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Why Liberty Requires Responsibility

Why Liberty Requires Responsibility

Pastor Andy Stanley explains why Americans must exercise moral values in order for the Constitution to work properly, and why dependence on the implementation of more laws won't fix our nation's problems.

Original Air Date: July 4, 2016

Opening:

John Fuller: On today’s “Focus on the Family” with Jim Daly, we have pastor Andy Stanley, providing insight about the intent of the authors of our Bill of Rights.

Teaser:

Pastor Andy Stanley: We are all accountable to God for how we exercise our individual rights. They believed that we as individuals and as a nation were accountable to God for how we exercised our individual rights.

End of Teaser

Jim Daly: As we commemorate the 4th of July today, we’re gonna take a fascinating look at our how individual rights need to be coupled with a high degree of personal responsibility in order for our system of government to work properly. Andy Stanley has a lot to say, so we’re gonna dive into his message after he had listed many of the items in the Bill of Rights, such as the freedom of speech and the freedom to assemble, the freedom to bear arms, the right of due process and a jury of your peers and also, freedom from illegal search and search and cruel and unusual punishment. He’s already covered that.

John: Well, and we’re gonna begin the audio as he explains the critical 9th amendment and here now is Andy Stanley of North Point Ministries on today’s “Focus on the Family.”

Body:

Andy Stanley: Now the guys, the group that wrote the Bill of Rights and wrote our Constitution, they were so smart. They knew that as times change, the Bill of Rights and the specifics of the Bill of Rights would need to be adjusted. So, they came up with the Ninth Amendment.

They that eventually future generations may look at the Bill of Rights and say, “Oh, these are the only things that U.S. citizens have individual freedom regarding. So, they came up with the Ninth Amendment to say, hey, there may be other things in United States of America. There are other individual rights that go beyond what’s listed.

And so, here’s what the Ninth Amendment says. It says, the enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights–the ones we just talked about—shall not be construed to deny or disparage other—talkin’ about other rights—retained by the people. So, that’s just a lot of gobbledygook language to say, “Hey, we’re not listing all the individual rights in these amendments. We’re just listing some specific ones, but there are other ones that go beyond the ones that are listed. Isn’t this fascinating?

So, anyway, if we were to rewrite the Ninth Amendment in our 21st Century vernacular, it would’ve, you know, write it the way that we express it as we think about our individual rights, here’s what it might look like. We would write it this way.

That we have the right to do what I want, when I want, with whom I want, as long as it doesn’t interfere with anyone else’s amendedninth amendment rights, because that’s how we think as Americans. I’m an American. I can do what I want. I have a right. I have a right. I have a right. And next time somebody, you know, says, “Hey, you don’t have a right,” you just declare the Ninth Amendment. They’ll go, “What’s the Ninth Amendment?” The Ninth Amendment gives me all the rights that the other amendments didn’t mention specifically.

Now, here the problem. Every parent knows this. Every parent knows this. If you give someone rights, but you don’t couple those rights with responsibility, things go horribly wrong. Did anyone ever have the car keys taken away from you when you were a teenager livin’ at home? Anybody?Like, why are you so shy? It’s like being proud, so I’m taken away. Yeah. (Laughter) And so what happened? You’re old enough to drive. The government gave you a license. Dad said or mom said, “Okay, here’s the keys to the car.

And then you came in late or you came in with, you know, a tire not exactly right or it wasn’t even the right tire. Where’d you even get that tire?” You know, whatever your deal, something was dented or bumped or you didn’t do somethin’ else at home. And what did they do? They said, “You’ve had the right to drive the car, but we’re removing the right because if you’re irresponsible, we remove the right.”

Because every parent knows with rights come responsibilities. In other words, individual rights must be coupled with individual responsibility or things go bad.

In a nation where there are rights without responsibility, it results in anarchy, that liberty without responsibility actually undermines liberty, that liberty, as we’re gonna see, can gobble up liberty. That if everybody demands their individual rights with no consideration for other people and without taking responsibility for the outcome of their liberty, ultimately everybody loses their liberty.

Which brings us to a really important question and I’m sure you’re way ahead of me. So, why is there no Bill of Responsibility? Why are there Bill of Rights in the Constitution, but there’s no Bill of Responsibility? And here’s why. Because the authors of the Bill of Rights assumed—this is so important—they assumed moral guardrails that would provide an, sort of an impetus for personal responsibility.

