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The Day Independence Came

The Day Independence Came

In this Adventures in Odyssey drama, Irwin Springer, a middle schooler interested in history, takes a wild journey back to the American Revolution, where he meets the men who shaped the United States.
Original Air Date: July 4, 2014

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John Fuller: In his second letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul wrote, Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Well, freedom, liberty was the pressing need felt by the leaders of 13 American colonies more than 200 years ago. They had a deep faith in God and decided to take a stand against the mightiest empire in the world when they signed the Declaration of Independence. I’m John Fuller. This is Focus on the Family with Focus president and author Jim Daly. And, Jim, I suspect that there are many, many people who really don’t understand and fully comprehend the circumstances surrounding that document and this special day.

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Jim Daly: Well, it’s true, John, we weren’t present at the moment. All the subtlety of what was going on in the culture of early America is lost. We don’t know it, but we can try to feel it through creative efforts. And, you know, think about the wonder that we have today. When we celebrate July 4th, it’s friends and family and barbecue and maybe going for a hike here in the beautiful Rocky Mountains are going to the beach, if that’s what you live by. We celebrate it with fun and recreation and family. But we’ve got to remember, this is a serious issue. Back in 1776, these founding fathers, as they were putting their lives on the line, the Declaration of Independence was seen as the document of treason by the British. In fact, I didn’t know this, but they had to keep the name secret of the signers of the Declaration just to protect their lives. And that’s the environment. That’s the subtlety that we’re talking about that’s lost on us today. But our good colleagues that produce Adventures in Odyssey produced a fabulous creative recollection of 1776, and we want to play that today for you.

John: As we do that, let me give some background. Adventures in Odyssey is a radio program that we’ve produced since 1987. It’s intended for children. Families across the land listen to it though. It’s so well done. And it weaves together entertainment and biblical truth. And the setting is the small fictional town of Odyssey and the grandfather type character named Mr. Whitaker, or Whit, runs an old-fashioned ice cream shop. In addition to being a radio program, Adventures and Odyssey is also available on CD or in download form, and we have details at focusonthefamily.com/radio. Today’s episode is called The Day Independence Came and features a young history buff named Erwin Springer, who is currently playing a game of historical trivia with Whit and his friend Tom. But in a few minutes, who knows where he’ll be.

Whit: Okay, here’s one for you: Who commanded the British forces during the Revolution?

Irwin: That’s easy, General Charles Cornwallis.

Tom: Oh boy, he sure got that. How do you know all that stuff, Irwin?

Irwin: Oh, I love the Revolutionary War. There were so many great heroes like Washington, Adams and Nathan Hale. It’s my favorite period in history.

Whit: Speaking of Franklin, that reminds me. I have a book about him for you, Irwin. It’s a big thick one, too. I found it in a sale downtown.

Irwin: Really? Where is it?

Whit: It’s on one of the shelves in the Bible room. I didn’t want any of the kids to handle it before you got to it.

Irwin: Great!

Tom: Look at him go. You’d think he was looking for buried treasure or something.

Whit: Well, what makes you think he isn’t?

MUSIC

Irwin: Great, there’s nobody here. I’ll be able to read it right now. Let’s see. There it is on the top shelf. Now, where’s the step ladder? Well, here’s a chair. Oh, Mr. Whittaker doesn’t like us to climb on chairs. I’ll just do it real quick and nobody will ever know. There we go. It’s still pretty high, I think I can stretch up and get it though. Got it! Whoa! whoa!

Oh, oh my head. Ouch, oh my head. The book must of hit it when I fell down. Hey, where is my book? Come to think of it, where’s Whit’s End? This looks like the old dirt road up to Trickle Lake, except it isn’t.

Nathan: Boy! You, boy!

Irwin: Who me?

Nathan: Yes! Follow me if you value your hide.

Irwin: Ah, excuse me, but I was taught never to go with strangers. Oh, I’m right behind you.

British Soldier #1: Hold up rebel dogs, hold up!

Irwin: Did he say rebels?

Nathan: Yes! We’ve got to get out of this clearing. Over there. Get behind those bushes.

British Soldier #2: Where are they?

British Soldier #1: I don’t know. They run like rabbits. They’ve got to be about here somewhere.

British Soldier #2: Let’s take a breather for a moment, shall we?

Irwin: They look like redcoats.

Nathan: They are redcoats and deadly ones, too. We have to think of some way out of this. We could fight, but unfortunately, I have no more shot left. Still, there must be some way.

