the Lord a thank offering because He did not take it all.” What? Somebody help me with this. What a different perspective. Interestingly enough, those people took his advice and they gave an offering. Now they’d taken quite a hit, but they gave an offering and it cost them to give that offering.

Mueller later says, “I’m glad to report to you, dear reader, that God in His faithfulness, did not return that offering to those friends four times or 10 times or even 50 times. God returned that offering to those dear people 1,000 times. Is that not remarkable? But it’s the Word of God: “Give and it shall be given unto you, pressed down, shaken together, running over.”

You see, we think, “Well – well – well, see, now I could give three years ago. I could give… I can’t give now.” You need to give now. Maybe you can’t give what you were giving before, but what does this say? “Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.” Why is it that we wouldn’t give? Because we’re not sure that God will give back. Can He be trusted?

John: You’re listening to Steve Farrar on today’s episode of Focus on the Family and you can get his book on this topic. It’s call Manna: When You’re Out of Options, God Will Provide. We want to get this great resource into your hands and if you can, please, make a generous donation of any amount to support the ongoing work here at Focus on the Family. Uh, request that book an donate if you can when you call 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY. Or at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Let’s go ahead and hear more now from Steve Farrar.

Let’s go to Matthew 6. The question is, in this time of great uncertainty, is there any certainty? Is there a foundation? Is there an anchor?

In Matthew 6:25, Jesus said, “Don’t worry about your life.” So, what do I do? I do the same thing you do. I worry about my life and you worry about your life. But Jesus said, “Don’t worry about your life.” We’re not sure when this thing is gonna get fixed. Why should I not be worried?

Well, He gives us some reasons. Do you see in verse 25, He said, “For this reason, I say to you,” um, “do not be worried about your life.” What He’s talking about here is killing worry. He’s talking about anxiety. Have you ever been sick with worry? Not – not sick with the flu, not sick with a fever, sick with – with worry. Worry to me – worry and anxiety, it’s a force. I believe in this passage there are two certainties. Let me give them to you.

The first certainty is this. The first certainty is the certainty of Providence – of Providence.

He is the great Creator. He spoke the worlds into existence. Now this God, Who is our Creator, you should understand this about the Providence of God. That which God has created, He continually sustains and provides for. Uh, Hebrews says of Jesus, that He upholds all things by the word of His power. He continuously upholds all things by the word of His power.

Uh, we have kids in Sunday school and we’re giving them little Sunday school lessons, little children. We have Sunday school curriculum. Back in the 1500’s, they didn’t have that. They didn’t have what we have today. They – so they wrote their own little curriculums and a lot of times they were called “catechisms” and some German Christians wrote what is called the Heidelberg Catechism. And there’s a question and then the answer.

Let me give you the Heidelberg Catechism, the question 27, “What do you mean by the Providence of God?” And here is the answer. “The Providence of God is the almighty and everywhere present power of God, whereby as it were, by His hand, He upholds and governs heaven, earth and all creatures, so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, in all things come not by chance, but by His Fatherly hand.”

Question 28: “What advantage is it to us to know that God has created and by His Providence does still uphold all things?” And here is the answer: “That we may be patient in adversity, thankful in prosperity and that in all things, which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, that nothing shall separate us from His love, since all creatures are so in His hand that without His will, they cannot so much as move.” The certainty of Providence is what keeps us going, folks. He’s gonna sustain it. He made you and you know what? Only He can keep you alive. And we’re gonna see in this passage, He promises to keep us alive.

Now let me give you the second certainty. The second certainty is the certainty of the promises. This great God – this great God – Who cannot lie. He can’t do it.

So, therefore, when God makes a promise, you can bank on it. You can count on it.

Look at Matthew 6:33. “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” That’s a promise.

Christianity is based on facts. “Come let us reason together.” Jesus says, “For this reason.” Look – watch this now. Watch how you fight off worry and anxiety. “For this reason, I say to you, do not be worried about your life.” Okay, I’m thinking, “Why should I not be worried about my life?” Now watch how He wants me to think, He wants me to think. “Do not be worried about your life as to what you will eat or what you will drink, nor as to body as to what you will put on” or how you’ll make your mortgage payment or all the…  Those things would be in there, some of the necessities of life. See, those are the very things that worry us.

