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FamilyLife Today®

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Kids & Family
Religion & Spirituality
Society & Culture
Christianity
Personal Journals
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Fun, engaging conversations about what it takes to build stronger, healthier marriage and family relationships. Join hosts Dave and Ann Wilson with FamilyLife Today® veteran cohost Bob Lepine for new episodes every weekday.

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Fun, engaging conversations about what it takes to build stronger, healthier marriage and family relationships. Join hosts Dave and Ann Wilson with FamilyLife Today® veteran cohost Bob Lepine for new episodes every weekday.

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670 Ratings
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Practical

By K carrots - Sep 13 2019
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They're not afraid to tackle hard subjects!

God is Faithful

By jogginmomma2018 - Mar 08 2019
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I am so excited that God is continuing to build on the legacy of Family Life, welcome Dave and Ann!

iTunes Ratings

670 Ratings
Average Ratings
575
42
20
17
16

Practical

By K carrots - Sep 13 2019
Read more
They're not afraid to tackle hard subjects!

God is Faithful

By jogginmomma2018 - Mar 08 2019
Read more
I am so excited that God is continuing to build on the legacy of Family Life, welcome Dave and Ann!
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FamilyLife Today®

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Fun, engaging conversations about what it takes to build stronger, healthier marriage and family relationships. Join hosts Dave and Ann Wilson with FamilyLife Today® veteran cohost Bob Lepine for new episodes every weekday.

Rank #1: Finding Your Identity in Christ

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Author Jackie Hill Perry, a wife and mother of two, talks about her former life as a practicing homosexual. Perry reminds us that homosexuality is a verb, not a noun, and that ultimately we are all sinners saved by grace, each bearing the image of a living God. The devil and the flesh will tell you that because you are tempted you aren't a believer, but even Jesus was tempted. The question isn't why you're tempted, but when. We have to be honest about our sin, and bring it into the light. Perry advises parents on what to do if their child is gay.

Show Notes and Resources

(VIDEO) Jackie Hill Perry "What Is a Woman?"
(VIDEO) Jackie Hill Perry "Tell Me the Good News"
Download the Stronger Forever ebook and enter for a chance to go on the FamilyLife's Love Like You Mean It® cruise.  https://www.familylife.com/stronger

Jul 04 2019
28 mins
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Rank #2: What is Holy Sexuality?

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Christopher Yuan delves into the meaning of holy sexuality as prescribed in the Scriptures: chastity in singleness or faithfulness in marriage. Yuan explains chastity is more than just abstinence. It's about holiness and wholeness. While faithfulness includes being faithful emotionally and physically, there's more to that, too. Hear Yuan explain how Christians find their identity in Christ, not sex.
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LISTEN: Christopher Yuan and his mother, Angela, talk about the way God slowly and patiently drew Christopher to Jesus Christ.

Apr 01 2019
27 mins
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Rank #3: When Your Identity is in Christ

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Author Christopher Yuan, who was an agnostic gay man before believing in Jesus, talks freely about his identity as a Christian. Yuan explains that when he lived as a gay man, being gay wasn't what he did but who he was, or so he thought. Realizing he's in Christ and bears God's image gave him a new identity as a Christ follower.
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LISTEN: Christopher Yuan and his mother, Angela, talk about the way God slowly and patiently drew Christopher to Jesus Christ.

Apr 02 2019
31 mins
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Rank #4: His Porn, My Pride, Our Problem

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He used porn, she used "helpful" words; both behaviors contributed to a marriage on the rocks. Meg Miller tells her story to Kim Anthony.

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NEW PODCAST Unfavorable Odds with Kim Anthony
FamilyLife launches a new Podcast Network
Benefit of the Debt: How My Husband's Porn Problem Ruined Saved Our Marriage by Meg Miller
Learn more about Meg S. Miller at www.benefitofthedebt.com.

Apr 18 2019
29 mins
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Rank #5: Love’s Pursuit

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Jackie Hill Perry, author of "Gay Girl, Good God," remembers the first time her friendship with another girl became sexual and what she enjoyed about her homosexual identity. Despite her gay lifestyle, Perry sensed that God was actively pursuing her. In 2008, Jackie felt God speaking to her heart. For the first time, she saw all her sin rightly and believed that the wages of sin really was death. She knew she couldn't stop sinning on her own, but she knew God could help her. From that point on, Perry tells how her life slowly began to change.

