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Understanding the Importance of Easter in New Ways (Part 2 of 2)

Understanding the Importance of Easter in New Ways (Part 2 of 2)

Reflecting on the profound significance of Easter, Christian apologist and best-selling author Lee Strobel discusses his background as a former atheist who became a follower of Jesus after examining the overwhelming evidence supporting Christ's death and resurrection. (Part 2 of 2)

Opening:

Excerpt:

Lee Strobel: Having been a journalist at The Chicago Tribune, seen a lot of dead bodies and never seen any of them come back to life. I thought I could disprove this in a weekend. And that was kind of my – my hubris.

John Fuller: That was your goal?

Lee: That was my goal. You know, I’ll spend a long weekend, I can disprove the resurrection.

Jim Daly: Won’t take long, 24 hours.

(LAUGHTER)

Lee: Yeah. I mean, dead people don’t come back to life, come on. But after a year and nine months, I realized that the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus is clear and compelling. It’s powerful and persuasive.

End of Excerpt

John: Lee Strobel is back with us today after describing important facts about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and his skepticism of the whole story. He was going to disprove the resurrection. And you’ll hear his story and more about the resurrection of Jesus Christ today on Focus on the Family. Thanks for joining us. I’m John Fuller. And our host is Focus president and author Jim Daly.

Jim: John, I get so excited about this topic. I mean, I’m…

John: I watched your energy level bubble up there.

Jim: …I can’t even stay in my chair right now. I love explaining to people what I believe about Jesus because it is so evidence-based and it’s so rational. And I don’t care if it’s the homosexual community or the abortion community, I mean, we have nothing to lose. We can go in with a smile on our face because it is factual. It is true. And it’s a joy to be able to have this discussion with somebody as knowledgeable as Lee Strobel. And Lee has done a fantastic job living his life, I’m sure not perfectly. But he came from atheism. He was a journalist at The Chicago Tribune. In my mind, that gives him credibility, that he set out to disprove that Jesus is who He said He was and then ended up believing because of the evidence! Um, that revelation rocked Lee’s world. It rocked his marriage. It set him on a two year pursuit to try to figure out is God who He said He was. And if you missed last time, get the copy of that conversation either through a CD, download, or the smartphone app so you can listen when you need to or when you can. Those are great ways to hear the broadcast.

John: And those are all available at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast, where we also have a little booklet called, Coming Home. And you can download that, read it and find out what it means to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. And we do have Lee’s excellent book, which is rich in detail and very persuasive. It’s called, The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus.

Body:

Jim: Lee, welcome back to Focus.

Lee: Thank you. I love you guys.

Jim: You can tell, man, I’m, like, hardly able to sit in my seat.

(LAUGHTER)

Lee: You’ve got me pumped up. I’m excited.

Jim: Well, I just love it because this is it, reaching people for Christ. You know, for the person who believes that that sinner that they know is so far beyond possibility, you and I have talked – no one is beyond the reach of God, no matter what you’ve done!

Lee: Exactly. My wife…

Jim: Explain that.

Lee: …My wife, uh, when she was a new Christian, I was still an atheist, told some friends at church that she had no hope for me, that I was the hardheaded, hardhearted legal editor of The Chicago Tribune. I’d never bend my knee to Jesus. And this one elderly saint put her arm around Leslie and pulled her to the side and said, “Oh Leslie, no one is beyond hope.” And she gave her a verse, Ezekiel 36:26. It says, “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and I will put a new spirit within you. I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” And so my wife – this whole two years that I’m on this investigative journey trying to determine if Christianity is true – behind the scenes – and I never knew it at the time – every day was praying that prayer for me.

Jim: Yeah.

Lee: And if you ask me what really brought me to faith, “Was it my pursuit, two years of the evidence or was it a faithful wife who prayed for me every day?” I – you know what? I think she – God’s the hero of my story, I think she’s the heroine of my story.

Jim: Yeah. And they work hand in hand. I mean, it says, you know, prayer availeth much.

Lee: Exactly.

Jim: Speak to that person, though, that is maybe married or has, you know, brothers and sisters, a mom and dad that don’t know the Lord, and they’ve been praying for years. And it does feel – it seems like the closer we are to that individual, the more despair we have because we want it to happen today. We want them to feel the joy-filled life.

