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Emotionally and physically depleted author Susan Yates whispered "Help me, Lord," and was surprised by the words God spoke to her heart. Her solution, she realized, was to get to know how big God was. Yates talks about making a conscious choice to trust God each moment of the day. Yates, a mother of...

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The Real Root of All Problems

The character of a marriage is not set in the big moments, says author and counselor Paul David Tripp. It's found in the 10,000 little moments of everyday life. If our choices are all self-focused, then selfishness will destroy a marriage....

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Author Scott Sauls encourages believers to pursue those who are different from us. Sauls reminds us that Jesus befriended prodigals and Pharisees, sinners and outcasts. Believers are most like Him when we follow His lead into unknown territory, loving people who are not like us....

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If I Could Do it All Again

What would you do if you could do life all over again? What lessons have you learned in life? What's your favorite memory? John Gauger posed these questions and more to many top Christian leaders: Kay Arthur, Tony Evans, Ravi Zacharias, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, and more....

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He Is Enough

More than a decade ago, Steven Curtis Chapman first joined us in the studio to share his heart for the orphan. His organization, Show Hope, has now helped more than 5,000 orphans. Chapman tells how they now have six care centers in China, and at least 500 of those kids have been adopted. Chapman tal...

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Unshaken: He Is the Stability of Our Times

Life is uncertain. How can we walk in confidence when the culture is continually changing? Dennis and Barbara Rainey remind listeners that regardless of what they're facing, Jesus is still the rock and firm foundation. The Raineys coach parents on how to teach their children to be anxious for nothin...

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Fear and Faith

Does fear plague you? Trillia Newbell, director of Community Outreach for the Southern Baptist Convention, talks about her long battle with fear. Newbell talks about the death of her father, and the fear she had of displeasing her husband. Newbell reminds believers to take every thought captive, and...

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None Like Him

How well do you know God? Jen Wilkins, author of "None Like Him," talks about the attributes of God. Wilkins reminds listeners that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom....

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Seminary Professors Heath Lambert and Denny Burk take a look at the topic of homosexual desire and identity through the lens of the Bible. Lambert and Burk remind us that sin has broken each and every one of us and that each of us struggle with sinful proclivities, homosexuality being just one of th...

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Hardwired for Awe

Human beings are hardwired for seeking awe, says author and pastor Paul David Tripp, so the awe of God should be our central motivation in all we do. However, we easily forget God and let other things, like money or self, take His place. It even affects our children. Paul reminds parents to point th...

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A Guide to Biblical Manhood

Can sports be a healthy part of a young man's development? Sure! But only to an extent. Randy Stinson tells how his sports-loving family opted out of baseball for 18 months in order to stretch themselves in other ways: through mission trips and other gospel outreaches. Randy talks about the importan...

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Marriage and Family for God's Glory

Renowned author and theologian John Piper talks to Dennis Rainey about the meaning and practice of praise. John considers what it means to worship God instead of focusing on ourselves. He also delves into the Bible to help us rethink our definition of love....

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Unshaken

Pastor Crawford Loritts reminds us that real faith isn't just optimism, but confidence in a holy God. Crawford distinguishes faith from presumption, and reminds us that God isn't obligated to do everything we ask. Faith says to God, "I believe You no matter what."...

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Join us as we celebrate and remember the goodness of God's work done in God's way, in the life of the late Vonette Bright....

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Tommy Nelson, the pastor of Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas, along with his wife, Teresa, talk about his recent bout with clinical depression that left him feeling numb and confused....

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In biblical times, a name was more than just a way to address someone. A name revealed important information about the individual's character. What then, can we learn about God by studying His names? Pastor Tony Evans talks about the various names of God and the powerful meaning behind them....

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Glory Days

What best describes your spiritual walk? Vibrant or sluggish? If you're like most, your faith walk has seen better days. Best-selling author Max Lucado opens the Scriptures to the book of Joshua to discover a few lessons about overcoming obstacles and entering into the promises of God....

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Growing up, Dove award-winning singer-songwriter Ginny Owens never imagined that's what she'd be. In fact, Ginny—blind since age 3—was not even considering music as a profession. Fortunately, God had other plans. Ginny shares her story and some of her great songs....

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The Grace of Gratitude

How do we live contented lives? Bob Russell, former pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, talks to men and women about the importance of being grateful and tells how serving the "less fortunate" can encourage thankfulness....

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Have you prayed for your marriage and family today? David Nasser reminds us that Jesus has been praying for you, too, even before you knew what to ask....

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With the Supreme Court's recent ruling revising many laws governing marriage in the United States, the church of Jesus Christ finds itself at odds with the law of the land. In light of this development, how are Christians to live? In this special three-day series, Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine examin...