Irwin: Hey, look up there above the soldiers. Do you see it? That big white looking thing.

Nathan: Yes, so?

Irwin: It’s a wasp’s nest.

Nathan: So it is. How’s your aim?

Irwin: Uh, not too good.

Nathan: Alright, looks like it’s up to me then. Hand me that rock over there. I only have one shot, so it has to count. Are you ready?

Irwin: Yup, ready.

Nathan: Hey lobster backs, how about some company?

Soldiers: Oh, look out…. oh…

Irwin: Ha, look at them go.

Nathan: We’ve fixed them for fair, eh?

Irwin: Oh, the wasps are turning. Let’s get out of here. Oh, ouch…they’re still coming.

Nathan: There’s a lake ahead. Can you swim?

Irwin: No!

Nathan: Well, there’s no time like the present to learn.

Irwin: Whoa…

Nathan: Now, don’t struggle, I’ve got you. Now that’s it, just move your arms and legs, that’s good, that’s it. Now up onto the shore. Well, we’ve had quite an adventure and I don’t even know your name or where you’re from.

Irwin: I’m Irwin Springer from Odyssey.

Nathan: Well, Irwin Springer from Odyssey, I thank you for saving my life.

Irwin: Likewise, I’m sure. And you are?

Nathan: My name is Hale, Nathan Hale.

Irwin: Nathan Hale? The Nathan Hale?!?

Nathan: You’ve heard of me?

Irwin: Who hasn’t heard of you?

Nathan: Well, I don’t know, everyone I would imagine?

Irwin: Wait a minute. If you’re Nathan Hale, then this must be…What year is this?

Nathan: 1776, July to be precise. We’re just outside of the township of New York.

Irwin: New York? Oh, wow! Oh, wow!

Nathan: Mr. Springer are you alright?

Irwin: Yeah… yeah… I just can’t… You’re really Nathan Hale?

Nathan: Yes. I think I better get you back to camp, you seem a bit delirious. Can you walk?

Irwin: Oh, yeah, yeah.

Nathan: Are you sure? It’s a good stretch of the legs.

Irwin: I’m okay, really. Let’s go.

Nathan: Good fellow! Alright, this way then.

Irwin: Wait a minute… What camp?

Nathan: The camp of the Continental Army, of course.

Irwin: Oh, wow! Oh, wow!

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Sentry: Halt! Who goes there?

Nathan: Nathan Hale and Master Irwin Springer from the township of Odyssey.

Sentry: Nathan? Thank God you’re alright. You’re long overdue.

Nathan: If it hadn’t been for this young man, I might not have made it at all.

Sentry: You’re to report to headquarters right away.

Nathan: Yes, I do have information that won’t wait. Master Springer, follow me.

Irwin: Oh, wow! Oh, wow! I can’t believe this. I’m in the middle of the Colonial Army.

Nathan: We don’t have much, but we call it home.

Irwin: This is everything I’ve ever dreamed about come to life.

Nathan: I’m glad it meets with your approval. Here we are, the Headquarters’ tent. Wait here there’s someone I want you to meet.

Irwin: This is incredible, incredible! The kids at Whit’s End are never going to believe this. I’m not even sure I believe it. Maybe I should pinch myself to see if I’m awake. No, if I am dreaming, I don’t want to wake up. This is great!

Nathan: Master Springer, come in.

Irwin: What next?

Washington: So this is the young man who saved my Captain’s life.

Nathan: Yes, sir. This is Master Irwin Springer of Odyssey.

Washington: I’m pleased to make your acquaintance Master Springer. I’m George Washington.

Irwin: Oh, wow! Oh, wow!

Washington: “Oh, Wow?” Is that some sort of Indian greeting?

Nathan: I don’t know, Sir. He does seem to say it often, though.

Washington: Well, in the interest of maintaining good relations with the people of Odyssey, I say, “Oh, wow” to you Master Springer.

Irwin: Thank you, Sir.

Washington: In saving Captain Hale you have done me a great service. I am in your debt.

Irwin: You… in my debt? Oh, no Sir. I just pointed out where the wasps were. It was Captain Hale who did all the work.

Washington: And modest, too. Master Irwin, we were just about to retire for prayers. Would you join us?

Irwin: Prayers?

Washington: Unless, of course, you don’t pray?

Irwin: Oh, no, no, no. I do pray, every day. I’m a Christian.

Washington: A patriot and a Christian, too. There’s no better combination. Let’s do it, then. My tent’s this way.

