Mending Broken Branches

Elizabeth Oates shares how growing up in a single-parent home shaped her views on relationships. Oates and Ron Deal talk about establishing new patterns in marriage.

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Matthew Stanford believes if Christians want to help those struggling with mental disorders, they have to understand what they are. Stanford talks about the silent epidemic of depression that is sweeping across the U.S. Stanford talks about complexities of anxiety disorders and coaches parents whose...

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Marriage is built upon a foundation of commitment to Christ and to your covenant with each other. Dennis Rainey talks about proactive ways you can uphold your marriage commitment and offers suggestions for ways couples can use adventure, intrigue, and surprise to keep the romance alive. ...

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Elizabeth Oates recalls her troubled childhood marked by abuse and loneliness and tells how that emptiness eventually led her to a deep and abiding relationship with Christ. Oates shares how growing up in a single-parent home, and then in a home with a stepfather, shaped her views on dating and marr...

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Pastor Dave Wilson and his wife, Ann, explore the complex and wonderful dance of marital intimacy as they share their own unique experience....

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Nancy Houston recalls her childhood and the difficulty growing up in a non-Christian home with a violent father who suffered from PTSD. Houston reminds listeners, "God is for you, and abuse is never okay." Houston also talks about the dangerous addiction of pornography. "Porn is often used to medica...

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Marriage was created as a means to put love on display. God called Hosea to marry an adulteress to illustrate what His love looks like. Bryan Loritts walks through the biblical account of Hosea and Gomer and reminds us of our own place in the story....

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Pastors Dave Harvey and Paul Gilbert address the weighty topic of rebellion and expand the idea of a prodigal to include not only our children, but anyone who's straying. They remind us that we are all are born wayward and need God's grace and forgiveness. Harvey and Gilbert give wise advice on lovi...

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Dave and Ann Wilson recall their earliest years of marriage and the problems they found difficult to resolve, especially as it related to their sexual past. Hear how God gave their hearts a makeover and transformed their shaky marriage....

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The first time Rhonda Stoppe saw the man who would become her husband, he immediately took her breath away. But the shine of their picture perfect relationship began to wear off after their "I dos." Stoppe shares what she learned the hard way: A happy marriage doesn't stem from how well our husban...

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Tom and Dena Yohe never heard of cutting until their daughter, Renee, started doing it at 12 years of age. Gradually, other behaviors surfaced including suicidal tendencies. Find out how Tom and Dena handled parenting a prodigal and what they did to keep their marriage strong....

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Pastor and author Ray Ortlund explains how his eyes were opened anew as he began to study Genesis 1-2 and answer the question, “Why does marriage matter?” Human marriage is a great mystery that has the aroma of Christ all over it, and that’s why Satan hates it. ...

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God is in the monotonous. Gloria Furman, a pastor's wife and mother of four, talks about the day she realized that her mom duties weren't interruptions to her spiritual growth, but that God wanted to interact with her in the day-to-day, amongst the dishes and the diapers. Gloria and her husband, Dav...

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Trials come in various shapes and sizes. It's how we respond to those trials that determine who we really are. After four years of a happily-ever-after marriage, Katherine Wolf endured a massive stroke and spent two years in the hospital and in rehab. Katherine, joined by her husband, Jay, shares ...

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Fear is one of the core things that gets families "stuck." Ron Deal tells couples how to break out of the fear cycle, and rest in the sovereignty and power of God. Ron explains that when you face your own fear and pride first, that opens the door to love and peace in your marriage....

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Studies show that one in three women will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Nicole Braddock Bromley talks about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather over the course of 10 years, and talks about her ongoing healing from sexual abuse, which included forgiving her abuser....

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Are you aging well? Dr. John Dunlop, a doctor of geriatrics in Connecticut, explains what it means to age well in all spheres of life--physical, mental, social, financial and emotional. While mounting losses make it more difficult to think about the blessings we do have, Dr. Dunlop advises patients ...