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Jesus beside you or Jesus inside you. What would you prefer? Pastor J.D. Greear talks about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in a believer's life. J.D. also shares how acquainting ourselves with Scripture is essential for our growth, our walk and our witness....

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Christian recording artist Jeremy Camp talks about his early years in the Camp household, his college days when he met Melissa, and the faith struggle with his wife's life-threatening cancer....

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God has no grandchildren. Each person much accept Jesus for himself. Brothers Ryan and Josh Shook talk about their years of spiritual struggle, despite growing up in a Christian home led by their pastor father, Kerry Shook. Ryan and Josh talk about their crisis of faith which eventually lead them to...

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Did you know that there's a mistress flirting around your pastor's door? The mistress's name? Ministry. Dennis Rainey speaks to pastors about how they can avoid this marriage-destroying trap. He also alerts us to the dangers of what he calls "terrorism of the soul" as he explores the toxic effects o...

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Do you love God's Word? Bible teacher Jen Wilkin voices her concerns about Bible illiteracy among the body of Christ. Jen Wilkin also takes listeners through the "Five P's" of Bible study: purpose, perspective, patience, process, and prayer....

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The Early Seasons of a Woman's Life

Like a book, each life is made up of chapters. All this week Barbara Rainey allows us a peek into chapters of her life and tells us how she adjusted and kept her priorities in place in each season. Reminiscing about their past, Dennis and Barbara talk about their biggest marital adjustments and the ...

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A Loving Life

What's the best way to learn about love? Dive in! Paul Miller, executive director of seeJesus, opens up the Book of Ruth to illustrate the meaning of hesed love, a steadfast kind of love and commitment that knows no exit strategy. Naomi lost all of her family except her daughters-in-law. She went ba...

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Marian Jordan Ellis recalls the futile attempts in her youth to find the love she longed for. Marian tells how her sinful lifestyle left her empty and filled with shame, till she met Jesus Christ. Marian sounds the battle call to single women who are tired of always giving in to sexual temptation. S...

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The Secret of Contentment

When life is difficult what do you do? Most of us, if we're honest, tend to complain. Pastor William Barcley, author of The Secret of Contentment, reminds us how God is offended by our grumbling, just as He was when the Israelites, who were without food or water, complained in the desert. Instead ...

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New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas talks with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine about the controversial life and ministry of the German pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer....

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Packing for college? Don't forget to tuck away some wisdom in that suitcase. Ben Burns, director of Grad Guides, talks to graduates and their parents about making the transition from high school to college. Burns covers the pitfalls of starting over with new people and new places and gives advice fo...

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Sometimes it takes a pivotal event to open your eyes to God’s truth about your life. Former Arkansas Congressman Ed Bethune and his wife, Lana, talk about the “perfect storm” they found themselves in while sailing across the Atlantic ocean. Their boat was hammered by 25-30 foot waves and shrie...

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The "Anything" Prayer

"We'll do anything." That's the prayer that Jennie Allen and her husband, Zac, told God as they sought His will for their lives. Even though it felt like death, Jennie explains, she was at a point where she didn't want to be normal but wanted to surrender to Christ completely. What was the result? P...

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Grace: More Than We Deserve

What's so unique about grace? Everything! Best-selling author Max Lucado explains why grace is so essential to the Christian message and why it frees believers from having to prove themselves to God. Max notes that we shouldn't limit grace to what Jesus already did for us; it's what He does—His pr...

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A Grace Revealed

Years after the death of his wife, mother and daughter, Jerry Sittser discusses how God uses suffering to write his story. He talks about the years as a single dad, and the events that led him to courtship and re-marriage. Ron Deal joins Jerry to remind us that our most pressing business right now...

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Remembering Howard Hendricks

Join us as we celebrate the life of Dr. Howard Hendricks, a life lived to the glory of God, as recounted by his children and Dr. Michael Easley, who eulogizes his friend and mentor. ...

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Reflecting on Twenty Years

Recently, FamilyLife Today passed a milestone. Hear a very special 20th anniversary message as Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine join colleagues to reflect on the triumphs, failures, outtakes, and heart piercing moments from the last 20 years....

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Meet Eric Metaxas: A Candid Monologue from Bonhoeffer's Biographer

Author Eric Metaxas shares his personal journey to faith and purpose. He reveals how God used his English degree from Yale University to bring him to faith in a most unusual fashion--via a dream and an Episcopalian co-worker at his first job....

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Psalm 127

Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living". Many people avoid examining their own lives out of fear that they'll find it empty. Dr. Duane Litfin, former president of Wheaton College, gives an exposition on Psalm 127 recommending it as a tool to help us examine our own lives....