MUSIC

Washington: …oh, most glorious God, I acknowledge and confess my faults in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day. Direct my thoughts, words and work. Daily frame me more and more into the likeness of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, in His name, Amen.

All: Amen.

Washington: Master Irwin, you seem perplexed?

Irwin: I… I just can’t believe I’m praying with General Washington. I never knew you were so… I mean… I’ve always read that you were religious, but I didn’t realize how much Jesus really meant to you.

Washington: And what of you Irwin Springer, do you hold those truths in your heart?

Irwin: Well… I… guess I never thought about it before. I mean…I’ve read about it and everything, but until now I never realized how God really does rule countries and He is in control of what happens to them. So, I guess the answer to your question is… Yes, Sir. I do hold these truths in my heart.

Washington: Then Captain Hale was correct. You are the right man for the job.

Irwin: Uh, job? What job?

Washington: Listen carefully. Even as we speak, the Second Continental Congress is preparing a statement of independence from England. But I fear that some in that assembly do not feel as you and I do, that God must be first in our country. And so, I have written a message to them, urging them to remember the Ruler of Nations as they ready the document. I wish you, Irwin Springer to deliver this message.

Irwin: Me? …

Washington: I know the journey will be tiring and there is little time, but will you do this for me?

Irwin: Oh, yes Sir!

Washington: Excellent! Your horse is waiting outside.

Irwin: Uh, horse?

Nathan: Yes. You do ride, don’t you?

Irwin: Well, uh… There’s no time like the present to learn. Are you coming with me, Captain Hale?

Nathan: No, I’m afraid I must travel a different path, back to New York.

Irwin: But you’ll be caught. I mean… if your caught, won’t you be? …

Nathan: …Hanged? Yes, in all probability. But if that is the Lord’s will then who am I to stand in the way. I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. Now, up you go.

Washington: God’s speed, Irwin Springer. You carry our best hope. Onward to liberty.

John: You’re listening to Focus on the Family with Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller. And today we’re featuring a special radio drama called The Day Independence Game. It’s just one of 12 imaginative history-based dramas from our Adventures in Odyssey Collection called For God and Country. Now the collection is available as a CD set or an audio download. You can learn more about Adventures in Odyssey when you contact us. Today, of course, we’re closed for the 4th of July holiday, but our website has all the details. So head on over to focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. And now for the conclusion of today’s special Independence Day presentation of Adventures in Odyssey on Focus on the Family.

Irwin: Whoa, whoa, whoa… Why did I ever think riding a horse was fun? But this is it, the Pennsylvania State House. Oh, wow!

Franklin: Shhh!!!

Irwin: I’m sorry, I… Mr. Whittaker?

Franklin: Who? …

Irwin: Oh, nothing, you just look like someone from my hometown.

Franklin: Oh, really? Poor fellow.

Irwin: Yeah. Is this where the Second Continental Congress is meeting?

Franklin: Well indeed it is. That’s them in there. Come, have a seat Master… uh?

Irwin: Irwin Springer. Thanks, but I’ve been sitting too long already. Besides, I have a message for the Congress from General Washington.

Franklin: Oh, well, we can’t keep that waiting, can we? Here, help me up then and we’ll deliver your message.

Irwin: But they’re talking.

Franklin: Oh that’s merely Adams and Dickinson. They’re always talking. Come on now.

Dickinson: …and exposing a growing family before we’ve got another shelter.

Adams: It is Britain who has already destroyed the shelter.

Franklin: President Hancock.

Hancock: Mr. Franklin, we’re in debate.

Irwin: Benjamin Franklin?!?

Franklin: I realize that Sir, and I apologize for the outburst, but this young gentleman has just arrived with a message from General Washington.

Hancock: Oh, well then, by all means do read it.

Franklin: All right, go ahead then Master Springer.

Irwin: Oh, wow! “Gentleman of the Congress: I write you at a most delicate time. Our cause faces its most trying days. General Howe has gathered 30,000 troops, ready to strike our position. As usual, we are short on ammunition, rations and men, but we stand ready to fight, awaiting the outcome of your decision for or against independence.

Adams: There! What do you think of your precious King now, Mr. Dickinson? A King who has amassed 30,000 troops to attack one of his own colonies.

Dickinson: A colony that rebelled against him, Sir! Discipline where discipline is due.

Adams: Discipline? Have you forgotten the causes for which we fight? Taxation without representation is the oppression of our citizens.