Show Notes and Resources

Download the Stronger Forever ebook and enter for a chance to go on the FamilyLife's Love Like You Mean It® cruise.  https://www.familylife.com/stronger

Jul 03 2019
29 mins
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Rank #6: Dating With Purpose

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Author Marshall Segal explains what it means to live and date with purpose. Segal, who is a husband and father now, reflects on his single years and the lessons he learned while pursuing love and marriage. Admittedly, he jumped into the dating game way too early, stayed in relationships way too long, and crossed a few boundaries sexually. Eventually he learned how to do it right. Segal takes a moment to coach parents whose teens are eager to date.

Show Notes and Resources

The book Not Yet Married by Marshall Segal who is a writer and managing editor for desiringgod.org.
FamilyLife Articles on Choosing a Spouse.
Resources for couples who are dating, engaged or newly married.
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, what we call a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.

Apr 15 2019
36 mins
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Rank #7: Why Are We Doing This?

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Shelly Wildman, author of the book, "First Ask Why," talks about the guiding parenting principles she used to help her focus on the most important things. Wildman and her husband wanted to parent their three girls well, but they also wanted to know why they were doing what they were doing. For Wildman, that meant not just raising her kids to pursue the American dream, but to live lives on purpose and for God. Wildman explains God's purpose for the family.
Show Notes and Resources

Download the Family Values Exercise, a tool to help you prepare today for the decisions and transitions that will affect the next stage of your family’s life. https://www.familylife.com/values-exercise/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Sep 04 2019
25 mins
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Rank #8: A Christ-Centered Marriage

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Pastor Rob Green, author of the book, "Tying the Knot," talks about the goal of premarital counseling: to help engaged couples see what marriage looks like when Jesus is at the center. When counseling, Green talks about red flags, like being spiritually mismatched, pornography, and relational baggage (like past abuse or a child from a previous relationship). A man or woman has to ask themselves whether or not they will extend grace to their intended and bear their burden. Green also talks about the green lights: a firm faith and dependence on Christ, a willingness to continually learn about one another, and involvement in a local church.

Sep 03 2019
28 mins
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Rank #9: Where to Go to School

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Author Shelly Wildman, a mom to three grown children, joins Dave and Ann Wilson to talk about school choice. Wildman explains why she and her husband picked public education. Aside from other benefits, they liked the missional aspect of public school and thought it would be a great way for their family to get to know their neighbors.
Show Notes and Resources

Download the Family Values Exercise, a tool to help you prepare today for the decisions and transitions that will affect the next stage of your family’s life. https://www.familylife.com/values-exercise/
Has the FamilyLife Today® podcast and resources helped you?  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Sep 06 2019
27 mins
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Rank #10: How to Make a Marriage Work

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So many people marry for what they are going to get out of the marriage, rather than for what they are going to give as they supernaturally lay down their life for the other person. Author Chip Ingram explains the difference between a marriage covenant and a marriage contract, and talks about the biblical definition of love vs. the culture's idea of love. Ingram reminds us that conflicts and challenges are normal in any marriage, but they don't have to break up the union.

May 30 2019
26 mins
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Rank #11: Resurrecting a Marriage

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Marvin and Linda Rooks had a great marriage, until they didn't. As pressures mounted and responsibilities grew, they found themselves emotionally distant and Marvin eventually moved out. The Rookses talk honestly about their three-year separation and fondly remember the circumstances that finally brought them together again.

Show Notes and Resources

Download the Stronger Forever ebook and enter for a chance to go on the FamilyLife's Love Like You Mean It® cruise.  https://www.familylife.com/stronger
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jul 31 2019
25 mins
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Rank #12: How Did I Get Here?

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Licensed mental health counselor Jay Stringer talks about sexual brokenness and our culture's growing obsession with sex. A crisis, like the threat of divorce or the loss of a job, often drives people to seek help when their behavior is exposed, but often what they are taught is merely lust management--how to bounce your eyes, or avoid tempting situations--which doesn't get to the root issue. There is nothing random about a person's unique brand of sexual brokenness, and it's a counselor's job to uncover where that attraction comes from, and how to deal with it.
Show Notes and Resources

Journey into the Heart of Man Journey with Jay Stringer, a guided journey for men and women out of unwanted sexual behavior. https://www.heartofmanjourney.com/
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife.  https://www.familylife.com/legacy

May 15 2019
33 mins
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Rank #13: A Deliberate Rebellion

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Writer and poet Jackie Hill Perry reflects on her youth and the circumstances that influenced her to consciously rebel against her upbringing and her God. Perry was 17 when she first decided to act on her feelings and experience homosexual relationships. After "coming out" to her mother, Perry couldn't shake the feeling that God was relentlessly pursuing her. Now a born-again Christian, wife, and a mother of two, Perry tells how God is renewing her mind and her marriage.
Show Notes and Resources