“Well, why should I not be worried?” Well, then He asks a question. “Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” He’s asking a question. He wants me to think and the answer is, “Yes, it is.”

Verse 26, He wants me to think some more. “Look at the birds of the air. They do not sow, nor reap, nor gather in the barns and yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”

“Oh, and who of you, by being worried, can add a single hour to his life?” He’s asking me to think. This worry, does it …? You know what? This is a complete and utter, absolute waste of time and energy. When I worry and when I’m “tsunamied” by worry, you know what I’m doing? I’m living as an atheist. I’m living as though He’s not there.

And He is there. And He has shown Himself to me. So, I gotta grab myself and shake myself. This worry is a waste of time. I’ve got work to do and this is sapping my strength and sapping my energy. Lord Jesus, help me to trust You (Sound of smack of hand) right now.

I want to give you four words in Matthew 6 that are critical. Everything hinges on these four words. The first word is “Father” – Father. Here is the Son of God, telling us how to handle worry and anxiety and He keeps pointing me to my Father – to my Father. And who is my Father? He is the Almighty God. He is the Providential Provider. “Great is Thy faithfulness, O God, my Father. There is no shadow of turning with Thee. All I have needed, Thy hand hath…” providenced – “provided.”

And He always does it just in the nick of time. And He scares us to death.

(Laughter)

And what’s He doing He’s just testing our faith, right? He’s just testing our faith. Are we gonna trust Him? “I’ve been faithful to you all these times; are you gonna trust Me here?”

I’m in a tight place. All right, what are you gonna do? I refuse to give in to this worry. So, what do you do? You start thanking Him. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer [and] supplication with…”

Several weeks ago, I got “tsunamied.” I told the guys in the Bible study that. I said it hit me at 4:30. I was wrong. It hit me at 3:30 in the morning. It took me about two hours – two and a half hours to shake out of it. And the things that ultimately brought me out of it was, I spent about an hour and two cups of coffee, just going back over my life. All I did was thank God. It’s early in the morning. Nobody was around. The phone wasn’t ringing. It took me that long to fight off worry and anxiety. Oh, by the way, when I was done, nothing in my life circumstantially had changed. I still had the same problems and the same fears, only, um, I wasn’t worried because of my Father – my Father.

Uh, note the word faith. He says, uh, in 26, “Why are you worried about clothing? Observe the lilies of the field grow. They don’t toil. They don’t spin, yet I say to you, that even Solomon in all his glory, clothed himself like one of these. If God so clothes the grass of the field which is alive today and tomorrow is throw into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you, oh you of…” What? “…little faith.”

He doesn’t say “no faith.” We’ve got faith. He says, “You of little faith.” Could I tell what little faith is? Little faith is little Biblical thinking. I have little faith when I am not thinking Biblically about His Providence and about His promises. That’s when I have little faith. When I start thinking about who He is and what He has said, my faith increases.

Third word, the word “first.” We’ll pick it up in 31. “Do not worry then saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear for clothing?’ The Gentiles eagerly seek.” Note the word “seek;” this is what the Gentiles are seeking. “The Gentiles eagerly seek all these things.” Watch this. “Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things but seek…” Third. “The kingdom of God.” Seek 12th the kingdom of… Can I be honest with you, folks? Some of us in here have been seeking Him fourth. Some of us have been seeking Him 10th, 15th, 20th. That’s not the way to live your life. The word is “first.” “But seek first His kingdom, His righteousness…” Watch this. “All these things will be added to you.” That’s a promise from Almighty God.

The fourth word is “future.” Verse 34, “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” You say the word “future” is not in that verse. Yeah, I know, but I needed a word that began with “F” because the other three…

(Laughter)

…Began with F. So, I had to twist it, kind of a homiletical thing I learned in seminary.

Um, you see the word “tomorrow?” You see the word “tomorrow” there? What’s tomorrow? The future. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; all these things shall be added unto you.”