Dickinson: Unlike you Mr. Adams, I cannot so easily remove myself from the most powerful empire on the earth. We have no hope of winning! Better live Englishman than dead patriots!

Franklin: There are many Mr. Dickinson who would say, “to live under English rule is to be dead.”

Dickinson: Really, Mr. Franklin. And does this cause merit sending our small army to certain defeat against such overwhelming numbers?

Irwin: But it’s not certain defeat. We’ll win, honest!

Hancock: Master Springer you are a guest in this assembly, please remember that.

Irwin: Uh, yes Sir.

Franklin: The cause of freedom merits any price Mr. Dickinson. And as for myself, this great force only spurs my belief that we must strengthen our unity, not weaken it. We must indeed all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately.

Dickinson: I think General Washington will not find his opponents so amusing.

Adams: Of what concern is the size of the enemy? I feel no anxiety at the large army against us. Have we forgotten the remarkable interventions of heaven in our favor? God will not forsake a people who engaged in so righteous a cause if we remember His loving kindness.

Dickinson: And are we so sure God is with us?

Irwin: General Washington thinks so.

Hancock: Master Springer.

Irwin: I’m sorry President Hancock I know I shouldn’t talk but I haven’t finished the Message. “I firmly believe that God is on our side as long as we are on His and so my only request is that you seek the counsel of almighty God and humbly implore His providence in this most solemn task. G. Washington.”

Dickinson: Well… the General’s faith does him credit, to be sure. But most military men believe that God is with them. It hardly makes it so. More likely, God doesn’t care at all about this conflict.

Franklin: He cares, Mr. Dickinson. I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall

to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?

Dickinson: You speak of empires, Dr. Franklin. But I see no empire here, only 13 colonies trying to bind together into a commonwealth. And what will happen to that commonwealth in 20 or 30 years, gentlemen? Might not this great Union itself become unwieldy and split into separate commonwealths?

Irwin: No! It won’t! It’ll stay together and grow! What you’re doing here today is the beginning of a great nation, the greatest in the whole world! You can’t give it up now! You can’t!

Dickinson: The idle dreams of youth. But what does reality say, gentlemen? Does it not tell us that this Union you hold so dear will dissolve and the many who have been sacrificed on the altar of “freedom” will have died in vain? I implore you, gentlemen, don’t let that happen! Vote against independence!

Hancock: Mr. Adams, have you anything to say?

Adams: What can I say that hasn’t already been hackneyed back and forth a hundred times in this room? The issue is plain. Before God, I believe the hour has come. Live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment and by the blessing of God, it shall be my dying sentiment, independence now! Independence forever!

Hancock: Order, gentlemen, order, please! It must still be put to the vote.

Dickinson: Mr. President, may I say something?

Hancock: Mr. Dickinson.

Dickinson: I’m sure that my behavior today will finish off my popularity in this land. But I would rather be unpopular forever than vote away the blood and happiness of my countrymen. It’s clear I can’t stop you, but I also can’t, in good conscience, vote with you. Therefore, I respectfully take my leave…

Adams: A noble fellow.

Franklin: Indeed…

Hancock: To the vote, gentlemen.

Hancock: “Resolved: that these United States are and of right ought to be, free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is and ought to be, totally dissolved.” New Hampshire?

New Hampshire: Aye.

Hancock: Massachusetts?

Massachusetts (Adams): Aye.

Hancock: Connecticut?

Connecticut: Aye.

Adams: “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political band…

Hancock: Rhode Island?

Rhode Island: Aye.

Hancock: New Jersey?

New Jersey: Aye.

Franklin: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal…

Hancock: Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania: Aye.

Hancock: Virginia?

Virginia: Aye.

Hancock: North Carolina?

North Carolina: Aye.

Hancock: South Carolina?

South Carolina: Aye.

Irwin: …appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World, do declare that these United Colonies are and of right ought to be, free and independent states. And for the support of this Declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor…

Hancock: Delaware?

Delaware: Aye.

Hancock: Maryland?

Maryland: Aye.

Hancock: Georgia?

Georgia: Aye.

Hancock: New York?

New York: New York respectfully abstains.

Hancock: That’s 12 to 0 with one abstention. The motion passes…

Franklin: Ride, Irwin Springer! Proclaim the news that these United States, under God, are now, and forevermore free!

Irwin: The Colonies have independence! … The Declaration has

passed! … The United States of America are free! Hurray! … Hey! Whoa! Whoa boy!!