Lee: And sometimes that puts an undue pressure on us. You know, the truth is most of our loved ones, most of our immediate family are probably gonna come to faith from somebody else who shares Jesus with them. So what do we need to do? We need to do what God tells us to do, to be faithful, to love Him, to love our family and so and to love others, to live out our faith as authentically as we can, to be a source of answers and to help deal with questions that our loved ones might have, but don’t take on an undue burden. You know, God’s gonna do what God is gonna do. And you know, as we pray for people, as you say, I think it makes a difference. James says, “The prayers of righteous people,” they do make a difference. And so I believe in that. But also keep in mind that the average person in America who comes to faith in Christ hears the Gospel six times. So maybe you’re number three.

Jim: Or number one.

Lee: Or number one, exactly. And when they come to faith, all the six people that have shared with them can celebrate. But you know, it’s like in baseball, sometimes you just need a bunt, you know, to get somebody home. So maybe they’re on third base and you just need a bunt. You just need to tell them…

Jim: That’s a good analogy.

Lee: “…I love you, and you know what, Jesus does too, and, um, what are you going to do with this?” And I sometimes worry that we take too much pressure on ourselves. We’re called to love God, love people. And you know what? If we do that, we’ll be salt and light.

Jim: Well, and I love that, in terms of family members, live it well as best as you can because that’ll be the greatest witness.

Lee: Exactly. My brothers and sisters knew me when I was a drunken atheist. They knew me when I was living an immoral life. And you know, sometimes it’s hard for them to be convinced that, “Oh, my gosh, he’s had this 180 degree change.”

Jim: Did your change make a difference in their own spiritual journey?

Lee: Um, you know, my oldest brother Ray – and he wouldn’t mind saying this on the air – but my older brother Ray’s still an atheist.

Jim: Right.

Lee: And you know, I pray for Ray. And we have conversations from time to time about these matters. All my other siblings are believers – my three other siblings.

Jim: Think of that.

Lee: So I don’t know if I had a role in any of that, but, um…

Jim: Hey, Ray, we’re coming for you.

Lee: …We’re coming for Ray. I love Ray. Ray’s a – Ray’s a…

John: Lots of people are going to start praying for Ray.

(LAUGHTER)

Lee: Yeah. Pray for Ray. Exactly. That’d be wonderful!

Jim: Let me ask you this, um, and coach me here along with the listeners. So recently I’ve thought about this a lot, when people I encounter say, “Well, I could never believe in Christianity because I knew this Christian,” and then fill in the blank. They were mistreated. It was the business guy that stole money from them. I knew somebody that had that experience, and that was exactly what they said to me.

Lee: Yes.

Jim: And of course you’re on defense all of a sudden saying, “Well, you know, they weren’t living it well, they weren’t” – I’ve now begun saying, “Listen, with all respect, may I say something to you?” And they’ll nod yes. And I’ll say, “That’s really stupid.”

(LAUGHTER)

Jim: “Because if you’re going to let another human being’s imperfection, their inability to live the very faith they’re claiming to possess, if you’re going to let that get in between you and eternal life, you and a relationship with the Lord, it’s really sad. Don’t let another human being keep you from a relationship with God.” I mean, for eternal life. That’s what’s at stake. I wouldn’t let anybody get in my way of that prize, as Paul calls it.

Lee: Yeah.

Jim: Speak to that analogy. How would you handle the guy telling you that?

Lee: Yeah. You know, I want to help them understand that – first, I want to empathize with them and say you know, “That’s so unfortunate that happened, you know, the church is not full of perfect people. It’s full of sinners who were saved by God’s grace.”

Jim: And some bad people…

Lee: Exactly.

Jim: …Really, that claim Christ.

Lee: And a lot of people claim Christ who are not really believers. And the Bible says that, that there will be people one day and God will reveal their true heart. But I try to help them understand that this doesn’t affect truth. It doesn’t affect truth. What is truth? Truth is that which corresponds to reality. That’s truth. So the fact that a Christian may fail and either be a hypocrite or maybe they weren’t a real believer in the first place but claimed Christ and so forth, that has no impact on the truth of whether Jesus claimed to be the Son of God and backed up that claim by returning from the dead.