Download the Stronger Forever ebook and enter for a chance to go on the FamilyLife's Love Like You Mean It® cruise.  https://www.familylife.com/stronger

Jul 02 2019
26 mins
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Rank #14: Three Little Words We All Need to Hear

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Are you struggling and want to give up? Don't do it! Best-selling author and pastor Kyle Idleman is convinced that what most people need to hear are the words, "Don't give up." While many believe what they need is comfort, what they really need is courage, and there's a big difference. Our self-talk must always be rooted in Christ. Time and again in Scripture we see believers persevering in the face of trials, and Idleman reminds us that we can too.

Aug 12 2019
28 mins
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Rank #15: What Your Boy Needs Most

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Author Monica Swanson, a mother to four sons, remembers how overwhelmed she felt when her boys were young. Exhausted by the pressure to parent perfectly and sure that her son's assertiveness and risk-taking must be a sign of a deeper problem, she arrived at the doctor's office only to be told, "He's a boy." After that, Swanson tells how she vowed to become a purposeful, prayerful mom intent on raising future men. Swanson gives her best tips for raising boys while keeping your sanity.

Show Notes and Resources

Read "When Your Kid Argues about Everything (5 tips)" by Monica Swanson (7 min. read):  https://monicaswanson.com/when-your-kid-argues-about-everything-5-tips/
Download the Stronger Forever ebook and enter for a chance to go on the FamilyLife's Love Like You Mean It® cruise.  https://www.familylife.com/stronger
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Aug 19 2019
27 mins
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Rank #16: Facing the Triggers

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Once frustrated moms, Amber Lia and Wendy Speake talk honestly about triggers that used to set them on edge. For Speake, it was a messy house. She realized that what she really needed, rather than a spotless home, was self-control. Together Lia and Speake share that triggers--whether messiness or a child's immaturity--are really opportunities, and moms must remind themselves that they don't have to get angry. They can abide with Christ and gain His peace no matter the circumstances.

Jun 11 2019
28 mins
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Rank #17: The Drift

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Marvin and Linda Rooks are living proof that it is possible to reconcile and build a marriage that is even better than before. The Rooks' first six years of marriage were heaven and nearly perfect. After the children arrived, conflict that should've been faced and resolved was swept under the rug. Bitterness took root, and they grew apart. Marvin focused on his career at the law firm. The Rookses tell how isolation began to take its toll.

Show Notes and Resources

Check out FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways.  https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember/
Download the Stronger Forever ebook and enter for a chance to go on the FamilyLife's Love Like You Mean It® cruise.  https://www.familylife.com/stronger
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jul 29 2019
27 mins
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Rank #18: The Whole Truth About Sex

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What message are we giving our kids about sex? Siblings Jessica Thompson and Joel Fitzpatrick felt like they got the message loud and clear that "sex before marriage was bad." Now parents themselves, they wanted to build a better view of sexuality for their children. Inside of just saying "NO," they want their kids to understand their identity in Christ. Together they share how they do that.

Show Notes and Resources

Mom, Dad...What's Sex? by Jessica Thompson and Joel Fitzpatrick
FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™ video series
FamilyLife has developed Passport2Purity® to assist you in building heart-to-heart communication with your preteen while laying a foundation of purity that will prepare them for the turbulent years ahead.

Apr 10 2019
27 mins
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Rank #19: Throw Off the Weight

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Pastor Kyle Idleman, author of the book, "Don't Give Up," based on Hebrews 12, talks about the value of persevering under trial. So many people are ready to give up, but Idleman encourages the fainthearted to replace the lies they believe with the promises of God.

Show Notes and Resources

Kyle Idleman's sermons on dealing with anxiety.  https://www.southeastchristian.org/sermons/on-edge

Aug 13 2019
27 mins
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Rank #20: Test You and Teach God’s Love

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Sexual intimacy is just that, intimate, and that makes discussing the topic difficult. But Christians must push past our personal discomfort if we are to have any hope of conveying a Christ-honoring vision of biblical sexuality to our children.

Show Notes and Resources

Love Like You Mean It® Cruise 2020.  https://www.lovelikeyoumeanitcruise.com/
Learn more about becoming a Legacy Partner, a monthly supporter of FamilyLife. https://www.familylife.com/legacy

Jun 18 2019
26 mins
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