Irwin: The United States are free… The United States are free…

Whit: Irwin? Irwin? Come on now, wake up. Atta boy…

Irwin: Ooh! Ow, my head… Mr. Franklin.

Whit: Franklin? No, it’s Mr. Whittaker.

Tom: Easy, now, easy. You took quite a fall.

Irwin: I was… I was in Philadelphia… with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, Ooh…

Tom: Sounds like he’s gonna be okay. I’ll go check on the ambulance.

Irwin: What happened?

Whit: Your chair slipped out from under you. Looks like the book hit you and you hit the floor. You were only out for a couple of seconds, but we’ll take you to the hospital just in case. What were you talking about when you woke up?

Irwin: Oh! I had this incredible dream! I was in the Revolution, with Nathan Hale! And I prayed with George Washington, and he sent me back to the Continental Congress with a message and I saw them sign the Declaration of Independence…

Whit: Oh, wait a minute, easy now! Sounds like you’ve had quite an adventure.

Irwin: I know it was only a dream, but it seemed so real!

Whit: Dreams are that way sometimes.

Irwin: Yeah… But you know what was really weird, Mr. Whittaker? Benjamin Franklin looked and sounded just like you.

Whit: Really? Poor fellow.

Irwin: Oh, wow!

John: And that concludes our Independence Day presentation on Focus on the Family, a radio drama called The Day Independence Came. And it was produced by our tremendously talented Adventures and Odyssey team. And Jim, I love the creativity and the fun. Throughout that whole episode.

Jim: There was a lot of fun, you know. My boys loved listening to Adventures and Odyssey as children, right about bedtime. That was when we would sit and listen. They’d lay in bed, and it was great, and they did really love it and so many great lessons for them. Biblically based lessons. There’s so much humor and creativity in the way the team describes that moment in history. And I trust it gave you another perspective about the 4th of July and what it means to live in these wonderful United States. Isn’t it amazing to be able to celebrate this holiday even though our founding fathers were flawed? Of course they’re human. There are no perfect people. The Lord brought together some incredibly intelligent and insightful men to form this country, and we’re still benefiting from the wisdom that they put in place many, many years ago.

John: That’s right. In so many of them, as you know, Jim had a deep religious faith. And that was evident when you read the writings. When you go back and look at history, it seems to be forgotten by so many today. And there are even active forces that want to remove God from all public conversation in public view. Which does seem wrong, doesn’t it?

Jim: It sure does. We’re losing kind of the foundation of what this country is built upon. We talk about what’s happening with religious liberty and the other freedoms that we’ve enjoyed for over 200 years. These freedoms were brilliant measures that the Founding Fathers put into place, and no other nation was created with these kinds of liberties in mind. And we are all so blessed to experience that here. And hopefully God’s mercy will continue to flow through this nation, so these deep, foundational beliefs can be protected. And it’s true if we lose these freedoms. I really believe we’re on the road to tyranny. You only need to look back at history to see that pattern repeated over and over again. And I hope we’ve been able to give you an educating and entertaining perspective on the founding of our nation. Our Founding Fathers deserve respect, and our nation deserves our steadfast diligence to continue being a nation of freedoms and a nation under God.

John: Well those are some good thoughts, Jim. And I trust that you and your family will consider those in light of the celebrations that accompany Independence Day and learn more about Adventures in Odyssey and this specific drama from our For God and Country Collection. When you stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. While you’re there, let me invite you to help us produce more creative faith building programs like this one. These programs have a profound impact on a child’s understanding and love for God, and your financial gift of any amount today helps us plant more seeds of biblical truth in our Adventures and Odyssey series. Make a monthly contribution or one time gift of any amount and thank you in advance for being generous. Coming up next time, you’ll hear about creating healthy rhythms for your marriage.

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Jenni Graebe: It’s our job to evaluate what what brings us life and make decisions based on those values. And that’s where the peace comes from. When we make decisions for our family and for our marriage that line up with those values.

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John: On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team. Thanks for joining us today for Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller, inviting you back here as we once more help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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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.

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Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

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.

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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.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 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

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Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Meg Meeker has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years, is a mother and a grandmother, and has seen it all. She knows what makes for strong, happy, healthy young women–and what puts our daughters at risk. Combining that experience with her famous common sense, she explains the eleven steps that will help your daughter–whether she’s a toddler or a troubled teen–to achieve her full human potential.

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

In this episode, we will tackle tough questions like, “When does life begin?” and “What does the Bible
say about Life?” You’ll discover and understand the stages of pre-born life and that babies are more than
just a clump of cells!

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

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

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