So sometimes I want to say to people when they’ll tell me a story like that, I’ll say, “Well, wait a minute. Are you saying that Jesus wasn’t resurrected?” And they’ll say, “No, no, no. I’m not talking about that.” I say, “No, no, no. I know. But really, that’s the issue, isn’t it? Because if Jesus really was resurrected from the dead, that proves that He was indeed the son of God and, therefore, that changes everything.” So I like to bring it back to that.

Jim: Well, let’s pick up where we left off last time. We talked about the validity of Jesus. I want to get back to that. Let’s start today by looking at the Old Testament prophecies. A lot of people that aren’t deeply familiar with the Scripture don’t understand how all these things connect – the Old Testament written thousands of years before Jesus and how they point to a coming Messiah and how Jesus, hundreds of times, fulfilled those prophecies. Speak to that evidence.

Lee: Yeah. And I mean, the odds against any human being fulfilling just 48 of these prophecies is so astronomical that it would be – scientists would consider it impossible for any human being to fulfill these prophecies, except Jesus did it.

Jim: Right. And for the skeptic, what are some of those that really caught your attention as an atheist?

Lee: Well, I’ll tell you, the one that got me is if you read Isaiah 53, which was written – what? 700 years or more before Jesus lived on Earth. It is a picture of the death and ultimate resurrection of Jesus. Now some people call it the fifth Gospel because it is – even though it’s written before Jesus…

Jim: Seven hundred years.

Lee: …Seven hundred years before. And yet, it talks about Him being pierced for our transgressions. I just challenge anyone, especially of a Jewish background, read Isaiah 53 and ask yourself this question: who is this describing? And as you read it, you will see at least a dozen references that point toward what we’re talking about here on Good Friday, especially, which is the death of Jesus on the cross. And it’s depicted – and here’s an interesting thing – it’s depicted before crucifixion was even implemented as a method of execution by…

Jim: Yeah, before the Roman Empire.

Lee: …Yeah. It wasn’t even – there wasn’t – yeah, and yet, you know, and in Psalm 22, which Jesus applied to Himself on the cross when He said, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” That’s the opening phrase of Psalm 22, which has messianic energy to it. He’s applying that to Himself, and in Psalm 22 it talks about hands and feet being pierced. This is before crucifixion was invented. And it talked about how His bones were out of joint, which is as they were as He was hanging on the cross and so forth. So we see all of these prophecies in the Old Testament that mathematically are impossible for any human being to all fulfill. And yet, Jesus did it.

Jim: In your book, you talk about a conversation that you had with a Jewish man.

Lee: That’s right.

Jim: And this really grabbed him. Describe that because that’s the evidence of a changed heart. So put it into play.

Lee: I’ve got so many Jewish friends who came to faith because they examined the prophecies. And Louis Lapide is his name. He came back from Vietnam as a disillusioned soldier. He was on the street in Los Angeles, and a street evangelist challenged him and said, “I challenge you to look for Jesus in your Jewish scriptures. Look for him in what we call the Old Testament.” And so Louis began to look. And in fact, he saw Jesus in so many of these ancient prophecies, he actually called a relative and said, “Could you send me your copy of the Jewish scriptures because this one has obviously been tinkered with,” because he couldn’t believe that this…

Jim: He thought it was lined up?

(LAUGHTER)

Lee: …He thought it was – he thought some Christians had got in there and changed things. But he got – I think it was his aunt – send him her copy, and sure enough, it was the same. And so he ended up coming to faith in Christ. And I know so many of those who’ve done that. Stan Telchin, a Jewish businessman, whose daughter went away to college and became a Christian. He was so mad, he set out to disprove the Christian faith. He not only ended up becoming a Christian, but his wife did, too. And both Stan and Louis Lapides both ended up in the ministry as pastors.

Jim: These are great stories right before Easter here of people who were skeptics, nonbelievers, who were overwhelmed by the evidence.

Lee: Yeah.

Jim: And that’s what – you just have to have an open heart to, “What if it’s true?”