They assumed there were these moral ethical guardrails that everybody understood and that everybody would stay between the guardrails, so they didn’t really need to expound on “be responsible,” because they just assumed a level of responsibility among the people of America and this made perfect sense, because there was a bit of a foxhole mentality. They had just come through the Revolutionary War. :”We’re no longer English”, you know. We are Americans. There was a value system that was throughout the colonies.

They weren’t all Christians, but they all pretty much believed in God in this. They defined God as God of the Old or the New Testaments, so there was synergy around a moral code, an understanding of what it meant to take care of your neighbor. And in those days, you had to take care of your neighbor, because if you didn’t take care of your neighbor, your neighbor wasn’t gonna take care of you.

This is throughout the literature of that Colonial period and that, you know, the period of the war and following it, during the time of the writing of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The most famous example of this, the one that we all studied in school is actually in the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence.

And here it is again. You know, you heard it or read it 1,000 times, but listen to the significance of these words and look for the way they tied the divine to the personal. Here’s what they wrote. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” It’s like, right; I mean, everybody knows that or do we have to write this, that all men are created [equal]? I mean, now, how else would we get here? Everybody’s created. We got that.

“That they are endowed by their Creator,” here we go, “with certain unalienable rights.” So, where does your individual right come from? They would say, “Well, your individual rights came from God, that we don’t have rights because the government gives us rights. We have rights because God gave us rights. These rights actually came from God.

“That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” There was an assumed connection between God and rights, that God, not government, was the One that bestowed upon American citizens these individual rights, which meant that we are all, that we are all accountable to God—don’t miss this—we are all accountable to God for how we exercise our individual rights . They believed that we as individuals and as a nation were accountable to God for how we exercised our individual rights.

Now John Adams and I picked John Adams because John Adams was against slavery and John Adams apparently never owned a slave. John Adams was the second President of the United States, vice president for George Washington a couple of terms, wrote so much stuff. Here’s what John Adams wrote. Think about the significance of these words.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.” Our Constitution was written, made, created only for people who are moral; that is, they believe there is a moral sense of right and wrong that stood outside of their personal understanding of right and wrong, a moral and religious people. In other words, this Constitution was written with the assumption of morals and religion.

Listen to the second half. “It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” In other words, if there is no sense of morality that stands outside a human being and if there’s no sense of divine accountability, this experiment in freedom will fail. If we simply give people individual rights, but there’s no sense of individual accountability to God, this experiment in freedom will fail.

Liberty will devour liberty. Eventually my rights will compete with your rights. And when my rights compete with your rights, who’s to say who’s right? When rights collide, the courts are gonna decide. It means that suddenly, our government must create law, after law, after law, after law, after law, after law, to address every single possible eventuality.

Do you know why we have so many laws? Because the laws have to cover every single eventuality, because American citizens are constantly looking for loopholes. “Aha! That one’s not covered. I’m free.” “Aha! You didn’t say it exactly right. You gotta let me go.” “Aha!” “Aha!” “Aha!” And any culture where everybody’s looking for a loophole, because their only accountability is to government and to written law, ultimately the courts have to decide.

Now here’s the problem with law. The law represents for the most part, the law represents the minimum requirement. The law answers the question, how low can I go? (Laughter) Okay, how fast can I drive without gettin’ pulled over? In other words, where is the line, where is the limit?

And what happens is, when there’s only law and there’s no sense of accountability, divine accountability, personally or nationally or corporately, we go as low as we can possible go, because after all, we want to know exactly where the line is. How far can I go without being arrested? How far can I go without being imprisoned?

The law doesn’t inspire greatness. The law can’t inspire excellence and the law can’t inspire or create virtue. It can only answer the question, how low can you go? Traffic laws are important, but traffic laws do not create courteous drivers. Tax laws cannot make you generous or financially responsible. Civil laws don’t make you civil. Neighborhood association standards don’t make you a good neighbor, right? The laws are powerless. Laws are powerless to inspire.

As a result, here’s where we are. We have individual rights regulated by law. Individual rights, free to do whatever you want, say what you want, you know, sleep with who you want, run around with who you want, do what you want. You know, protest a soldier’s funeral, heckle the President’s speech. I mean, we’ve got all kinds of, you know, incredible laws.

But this is what I don’t want you to miss. This is a recipe. This is a recipe for you and for me to be as selfish as we can legally be. And in this system, rights become nothing more, rights become nothing more than an exercise of power. And at the end of the day, the culture we are finding ourselves is simply this. The rich will always rule the poor. Women will continue to become more and more of a commodity. Children will always be the victims. If it’s legal, it’s moral. If it’s legal, it’s moral. If it’s legal, it’s moral.

