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The Family First Podcast

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The Family First Podcast is the podcast dedicated to providing truth-filled marriage and parenting advice that helps you love your family and others well.

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The Family First Podcast is the podcast dedicated to providing truth-filled marriage and parenting advice that helps you love your family and others well.

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58 Ratings
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Great Podcast!

By Don in Carolina - Feb 25 2014
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Excellent podcast with valuable strategies and Biblical truth for husbands and wives.

jeffrey shears phd

By dadsknow - Feb 12 2014
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Great and practical information on family matters that fathers need to hear. I am tuned in Mark.

iTunes Ratings

58 Ratings
Average Ratings
48
5
2
3
0

Great Podcast!

By Don in Carolina - Feb 25 2014
Read more
Excellent podcast with valuable strategies and Biblical truth for husbands and wives.

jeffrey shears phd

By dadsknow - Feb 12 2014
Read more
Great and practical information on family matters that fathers need to hear. I am tuned in Mark.
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The Family First Podcast

Updated 9 days ago

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The Family First Podcast is the podcast dedicated to providing truth-filled marriage and parenting advice that helps you love your family and others well.

Rank #1: #060: 12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid (Podcast)

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As parents, we are deeply committed to raising our kids well. This means loving them well, caring for them well, providing for them well, and teaching them well. But, unfortunately, no parent is perfect. We all mess up—probably more often than we’d like. So how can we work to avoid some of the bigger parenting mistakes? Well, on today’s show, best-selling author of more than 25 books—Tim Elmore—is going to share some wisdom with us from his new book 12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid.

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Mar 17 2015
23 mins
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Rank #2: #111: 6 Things That Keep Couples Connected (Podcast)

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Every husband and wife want to feel connected with one another…but sometimes busyness, the daily grind, stress and strain can get in the way and cause a feeling of NOT being connected…and when that happens, “marriage drift” sometimes occurs and you drift farther and farther apart without even knowing it.

The key to staying connected is to be intentional. 6 things you can be intentional about…

If your marriage is good, these six things can help you grow closer. If your marriage is so-so or even worse, they could help you give it a push in the right direction towards bonding time with your spouse. It’s important to stay connected as a couple and Susan and have learned these 6 things in our 27 years of marriage…

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Jun 14 2016
18 mins
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Rank #3: #075: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters with Meg Meeker (Podcast – Part 1)

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A man will face many challenges in his lifetime. But one of his biggest challenges will be building a strong relationship with his daughter. With more and more research revealing the incredible influence a dad has over his little girl, the time to build that relationship is now.

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Jul 21 2015
22 mins
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Rank #4: #93: How to Break Your Child’s Sense of Entitlement (Podcast)

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Does your child believe they deserve certain things? That they are entitled? An entitlement is something that is granted to someone without them having to earn it. It is given without any effort. It is a right. And unfortunately, our culture is encouraging our children to pursue this sense of entitlement.

But with Thanksgiving right around the corner, it seems fitting to discuss how to replace our children's sense of entitlement with a spirit of thankfulness. Well, on today's podcast, my wife, Susan, and I will be sharing how to break your child's sense of entitlement.

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Nov 24 2015
24 mins
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Rank #5: #114: 4 Secrets You Must Know About Your Spouse (Podcast)

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For many years, our family went to the lake house of our close friends. We always did a lot of water skiing there. My parents were part of a water ski show when they were young and I inherited their love for the sport. When it was my turn to ski, I always wanted Susan to go.

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Aug 09 2016
14 mins
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Rank #6: #084: 4 Seasons of Marriage with Dennis Rainey (Podcast – Part 2)

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Every year the earth goes through four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. In the same way, our marriages go through different seasons. Some are warm and easy like an April afternoon. Others are as cold and difficult as a December night. So how do we make the most of whatever season of marriage we’re […]

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Sep 22 2015
27 mins
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Rank #7: #137: 10 Questions to Ask Your Spouse Every Year

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Good conversations lead to connection and intimacy. The best way to facilitate a good conversation is to ask great questions. Whether you feel like you know your spouse well or not, there are questions that will be helpful. The spouse who becomes an expert in the art of asking questions is the spouse who will win their spouse’s heart. Susan and I will be going through ten questions to ask your spouse every year (or more often if you’d like).

The spouse who becomes an expert in the art of asking questions is the spouse who will win their spouse’s heart.

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Here are 10 Questions to Ask Your Spouse Every Year:

1. What are you enjoying most about our relationship right now?

2. What has been your biggest surprise in the last year?

3. Where would you like our relationship to be this time next year?

4. How are you feeling about life in general?

5. What are your dreams for the future?

6. If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

7. How do you think we’re doing financially?

8. What do you want to do this year to improve our health?

9. What is one thing you would change about how our family relates to one another?

10. What is the one thing I give my time to that you think would be better spent somewhere else?

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Jul 25 2017
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Rank #8: #91: Needs of Women Vs Needs of Men (Podcast)

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We've all heard the common phrase: Men are from Mars and women are from Venus. So how can we create successful marriages between two opposite people? Well, it's all about recognizing and understanding the needs of women versus the needs of men.

So on today’s podcast, we’ll be talking with keynote speaker and best-selling author Rick Johnson about the needs of women versus the needs of men based on his most recent book, Romancing Your Better Half.