Lee: Exactly. I think that’s the question. That – and I asked that question when I was an atheist. The question is, “What if? What if it’s true?” The Book of Acts – which virtually every scholar concedes tells a story of the spread of the early church – it does not have in it a lot of things that it would’ve had in it if it had been written late. So in other words, the martyrdom of Paul is not in there. The martyrdom of Peter is not in there. James is not in there. The Greco-Roman War at 66 A.D. is not in there. The destruction of the temple in A.D. 70 is not in there. So what does this tell us?

Jim: Evidence it was before.

Lee: It was before. Therefore, we can say that Acts was written before about 62 A.D. Well, we know that Acts is the second part of a two-part work. And the first part was the Gospel of Luke, written by Luke, who was a companion of Paul, the eyewitness to the resurrected Jesus. And um, so we can date Luke even earlier. And then we know that one of the sources Luke used was Mark, so we can date Mark even earlier. And also – and this is the most fascinating to me, this blew my mind: There are also ancient creeds and hymns and statements of conviction from the earliest Christians that are embedded elsewhere in the New Testament that even come before the Gospels were written. This is the earliest material we’ve got. And what does it show us? A miracle working Son of God. But the earliest report we have of the resurrection of Jesus is found in 1 Corinthians 15 starting at verse 3. And it says Jesus died for our sins. He was buried. He rose from the dead, and then mentions the specific names of eyewitnesses and groups of eyewitnesses to whom He appeared, including skeptics.

Uh, now that particular creed was written by Paul in the letter to Corinth about 22 years after the death of Jesus. But we can go back earlier than that because Paul used to be Saul of Tarsus, a persecutor of Christians. One to three years after the death of Jesus, he’s on the road to Damascus. He has this encounter with the resurrected Christ. He becomes the Apostle Paul. Immediately, goes into Damascus and he meets with some apostles. Many scholars believe this is when he was given the creed that he later reports in 1 Corinthians. But other scholars say it might have been three years later. Three years later, Paul went to Jerusalem, and he met for 15 days with two people who are specifically named as eyewitnesses to the resurrection in the creed, Peter and James.

And the Greek word the Paul used to describe this 15 day meeting suggests that this was an investigative inquiry. They’re checking each other out. “Peter, what did you see? What do you know? James, what do you know?” They’re checking each other out. Other scholars say this is when he was given the creed that he later includes in 1 Corinthians. But either way, this means within one to six years after the death of Jesus, this creed is already in existence. Therefore, the beliefs that make up that creed go back even earlier, virtually to the cross itself. So there is no huge time gap between the death of Jesus and the later development of a legend that He rose from the dead. We got a news flash that goes right back to the beginning. That is historical gold.

John: Well we’re talking to Lee Strobel today, on Focus on the Family. And we want you to get a copy of his book, The Case for Christ, and we’ve got that available for you at our website. We also have a download of a little booklet that we’ve created. Tens of thousands of people have read this. It’s been life-changing for them because it describes what salvation in Christ is. It’s called, Coming Home. Look for Lee’s book, and that booklet, and a CD or download of this conversation at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: Lee, I want to come back to the crucifixion. We touched on it last time. We celebrate Christmas in a, you know, big way, and we do Easter as well. But in ancient times, Easter is the difference. Christmas was not as big a ceremony in the early church, certainly. It was all about Easter. Easter is the Christian message.

Lee: That’s right.

Jim: Because that’s where we all tap into eternal life, through the death, resurrection of Christ. Um, describe that crucifixion approach. We’ve mentioned the Romans and how they would do that. What made it so excruciating? And then describe for us the very word, “excruciating,” and where that comes from – the root word.

Lee: Exactly. The root word in Latin, excruciating means out of the cross. They had to invent a new word to describe the pain of a crucifixion – excruciating. And it was. I mean, Jesus – first of all, He was flogged possibly twice. One interpretation of the Gospels indicates two floggings. A flogging was a horrendous beating where the victim is stripped, they’re tied to a post, they’re beaten with whips that had jagged bits of sheep bone and balls of lead embedded in them. Let me quote to you an actual eyewitness account of a Roman flogging. Quote: “The sufferer’s veins were laid bare and the very muscles and tendons and bowels of the victim were laid open to exposure.”

Jim: Ugh.