Law informs conscience. Well, how do I know how bad I’m supposed to feel about somethin’? Well, what does the law say? And everybody looks for a loophole. Pretty sad, isn’t it?

And here’s the zinger and maybe you would be surprised to hear me say this. Maybe you disagree and I hope I’m wrong, but I am convinced, like many of you are, that our legal system is permanently, our legal system is permanently decoupled from a sense of divine and moral absolutes as a nation.

But there is hope and the hope is you. The hope is about 60 to 70 percent of the citizens of the United States of America consider themselves to be some kind of Christian. And our conduct, our conduct as Christians has more potential to bring about more change than any candidate we elect or any law that we have passed, because all the law’s gonna do is define more clearly how low we can go and all our candidates and all of our government leaders, all they can do is enforce the law.

The behavior of Christians in this nation has more potential to take us back to a place where we’re not simply relegated by law with no sense of divine accountability. The only hope for our nation, it’s not who we elect, although you need to vote. It’s not the laws that are passed, although you need to pay attention.

Ultimately, it is the behavior of the people and there are enough Christians in this land to take us back to a happier place, in spite of who gets elected and in spite of which party that you’re a part of and let me prove to you why I know that to be the case.

Program Note:

John: Well, that’s Pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Ministries on this 4th of July edition of “Focus on the Family.” And you’ll hear in a few moments how you and I can make our country a better place to live starting today.

Now we’re offering a free audio download of this inspirational message so you can listen again and pass it along. You’ll find that at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio. Let’s return now to Pastor Andy Stanley on today’s “Focus on the Family.”

End of Program Note

Andy: Two thousand years ago, the Apostle Paul,who wrote letters that became part of the New Testament, these valuable, valuable letters. We call ’em books of the Bible, but they’re not really books. They’re ancient letters.

And in one of these letters, he’s writing to Gentiles and there was some confusion about their relationship to the Old Testament. And they were being taught by some people, “Hey, you gotta do the entire Old Testament. You gotta keep the entire Old Testament law, you know, the dietary laws, and what you wear, you know, where you go, Sabbath, all this stuff.

So, he’s writing them a letter explaining to them, no, no, no, no, no, no. Now that you are Christians and you’re Jesus followers, you are not under the Old Testament law; you’re under a different law. You’re to approach life in a different way. And so, in making his case, he gives us direction as Christians as to how we should respond—don’t miss this—how we should respond to our personal freedom. When all of a sudden we realize, I’m free; I’m free; I’m free.

Do you remember, guys, the first time you got in your mama’s car and nobody was with you and you had just gotten your driver’s license? Does anybody else remember this? And you looked at the speedometer and the speedometer went up to 120. (Laughter) You’re thinkin’, “I wonder.” You know, so there I am in my mom’s four-door beige Catalina with a 454, four barrel, barreling down 285, really watchin’ the speedometer more, ’cause baby, I’m free. Nobody in the car with me. I can do whatever I want.

Well, that’s what we all do with freedom. As soon as we’re free, our natural inclination is to use those freedoms for personal advancement or personal benefit. And the Apostle Paul comes along and say, “Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.” You’re Christians. You have been given a stewardship of freedom and as Christians, it is so important how you respond to your freedom.

And in this little piece of this letter, he says, “You, my brother and sisters,” talkin’ to the Christians in Galatia, “you my brothers and sisters were called to be free.” And then here’s the command. “But do not use your freedom,” your stewardship of freedom, “to indulge the flesh.” Because He knows me and He knows you. Two thousand years later, He knows what you’re up to. He knows that when everybody’s away and you can watch anything you want to on television, you go as low as you can possibly go. When nobody’s lookin’ you do the kinds of things that you only do when nobody’s looking.

But you’re Jesus followers. You’re Christians. Do not leverage your freedom for your personal benefit to the neglect of what God has called you to do.” Don’t ask the question, what can I get by with? Don’t ask the question, how low can I go?

Instead, he says, “Instead, instead, do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh. Rather serve one another humbly in love.” And here’s the thought. No one can make you do that. There is no law that can force you to serve another person. The law will not inspire you to serve another person. The law will simply draw a line on how selfish you can be. And Paul says, “Look, God has called us to leverage our freedom and to use our freedom to do something for other people.” You have a right not to, but you have the opportunity to.

And then, he takes us to one of the most common and well-known phrases in all of the Bible. He says, “For the entire law, the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command, love your neighbor as yourself.” Love your neighbor as yourself.