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Shame Interrupted

What is shame, and what is its purpose? How does shame uniquely play out in the lives of men and women? Best-selling author and Christian counselor Ed Welch explores the topic of shame with FamilyLife Today co-host, Bob Lepine. While all of us have felt shame at one time or another, Ed explains ho...

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Get Lost

Feeling empty? Sometimes the only way to fill an empty spot left by an old affection is to replace it with a greater affection. Author Dannah Gresh talks about our natural tendency to look for things other than God to fill us, and reminds us that those things, including relationships, can easily bec...

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Love Renewed: Lance and Jess Miller

Jess and Lance were young Christians. Away from home on an evangelistic outreach, they each found comfort, and a new friend, in each other. But the friendship soon turned into a romantic attachment. Lance and Jess tell how they went from being bright-eyes youthful missionaries to just another coupl...

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Each life has defining moments. And for Brad Mathias, his couldn't have come a minute too soon. Brad tells Dennis Rainey how his self-obsession led to his failed marriage, but even that didn't detour him off his destructive course. It wasn't until a middle-ear condition landed him in the hospital th...

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Thoughts on Love

Dennis Rainey draws from the Scriptures to show us why we are called to be God's letter of love to the world....

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Pleasing People

Are you driven by the need for people to always like you? Lou Priolo, director of the Center for Biblical Counseling at Eastwood Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Alabama, explains to Dennis Rainey why being a people pleaser can become a real problem when our desire to please others overrules our d...

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Dennis Rainey talks with Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family and author of the book Finding Home, about the tragic events that shaped his life and his faith. ...

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Tim Downs on Fiction

Dennis Rainey talks with Christian author Tim Downs about his latest novel, First the Dead. ...

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Praying for Your Family

Hear time-tested principles for praying for your children from international evangelist Sammy Tippit....

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A Life Transformed

Do you ever feel like something is missing from your life? Wayne Huizenga, Jr. talks to Dennis Rainey about how his life, as well as his family's, has changed since Christ became His Lord and Savior....

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Nancy DeMoss and Barbara Rainey talk about why our gratefulness reflects our faith in God and His goodness....

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Seeing the Power of God Among Us

Seminary president Bryan Chapell shares a powerful message about the God we love and serve, and why we should serve Him....

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I'm Not Good Enough

Author Sharon Jaynes exhorts women to dismiss the lies of the enemy and to replace them instead with the truth of Scripture....

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Get Outta My Face

Long-time school guidance counselor Rick Horne helps parents better understand their teens....

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Rob Mitchell shares how he spent his teen years trying to make sense of his life in an orphanage. ...

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Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman's life together hasn't all been like a fairy tale....

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Gary Thomas explains how we often miss God's current blessings while waiting for future miracles. ...

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Author Gary Thomas talks with Dennis Rainey about pleasure--our God-given need for it. ...

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Bob Lepine provides the first of three Gospel Resolutions--something worth resolving. ...

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Living on the Edge

Chip Ingram, president of the international ministry Living on the Edge, talks about understanding your spiritual gifts and employing them in the service of the body of Christ. ...

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Meet a remarkable young woman who refuses to accept defeat. Surfer Bethany Hamilton tells how she lost her arm in a shark attack when she was 13 and why she continues to persevere in the sport, despite the setbacks. Joining her to talk about her new movie, Soul Surfer, is her mother, Cheri. ...

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Surrender

If you're going to leave a legacy, it all begins with answering the question, "Who is your master?" Dennis Rainey talks about the greatest decision you'll ever make - choosing to surrender your life to Christ....

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Feelings and Faith

Pastor Brian Borgman explains that your emotions are indicators of what you really value....

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Water From a Deep Well

Jerry Sittser, a professor of theology, believes we can learn a lot from our early Christians forefathers....

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Why God is Enough

Bobby Scott shares a message from Psalm 63....

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You Are Not Who You Used to Be

Author Priscilla Shirer shares some lessons from the book of Judges. ...

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Respectable Sins

Ungodliness is ultimately at the core of our sin. Author Jerry Bridges talks about what makes a sin a sin....

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True Success: A Personal Visit with John Wooden

A player is only as good as his coach. The late, legendary basketball coach John Wooden talks with Dennis Rainey in an interview from 2002 about the thrills and challenges of his highlight-filled coaching career starting with what it was like growing up in the Midwest in the 1920s....

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Changing for Good

Dennis Rainey talks with author and pastor Raymond Causey about the events that lead him to set aside his dreams of pro-ball to become a shepherd of God's people....

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Christ and Your Family

Joe Stowell, president of Moody Bible Institute, explains how Christianity is more caught than taught....

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Trials and Tribulations: Encouragement, Hope and Help Found in Psalm 34

Dennis Rainey teaches from Psalm 34....