Lee: So when we look at the historical evidence, we see the evidence that Jesus was in hypovolemic shock from a great loss of blood after He was flogged, which is why He couldn’t carry the horizontal beam of the cross all the way, uh, which is also why He was so thirsty on the cross because His body was trying to – it was craving fluids to replace…

Jim: Rehydrate.

Lee: …The lost blood. Right. And then you’re – you have spikes driven through your wrists and through your feet. You’re hoisted on the cross. And the cause of death in crucifixion – there’re many things to contribute, including the loss of blood – but is essentially, you die of asphyxiation. And the reason is when you’re hanging in that position on the cross, it puts incredible stresses on your chest muscles, and it locks your lungs into the inhale position. So in order to continue to breathe, you have to lessen the stress on your chest muscles. The only way you can do that is to push up with your feet, which of course, there’s a spike through them, and their bloody back is then scraping against the coarse wood of the cross. You have to push up, exhale, inhale, settle down and then you keep going through that motion until exhaustion takes over and your – the acidity level of your blood increases, your heart rate becomes erratic. Jesus knew at that point that the end was near, which as he said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” And He died of heart failure caused by asphyxiation.

So there is no question that Jesus was dead. Um, you can go to an atheist New Testament scholar, like Gerd Lüdemann, formerly of Vanderbilt University, and he will tell you this quote, “Jesus’ death as a consequence of crucifixion is indisputable.” So for anybody to claim that Jesus somehow survived the crucifixion, it’s just – the evidence is so much to the contrary, besides which, let’s say, hypothetically, He did survive. Somehow, against all odds, He’s the only guy of the thousands of people who were crucified, whoever survived a full crucifixion, He survived, what kind of condition would He have been in? He would have been bloodied. He was beaten to a pulp. The disciples would not have said, “Oh, praise God. We’re someday going to have these wonderful resurrection bodies. We’re going to come back to life.” And they weren’t going to start a movement based on the idea that He is the Lord of life when He would be on the verge of death.

Jim: And Lee, I – we’re running out of time, oh, but the resurrection itself, the evidence for that.

Lee: Right. Yeah. I mean, we have nine ancient sources inside and outside the New Testament that confirm and corroborate the conviction of the disciples that they encountered the resurrected Jesus. So that is an avalanche of historical evidence.

Jim: Let me ask you this as well. The description of the resurrected Christ is observed first by women.

Lee: Yes.

Jim: And if people understood the culture of the time, if you’re wanting to put out a false story, women were not respected in the same way men’s testimony would be. So you wouldn’t do that.

Lee: Exactly. It’s called the “criterion of embarrassment.” When historians try to determine if an ancient writing is telling the truth, if that ancient writing says something that’s embarrassing to themselves or hurts their own case, they’re probably telling the truth. Because if you’re going to make it up, you’re not going to make up something that’s going to hurt your case.

Jim: Because at that time, it’s not strengthening your case, it’s weakening your case.

Lee: It’s weakening your case. Women were generally not considered to be reliable purveyors of information in those days. They weren’t considered credible. They were generally not allowed to testify in a court of law. And that’s both in Jewish culture at the time, as well as Roman culture.

Jim: So think of that, for those that sometimes feel Christianity is setting women back. Christianity set women free in so many ways. And this is one way God, the Father, said, “Listen, I’m gonna use women to testify to My Son’s resurrection.”

Lee: Yep. And you know, in the second century, critics of Christianity attacked Christianity by saying, “Well, you can’t trust that. Women discovered the tomb empty.” And yet, for Christians, that’s what happened. And you’re right. Isn’t it in God’s sovereignty that He chose it would be women who would discover that tomb empty, to honor them in that way? Isn’t that great?

Jim: It’s amazing. Think about this everybody. I mean, at every turn, God is choosing the weakest vessels known to the culture to say, “I am God.” I mean, whether it’s the fisherman recruited to be the disciple, the shepherd, the women encountering the empty tomb. I mean, the Lord’s saying, “I’m going to give you so much evidence, I’m going to have the weakest people in the culture testify to Me.”