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Nov 10 2015
23 mins
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Rank #9: #083: 4 Seasons of Marriage with Dennis Rainey (Podcast – Part 1)

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All great things have to start somewhere. And marriage is no exception! The joy, love and intimacy of marriage begin with patience and truth and plenty of hard work. But despite the difficulties, we want the seasons of your marriage to be as smooth and healthy as possible. So on today’s podcast, we’ll be talking through […]

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Sep 15 2015
28 mins
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Rank #10: #066: The Truth about Pornography (Podcast)

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No one is immune to pornography. Everywhere you turn, it’s becoming more and more available. At the same time, men are becoming less and less aware of its harmful nature and its lasting impacts. So how can you live honorably in a sex-driven culture? How can you avoid taking that “second look”? Well, on today’s episode, Kevin Delaney will answer these questions as we discuss the dangers of pornography. Everyone needs to know the truth about porn.

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Apr 28 2015
29 mins
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Rank #11: #076: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters with Meg Meeker (Podcast – Part 2)

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Recently, I had Dr. Meg Meeker in to discuss her book Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know. We discussed 3 secrets, and we had such a great time. So I invited her back to go through three more! A man will face many challenges in his lifetime. But one of his […]

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Jul 28 2015
28 mins
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Rank #12: #069: Every Man’s Battle with Steve Arterburn (Podcast)

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Do you need to win the war on sexual temptation? What do you say to a man who thinks calling it a battle is taking it a bit too far? In reality, pornography is the short-sighted process of self-gratification. And, unbeknownst to the pornography user, they are also funding the sex industry. Therefore, pornography is the […]

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May 19 2015
26 mins
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Rank #13: #110: 5 Bad Behaviors Your Kids Must Conquer (Podcast)

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As parents, we always wonder if we’re doing this thing, called parenting, right…doing everything we should. And what do you do when your child starts exhibiting some bad habits and behaviors at a very young age? Lying, cheating, showing disrespect…

Dealing with those bad habits can take thought and energy that can wear parents out. However, if left unchecked, they can grow into major problems down the line. It is important to engage the problem now in order to save them and us from more intense pain in the future. Here are some bad kid behavior issues that you need to break early.

It’s important to break bad behaviors early so Susan and I will be discussing 5 bad behaviors your kids must conquer on today’s show:

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Jun 07 2016
21 mins
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Rank #14: #074: 4 Common Mistakes Husbands and Wives Make in Marriage (Podcast)

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News flash: No one is perfect. And that means no marriage is perfect either. Every marriage is full of relationship mistakes. Husbands get lazy, break promises, and put their work before their families. Wives say hurtful things, start nagging, and can be disrespectful.

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Jul 14 2015
20 mins
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Rank #15: #106: 4 Ways Parents Discourage Their Kids (Podcast)

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Over the years, Susan and I have learned that all 5 of our children , now all in their 20s, all need one thing and that’s encouragement. We have good intentions and try to help; and, as parents, we may think we’re encouraging our children, but it can actually feel like criticism to them. Sometimes their every desire is to please us and we, in turn, crush their spirit. Susan and I both have made these mistakes so we want to share those with you.

As you try to help your kids be their best, be sure you’re not actually implementing one of these 4 ways of discouraging your kids.

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Apr 12 2016
16 mins
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Rank #16: #065: How to Identify Your Real Marriage Issues (Podcast)

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There’s nothing simple about marriage conflict. It’s messy, it’s moody, and it’s mostly a misunderstanding.  Many couples think they’re arguing about one thing, when they’re actually arguing about something completely and totally different! So how can you get on the same page as your spouse and lessen the amount of conflict in your marriage? On […]

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Apr 21 2015
18 mins
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Rank #17: #96: Restoring Your Marriage Against the Odds (Podcast)

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The difficulties we face in life have the power to break or strengthen our marriage...the choice is up to us. We can choose to harbor resentment and unforgiveness or we can choose to embrace love and restoration. It all comes down to one thing: if we have faith that our marriage is worth fighting for. Luckily, God offers us this faith and works alongside us to restore our marriage no matter how difficult the trial.

Even after experiencing the pain of adultery, failure, and loss, Justin and Trisha Davis made the decision that their marriage was worth fighting for. This husband and wife duo founded RefineUs Ministries---a church movement to build healthy marriages and families. They currently live in Nashville as speakers and teachers. So on today’s podcast, we’ll be talking with this couple about how faith restored their marriage.

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Dec 15 2015
25 mins
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Rank #18: #97 How to Find Joy in the Daily Grind (Podcast)

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Joy: We all want it, but few of us have it. Why? Because every day, people and circumstances overwhelm our lives and steal our joy. Things like fear, anxiety, jealousy, death, loneliness, and illness sneak in. These difficulties consume our thoughts and drain our energy until we're left feeling incapable of joy. But in spite of these setbacks, I believe joy is still possible. And I believe you deserve to find that joy!

So on today’s podcast, my wife, Susan, and I will be sharing 3 ways to find joy in the daily grind.

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Dec 22 2015
15 mins
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Rank #19: #109: How to Overcome Loneliness in Marriage (Podcast)

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Today's topic is one that affects really every marriage if you've been married for any length of time.  It's about loneliness.

As humans, we are not meant to be isolated. We all crave deep and lasting connections with other people. But we know it’s possible to feel alone in the middle of a crowd, and it’s possible to sleep in the same bed with someone for years and still feel lonely. Many of us never expect to be lonely in marriage, hoping that our spouse will be the lifelong companion who saves us from loneliness.

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May 31 2016
15 mins
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Rank #20: #078: What Every Husband and Wife Must Agree On (Podcast)

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We’ve all heard this saying: Let’s agree to disagree. It’s an easy way for people to keep their own opinions. But when it comes to a healthy marriage, there are certain things couples MUST agree on: children, money, and life goals. Agreeing on such crucial things doesn’t require compromising your morals…it simply means adjusting your mindset and working together with your spouse because, at the end of the day, you and your spouse should be on the same team!

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Aug 11 2015
22 mins
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