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Christian counselor John Trent revisits his past to understand the generational curse that often falls on children of divorce. John, now married for over 25 years, tells Dennis Rainey how he broke the curse and is modeling a loving, lasting marriage to his own children. John Trent also gives some so...

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Roland Warren, CareNet President & CEO, recalls his parents split when he was seven and the shaky relationship he had with his father thereafter. Roland talks about some of the parents in Scripture, like David and Jacob, who didn't do it right, and the valuable lessons we can learn from them. Roland...

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A marriage has to face big adjustments when a health issue threatens a spouse. Pastor Jim Garlow talks with Dennis Rainey about the ups and downs he and his wife, Carol, have had to make since she was first diagnosed with cancer five years ago. ...

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Have you ever found yourself asking, “Is that all there is?” If so, you’re not alone. Bible study teacher Judy Rossi also asked herself that question just a few years after marrying the man of her dreams. Hear how Judy came to Christ, and how her faith commitment changed her life and her marri...

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The Vow

A chance meeting can sometimes lead you to the love of your life. That certainly was the case for Kim and Krickitt Carpenter as they got to know each other over the phone when Kim called to order uniforms for his baseball team. More calls followed, and soon they were meeting in person. It wasn’t ...

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Begin Again, Believe Again

The earthquake of divorce doesn't just affect the spouses involved. Shock waves are felt by everyone who knows the couple, especially their children. ...

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Picking Up the Pieces

Live long enough, and someone will likely break your heart. Author and biblical counselor Lou Priolo talks about the emotions people feel as they struggle with a broken heart....

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Trusting God While Treating Cancer

Thanksgiving Day 2009 is forever etched in the mind of Lauren Chandler. That's the day her husband, pastor Matt Chandler, experienced a series of violent seizures that marked the beginning of Matt's two-year battle with brain cancer. Listen to an exclusive interview and update with Matt and Lauren C...

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When the Bottom Drops Out

Rhonda had lost her husband to cancer. Rhonda's pastor and her husband's best friend, Rob Bugh, had also recently lost a spouse to cancer. Even in the midst of grief, a love for each other started to grow, and eventually grew into a blended family. Ron Deal joins Rob and Rhonda Bugh as they explo...

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For Men and Women Only

There’s no denying that men and women are different. But do you realize HOW different? Author Shaunti Feldhahn talks to Dennis Rainey about some of the biggest revelations she discovered while doing research for her books, “For Men Only,” and “For Women Only.” Shaunti Feldhahn walks women ...

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Robert and Bobbie Wolgemuth describe the stories from their favorite couples in the Bible, and relate how we can learn from the trials others have faced....

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God works everything for good, and so it seems when life is easy. But it’s much harder to swallow when life couldn’t get worse. Josh McDowell reminisces about growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, and talks about the sexual abuse he endured for eight years at the hands of a man hired to ...

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Men and Women: Enjoying the Difference

Does your spouse think you’re selfish? Best-selling author Dr. Larry Crabb focuses on the number #1 enemy of marriage – selfishness. Crabb explains that in order to love our spouse well, we must die to ourselves and our own needs and wants, and focus on the needs of our spouse. ...

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Rich Rollins, the executive pastor at Valley Bible Church in Hercules, CA, talks to Dennis Rainey about the inevitable threat of conflict that every relationship faces....

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A Healing Marriage

Childhood sexual abuse brought a ripple effect to Cheryl Tuggle’s marriage. Today, Cheryl and her husband, Brad, talk about the emotional baggage each spouse brings to a marriage, and how God can bring healing....

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Susie Larson recounts the one-sided season of loneliness in her marriage....

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Author Wendy Blight talks candidly about the rape that threatened to keep her a prisoner of fear. Find out how she conquered her fears, and how you can, too, by meditating on the Word of God....

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Michael and Hayley DiMarco explain how stupid attempts at love happen when you're dating and also when you're married. ...