(LAUGHTER)

Lee: Yeah. Exactly true. And the case, I think, is not just strong. I think it’s persuasive. I think it’s powerful. It changed my life when I realized this is not make-believe. It’s not wishful thinking. It’s not legend. It’s not mythology. It is based on a solid foundation of historical truth. And I couldn’t – as someone committed to truth, I could not turn my back. I had to respond by receiving Jesus as my Forgiver and Leader.

Jim: And that takes us right into the final real question, that key verse in John 1:12 that helped you finally accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Share that verse for the person listening to you right now who may be on the verge of saying, “I believe you, Lee. You convinced me.” Describe the unique way God confirmed His presence in your heart.

Lee: Yeah. I read John 1:12. And it says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believed in His name.” And that verse forms an equation of what it means to become a child of God – believe plus receive equals become. So believing is a great first step, that believe what? Believe that Jesus is who He claimed to be. He claimed to be the son of God. He backed up that claim by returning from the dead. I believe that based on the historical data. But that wasn’t enough. I had to receive. Receive what? Receive this free gift of God’s grace, to receive this free gift of forgiveness and eternal life that Jesus purchased on the cross when He died for our sins as our substitute, paid for all of the sins that we’ve committed so that we could be given this free gift of forgiveness and eternal life. And then when we receive that gift in a prayer of repentance and faith, then we become a child of God.

And I think there’s a lot of people out there who would agree with the resurrection evidence, would say, “Yep, I believe Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. I believe He rose from the dead and proved that He is the Son of God.” But their life hasn’t changed. And their values haven’t changed. And their character hasn’t changed. And their morality hasn’t changed. Why? Because they haven’t taken that next step – to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior in a prayer of repentance and faith. And when they do that, then they become a child of God.

Jim: Yeah. We’ve got to do it, Lee. I’ve got to ask you to pray for those who might be right there. I feel it. And let’s pray for them.

Lee: Absolutely.

Jim: Let’s do it right now.

Lee: Absolutely. If you want to pray this prayer, if you believe as best you can, we all have questions, but that’s okay. You don’t have to know everything to know something. What you can know with confidence right now, Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, He backed it up by returning from the dead. That’s all you need right now. So if you want to take that next step, receive this free gift of His grace, become a child of God, then just say – you can say it out loud or just say it into your spirit, God will hear you – just say, “Lord Jesus, as best I can, I do believe that You are the Son of God. And I confess the obvious, which is that I am a sinner. And I want to turn from that. And in an attitude of repentance and faith, I want to receive Your free gift of forgiveness and eternal life. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being willing to endure the torture of Good Friday, the torture of the crucifixion, so that we can be reconciled forever. Help me, Jesus, to live the kind of life that You want me to live because from this moment on, I am Yours.”

Closing:

John: Well it’s our sincere hope that you’ve prayed that prayer of salvation right along with our guest, Lee Strobel. And if you did, we’d like to make available to you some follow-up information about what it means to become a Christian. We have a free download for you called, Coming Home: An Invitation to Join God’s Family. And you’ll find that at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Or you can call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY.

Jim: John, I mentioned last time how much I appreciate Lee’s amazing testimony and the great resource he has provided for us in his book, The Case for Christ. I have given so many of those out, and it’s a wonderful book to help someone better understand and wrestle through whether Christ is who He said He was or not. It’s a wonderful tool. To our listeners, I want to recommend that you get a copy for someone you know who has a lot of questions. Or even get a copy just to have it ready for that person that the Lord may bring across your path to give it to. And we would love to send you that complimentary copy of The Case for Christ when you send a financial gift of any amount to Focus on the Family today. It’s our way of saying thank you for helping us get this good news out to individuals and families who really need to hear it. So join us in ministering to others.

John: Go to focusonthefamily.com/broadcast to donate and get Lee’s book, or call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY.

We hope you have a great weekend with your family and a really special Easter Sunday. Plan to join us on Monday, when you’ll hear heartfelt encouragement for moms.

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Jeannie Cunnion: It’s a humbling of, “Okay, I don’t have to be perfect for my kids. I don’t have to be their savior. God called me to be their parent.” And the opportunity for me is to point them to Jesus.

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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.

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.

Cover image of Dr. Randall Schroeder's book "Simple Habits for Effective Parenting"

Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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.

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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

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

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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 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.

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!