Just, when you get up in the morning and you think about how free you are and can say whatever I want, do whatever I want, assemble wherever I want, use my money any way I want. I am free. I’m gonna leverage my freedom to love my neighbor as myself. I’m gonna do unto others all day long, as I would have others do unto me.

I’m gonna treat my wife the way that one day I hope my daughter’s husband treats her. I’m gonna treat the people I work with the way I wish I had been treated when I worked at that other company. I am gonna look at everybody in my life through the lens of, “how would I want to be treated?” and I’m just gonna do that.

Imagine one single day in America where everybody did that. Do you know what? This is why Paul is so brilliant. If everybody did that, there would almost be no need for any of our laws, because when a nation looks up and asks the question, “How good can I be?” all the detail, all the fine print becomes irrelevant. Because when I leverage and you leverage your freedom for the sake of the other people around you, the world becomes instantly a better place.

The policemen, all they had to do all day long is direct traffic and it’d be so frustrating. It’s like, Come on, come on, come on.” “No, I’m waitin’ for them.” “Come on.” “No, I want them to go first. You first; you first; you first.” “No, you first.” (Laughter) The policeman’s like, “Come on.” It’s like “Sure, look, there’s a mile of traffic.” “I know, but I just don’t want to be first.” (Laughter)

“Well, now here’s an apple, sir. I got an apple for you. I thought about you this morning, ’cause I knew you were gonna be about here directin’ traffic, ’cause everybody’s lettin’ everybody else go first, you know.” [You] may say, “Andy, that’s silly.” No, listen. That is basic Christianity.

The Apostle Paul, look up here, 2,000 years ago, 2,000 years ago he looks into the future and he says, “Hey, 21st Century American church, if you don’t get this right, let me tell you what’s going to happen. “If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” If you bite and devour each other, “That’s mine.” “Well, that’s mine.” “Well, I was here first.” “Well, that’s my right.” “Well, you know the law says. I’m getting’ an attorney.” “Well, I’m gonna get an attorney. I’m getting’ two attorneys.” You know, you know, sue early and sue often; sue early and sue often. You know, that’s kind of our whole thing, right?

Americans are America’s biggest problem, not people from the outside, because we undermine our own liberty when we leverage our liberty for us alone. As long as it’s my individual Bill of Rights and my rights crush your rights, at the end of the day, at end of the day, we undermine this experiment in freedom and this experiment in liberty.

And here’s the thing. We have more rights than any other nation on the planet and we have more rights than any other nation that’s ever been on the planet. And apart from a moral compass, those rights will become our undoing. We will devour ourselves in our quest to be free as individuals.

But the church and only the church can turn that around, not by becoming a unified voting bloc, [but] by becoming a unified obedient block, where we wake up every single day and decide, “I am going to leverage my freedom for the sake of protecting your freedom, rather than simply exercising my own.” Imagine a day like that in America.

I’m gonna give you four little statements that are applications. These aren’t specific. I’m just tryin’ to get your mind going. What does that look like? It looks like this. You decide, I’m gonna do what’s just, not what you can justify. I’m not gonna ask how low can I go or what can I get by with? I’m gonna ask, how high can I reach and how can I help? How high can I reach and how can I help? I would like for all of us to say, because some of you haven’t said this in so long, okay. I want us to say together, “How can I help?” Ready?

Andy and Audience: How can I help?

Andy: If you would like for everyone that you work with at work to pass out, just walk into tomorrow and say, “How can I help?” “Oh, I don’t do that around here. See around here, I help myself and you help yourself and I try to help myself to some of what you’re helping yourself to, but we don’t help each other.”

Now you just walk in tomorrow and say, “Hey, hey, how can I help? How can I help? Husbands I’m tellin’ you, you have to make sure your wife’s layin’ down. “Honey, how can I help?” (Laughter) It’s like, who are you? Someone stole my husband’s body.

And our heavenly Father says, “Look, I look down on a sin-sick world and I ask the question, “What can I do to help?” And the only way to help them was to send them a Savior. It cost Me My Son. The least you can do is to turn to one another. I’m not askin’ you to die for anybody. I’m just askin’ you to ask the question, ‘What can I do to help?’”

Because it’s not just about what I can justify. I want to do what’s just, do what’s responsible, not simply what’s permissible. Do what’s responsible, not what can you get by with, not what can I get by with? But what’s the most responsible thing? Now look up here. If you are not willing to take responsibility for the potential outcome of a decision, don’t do it.

Somebody has to become responsible for your irresponsibility. I mean, how many years are we gonna talk about the debt of this country and the thing, you know. We call it kickin’ the can down the [road]; kickin’ the can, kickin’ the can, kickin’ the can.