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Your Interculturual Marriage

Marla Alupoaicei talks about the reality of being in an intercultural marriage....

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The Refuge of Faith

Well-known Christian psychologist Gary Oliver tells how God's faithfulness carried him through dark days....

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Fear to Freedom

Rosemary Trible looks back on the rape that 35 years ago stole her joy and catapulted her into fear, shame and guilt. ...

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Bob Lepine cracks the masculine code book for women at a recent True Woman conference. ...

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Kristen Jane Anderson laid down on the railroad tracks in front of an oncoming train - and lived to tell about it....

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When the Hurt Runs Deep

Where do you turn when you're in pain? Kay Arthur, founder of Precept Ministries, has good news for those who are grieving, broken, or disappointed; healing is available through Jesus Christ. Kay encourages listeners to get acquainted with the God who loves them by studying and meditating on His W...

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The drift toward isolation in marriage is common to every marriage, whether you're selling insurance in Indiana, serving in ministry, or working in Hollywood as an actor. Hear from Kirk Cameron and his wife, Chelsea, and find out how God drew them back together. ...

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Is there a link between chemical imbalances and the way we behave? Biblical counselors Ed Welch and David Powlison explain the theories behind brain chemistry and tell what imbalances are and aren't responsible for....

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Pastor Justin Holcomb, a sexual abuse victim himself, explains how God turns our disgrace into grace....

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Imagine hiding a secret for 21 years. That's how long Bill Harbeck was married before he told his wife about his past sexual abuse. Sexual abuse survivor Bill Harbeck talks about the idyllic life he led as a child of the 50's and 60's and the predator that gradually cornered him into a web of lies a...

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Your Mate: God's Perfect Gift

Hear the many benefits to “leaving and cleaving” in marriage from pastor and marriage expert Crawford Loritts. ...

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Overcoming Emotions that Destroy

What do you do with your anger? Pastor Chip Ingram talks about the three most common ways of dealing with anger: leaking it out slowly, stuffing it inside, and spewing it out all over everyone around you. Chip Ingram also looks at the way Jesus dealt with his anger and gives some practical advice f...

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Finding Freedom From Domestic Abuse

Nancy Murphy, the Executive Director of Northwest Family Life Learning and Counseling Center, talks about the domestic abuse she endured at the hands of her former husband. Joining her is Dr. Dan Allender. ...

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Just how prevalent is domestic abuse in our culture? What about in the church? Bob and Dennis talk with Debi Pryde and retired Green Bay, Wisconsin, detective Sergeant Donald Stewart about understanding and responding to this issue....

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You Can Grow a Spiritually Strong Family

A rose won’t grow into the beautiful flower it was meant to be without a little nourishment. Neither will our family’s spiritual life. Dennis Rainey talks about growing a spiritually strong family....

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Adult Children of Divorce: Healing the Pain That Lives On

Divorce has a dramatic impact on the lives of children. But how does it affect a person's approach to marriage as an adult? Dennis Rainey talks with Jen Abbas, author of Generation Ex, and researcher Elizabeth Marquardt, both adult children of divorce, about how how their parents' divorce affected...

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The Problem of Life with God

Does your life feel as if it's spinning out of control? Today on the broadcast, author and pastor Tommy Nelson searches the book of Ecclesiastes to learn more about God's hand in the affairs of men....

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How do you approach conflict? Join us for today's broadcast when Dennis Rainey, a husband now for some 25 plus years, talks with authors Tim and Joy Downs about the source of marital conflicts. Don't miss it!...

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Love can be expressed in many ways. Dennis and Barbara Rainey give timeless ideas for loving your lover....

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Understanding and Honoring Your Wife

Dennis Rainey talks pointedly to men about understanding and honoring their wives....

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Applied Masculinity

God intends men to provide, teach, connect, and protect. Author and pastor Stu Weber exposes the misunderstanding the culture has about manhood and points us to Christ in order to define a man's true value. Stu also calls men to follow in Christ's footsteps and love their wives and children passio...

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