And you know, when you read the passage, it seems to me, that’s the place to stop. I mean, how do you top that? I got a Father. Seek Him first, He’s gonna take care of me. But He doesn’t stop there. He puts in there, verse 34. And He goes to the future, because see, anxiety tends to get us about the future. I mean, I’m okay today. I mean, am I functioning? Am I breathing? Have I got something to eat today? See, I’m not worried about… I’m worried three weeks out or six weeks or 10 weeks. Or man, what if this doesn’t… Or this…  What if this falls? See, that’s where we are, out in the future, just – just live in the next 12 hours.

You say, “Lord, would You just get me to lunch? Would you just help me make it today through dinner? Lord, it’s 7 p.m.” You go to bed at night. You know what I try to do when I go to bed at night? You know what I try to say to myself every night? I try to remind myself of Lamentations 3. I thank God for His mercies. Before I go to sleep at night, I – I try to say, “Lord, thanks for this mercy today in this and this.” And then I say to Him, “Lord, thanks that Your mercies are new every morning.” When I wake up there’s gonna be mercies for me tomorrow I don’t know a thing about.

A lot of people hurt, and a lot of people are scared. I – I had a gentleman, probably in his 70s say to me not too long ago, he said, “Steve, I know the Lord and,” he said, “He’s been good to me.” He said, “I’ve taken a real hit.” He said, “I – I gotta be honest with you. I’m in really good health.” And he said, “I’m afraid I’m gonna outlive my money.” And he was just being practical.

Can I tell you something from the Word of God? You can’t outlive your money, because it’s not your money in the first place. It’s His money and He has promised to make a way.

So, our Father, we praise You. We honor You. We glorify Your name because of Who You are. Help us, Lord, today to enjoy this day and what You have given to us. Help us to leave tomorrow and next Friday and next month. And if we can trust You for today, see You’ll be there next Friday, and You’ll be there next month.

You’re already there and You’ve already got a solution. Help us to live off of this truth, we pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

John: Some timeless words of wisdom from Dr. Steve Farrar on today’s episode of Focus on the Family and he reminds us to seek God first, and everything else second. And as we said at the top of the program, Jim, Steve gave this message soon after the stock market crash of 2008, but it really applies to today.

Jim: It is, John, and I love that idea that Steve mentioned in his closing prayer – that God is already in our future and He already has a solution for what’s worrying us in the here and now. And that is powerful. And I hope that gives you a sense of peace today, especially as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on both families and businesses. You know, I’ve been in touch with a number of our donors as well as our team that, uh, builds those relationships and I gotta tell ya, many of you are in a tough spot and we know that. And, uh, our hearts go out to you. Our prayers go out to you. Jean and I are praying every morning as we start the day for Focus, for our mission, and for those who support us, that the Lord’s mercy would be there. So, I hope that brings some comfort, but I know many are struggling. And we will get through this. And let me remind our listeners that we care about you, especially in the financial difficulties again that many of you are facing. Let us know how we can pray for you. Send us a note. Jump online. Come to our website. We’ve got great resources to kind of help you. Especially for those of us who are sheltering-in-place like Colorado right now and several other states. There are great resources that you can use for your family. In addition to that, obviously, for those that are, um, in a good place, or a better place, if you can help Focus with those needs to, uh, have our counselors online to help folks that are struggling, to provide marriage advice, parenting advice – all the things that we do in a normal day here at Focus. We are open. Uh, many are working from home, but, uh, we are still doing the work of the ministry. And through Focus you are making a difference.

John: And, of course, one of the resources we have would be Steve Farrar’s book on this topic called Manna: When You’re Out of Options, God Will Provide. We’d like to send that to you. We’re making it available to you. If you can, please make a donation to support the ongoing work here at Focus on the Family. If you can’t afford it, we do want you to have the book. We’ll send it to you. We know others will help cover the cost of getting this resource out to those who really need it. Our phone number: 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. As Jim said, we are taking phone calls, and then, uh, online you can donate and get resources at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for joining us today for Focus on the Family. Join us again next time, won’t you? As we once more help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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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. 

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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.

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!

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.

Headshot photo of author Kim Meeder

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 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.

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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.

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 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,

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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.

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!

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.