Look, here’s the deal. We as a generation are having to take responsibility for a previous generation’s irresponsibility. So, let’s just stop with that and decide as Christians, we don’t do that. You’re not gonna hear me say, “that’s my right.” You’re gonna hear me say, “that’s my responsibility. That’s my responsibility.” Now I know you’ve never said that out loud, so let’s just practice that one, too. Ready?

Andy and Audience: That’s–

Audience: –my responsibility.

Andy: Yeah, try that one at work. Ah, I’m not gonna do it. That’s my responsibility. I own that. Well, we don’t do that here. We argue and we get attorneys. No, no, I’m just gonna own it. That’s my responsibility.

Third, do what’s moral, not what’s modeled. Come on! Listen, listen. At some point, a generation has to stand up and say, “Hey, it doesn’t matter how low we can go. It doesn’t matter if it’s illegal. We are going to embrace; there’s gonna be a consensus of morality and we’re gonna do this for other people’s sake and for the next generation’s sake. We are done taking our moral cue from the people around us.”

You do what’s moral, not what’s modeled, because in your community, whatever your community is, and in the world in which you live, you are already seeing, you are already paying for a culture that has said, “I can do what I want, with whom I want, when I want, as long as it’s legal and there are no consequences.” There are consequences. You are part of a community and it costs all of us and ultimately, it undermines all our freedom.

And if you are a following of Jesus, the sexual ethic of the New Testament is so clear. You honor God with your body. You don’t sexualize a relationship outside of marriage and you don’t allow yourself to be imprisoned or mastered by anything. And you’re a better person and your community’s a better place and suddenly, we become the models, instead of modeling ourselves after culture around us. Come on. Simple.

And the last one and this is sort of the catchall, it’s just honor God. It isn’t complicated. Honor God. What does that mean? It means, every time you make a decision, you ask what would be most honoring to God

And you know what’s interesting? Regardless of how much you know the Bible, regardless of whether or not you grew up in church, you know the answer to this question intuitively. It is self-evident. And this question points us back to the Founders’ belief that individual rights assume individual accountability to God.

I love the Bill of Rights. I love the fact that we’re a nation of law. We can do better and we must choose to do better and God has called those of us who are His children to do much better, because we have been called. We have been commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Let’s make good use of what has been given, given, given to us as Americans. Thanks for bein’ here. God bless you.

Audience: (Applause)

Closing:

John: What an inspirational vision of America from Pastor Andy Stanley on this special 4th of July edition of “Focus on the Family.” And what hope this message gives for our nation.

Jim: It is a hopeful message, John and if we can all just work on Andy’s last point there, to honor God in everything we do, our nation would be a great place to live and to raise our families again. And in fact, I think this message is so important, I’d like to offer it as a free download. And here’s the promise you gotta make me. Just share it with a friend or a family member and we would be glad to do that.

John: You can get the download at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio and if for whatever reason you have trouble with that, we’ve made it pretty easy, but if you have trouble, go ahead and give us a call tomorrow. Our offices are closed today to celebrate Independence Day, but tomorrow we can walk you through the process.

Jim: Well, and let me just remind our listeners that here at Focus on the Family, we are working hard every day to provide hope and help for your family and thousands of others. And I just need to say it. If you can help us today to overcome a summer shortfall, your gift will be matched by generous friends to the ministry here. Please donate online today or call us tomorrow. Our operators will be here and let me just say thank you ahead of time for helping us help those who are in need.

John: Yeah, we’re listener supported and we need your generosity right now in a special way. So, please go to www.focusonthefamily.com/radio and contribute generous and get that free download of today’s program.

Our program was provided by Focus on the Family and on behalf of Jim Daly, I’m John Fuller, inviting you back tomorrow. You’ll hear from the parents of two members of the very popular band, Switchfoot.

Excerpt:

Mark Foreman: When you raise a teenager, particularly with the breaks on and say, “Stay away from that,” “Don’t do that.” “Don’t go there,” “It’s not attractive to a teenager. The teenager wants to know when do we get to play? When do we get to do this thing that you talked about, going out into the world?”

End of Excerpt

John: You’ll hear how you can raise kids that are in the world, but not of the world, on the next “Focus on the Family” with Jim Daly, as we once again, help your family thrive.

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

As an abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Patti Giebink believed she was helping women. Later, she began reading scripture and God gradually changed her heart on the abortion issue. Patti tells the story of her long journey from abortion doctor to pro-life and encourages listeners to share the message of life with compassion.

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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!

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