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A Life Well-Lived

CEO Jerry Foster, author of Life Focus, defines the five dimensions of wealth and tells how to achieve true life wealth....

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The Weight of Your Words

How does God view the words that we speak? Dr. Joe Stowell, President of Moody Bible Institute, addresses this question and more....

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The DNA of Relationships

Dr. Gary Smalley, author of the book, The DNA of Relationships, explains to Dennis Rainey that "life is about relationships, the rest is just details."...

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When I Lay My Issac Down

Carol Kent, well-loved author of the book When I Lay My Isaac Down, talks to Dennis Rainey about her son's sentence to life in prison. Find out how Carol and her husband are planting hope in the midst of despair....

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Living Like You're Dying

If you knew you would die soon, what would you do? How would you live? Author Tim Kimmel, founder of Family Matters, talks about facing midlife and encourages us to look to Jesus as an example on how to live when facing certain death....

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When things go wrong in our lives we often cope by denying the problem. Margaret Ashmore was no different. Unfortunately for Margaret, her denial about her breast cancer eventually meant a mastectomy and stem cell transplant. Hear how Margaret found hope and comfort in the promises of God on today...

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Living Whole Without a Better Half

Is God big enough to handle your singleness? He can be, if you'll let Him. That's according to 30-something single, Wendy Widder. Wendy and a panel of singles share their thoughts about walking by faith in the midst of singleness. ...

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Finding God in Vietnam

Bruce Bickel, president and founder of Transformational Leadership Group and F-4 pilot during the Vietnam War, tells the touching story of a Vietnamese orphan named Hi, who was willing to lay down his life to save the life of his friend, Dhow....

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The Good Life

Chuck Colson discusses how the only truly good life is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ....

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Too Small to Ignore

What does God’s love for us look like? Dennis Rainey talks with Compassion International President, Wess Stafford, about God's heart for His precious children....

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Dennis Rainey encourages listeners with a message about true joy....

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Top 5 of '05

All this week on "FamilyLife Today", we'll hear this year's top 5 broadcasts of 2005....

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A Life Worth Living

Well-known writer and speaker, Elisabeth Elliot, talks about how difficulties matured her spiritually and molded her into a courageous woman of God. ...

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The Second Chance

Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith and director Steve Taylor talk about their movie, The Second Chance, a film that authentically tells the story of how a rebellious son and a street-smart pastor struggle to bridge the gap between their respective churches and cultures. ...

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Battle Cry for a Generation

There's a battle being waged for the soul of your teen. Are you ready to fight? Dennis Rainey talks with Teen Mania founder, Ron Luce, about a teen's bill of rights....

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Authentic Faith

Author Gary Thomas explains the difference between authentic faith and cultural Christianity....

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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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Between the Dreaming and the Coming True

Christian recording artist Bebo Norman talks with Dennis Rainey about his former life before marriage and what it meant to him to experience community within his own family, as well as the Body of Christ....

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Ace Collins, author of the best-selling book Stories Behind the Hymns That Inspire America, explains the origins of some of our country's greatest military ballads....

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Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis, a ministry devoted to upholding the authority of the Bible, talks about the teachings of Darwin and encourages parents to search the Bible for answers to questions posed by their children. ...

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Taming the Tongue

As small as it is, the tongue can still get us into BIG trouble. Dennis Rainey, tells how we can tame the tongue by listening and obeying the wisdom found in Scripture....

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What Happens When Women Say Yes to God

Are you experiencing the adventure of walking with God? In this series, join Dennis Rainey as he talks with author Lysa TerKeurst, author of the book What Happens When Women Say Yes to God, as she tells about her profound encounter with the Lord and the big step of faith she and her husband took af...

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Bible Study in the Digital Age

Scott Lindsey, director of ministry relations for Logos Research Systems, tells Dennis Rainey how their new bible study software can help anyone who wants a more in-depth study of God's word...

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Uprooting Anger

Robert D. Jones explains how submitting our wishes to the Lord can chip away at the core anger issues we have....

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Building the Christian Family You Never Had

God can redeem a troubled past. Author Mary DeMuth talks about how her life changed when she chose to forgive her abusers....

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Pat Summerall: On and Off the Air

Pat Summerall, a former mainstay of the CBS Sports broadcasting team for 32 years and author of the book Summerall: On and Off the Air, talks honestly with Dennis Rainey about his long-time abuse of alcohol and the intervention several years ago that saved his life. ...

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Out of the Depths

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese torpedo. Hear from survivor, Ed Harrell....

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Don't Waste Your Life

John Piper, senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church and founder of Desiring God Ministries, encourages Christians who've been called by Christ to live every day for Him....

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